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Aircraft History

1942 - The plane was constructed as a C-47-DL by Douglas Aircrafty Company in Long Beach, California, USA. Frame number 6085. Received by the USAF on 28 Nov 1942. Transferred to US Army Airforce in December 1942 at Daggett Modification Center CA and registered as 41-18679. The picture below is an identical plane.

DC3 US Army Airforce
DC3 US Army Airforce


1943 - In January 1943 the plane was moved to Mobile Air Depot, Brookley Army Airforce in Atlanta via Sedalia AAF MO. In April 1943 it was at Dunnellon AAF FL with deployments to Lawson AAF GA, Orlando AAF FL and Leesburg AAF GA. (Unverified)

1944 - In August of 1944 the plane moved to the 805th AAF Base Unit (Combat Crew Training Station [Troop Carrier], 1st Troop Carrier Command), George AAF IL. (Unverified)

1945 - April of 1945 it was part of the 4007th AAFBU (Air Technical Service Command), Brookley AAF AL (deployments to Greenville AAF NC). Later in October it was transferred to Reconstruction Finance Corp., Walnut Ridge AAF OK and dropped from inventory as surplus. (Unverified)

In December of 1945 it was acquired by Canadian Pacific Airlines and re-registered as CF-CPX. They operated the plane until June of 1969.

DC3 Canadian Pacific
DC3 Canadian Pacific - Ed Coates Collection


DC3 Canadian Pacific
DC3 Canadian Pacific - Ed Coates Collection



1969 - June 19, 1969 the aircraft was acquired by Harrion Airways 'Kluane' of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Registration remained as CF-CPX. By 1971 Harrison Airways was flying weekly scheduled flights from Vancouver to Burns Lake BC, Hyland Post, Schaft Creek (on request), Eddontenajon & back to Vancouver.

DC3 Harrison Airways - Green
CF-CPX. Picture taken at YVR on August 1, 1971


Accident at Burns Lake BC Airport
CF-CPX (C-FCPX) Accident at Burns Lake BC Airport - 24 January 1973
Over shot the runway while landing.
(Photo courtesy Bob Saul)


DC3 Harrison Airways - Blue
CF-CPX. Picture taken at YVR Vancouver BC in October 1978


1976 - Harrison Airways went into receivership in February of 1976 following financial difficulties.

Unconfirmed report that the plane was then sold off to Futura Airlines.

1979 - On 3, October 1979 it was re-registered as N8061A when transfered to Stannelco Inc. of Anchorage, ALaska. USA

1982 - The plane was next acquired by Salaire Airlines of Spokane, Washington, USA

DC3 Salaire Airlines
Picture taken by Jacqueline Fischer in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, USA


DC3 Salaire Airlines
Sitting idle at Kenai Pennisula in Alaska, USA in 1995



1996 - In Novenber of 1996 the plane was acquired by Jim Hankins Air Service of Jackson, Mississippi, USA. It was flying cargo under contract for UPS. Was still active in March 2003. Still flying in 2010.

J.G. Handleman Photo
Picture taken by J.G. Handleman on 29 June 1998 at Destin, Florida, USA


The plane was still registered to JIM HANKINS AIR SERVICE INC of Jackson MS on 2 June 2006.

2006 - From the pictures below it would appear the plane has been retired.

Retirement at Jim Hankins Air
Retirement at Jim Hankins Air. Picture taken by Sunit Gupta on 31 January 2013.


Retirement at Jim Hankins Air
Picture taken by Sunit Gupta on 31 January 2013.


At that time the plane was believed to be heading for the boneyard. The picture below indicates the process of cannibalization may have started; the rudder detached and the port landing gear possibly missing.

DC3 Jim Hankins Air
This picture is believed to have been taken in 2013 or later.


According to some online searching, it's possible the plane was still reasonably complete with engines in 2015.

2017 - March 15, 2017 - Registration transferred to Preferred Airparts LLC of Kidron, Ohio and was flown north from Jackson, MS in April 2017 to a strip in Apple Creek, Ohio. The plane was then put up for sale.

2018 - On 25 January 2018 the plane fueled up on the ramp at Byerly Aviation in Peoria Illinois on her flight west.

Dawning of a new day
Dawning of a new day.


Servicing on the ramp
Servicing on the ramp.


Sizing up the work ahead.
Sizing up the work ahead.


Sunset at Byerly Aviation in Peoria Illinois
This picture entitled, "The Final Sunset" was taken on January 25, 2018 by Lorin Chism at KPIA.


Click to view a video of her Final Take-Off


January 29, 2018, after a stop-over in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the plane sucessfully landed at the airport in Spanish Fork, Utah around 11:00 am.

Approaching airport at Spanish Fork, Utah
Approaching airport at Spanish Fork, Utah.


Approaching airport at Spanish Fork, Utah
Approaching airport at Spanish Fork, Utah.


Final approach to the airport in Spanish Fork, Utah
Final approach to the airport in Spanish Fork, Utah.


Final approach to the airport in Spanish Fork, Utah
Final approach to the airport in Spanish Fork, Utah.


Sucessfull touchdown at airport at Spanish Fork, Utah
Sucessfull touchdown at airport at Spanish Fork, Utah.


View from inside the cockpit
View from inside the cockpit.


Fuselage interior stripped clean
Fuselage interior stripped clean.


Getting ready to hit the road
Getting ready to hit the road to its final home.


Early morning start.
Early morning start on the weekend.


Trip across Spanish Fork via city streets.
Trip across Spanish Fork via city streets.


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Almost home . . .
Almost home . . .


Home at last
Home at last. February 12, 2018.


She looks so much better with her wings on.
She looks so much better with her wings on.




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