Last updated February 1 2017

DOUGLAS DC-6

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Below, postcards from my collection are shown per airline.

Please note that I have no ambition to collect DC-6 postcards a s such, but since I have quite a substantial number of postcards I find it interesting to group them together per aircraft type from a presentation perspective.

Number of postcards: 16

AMERICAN AIRLINES (2)

BCPA -BRITISH COMMONWEALTH PACIFIC AIRLINES (2)

BRANIFF AIRWAYS (x)

EASTERN AIRLINES (1)

NORTHEAST AIRLINES (1)

OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (2)

SAM - SOCIETA AEREA MEDITERRANEA (1)

SAS - SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (x)

SWISSAIR (2)

TEAL - TASMAN EMPIRE AIRWAYS (1)

UAT - UNION AEROMARITIME DE TRANSPORT (1)

WESTERN AIRLINES (3)

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American Airlines

American Airlines operated 88 different DC-6/DC-6B aircrafts between 1947 and 1966.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6 (51 aircrafts)

N90700, N90701, N90702, N90703, N90704, N90705, N90706, N90707, N90708, N90709
N90710, N90711, N90712, N90713, N90714, N90715, N90716, N90717, N90718, N90719
N90720, N90721, N90722, N90723, N90724, N90725, N90726, N90727, N90728, N90729
N90730, N90731, N90732, N90733, N90734, N90735, N90736, N90737, N90738, N90739
N90740, N90741, N90742, N90743, N90744, N90745, N90746, N90747, N90748, N90749
N90950

Douglas DC-6B (37 aircrafts)

N90751, N90752, N90753, N90754, N90755, N90756, N90757, N90758, N90759, N90760
N90761, N90762, N90763, N90764, N90765, N90766, N90767, N90768, N90769, N90770
N90771, N90772, N90773, N90774, N90775, N90776, N90777, N90778, N90779, N90780
N90781, N90782, N90783, N90784, N90785, N90786, N90787

In the collection 1 of the 88 aircrafts are represented.

N90704
Construction number 43275, model Douglas DC-6.
Delivered in July 1951 named Genève.
In service until June 1962 when it was sold to Sterling Airways. Registration OY-EAN.
Written off after a heavy landing at Gothenburg December 23 1967.

DC-6
N90704
(here NX90704)
American Airlines
In flight
over New York
VC
Enell Inc.,
New York
DC-6
N90704
(here NX90704)
American Airlines
In flight
over Los Angeles
VC
William Eccles,
Airport Photography
BCPA - British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines

British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines or BCPA, was an airline registered in New South Wales, Australia in June 1946 with headquarters in Sydney. It was formed by the governments of Australia (50%), New Zealand (30%) and the United Kingdom (20%) to pursue trans-Pacific flights.

BCPA operated 4 different DC-6 aircrafts between 1948 and 1954.
The four aircrafts were intially ordered by SAS with the reserved registrations SE-BDG, SE-BDH, SE-BDI and
SE-BDK, but the order was cancelled.
Registrations used for BCPA were:

Douglas DC-6

VH-BPE, VH-BPF, VH-BPG, VH-BPH

In the collection 1 of the 4 aircrafts are represented.

VH-BPE
Construction number 43125, model Douglas DC-6.
Delivered in November 1948 named Resolution.
In service until October 23 1953 when it crashed during approach to San Francisco killing all onboard.

Accident description (Aviation Safety Network)

DC-6
VH-BPE
"Resolution"
BCPA
British Commonwealth
Pacific Airlines
Unknown airport
VC
Airline issued

Unknown registrations

DC-6
Unknown registration
BCPA
British Commonwealth
Pacific Airlines
Unknown airport
VC
Airline issued
Eastern Airlines

Eastern Airlines operated 14 different DC-6B aircrafts between 1955 and 1967.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6

N90712, N90713, N90724, N90895, N90896, N90998

Douglas DC-6B

N3022C, N3023C, N3024C, N3025C, N3026C, N6120C, N6521C, N6532C

In the collection none identified of the 14 aircrafts are represented.

Unknown registrations

DC-6
Unknown registration
Eastern Airlines
Weir Cook, Indianapolis (IND)
U.S.A.
VC
Koch News Co.,
Indianapolis, Indiana.
Printed by Curteichcolor
Northeast Airlines

Northeast Airlines operated 18 different DC-6B aircrafts between 1957 and 1968.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6B

N34954 (leased)
N6255C
N6580C, N6581C, N6582C, N6583C, N6584C, N6585C, N6586C, N6587C, N6588C, N6589C
N8221H, N8222H, N8223H, N8224H
N90770, N93121

In the collection 1 of the 18 aircrafts are represented.

N6582C
Construction number 45539, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered 1957/1958 (?).
In service until ??? Eventually sold to Rosenbalm Aviation, new registration became N111AD.

DC-6
N6582C
Northeast Airlines
Unknown airport
VC
Hannau Color Productions
Miami Beach, Florida
Olympic Airways

Olympic Airways operated 11 different DC-6/DC-6B aircrafts between 1948 and 1954.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6

F-BGSK (leased), SX-DAH (leased)

Douglas DC-6B

SX-DAD, SX-DAE, SX-DAF, SX-DAI, SX-DAM, SX-DAP, SX-DAQ, SX-DAR, SX-DAS

In the collection 2 of the 11 aircrafts are represented.

SX-DAD
Construction number 45539, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered 1957/1958 (?).
In service until ??? Eventually sold to Rosenbalm Aviation, new registration became N111AD.

