MARTIN 404 (N636X)
Pacific Air Lines Martin 404 N636X at Van Nuys on June 23, 2000. It was delivered to TWA on July 16, 1952, registered as N40429. Its name was Skyliner Peoria. In 1959 it was sold to California Airmotive Corporation. Subsequently it was owned by E. F. McDonald, James McAlister, Montex Drilling Corporation, Airworld Incorporated, Whitesell Construction Corporation, Joe Simpkins Oil, Tiffany Industries Isd., Phase II Incorporated, and Sun & Wind Incorporated. It is currently registered to the Planes of Fame Air Museum. The bulge on the top rear of the engine nacelle is a housing for a JATO unit.
Brian - the Martin 4-0-4 airliners were a frequent visitor and sighting when I was growing up. Southern Airways operated a fleet of Martin 4-0-4 "Aristocrat" aircraft (based out of Atlanta) for a number of years on their many routes stretching across the Southeastern U.S. in the halcyon era of regional airline travel. These were all acquired by Southern from Eastern Airlines starting in 1961 to replace the Douglas DC-3 type as they were then flying.
What a great shot of the Martin. Has a ventral stairway too.
My first flight in any airplane was in a Pacific Air Lines Martin 4-0-4 from SBA - LAX in March 1958. A particularly cool feature (I thought) was the airstair under the tail, like on a DC-9.
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