Saturday 25 May 2013

From the Shoe Box : Globemaster II 52-1038

  Douglas C124C Globemaster II 52-1038 (c/n 43947) trundled into Wellington Airport and parked over between the terminal and the crash fire building.
Photographer now unknow, but I have had these pics for over twenty yeasr and just dug them out from the bottom of one of the shoe boxes marked "misc photos".
 I do know that it went down to The Ice during the 1960 ODF season.
But I think the cars in the park post date that year. I'm thinking mid to late 1960's would fit !

 I like the "No Step" stencil on the blades.
52-1038 was eventually parked up at the MASDAC area at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and was declared as Excess on 15-11-1974.

This is a better view of the car park.


  1. Looking at the cars, I believe I see a Vauxhall Velox PB, Mk IV Zephyr, and Chrysper Valiant AP. These put it at 1962 at the earliest.

  2. I was looking at the Triumph 2000.

  3. Mk-4 zephyr built between 1967-1971

  4. Yes, thought I saw that too.

    Did a bit more Googling, and found that MATS didn't become MAC until January 1966. I also noticed the nosegear doors say 61st MAW. According to Wikipedia 61st Air Base Wing operated between 1966 and 1969

  5. These are great records of the visit. And back in those days, what has turned out as "the archive photographers" could get better access to the aeroplanes and apron thus keeping all of the good details for us to marvel over in the our "more modern days".