Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today at Victorville (VCV/KVCV) Part 1

McDonnell Douglas MD-95 (Boeing 717-2BL) (55180/5132) N795BC, ex XA-CLF was originally delivered to Midwest Airlines on June 14, 2004 as N918ME. When Midwest Airlines was bought by Republic Airlines the MD-95's were phased out and eventually made their way to MexicanaClick a subsidery of Mexicana Airlines. With the demise of Mexicana the MD-95's once again were without a home and at present are being ferried up from Mexico and into storage at VCV as they await a new operator.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 (46942/162) N450AX is operated by 10 Tanker Air Carrier. The aircraft was delivered to National Airlines on June 25, 1975 as N69NA "Betty." When Pan Am and National merged in 1980 the aircraft was painted into the Pan Am livery and named "Clipper Star Light." American Airlines bought this lovely lady on November 25, 1983 and re-registered it as N161AA. She operated with Hawaiian Airlines for a short time but was sold by American Airlines to Omni DC-10 Leasing LLC on July 18, 1997. She was operated by Omni until being WFU and stored at Victorville in December 2003.

Another nice look at DC-10-10 N450AX as she rests in the "Southern California Sun."

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (47926/170) N59083 was delivered to Lufthansa on January 3, 1975 as D-ADGO "Bonn." The aircraft was operated by the carrier until retiring her from the fleet and storing her at Marana, Arizona in January 1993. Belgium carrier Sabena leased the DC-10 and re-registered as OO-SLG operating it until June 6, 1997. Continental Airlines then leased the aircraft from June 1997 until September 2004 as N59083 when it was retired from the fleet. Omni Air International was the last carrier to operate her before she was retired for spares to keep "10 Tanker" in the air.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (46595/299) N540AX is another ex Omni Air International bird being used for spares that are dedicated to the tanker program. She was originally delivered to Condor as D-ADPO on November 21, 1979. Omni Aircraft Leasing bought the DC-10-30 on December 12, 1998. Airtours International leased the aircraft for one month in early 1999. Back with Omni the carrier operated the aircraft until September 2003 when she was WFU and stored at VCV.
(Photos by Michael Carter)

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