Had I shot this photograph
I would have gone out of my way to take the palm tree out of it,
not make it the subject of the image. Clearly the
photographer was trying to bring out the
exotic tropical atmosphere
of the terminal at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, as it was in the
This ex C-47A-40-DL (42-24023) was one of four DC-3s acquired in 1952.
Another (9Y-TCR) was leased from Leeward Island Air Transport later in
VP-TBE spent all of its career in the West Indies, being civilianized
in Miami as NC46858.
It then went to British Caribbean Airways in Jamaica in
1946 as VP-JAQ. In 1951 it was
acquired by Bahamas Airways as VP-BAQ, but was only there a short while
transferred by BOAC to
BWIA. It then returned to the Bahamas as VP-BBU after its
with BWIA. It finally
wound up in Honduras as HR-LAE and was seen derelict on Tegu-
cigalpa Airport in the 1970s. Presumably
it rotted out there.