Caribbean Dreaming

Regular contributor Ron Mak delves into his archive to give us a fascinating look at traffic operating out of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands between 1979 and 1981.


Eastern Air Lines accepted delivery of Boeing 727-200, N8122N (c/n 18273), in November 1964. The venerable tri-jet was sold to Memphis-based FedEx Express in May 1989 and registered as N503FE. It was withdrawn from use to Mojave Airport, California, in October 1999 and scrapped in 2003.


During the author’s visit, this Fairchild F-27F – a licence-built Fokker F27 Friendship – was operated briefly by Puerto Rican operator Oceanair as N3NR (c/n 030). Delivered to Mexican carrier Secretaria de Hacienda in 1959, it served with the country’s air force before being utilised by multiple airlines including Las Vegas-based Bonanza Airlines and Hughes Air West. After its short Oceanair stint between 1981-1982, the Rolls-Royce Dart-powered aircraft remained in the region until being scrapped in Florida in 2003.

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