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Douglas DC-3 (N33370) - * Not my photo * * Not my photo * (I was only 1 y/o when this was taken.)br /Flashback (Seventy-one years ago back to 1951) ~~br /A Mohawk Airlines DC-3, N33370, "Air Chief Cayuga," at an unknown airport in this very old photo taken in 1951.br /This is another photo from the memorabilia collection of Mr. Larry Myers. To learn why I am posting this photo from Mr. Myers's collection, go to the previous picture in my folder. The full explanation is provided under that picture.br /This particular DC-3 has an interesting history ....br /1943 .... Came off the Douglas production line intended to be delivered to an airline; however, the US government took ownership and it went into the USAAF as 43-2026.br /1944-45 .... To Pan American as NC33370.br /1948 ..... To Robinson Airlines (which became Mohawk Airlines) as N33370 (seen above) and was named "Air Chief Cayuga.'br /1958 ..... Reconfigured as a C-53 and reregistered as N410D. Remained in service with Mohawk.br /Mohawk was bought by Allegheny in early 1970s. Prior to that, N410D (N33370) was WFU by Mohawk and was purchased by a private charter airline; Hansen Air.br /8 Mar 64 ..... While on approach to Chicago transporting 28 members of a ski team, was inbound behind a TWA jet. Encountered vortex turbulence and crashed into a home. One pilot was fatally injured; the other pilot and all members of the ski team survived. N410D was w/o. The probable cause was determined to be the vortex turbulence but a contributing factor was the failure of the pilots to utilize anti-icing features which led to problems controlling the descending plane, esp when it encountered the vortex turbulence behind the TWA jet.
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Douglas DC-3 (N33370)

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* Not my photo * * Not my photo * (I was only 1 y/o when this was taken.)
Flashback (Seventy-one years ago back to 1951) ~~
A Mohawk Airlines DC-3, N33370, "Air Chief Cayuga," at an unknown airport in this very old photo taken in 1951.
This is another photo from the memorabilia collection of Mr. Larry Myers. To learn why I am posting this photo from Mr. Myers's collection, go to the previous picture in my folder. The full explanation is provided under that picture.
This particular DC-3 has an interesting history ....
1943 .... Came off the Douglas production line intended to be delivered to an airline; however, the US government took ownership and it went into the USAAF as 43-2026.
1944-45 .... To Pan American as NC33370.
1948 ..... To Robinson Airlines (which became Mohawk Airlines) as N33370 (seen above) and was named "Air Chief Cayuga.'
1958 ..... Reconfigured as a C-53 and reregistered as N410D. Remained in service with Mohawk.
Mohawk was bought by Allegheny in early 1970s. Prior to that, N410D (N33370) was WFU by Mohawk and was purchased by a private charter airline; Hansen Air.
8 Mar 64 ..... While on approach to Chicago transporting 28 members of a ski team, was inbound behind a TWA jet. Encountered vortex turbulence and crashed into a home. One pilot was fatally injured; the other pilot and all members of the ski team survived. N410D was w/o. The probable cause was determined to be the vortex turbulence but a contributing factor was the failure of the pilots to utilize anti-icing features which led to problems controlling the descending plane, esp when it encountered the vortex turbulence behind the TWA jet.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
** The original photographer of this picture is unknown. If he / she is still alive, that person would be at least 90+ years old. **
Although I tend to think this was taken at Utica Airport (N.Y.), there was no notation on the photo telling where it was actually snapped.
Periodically throughout the upcoming years, I will post some additional pictures from Mr. Myers's collection of Robinson Airlines / Mohawk Airlines / Empire Airlines photos.
davesheehy
Looking forward to them all Gary, thanks for the memories!
Nice presentation. Looking forward to your next entry as well. Old photos are always great!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Dave and William ... Howdy and Thanx. I will be posting more from Larry's CDs but not right away. Before I post, I try to check the web to see if he maybe passed them along to others who may have posted them. I have found some but the guys (two different guys) who posted them did not credit Larry (they were young so I'm sure they did not snap them). In fact, they credited no one. I figure they d/loaded the pics from Larry's site when it was up. If I find some where the folk(s) who post them credit Larry, then I won't post whatever they have posted. So I'll share more every so often. On behalf of Larry Myers, I want to say Thanks to both of you for your interest and enjoyment of the photos he saved. Your interest is a tribute to him. (Wave)
Thanks. I really like these nostalgic photos.
Darryl Sarno
Thank you for sharing this Gary!
