MIA Propliners From the 1980’s, My Quick Tour

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After taking in a TICO warbird air show one March in the mid-1980s, I got the chance to tag along with a few friends and spend an hour or two around the cargo and maintenance sides of the Miami International Airport in Florida. There were scores of DC-8s and B-707s being maintained, and more than a handful of propliners still in use as freighters. One of the NOAA WP-3Ds was undergoing an in-depth maintenance check too. Some of the DC-6s and DC-7s looked like they were on their last legs, while others were still going strong. There were Convairs, a pair of Boeing C-97s, a few DC-4s and the odd Lockheed L-188 Electra. Airlift International had a pair of Fokker F-27s on their ramp, one was an ex-Bolivian Air Force airframe. I was surprised to see a lack of Lockheed Constellations on my Monday morning visit; just one derelict that served as an airport CFR training aid, I was told. I saw only one DC-3/C-47 too. Maybe these types were flying for a living, and not standing down for maintenance or deliveries during my short tour. Looking back, I feel quite happy that I saw the planes that I did, as all but a handful of these types aren't operating any more, even the DC-8s and B-707s are a rarity now!

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