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Douglas DC-7B


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45086


Ex Eastern Airlines N 817D. Destroyed in fire practice at Malmö-Bulltofta 22.05.1969.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45087


Ex Eastern Airlines N 818D. Wfu in Malmö 08.1969 and finally scrapped in 1972.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45088


Ex Eastern Airlines N 819D. The aircraft was leased to Turk Hava Yollari in full c/s 03.1967 and was during this lease damaged beyond repair while landing in Munich 20.01.1968. After this the a/c was used by fire service until 1976.

SE-ERC – DC 7B from Transair was leased to Turk Hava Yollari from March 20, 1967. However the plane was damaged at an incident at Munich Airport Jan 20, 1968. In landing the nose gear collapsed and the plane dropped forward and stopped with the nosecone resting directly on the runway. Hereby also the inner engines props were bended.

The plane was taken away from the runway but was doomed “not reparable”. It was used for fire drills until 1976. During the leasingperiod SE-ERC was flying in full Turkish color scheme and titles, which you can see on the pictures below from the incident.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45089


Ex Eastern Airlines N 820D. Wfu and stored in Malmö 10.1969 and finally broken up 1970.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45331


Ex Eastern Airlines N 822D. Wfu and broken up in Malmö 06.1969.

Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45337


Ex Eastern Airlines N 828D. Wfu and stored in Malmö 08.1968 and broken up 1969.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45339


Ex Eastern Airlines N 830D. Wfu and stored in Malmö 12.1968 and broken up in 1969.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45451


Ex Eastern Airlines N 845D. Wfu and stored Malmö 11.1968 and finally broken up 1969.

During scrapping at Malmö-Bulltofta the nose-section was saved by the scrapping personal and was moved to a scrapyard in Ystad. It was found there 20 years later (1989) and was moved to Malmö-Sturup Airport where it was placed outside the Transair Museum. Later moved to the place for fire-practice because it was impossible to restore the nose-section.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45346


Ex Eastern Airlines N 837D. This aircraft made the LAST Transair passenger flight by a propliner.

On October 31 1969 SE-ERL made the flight Malmö-Munich-Malmö-Stockholm/Arlanda and then back to Malmö. After landing that evening the aircraft was towed to the Transair Hangar and this was the end of operations with propliner for TSA. The aircraft was scrapped in Malmö later the same year.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 44910


Ex South African Airways ZS-DKD. Wfu and stored in Malmö 01.1968 and scrapped in 1969.


Douglas DC-7B, c/n 45477


Ex South African Airways ZS-DKG. Wfu and stored in Malmö 12.1967 and was finally broken up in 07.1968 after a total of only 17 798 hours and exactly 10 years after it was first delivered to SAA. See pictures from the scrapping below.

This DC 7B has now ended its service with Transair and is being towed away for destruction…

…and here the rudder is already missing from the fin.

The once so mighty DC 7B is down on its tail.

Photo: Imre Varga