News Listings for Douglas DC-4

  • 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
  • Grounded firefighters to fly again

    News | 06 Jun 2005 23:00

    <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 | 12 Jul 2004 23:00

    <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
  • Over the ocean in a DC-4

    News | 24 Dec 1997 00:00

    <p>Paul Duffy/SHANNON </p> <p>At 08.58 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 4 May, 1997, Swissair flight 4001 lifted off from Shannon's Runway 24, outbound for New York, with a refuelling stop scheduled at Gander. </p> <p>You might be forgiven for questioning the need to refuel, but this was no ordinary flight carrying hundreds of tourists and businessmen. It was a Douglas DC-4, now 50 years old, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Swissair's transatlantic services, carrying 36 fare-paying passengers on a nostalgic reminder of the "good old days". </p> <p>The flight had begun in Geneva on 2 May, exactly 50 years from the date in 1947 when Swiss Air Lines DC-4 HB-ILI, under the command of Capt Walter Borner, had departed for New York on a trip which took 21 flying hours and two refuelling stops, but which was forced by bad weather to divert to Washington DC. </p> <p>Planning for the commerative flight had begun a long time before that. Swissair's director of advertising, Konrad Korsunsky,