Post by Tom/CalClassic on Mar 14, 2021 10:35:26 GMT -5
Interesting history - there were actually two of them. The first one, c/n 18368, was built as a USAF C-54B in 1944, and sold to TWA in 1946. Then sold to POAS in 1948 and registered HS-PC-204, which merged with Siamese Airways in 1951 and became HS-POA. It crashed while landing at Bangkok with an engine on fire on July 13, 1951.
The second one was c/n 7488, built as a C-54A in 1944, and sold to Chicago and Southern in 1946 and on to Philippines Air Lines in 1948. Sold to POAS in July 1951 as HS-POE which then merged with Thai Airways in November 1951 and reregistered HS-TSA. It was transferred to the Thai Air Force in 1958, then sold to Botswana National Airways in 1966 and then on to other operators in Africa where it had a long life, ending up with Aero Air (Pty) Ltd in South Africa as ZS-IPR in 1995.