1944 Grumman G-21A Goose, c/n B-101, CF-VFU, FIFT. Dockside somewhere up Knight Inlet, B.C., Canada in spring 1969.

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan (ISO 125/22°) 36-exposure black & white negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, March 2011

“The whole history of the Canadian North can be divided into two periods—before and after the aeroplane.”
Hugh L. Keenleyside, Deputy Canadian Minister of Mines and Resources, October 1949

Thursday, May 10, 2012

1958 Grumman C-1A Trader (Model G-96), c/n 78, BuNo 146048/6048/16, Blue Ghost #6, N7171M, Palm Springs Air Museum

In the hot sun at 15:18 PDT

1958 Grumman C-1A Trader (Model G-96), c/n 78, BuNo 146048/6048/16, Blue Ghost #6, N7171M, Pond Warbirds LLC, Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP/KPSP), Palm Springs, California, USA
  • Capt. Arthur D. Ward USNR, VR-24 Fleet Tactical Support Squadron “Ghost Riders (World’s Biggest Little Airline), Essex-class training aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CVT-16) “The Blue Ghost”, US Navy
  • powered by two 1,525-hp Wright R-1820-82WA Cyclone supercharged nine-cylinder, single-row, air-cooled radial piston engines with constant-speed three-blade Hamilton Standard Hydromatic propellers
  • retractable landing gear
  • crew of two (pilot and co-pilot), nine passengers or 3,500 lbs of cargo, COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) transport/all-weather carrier operations trainer
  • folding wings, enlarged, deepened fuselage, rearward-facing passenger seats, tail hook, known as “Mailman of the Fleet”
  • built by The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, Long Island, New York, USA at Bethpage, Long Island, New York (F)
  • built as TF-1 Trader
  • one of 87 built
  • delivered to US Navy
  • redesignated as C-1A Trader in 1962
  • BuNo 146048/6048/JM-048
  • provided carrier onboard delivery to USS Lexington from NAS Pensacola
  • last operational C-1A Trader, last launch from USS Lexington on September 27, 1988 and retired from active service three days later on September 30, 1988
  • donated to National Naval Aviation Museum (formerly known as National Museum of Naval Aviation), NAS Pensacola (NPA/KNPA), Escambia County, near Pensacola, Florida, USA
  • on loan from US Navy
  • N7171M, Robert J. Pond, Pond Warbirds LLC, Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP/KPSP), Palm Springs, California, USA on September 10, 1996
  • displayed in airworthy condition

Spring Break vacationing in Palm Springs from Saturday, March 17 to Saturday, March 24, 2012. I visited the Palm Springs Air Museum on Thursday, March 22 from after 14:00 to about 17:00 PDT. 

At 15:19 PDT

[Casio Exilim EX-Z20 point-and-shoot 8.1 MP digital camera, 38–114-mm f/3.1–5.9 lens]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, March 2012

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