PI-C291 Douglas DC-6
In 1948, PAL were the first Asian
airline to establish a trans-Pacific route to the U.S. To
fleet of five DC-6s was acquired. Here, "Leyte" is seen climbing out of San
Franscisco on the
haul to Honolulu, Johnston Atoll, Wake, Guam and Manila.
Shortly after this shot was taken,
on 15 November 1948, this aircraft was damaged beyond repair when it
overshot the runway whilst
at at Wake Island. The photograph below, submitted by Ian
Carl San Gabriel, shows sister
ship PI-C292 "Lingayen" (c/n 43138) in the
white topped livery adopted in the 1950s.