The flag is on the aircraft.
What are you doing in South Africa Alex? :D
Alex, you are a wretched guy!! LooooL
In addition to making exagerated numbers of teasing, you share with us your holidays pictures whereas the decent people are working or at the university!!!!!??? LooooooooooooooooooooooooooL
I notice "Watch instructor" ans the VC logo on the shirt of two guys...
Where are you, what are you doing???!!! ^^
Its not a DC3 but may be a DC6, Alex. Tricycle landing gear rather than a tail wheel. The DC6 had 4 engines but none of the pics show more than one engine.
In any case, SAA doesn't fly that vintage aircraft anymore, nor do any of the other airlines based in South Africa.
The SA aircraft museum did restore one (that originally belonged to Canadian Pacific Airlines) around 1999-2000. But I don't think they have it anymore It was a Douglas DC6B.
I suspect that you went up for a little "joy-ride" at an airshow somewhere, or on a touring aircraft, but not in South Africa.
Could the water be the Mediterranean or even Lake Geneva??
Must have been quite a racket sitting next to the port engine, like that. Can you still hear ?
Great photos in a real classic Aircraft!!!! Thanks for sharing.
So did you strap on a VC Explorer Series or Overseas for the flight?
No, idea, but where you are, but I am going to take a wild guess and say France.
(even though the flag in SA, but does not look like SA)
You're probably right about France (le Midi, peut-etre?)
As far as the SA flag, the design looks right, with artistic license, but the colours look wrong.
Anyway, there isn't any other African flag that's even close.
That aircraft if it is in fact a DC6 has very interesting history, if you're a "plane nut".
Alex is in South Africa
Last pic, Asian guy on the left...
After carefully reviewing the photos, I have concluded that this is fact a 2 engine aircraft, namely a DC3.
The last photo is misleading since it makes the airplaine look level (ie with a nose gear) whereas in fact it has a tail wheel.
So my inital assessment was incorrect. Only the DC3 had 2 engines. The later models, DC4 and 6 had four. The 2nd photo shows only one engine on the port wing.
The photo below shows what I believe is the actual aircraft. The picture was taken in South Africa in 2006.
Uuum South Africa?
Everyone looks very happy so it must be something very exciting
Maybe our good friend Alex is enjoying an Air Safari in South Africa enroute to a VC event.
Could this be the aircraft (Convair 440)? The one in the picture looks too level to be a DC3 (with tail wheel). So this baby with tricycle undercarriage could be it. What do you say, Joseph.
That's what I thought initially, Kazumi. But in the first photo, the nose does look tilted up a bit.
In addition, the Convair, DC6 and DC4 all had 4 engines.
Furthermore, you can see in the last photo that the cabin door is quite close to the ground requiring only 5-6 steps to climb up. The others because of the nose gear have a cabin entrance much higher above the ground requiring a moveable gangway (see photo).
My apologies, Kazumi. You are indeed correct. The Convair 440 had only 2 engines and I believe that it is fact the aircraft pictured.
Here's some interesting links:
So maybe it was South Africa after all!!
though I am expert in neither...
It would have been nice to hop into one of those vintage aircraft (though vintage watches might be a safer hobby)!
Seeing that aeroplane makes me think you are back in the 50s.
A qualifed guess inside South Africa (!), near a mine.
Bring some souvenirs from the mine to me,
a nugget or so
Your pics are now fantastic, Alex!
nice to see some old friends. Did you have fun?