News Listings for Douglas DC-4

  • IN FOCUS Heroic failures: 11 aircraft that should have flown high but never quite took off

    News | 10 Dec 2013 13:32 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Shorts S.32
  • Flight 100 - History 1939-1948

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Bill Gunston

    The Second World War brought aerospace innovation on both sides, but the sound barrier remained intact until 1947
  • The numbers game and Airbus

    News | 01 Aug 2006 00:00

    <P>Airbus was determined in 2005 to win the race for sales for the fifth year in a row. It trailed Boeing all year but a last-minute booking of 150 orders with China gave Airbus a come-from-behind victory.<BR>The large order for A320s was credited to the Chinese government, which typically places the orders in China. Aircraft are later assigned to individual airlines. Boeing doesn’t book orders in China until the airlines sign the contracts; Airbus elected to book the order upon signing the contract with the government.<BR>Because the order, and the year’s total, wasn’t announced until well into the first quarter of 2006, cynics, Boeing and critics of Airbus suspected the order was backdated to December or not truly a firm deal. Airbus denied backdating the order and it said it had deposits and a firm contract from the government.<BR>It’s probably irrelevant whether the order was with the government or the airlines; an order is an order is an order. <BR>But now, with first-half 2006 numbers
  • Grounded firefighters to fly again

    News | 07 Jun 2005 00:00

    <P>The US Forest Service (USFS) plans to reactivate nearly half of the large air tanker fleet that the agency parked last year due to airworthiness concerns, even as the search continues for a long-term replacement for the heavy firefighters, writes <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Stephen Trimble</I>. </P> <P>Up to nine Lockheed P2Vs operated by Neptune Aviation and Minden Air are eligible to receive USFS contracts to fight wildland fires this summer, pending the results of intensive airframe inspections, the agency announced in late May. </P> <P>The nine multi-engine air tankers will join seven Lockheed P-3A firefighters that were restored to active service in July last year. </P> <P>But the bulk of the 32-aircraft fleet has been idle for almost 13 months. USFS officials terminated all large air tanker contracts after the National Transportation Safety Board issued a stunning report in May 2004, urging the agency to guarantee the airworthiness of the restricted-category flee
  • P-3A Orions return to firefighting

    News | 13 Jul 2004 00:00

    <p>Seven ex-US Navy Lockheed P-3A Orion air tankers have been returned to firefighting service in the USA after completion of a safety analysis and inspections. The remaining P-3 is expected to return to service &quot;in a couple of weeks&quot;, says operator Aero Union, <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>writes Graham Warwick</i>.</p> <p>The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management terminated contracts covering 33 large air tankers in May because of concerns over airworthiness following the in-flight break-up of two ex-military aircraft (<i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Flight International</i>, 18-24 May). </p> <p>In a bid to return the air tankers to service, DynCorp Technical Services has been contracted to analyse their operations and maintenance records and perform inspections. The turboprop Orions have been cleared first because Aero Union follows the US Navy's P-3 maintenance programme, says president Terry Unsw
  • Cargo aircraft crashes in Colombia, 12 said dead

    News | 10 Jul 2000 04:27 | Nicholas Ionides

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>A cargo aircraft, reportedly a Douglas DC-4, has crashed in Colombia killing 12 people.</P> <P>Reports from the country say the aircraft was being operated by a private freight carrier known as Coral. It crashed at around 09:00 local time on 9 July near the central city of Villavicencio, from where it had departed minutes earlier.</P> <P>The reports say the aircraft was headed for Mitu, near the border with Brazil, when an engine caught fire immediately after takeoff. They add that 19 people were on board and 12 were killed.</P> <P>Television pictures show a burning wreckage and only the aircraft's tail section is recognisable.</P></BODY>