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Flying Tiger Line

Flying Tiger Line - was founded on 24 June 1945 by R.W. Prescott and other members of the "Flying Tigers" American Volunteer Group, the airline operated known under the name of National Skyway Freight Corporation. The airline started the operations with 14 Budd Conestogas, later being replaced by C-46s and DC-4s. In January 1953 Flying Tiger intended to lease a 049 from Intercontinental, though the aircraft was destroyed during a training flight prior to delivery. In September 1955, the airline became one of the first to order ten new 1049Hs convertible model with a subsequent order of two more. The first 1049H was delivered on 1 February 1957 and by end of June 1957 ten plus 2 leased aircraft were delivered. The aircraft flew the scheduled main trans Continental services from New York to Burbank, Detroit to San Francisco and Cleveland and Detroit to Burbank. Also diversified charters for MATS were flown across the Pacific. Also routes to Europe, mainly Frankfurt were flown. Additionally the Connies were deployed on passenger charters for BOAC on the route Montego Bay to London and flying British emigrants from London to Canada. 


c/n 4809 N6912C on approach to Frankfurt, May 1960, Zoggavia Collection.

From 1957 until 1962, when the Canadair CL-44 entered scheduled service, the Super Connies were the backbone of Flying Tiger's operations. Although the CL-44s had taken over some of the scheduled freight routes, the airline continued to operate a large number of 1049Hs until the late 1960s, purchasing, building and leasing nine further aircraft to their original twelve aircraft (some of them had been lost in accidents between 1958 and 1964. 


L-1049H, converted 1049G N174W seen at Chicago, April 1965, Zoggavia Collection.

In June 1966, seven 1049Hs were transferred to a subsidiary company, Flying Tiger Air Services, which operated charters in South East Asia during 1966 - 1967. By end of 1967 all but remaining ten 10049H, had been retired. In middle of 1968 all remaining Connnies were withdrawn from use and replaced by CL-44s and DC-8 Freighters.

Model
  c/n  
   Reg.  
From To   
 049
1962 N38936
53 53
  1049H 
 4636 N9749Z
N174W
63 
66
 1049H
 4648 N7121C
64
65
1049H
4674
N9746Z
N173W
64
65
 1049H 4804 N6911C 57 62
 1049H 4809
N6912C 57 66
 1049H 4810 N6913C 57 62
 1049H 4811 N6914C 57
65
 1049H 4812 N6915C 57 64
 1049H 4814 N6916C 57 66
 1049H 4815
N6917C
57 66
 1049H 4816
N6918C
57 66
 1049H 4817  N6921C 57 62
 1049H 4818
N101R 64
64
 1049H
4819
N6919C
57
67
 1049H
4822
N6920C 57
58
 1049H 4825
N6922C 57 63
 1049H 4827
N6923C
58
62
 1049H 4840
N45516
63
67
 1049H
4843
N45515 63
67
 1049H
4852
N6924C
58 60
 1049H
4853
N6925C 58
60


Construction number/registration/type

c/n 4809 N6912C L-1049H

c/n 4811 N6914C L-1049H

      c/n 4812 N6915C L-1049H


c/n 4814 N4916C L-1049H


c/n 4815 N6917C L-1049H


c/n 4815 N6917C L-1049H

c/n 4815 N6917C L-1049H


c/n 4819 N6919C L-1049H

c/n 4853 N6925C L-1049H


c/n 4648 N7121C L-1049H


 
c/n 4843 N45515 L-1049H


c/n 4843 N45515 L-1049H


c/n 4840 N45516 L-1049H














Notes

March 57 - March 62,  FTAS 66 - 67

Delivered to Flying Tiger Line 25 March 1957 as N6912C FN 802. Transferred to Flying Tiger Air Services 1966 and in service until 31 December 1967. Back to Flying Tiger, stored and later sold to Wrangler Jeans & Sportswear 25 February 1969,

Photo taken at Tachikawa, Japan, October 1960, Clinton H. Groves Collection

March 57 - December 65

Delivered to Flying Tiger Line 8 March 1957 as N6914C FN 804. Painted in Quicktrans markings October 1965. Crashed on the southwest face of Blanca Peak, CO on 15 December 1965, killing the crew. The Connie was on a scheduled freight service from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Photo taken at Chicago, September 1960, Clinton H. Groves Collection




March 57-  December 64

Delivered to Flying Tiger Line 15 March 1957 as N6914C FN 805. Crashed on Sweeney's Ridge during the initial climb out from San Francisco airport at 00.31 (PST) on 24 December 1964, killing the crew.   The aircraft was on a scheduled freight service from San Francisco to New York JFK.

Photo taken October 1959, Clinton H. Groves Collection

April 57 - March 66


Delivered to Flying Tiger Line 4  April 1957 as N6916C FN 806. Painted in Quicktrans markings October 1965. Stored Kingman AZ, by mid -1968.


Photo taken at San Francisco, CA September 1964, Zoggavia Collection




April 57 - March 66, FTAS 66 - 68

Delivered to Flying Tiger Line 9  April 1957 as N6917C FN 807. Painted in Quicktrans markings October 1965. Leased to Flying Tiger Air Services until 1 January 1968. Stored Kingman AZ, until sold in 1969.


Photo taken at San Francisco, CA September 1964, Zoggavia Collection.





N6917C in FTAS service.



Photo taken August 1967, Zoggavia Collection
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N6917C seen at Manchester in 1964, Zoggavia Collection.








May 57 - 67

Delivered to Flying Tiger Line as N6919C, FN 809 on 20 May 1957.  Leased to Korean Airlines as HL4002 14 April 1966 - 22 March 1967. Sold to Murphree 25 February 1969.


Seen here at London Heathrow in 1961




September 58 - 60,
September 66 - October 66

Originally assigned to Dollar Lines, not taken up, to Flying Tiger Line as N6925C, FN 815 on 29 September 1958.  Leased and later sold to Trans International 14 November 1960. In 1966 sold back to Flying Tiger. Sold to China Airlines as B-1809, 24 October 1966.

Seen here at Detroit, April 1960, Zoggavia Collection.


May 64 - June 65

Delivered as 1049G to Hughes Tool on 21 June 1956 and leased/sold to TWA as N7121C FN 121. Damaged during pressurization test at New York Idlewild on 25 June 1959. Aircraft was rebuild with the fuselage of the R7V-2 turboprop Connie c/n 4132. Leased to Flying Tiger 1 May 1956 until 28 June 1965 FN 821 and used as passenger aircraft. Later to International Aerodyne.
Photo taken October 1964, Zoggavia Collection.


August 63 - December 67

Leased from World Airways with FN 819 8 August 1963, and bought 4 May 1966. Stored Kingman, AZ, by mid 1968.


Seen here at Chicago, September 1963, Zoggavia Collection.









Here in full Flying Tiger colors photographed on approach to Los Angeles, CA airport
May 1965, Zoggavia Collection.






July 63 - December 67


Leased from World Airways with FN 818 7 July 1963, and bought 26 April 1966. Stored Kingman, AZ, by mid 1968.


Seen here at New York, NY John F. Kennedy, October 1965, Zoggavia Collection.