Douglas DC-4

N83267, DC-4
N83267, DC-4
N30068, DC-4
N30068, DC-4
N86557 seen in SAN, boarding passengers. (Jon Proctor)
N86557 seen in SAN, boarding passengers. (Jon Proctor)
N93267, as seen in 1959. (Jon Proctor)
N93267, as seen in 1959. (Jon Proctor)
N30068, as seen in SFO. (Jon Proctor)
N30068, as seen in SFO. (Jon Proctor)
The full side view of N86557, as seen in SFO. (Robert D. Archer, via Jon Proctor)
The full side view of N86557, as seen in SFO. (Robert D. Archer, via Jon Proctor)
A closeup of the nose of N86557, as seen in SFO. (Robert D. Archer, via Jon Proctor)
A closeup of the nose of N86557, as seen in SFO. (Robert D. Archer, via Jon Proctor)
N88747 on the ramp. (Lawrence Smalley)
N88747 on the ramp. (Lawrence Smalley)
N86557 deplaning passengers in San Diego. (Thomson Productions)
N86557 deplaning passengers in San Diego. (Thomson Productions)
N30068 spotted in 1957, boarding passengers in SFO. (Harry Sievers via Jon Proctor).
N30068 spotted in 1957, boarding passengers in SFO. (Harry Sievers via Jon Proctor).

PSA bought two ex-Capital DC-4's in 1954, as the airline grew in popularity. The DC-4 offered more comfort than the DC-3, and held twice as many passengers. All four were retired from scheduled service in 1959, but some held on to perform charters until 1961. Jim Patterson recalls his first flight being in one of these airplanes, chartering a plane full of Native Americans in Winslow, Arizona.

The fleet statistics listed below are from PSA archives. They do not correspond with what I have seen in production list books. In this case, I have elected to use PSA data over the production list data.



Flt #RegistrationTypeMSNLNHistory
68N30068DC-410288DC19US Army Air Force 03/08/1944 - 03/31/1947
United 'Cargoliner Cape Cod' 04/01/1947 - 07/27/1956
Giles Co. LT PSA 07/27/1956 - 11/01/1960
Starways G-ARJY 3/61-9/19/61
DBR - overran runway
267N93267C-54A7476DO84US Navy 03/25/1944 - 05/29/1947
Colonial Airways 'Skycruiser America' 5/47-6/1/56
PSA, 6/56-4/62 06/01/1956 - 04/01/1962
Mercer Enterprises, 4/62-12/69
Can. Arctic Co-op C-FQIX 12/69
Air Commonwealth /70, WFU Winnipeg
DBF Thompson, Manitoba, Canada 6/1/79
557N86557C-543119DC9US Army Air Force 09/30/1942 - 01/01/1946
Capital /46-11/55 'Capitaliner Harrisburg'
PSA 11/01/1955 - 02/01/1960
Stewart Air Services 2/12/60-/65
Blatz Airlines /65, WFU /70
BU Chico, CA 2/76
747N88747DC-43116DO6US Army Air Force 09/29/1942 - 07/01/1946
Capital 7/46-11/55 'Capitaliner Newark'
PSA 11/01/1955 - 11/01/1960
Starways G-ARIY 2/15/61
WFU Liverpool 7/64, BU 1965