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Old 7th Oct 2020, 10:53
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Sorry, I can't remember. The DC-7 was registered HK-1300 if that is of any help.
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 21:00
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It most certainly is. HK-1300 was stored in "Gus" Conner's junk yard. The A-26 is very likely the former N9424Z which is said to have been stored at MIA for several years. Does anyone know when these planes were scrapped?

The unpainted B-25 is N87Z which was destroyed during a drug run around 1982/ 83. It had previously been flying in a discreet olive drab color scheme with the only identifying mark being a minute N# painted on the tail bumper.

The On-Mark Marketeer was N4050A, most famous for its role in the movie Badlands, which also featured Martin Sheen. It spent some time with Hill Air Co. at FLL before being taken to California where it was combined with another wreck for static display on a USAF base.

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Old 7th Oct 2020, 21:37
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I don't recall either HK-1300 or an Invader at Miami in February '84.
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https://aviation-safety.net/photo/16...DC-7BF-HK-1300
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 23:06
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Originally Posted by T J Johansen View Post
It most certainly is. HK-1300 was stored in "Gus" Conner's junk yard. The A-26 is very likely the former N9424Z which is said to have been stored at MIA for several years. Does anyone know when these planes were scrapped?
HK-1300, onetime DC-7B N335AA with American, worked down through US supplemental operators, spent some time on the Biafra run with a Swedish humanitarian organisation, at Miami from 1970 with a range of Bermudan, US and Colombian registrations, had a ground fire in 1973 and started to be broken up but seems to have taken years to do so, big pieces still around Miami by the late 1970s. Possibly by the clean cuts seen in the photo sections were grafted onto other aircraft.

N9424Z not to be confused with fellow A-26 N9425Z, which starred in the Spielberg movie "Always".
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 23:35
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I've just been googling for any report/ log of the various companies operating out of MIA, and am now a little confused. This 1980 report by Graham Robson argues that the Conner compound was west of the railroad tracks and 68th St., meaning it was outside the airport perimeter. See report 3/4 down the page:
THE FIRST TIME - 40 YEARS AGO

When I go to historicaerials.com and look at their 1980 aerial of MIA I can't find a single airframe west of 67th St. So does anyone know exactly where the Conner compound was located? Another report claims it was next to Southern Air Transport on the inside of the airport. See report 3/4 down the page:
Maimi's Corrosion Corner

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Old 8th Oct 2020, 02:51
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If you look at the 1980 Historic Aerials view of Miami around where the junction of NW22nd St and NW68th Ave is now - where there is now what appears to be a ramp up onto a roof top car park for the western most cargo sheds - you can see what I think is the compound with 5 C-46s aligned E/W and the DC-7 aligned N/S between them. Can't link to the map and screenshotting invokes a copyright warning....

I'm sure all that area had been/was being redeveloped by the time I visited in early '84 and the threshold of 09R extended westwards to where it is now. The friend I was travelling with mentioned the compound which he recalled on a previous visit around 1979. I think we did look for it but he was pretty sure it had been flattened.

Ah, the Miami Airways Hotel - remember staying there on a later visit!

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Old 8th Oct 2020, 09:45
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The area which became the cargo terminal area, west of the diagonal runway, used to be before the 1960s-70s warehousing for the Florida fruit industry. The branch railway line which passes to the west of the airport seems to have had multiple reroutings as time has passed and it has been pushed further away from the airport, but it used to have sidings curving right into this area between the warehouses that the fruit trains shunted into. The writer could have been referring to any of these. When I went in 1991 a cargo train actually came along and made the huge bend around the end of 09R that was installed when the runway was extended.

There used to be a pilots' shop in the corner of a large office block just south of the 09R threshhold, on the stub of 72St. I went there in I think 1996 and still have a range of books from there. Nonchalently went back 10 years later and it was just grass, all buildings completely cleared away, like a moment from a Hollywood B movie. Having made a notable diversion in our journey specifically to go there and waxed eloquently about how good it was and worth the trip, Mrs WHBM (not on the horizon in 1996) was not too impressed.
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