Aircoach was founded in 1949 by Louis Powell and Wyman Reynolds.
It offered low fare
irregular scheduled coast-to-coast flights and also, at one time,
served Hawaii. (The one-way
from Oakland to Honolulu was $119.00). Like
many nonskeds it was often cited by the
CAB for offering flights over and above the twelve per month permitted
irregular carriers. The line
later gained military
passenger and cargo charter contracts. In addition to C-46s U..S.
also operated DC-3s and
DC-4s. Bill Larkins' shot above was taken at Oakland in January
N4860V was a former C-46A-45-CU originally civilianized for Flying
Tiger in 1952. U.S. Air-
coach leased it in the
1952-53 period before it went on to Interior Airways.