Douglas DC6A - DC6C

Due to the expansion of pilot training at Kamina (Belgian Congo) an urgent need for large passenger transport arose.
In 1958, two new DC6A aircraft were purchased from the manufacturer Douglas. These were joined by two former Sabena DC6Cs.
The aicraft were operated by 15 Transport Wing - 21 Squadron.
In 1976 all aircraft were sold to a French company.

DC6A
KY-1 c/n 45458/986 Callsign : OT-CDA
  • 000458: roll out Douglas Aircraft Co, Santa Monica, CA
  • 000458: (N7819C ntu) Slick Airways Inc, San Antonio, TX; Burbank/San Francisco (USA)
  • 000058: bought from Slick Airways
  • 220558: KY-1 Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (callsign OT-CDA)
  • 250558: arrived at Melsbroek AFB
  • 210559: registered to Ministerie van Defensie, Brussels as OO-SMR (CofA 1245) and leased to Sabena, Brussels. (TT 524 hrs)
  • 140959: last Sabena operation
  • 121059: returned to Belgian Air Force as KY1/OT-CDA
  • 240172: cancelled as OO-SMR
  • 010376: last international flight Andrews AFB - Melsbroek AFB
  • 160776: transferred to Koksijde and wfu (TT 16125 hrs)
  • 000876: to Ets.A.Fontaine - Brussel (exchanged for goods)
  • 000177: sold to Société Secmafer Aviation, Aeroport de Nice Côte d'Azur, F 06000 Nice (later SF-Air) as F-BYCG
  • 170477: delivered Koksijde-Nice
  • 000477-000679: noted at Nice
  • 260777: Certificat de Navigabilité (CdN) issued (registered on the French civil register)
  • 311279: operations ceased
  • 150180: to N37778 Westair International Inc., Monument, CO
  • 070680: ferryflight Nice-Shannon-Gander-Tucson, AZ
  • 230680: registered on the US Civil Register
  • 101080: noted at Tucson as N37778
  • 001280: cancelled as F-BYCG
  • 001281: sold to BAYU Indonesia, Jakarta-Halim as PK-BAX named "Saweda".
  • 271085: noted at Jakarta-Kemayoran in good condition
  • 001189: noted wfu in derelict state at the now closed Jakarta-Kemayoran airport.
  • 000991-001093: still stored at Jakarta-Kemayoran due to financial problems of Bayu Indonesia
  • 000094: sold for 1.200.000 BFR and transferred to "DC6 Family Restaurant" (Pesawat DC-6 Restoran) at Pancuk Pass 96, Bogor, along the road Jakarta-Bandung. Aircraft is mounted on poles, in very bad condition, engines were removed as are the rudders and several other parts.
  • 000703: l/n in derelict state at Puncuk (repainted in "Konica Film" advertising livery)

Short history: N7819C (ntu), KY-1/OT-CDA, F-BYGG, N37778, PK-BAX
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KY-2 c/n 45518/998 Callsign OT-CDB
  • 000658: roll out Douglas Aircraft Co, Santa Monica, CA
  • 200658: (N7820C ntu) Slick Airways Inc, San Francisco, CA
  • 200658: KY-2 Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (callsign OT-CDB)
  • 260658: arrived at Melsbroek AFB
  • 230776: transferred to Koksijde and wfu (TT 14583 hrs)
  • 000177: sold to Société Secmafer Aviation, Aeroport de Nice Côte d'Azur, F 06000 Nice (later SF-Air) as F-BYCH
  • 170477: delivered Koksijde-Nice
  • 170677: Certificat de Navigabilité (CdN) issued (registered on French civil register)
  • 311279: ceased operations (stored)
  • 000680: sold to Aero B, Caracas (Venezuela) as YV-293C (name 'Maracaibo')
  • 191180: noted at Miami IAP, FL (USA)
  • 000083: active until this date, ceased operations (stored at Caracas)
  • 010983: sold to Atlas Aircraft Corporation, 7400 NW 41 Street, Miami, Florida 33166
  • 010983-200894: stored at Maiquetia IAP (Venezuela)
  • 200884: transferred to USA
  • 161084: sold to Trans-Air-Link Corp., 501 NW 62nd Avenue, P.O.Box 521298, Miami, Florida 33152
  • 161084: application for registration N870TA
  • 211184: cancelled as YV-293C
  • 250185: registration N870TA issued
  • 030485: authorisation for deactivation of the cabin pressurisation system - "E" compartment by Hayes International Corporation, Dothan Division, P.O.Box 929, Dothan, Alabama 36302
  • 120685: repair upper skin LH+RH outer wings
  • 250685: application for airworthiness certificate
  • 270685: airworthiness certificate issued
  • 080296: transfer of aircraft from : Trans-Air-Link Corp., P.O.Box 522177, Miami, Florida
  • 33152 to Trans Air Supply Corp., 445 East 10th Avenue, Hialeah, Florida 3301 for the amount of 10 USD. Afterwards the aircraft were leased back to Trans-Air-Link
  • 080296: application for registration N870TA by Trans Air Supply Corp.
  • 150296: registration issued
  • 001196: stored at Miami, FL
  • 061098: l/n Opa Locka (Florida, USA), operational Trans-Air-Link
  • 000999: engine changed and heavy maintenance at Opa Locka, FL
  • 031199: operational Trans-Air-Link Corp, Opa Locka, FL (noted)
  • 051000: l/n Melbourne (Florida, USA), operational for Trans-Air-Link
  • 161100: sold to Universal Airlines Inc., 238-C Airport Road, Statesville NC 28677-8622
  • (subsidiary of : Universal Weather&Aviation Inc.) and re-registered to N170UA, based at Victoria, Texas
  • 000901: noted airworthy at Stateville, North Carolina (USA).
  • 000503: noted airworthy at Victoria, Texas (USA)
  • 000705: last noted airworthy at Seatlle, Boeing Field (USA)
  • 000807: noted stored at Kenai, Alaska (USA), missing two engines, but it is expected back in service by Spring2008

