(foto, colección Juan Carlos Velasco)
Post Data del 8 de octubre:
¿Qué sería uno sin los amigos? ¡Nada! Juan Carlos Velasco, atenti al lupo como siempre, me hace llegar el siguiente párrafo desclasificado de sus propios X Files (sin cobrar, y por los puros aplausos, como suelen ser las cosas por estos pagos), en el cual se intenta una explicación acerca de la supuesta disconformidad de la foto del Packet con dos matrículas que encabeza este artículo y los historiales consignados en forma mayoritaria y osadamente cuestionados por mi ignorancia (y temporal indolencia para buscar más a fondo) también más arriba. Aquí lo dejo caer, para aclarar un poco la película. Después de su lectura, entonces, podemos asignar el verdadero valor de la fotografía de arriba, que -como es mencionado- también pertenece al nutrido archivo velasquiano:
After a nine year service with the USAF, s/n: 44-23015 was declared surplus in August 1955 and put up for commercial sale on the civil market. It was purchased in January, 1956 by one Samuel Rudolph who paid the USAF a sum of US$16,869.50 to release it from the Davis-Monthan storage facility. Registered as N6989C, innovative aviation company Steward-Davis Inc. picked it up two years later in May 1958. Records show that the aircraft was fitted with a Westinghouse J30-W Jet-Pak at this time and then sold to Chile as CC-CRA-0507. The sale was cancelled however and the aircraft returned to Steward-Davis as N6887C. It was then leased to a Dutch gold mining co. called Lawa Goudvelden (Lawa Gold-sites), who had rights to a large gold deposit in the Lawa River region in Surinam, South America. Theres no evidence though that the C-82A ever left American shores. It was however, given a very attractive Lawa Goudvelden paint scheme which it retained throughout it's career in whichever role it played. New Frontier Airlift Corp. gained full ownership of N6887C in March, 1961 with Steward-Davis still managing the aircraft's operations. These operations included test flights by the USAF in late 1961 for Jet-Packet 1600 evaluations; a lease to The Las Vegas Sun newspaper in early 1964 and a lease to Eureka Merchants Associations in January, 1965. N6887C flew relief flights of food and equipment for Eureka to the isolated area of Humboldt County, CA.
The C-82A was then leased out to The Flight of the Phoenix production company, then looking for useable C-82A aircraft for their film. N6887C was repainted in the movie's Arabco Oil Co. logos and lost all identifying markings, not even a fake registration was created for the film.The FAA issued a certificate to employ the C-82A for filming between June 29 and July 29, 1965 giving the film crew one month to capture the shots that set the story in motion. Required scenes was a take-off sequence from a remote runway and air-to-air shots over a desert locale. Tallmantz Aviation Inc. supervised the filming with Steward-Davis pilots flying the C-82A which clocked up less than 14 hours flying time during the film company lease.
Post Data del 9 de octubre:
Me llega una interesante y detallada colaboración de parte de Simon Beck, de http://www.uswarplanes.net, en la cual puntualiza el historial del avión s/n 44-23027 & CC-CRA 0507. La copio íntegra, para el provecho de los lectores de E.O.A.
Ivan, The photos on the link about the Chilean C-82 history is very interesting. My apologies, I cannot read Spanish but it looks to be a very informative article. I thought you might like a history of "CC-CRA-0507":
1946-1956 USAF as 44-23027.
1956 Samuel C. Rudolph as N5095V.
1956-1958 Steward-Davis Inc. as N5095V.
1958-1959 Chile as CC-CRA-0507.
1959-1961 S.C. Rudolph Lumber Corp. as N5095V.
1961-1963 Far North Flying Service as N8009E.
1963-1967 M&F Inc. as N8009E.
1967-1968 Robert G. Sholton as N8009E.
1968-1980 Florida Aircraft Leasing Corp. as N8009E.
1980 Outsized Cargo Inc. as N8009E.
1980-?? Flying B. Inc. as N8009E.
??-2005 Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc. as N8009E.
2005-2006 The Pride Capital Group as N8009E.
2006-present Hagerstown Aviation Museum as N8009E.
This aircraft was a Steward-Davis Jet-Packet 3200 but I noticed in the photo it had the 1600 Jet-Pak fitted in Chilean service. When it returned to the US it was fitted again with the 3200 unit as N8009E. This aircraft still exists today in Hagerstown, Maryland, where the museum there intends to display it as a static fuselage. The sale of N6887C to Chile was cancelled with N5095V going instead as "0508".