DC-6
SX-DAD
Olympic Airways
Corfu (CFU)
Greece
VC
Hippocrate Lycoudes & Co
Corfu, Greece
Printed by Krüger

SX-DAE
Construction number 45540, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered ???
In service until ???

DC-6
SX-DAE
Olympic Airways
In flight
VC
Airline issued
SAM - Societa Aerea Mediterranea

SAM operated DC-6/DC-6B aircrafts between 1961 and 19xx.
I will not list all registrations here, rather add them one by one as they appear in my collection.

Douglas DC-6B

I-DIMU

In the collection 1 aircraft is represented.

I-DIMU
Construction number 44888, model Douglas DC-6B.
Taken over (bought?) from Alitalia in 1961.
In service until ???

DC-6B
I-DIMU
Societa Aerea Meditterranea
In flight
VC
Airline issued
SAS - Scandinavian Airlines

SAS operated 27 different DC-6/DC-6B aircrafts between 1948 and 1964.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster (13 aircrafts)

LN-LAG, LN-LAH, LN-LMF (ex SE-BDB)
OY-KLO (ex OY-AAF), OY-KLU (ex OY-AAE), OY-KLY (ex SE-BDC)
SE-BDA, SE-BDD, SE-BDE, SE-BDF, SE-BDL, SE-BDM, SE-BDO

Douglas DC-6B (14 aircrafts)

LN-LML, LN-LMO, LN-LMP, LN-LMS, LN-LMT
OY-KMA, OY-KME, OY-KMI, OY-KMU
SE-BDP, SE-BDR, SE-BDS, SE-BDT, SE-BDU

In the collection 19 of the 27 aircrafts are represented.

Swissair

Swissair operated 8 different Douglas DC-6 aircrafts between 1951 and 1962.
Registrations used were:

HB-IBA, HB-IBB, HB-IBC, HB-IBE, HB-IBI, HB-IBO, HB-IBU, HB-IBZ

In the collection 2 of the 8 aircrafts are represented.

HB-IBE
Construction number 43275, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered in July 1951 named Genève.
In service until June 1962 when it was sold to Sterling Airways. Registration OY-EAN.
Written off after a heavy landing at Gothenburg December 23 1967.

DC-6
HB-IBE
Swissair
In flight
VC
Editions JAEGER, Genève

HB-IBU
Construction number 44088, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered in October 1953 named Vaud.
In service until March 1962 when it was sold to Balair. Registration remained HB-IBU.
Later on with Span East Airlines in Florida as N617SE and with Lukas Air in Zaire as 9Q-CVM.

DC-6
HB-IBU
Swissair
Zürich (ZRH)
Switzerland
VC
Photoglob-Wehrli, Zürich
TEAL - Tasman Empire Airways

TEAL operated 3 different Douglas DC-6 aircrafts between 1951 and 1962.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6

ZK-BGA (ex ZF-BFA), ZK-BGB (ex ZK-BFB), ZK-BGC (ex ZK-BFC)

In the collection 1 of the 3 aircrafts are represented.

ZK-BGC
Construction number 43128, model Douglas DC-6B.
Bought from BCPA (British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines) in May 1954. Previous registration was VH-BPH.
In service until May 1965 when it was sold to New Zealand Air Force.

DC-6
ZK-BGC
TEAL
Nandi International (NAN)
Fiji
VC
Curteichcolor
UAT - Union Aeromaritime de Transport

UAT operated 9 different Douglas DC-6 aircrafts between 1951 and 1962.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6

F-BGSK, F-BGTX

Douglas DC-6B

F-BGSL, F-BGTY, F-BGTZ, F-BGVV, F-BHMR, F-BHMS, F-BIAO

In the collection 1 of the 9 aircrafts are represented.

F-BGTZ
Construction number 43827, model Douglas DC-6B.
Bought from SABENA 1954(?). Previous registration was OO-SDF.
In service until December 26 1958 when it crashed during an attemted start from Salisbury airport in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). 3 passengers were killed.

Accident description (Aviation Safety Network)

DC-6
F-BGTZ
UAT
Unknown airport
VC
Editions P.I., Paris
Western Airlines

Western Airlines operated 31 different Douglas DC-6 aircrafts between 1951 and 1962.
Registrations used were:

Douglas DC-6B

N93102, N93103, N93104, N93105, N93106, N93107, N93108, N93109

N93110, N93111, N93112, N93114, N93115, N93116, N93117, N93118, N93119

N93120, N93121, N93122, N93123, N93124, N93125, N93126, N93127, N93128, N93129

N93130, N93131, N93132, N93133

In the collection 2 of the 31 aircrafts are represented.

N93122
Construction number 45177, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered new in August 1957.
In service until July 1965. Eventually with Conair registered as C-GKUG.

DC-6
N93122
Western Airlines
Cheyenne Municipal (CYS)
Cheyenne, WY
U.S.A.
VC
Noble Postcards
Colorado Springs, CO
U.S.A.

N93125
Construction number 45321, model Douglas DC-6B.
Delivered new in January 1957.
In service until July 1965. Possible leased a period to CP Air.
Later with Conner Air Lines coverted to a freighter (1973) and registered as N28CA.
The last years it flew in Alaska with Tatonduk Outfitters (N28CA).

DC-6
N93125
Western Airlines
Casper (CPR)
Casper, WY
U.S.A.
VC
Noble Postcards
Colorado Springs, CO
U.S.A.

Unknown registration

DC-6
Unknown registration
Western Airlines
Oakland International (OAK)
Oakland, CA
U.S.A.
VC
Mike Roberts
Berkeley, Calif.
U.S.A.