Short History : N7820C (ntu), KY-2/OT-CDB, F-BYCH, YV-293C, N870TA, N170UA
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DC6C
KY-3 c/n 44420/479 Calsign OT-CDC
  • 000000: reservation made for registration at Belgian CAA
  • 140454: registered Sabena NV, Leopoldville (CofR C.232)
  • 000554: roll out Douglas Aircraft Co, Santa Monica, CA
  • 280554: handed over to Sabena NV at Santa Monica, CA
  • 290554: delivered as DC6A at Zaventem
  • 140954: converted to DC6C standard by Sabena NV
  • 140954: registered as OO-CTO for Sabena, Brussels (CofA 1011)
  • 230357: collided on ground with DC7C OO-SFC (repaired) (TT 8330 hrs)
  • 090657: returned to service
  • 231259: KY-3 Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (callsign OT-CDC) (TT 16163 hrs)
  • 001259: OO-CTO Sabena NV, Brussel (leased for operations in Belgian Congo)
  • 160260: registered to Ministry of Defence, Brussel
  • 000060: fitted with nose radar
  • 151060: returned Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (TT 17833 hrs)
  • 240172: cancelled to OO-CTO
  • 001173: last IRAN inspection by Sabena NV, Brussel (TT 31675 hrs)
  • 041275: wfu Belgian AF, Melsbroek AFB
  • 030276: transferred to Koksijde and stored (TT 31770 hrs)
  • 000876: to Ets.A.Fontaine, Brussel (exchanged for goods)
  • 000277: sold to Société Secmafer Aviation, Aeroport de Nice Côte d'Azur, F 06000 Nice (later SF-Air) as F-BYCI
  • 180477: delivered Koksijde-Nice
  • 000677: Secmafer/SFAIR, Nice
  • 001277: noted still carrying OT-CDC registration
  • 150678: Certificat de Navigabilité (CdN) issued (registered on French civil register)
  • 000879: in service until this date
  • 001179: sold in USA (Westair International) as N4860M
  • 090280: noted at Tucson, AZ. (USA)
  • 280280: to Jim Cullen, Tucson, AZ
  • 190580: noted at Tucson, AZ. (USA) as N4860M (stored)
  • 000080: to Westair International Inc., Monument, CO
  • 000981: sold to BAYU Indonesia, Jakarta-Halim as PK-BAY named "Nakula"
  • 271085: noted at Jakarta-Kemayoran in good condition
  • 000189: stored at Jakarta-Kemayoran
  • 001189: wfu-derelict Jakarta-Kemayoran
  • 000991: still stored at Jakarta-Kemayoran due to financial problems of Bayu Indonesia
  • 000003: still stored at Jakarta-Kemayoran

Short History : OO-CTO, KY-3/OT-CDC, F-BYCI, N4860M, PK-BAY
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KY-4 c/n 44421/489 Callsign OT-CDF
  • 000000: reservation made for OO-CTP at Belgian CAA
  • 000654: roll-out Douglas Aircraft Co, Santa Monica, CA
  • 030754: handed over to Sabena NV at Santa Monica, CA
  • 070754: delivered as DC6A at Zaventem
  • 290754: registered as OO-CTP for Sabena NV, Leopoldville (CofR 1007/C.233)
  • 000854: converted to DC6C standard at Sabena NV
  • 000659: fitted out with nose radar
  • 161159: tt 16175 hrs (406 hrs since last revision) (engines : cn 33836 (1546 hrs since last revision), cn 34120 (2 hrs since last revision), cn 33426 (1546 hrs since last revision) and cn 27566 (1546 hrs since last revision)
  • 231259: to Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (call-sign OT-CDF)
  • 120260: registered as OO-CTP to Ministry of Defence, Brussel, leased to Sabena NV
  • 300960: returned Belgian AF, 15 Wing TC, 21 Squadron, Melsbroek AFB (tt 18302 hrs)
  • 240172: cancelled as OO-CTP
  • 050276: transferred to Koksijde and wfu (tt 31841 hrs)
  • 000876: to Ets.A.Fontaine, Brussel (exchanged for goods)
  • 000177: sold to Société Secmafer Aviation, Aeroport de Nice Côte d'Azur, F 06000 Nice (later SF-Air) as F-BYCJ
  • 180477: delivered Koksijde-Nice
  • 000277: Certificat de Navigabilité (reservation), used as spares source for this three brothers
  • 001078: noted at Nice without left engines
  • 000879: noted complete at Nice (stored)
  • 000879: sold to USA (Atlas Aircraft Corp.) as N844TA
  • 270879: ferried to Miami, FL
  • 110979: Atlas Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL.
  • 120979: noted at Miami
  • 050280: Miami Air Lease, Miami, FL.
  • 060280: noted at Opa Locka
  • 041180: noted at Miami
  • 281180: crashed into sea during flight Miami-Bahamas near South Bimini Island (Bahamas), 2 crew killed, 2 passengers killed. Aircraft struck the water and broke up during a clandestine flight (cause of crash : illegal flight fase) (leased by : Miami Air Lease, Miami)
  • 210583: registration cancelled

Short History : OO-CTP, KY-4/OT-CDF, F-BYCJ, N844TA
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