World Airways  Douglas DC-4  N59952               (c/n  10528)


                                           World Airways, which today is a large charter concern, is the only (to my knowledge) continuously
                                           operating 'non-sked' from those early post WW II boom years still flying.   It was founded in 1948
                                           by Benjamin Pepper to operate three ex Pan American Boeing 314As flying boats on an irregularly
                                           scheduled basis between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  A scheme was later developed to
                                           extend service from New York to Ireland.     In the event this ambitious endeavor never got off the
                                           ground (or rather off the water) and it appears that none of these services was ever actually flown.
                                           In 1950 the line was purchased by Edward J. Daly who was to remain its driving force for many
                                           years to come.   Curtiss C-46s and DC-4s were purchased and the company acquired significant
                                           military contracts.   N59952 was one of nine DC-4s flown by World.      Oddly, this aircraft was
                                           converted from its C-54B-1-DC configuration to a DC-4 as N88723, but was re-registered
                                           N59952 by Braniff when they bought it from the manufacturer in 1947.   It went to World Air-
                                           ways in June 1953 when this shot above, was taken, at Oakland.  It went to Air Charter Ltd in
                                           the UK in 1955 as G-ANYB and was eventually converted into the first of the Aviation Traders
                                           ATL-98 Carvairs for Channel Air Bridge as 'Golden Gate Bridge'.  .Keith Evans took the shot
                                           of it (below) as it was being readied for its first commercial service from Southend, where it was
                                           re-manufactured, to Geneva in 1962.   As G-ANYB it was broken up in 1970.