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Photo ID: 1011063
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Model: C-118A Liftmaster, DC-6A Registration: 5Y-SJP
Year: 1953? Serial Number: 44635, 53-3264
Engines: P&W R2800-CB16 Owner: Relief Air, Africa
Location: Lokichoggio, Kenya Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, April Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 8/2/03 - A Douglas C-118A Liftmaster at Lokichoggio, in northern Kenya. It had been used in relief flying in the region. I would say its future is a bit in doubt.

Many grand old airplanes like this have been "rode hard and put away wet", and then abandoned when a contract was up or something like that. While you can buy Jet-A at many "podunk airports" in Africa, it is increasingly difficult to get high octane AvGas, making it harder and harder to use aircraft like these. One is tempted to walk up to such airplanes, pat them on the shoulder and apologize for their being forsaken after having served us so well. (Oh well - - - !)

The C-118A is the U.S. Air Force version of the commercial, Douglas DC-6A. The Navy version was called the R6D-1. Please see 5Y-BRP for more information on these aircraft.

This C-118A is Douglas Construction Number 44635, Line Number 573, and USAF serial number 53-3264. A January '83, FAA database shows it registered to Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, as N64695. Database of September '89 says "Sale Reported", indicating that the former owner had informed the FAA that it was sold but the new owner had not yet registered it. In March '91 it was registered to Sun Aircraft Leasing of Miami, FL as N66TR. In the FAA records it was under S/N 53-3264
 

Photo ID: 1011064
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Notes: Propless. The optimist in me says they are out for overhaul and that they’ll be back. The realist in me is more pessimistic.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011065
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Notes: Windows in the aft cargo doors. Aircraft of this type and vintage have been modified by successive operators to their own liking. It would be quite a challenge to find any two the same!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011066
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Notes: Kenyan registration, but you can see the former U.S. registration of N66TR under it.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011067
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Notes: 5Y-SJP still has the Goodrich expander tube brakes, two per wheel.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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