Peter Fuller
The Wikipedia entry on Mohawk Airlines says “The airline was based at Ithaca Municipal Airport…until 1958, when it moved to Oneida County Airport…” so this 1951 photo may have been taken at Ithaca.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Michael and Boss .... My pleasure, guys. And TY to both of you. As I said above to others, your interest in this old B&W pic is a tribute to Mr Larry Myers, who had the foresight to save them from being disposed of.
Peter .... Thanx, Pete. (Wave) Geesh. It never even occurred to me to research back to airports prior to Mohawk's Utica based operation. I am presently doing some digging with a friend on another matter but when we finish with that, I will go back to see if there are any historical photos taken at Ithaca. Maybe this hangar will be shown. I very much appreciate the info. (Tip of my cap to you)
My dad, Ron DeVries, was a F-227/CV580/BAC111 with Mohawk. Hired in '68, I was a 2 yr old. We lived in New Hartford, NY while he was based at Oneida Co, then to BOS with Allegheny. 580, 111,and finally the DC-9 till he retired around '96. He lives just north of Houston, doing well both he and mom. He doesn't have many photos, but I'll tell him about this. I went on to graduate from Moody Aviation, then 28 yrs with Mission Aviation Fellowship. I fly mostly single-engine Cessnas in different countries, as well as instructing in Spokane, WA. I love these photos - keep it up!
CHRIS ROBEY
This is a truly wonderful shot Gary, and all thanks to Mr. Myers's collection.
Nice job documenting the history on this bird Gary! Thank You for posting/sharing!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Chris & John .... Sincere Thanx to both of you. Very much appreciate your comments. (Wave)
Bruce >>> I am certain that your recollections are the #1 reason why Larry Myers felt it was important to save the pics and etc. he had found while cleaning out the HQ offices of the (then) defunct Mohawk Airlines. Reading your Comment, I have a single photo, taken at BUF in '68, of a pilot walking toward me and away from a BAC-111. It is a B & W Kodak 620 film shot. Wouldn't it be the most amazing irony if, after all this time, it was your dad? Bruce, I don't post pics that primarily feature people here because I don't believe this gallery is meant to be a "Facebook / Selfie" style gallery, but I'd sure like to get this pic of the pilot to you. Even if it isn't your dad, he may recognize the guy. (My pic used to be on Larry's site but that is shut down now.) If you are perhaps interested, do not post an e/m addy here. Instead, e/m to OldeCarl@gmail.com (The word Olde has an "e,' don't forget the "e.") Give me a day or two as starting today I am hosting an aviation photographer's visit to my area. I'll send that B & W to you. (Wave)
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Peter ... I did discover one old historic photo, taken at Ithaca'a airport back in that time frame, that showed a hangar. There was a distinct difference between the one seen here and the one in that pic. Of course, that does not rule out the possibility that this photo was snapped there but I wanted to let you know I did look into it.
BIGDJB
I used to fly Mohawk back in the late 60's and early 70's. Thanks because this brings back lots of memories as I flew out of Elmira/ Corning and Binghamton NY plus I flew them to many other airports in New York. Thanks for the Memories.
I'm looking for 'the previous picture in my folder' but I'm not having much luck. I found this one in your photos, but the photos on either side of it are modern jets.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Chuck -- read your Comment and tried to post a link to the other one but it isn't working. Easiest way is to click on my name here, when my folder pops up, go to SORT BY and, using the pull down list, scroll down to NEWEST. The folder will reopen showing my NEWEST posts and the two Mohawk pics will be side-by-side. Sorry you had difficulty.
BIGDJB --- I've met aviation photogs (much younger than me, but then, just about everybody is) who claim they have always heard that Mohawk was a poor service airline. But every single person I've met or talked with who, as I did, actually flew on Mohawk has had nothing but praise and fond memories. Mohawk was an excellent regional service airline. (Now, on the other hand, Lake Central ...!#?#%?!#......). TY for commenting and I'm very happy you enjoyed this pic.
john cook
Thank you Gary for bringing us these photos.
adelma
Hi Gary - love the photo and the history. It's likely that I saw this airplane in the late 40's - early 50's when I was growing up near Albany. Got my private ticket at ALB in 1954, and almost got run over (on the ground) by a Mohawk DC-3 while I was taxying a Cub! Maybe this one!!
James Fawls
The lightning bolt stripe is familiar from old American Airlines fleet. Could this Mohawk plane have been recently acquired from American and retained a bit of the old paint job?
Bob Sullivan
Thanks for the addt'l info.
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