Aircraft Operated by Transocean Air Lines
Transocean Air Lines        1946 - 1960
TOTAL: 146 AIRCRAFT, OF WHICH 68 WERE DC-4s
In addition,
Taloa Academy of Aeronautics had a total of 56 single-engined trainers at its peak.

Key:
*Other B-377 Stratocruisers purchased by TAL but never flown: N407Q, N408Q, N4110, N413Q, N414Q

LAES = Landing Aids Experiment Station

TEC = Transocean Engineering Corporation

AED = Atlantic-European Division

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MANUFACTURER
MODEL
REG #
MISC. INFO
PERIOD
OPERATED
LINKS
Boeing
Stratocruiser
B-377*
N401Q
 
1958-1960
 
N402Q
 
 
N403Q
 
Photo Image
N404Q
  Photo Image
N4050
   
N406Q
  Served BOAC from Dec
1949 until sale to
Transocean in Dec 1958
N409Q
  Photo Image
N41 0Q
   
Total:  8
     
 
TB-17G
44-85607
LAES
1947-1950
Photo Image
 
 
Total:  1
 
 
 
Cessna
T-50 (UC-78)
N2130
 
1948-
 
170A
N3844V
TEC
 
 
182
N5836B
 
 
 
 
 
Total:  3
 
 
 
Consolidated
PBY-5A
 
 
 
 
"Taloa Majuro"
N31232
Trust Territory
1949-1958
 
"Taloa Truk"
N31233
 
"Taloa Ponape"
N31234
Photo Image
"Taloa Saipan"
N31235
 
"Taloa Guam"
?
 
    Total:  5
     
Convair
CV-240
N1018C
 
 
 
N1019C
 
 
 
 
 
Total:  2
 
 
 
Curtiss
C-46E
N59487
 
 
 
C-46F
N4680V
 
 
 
N130ON
Mid-East
1949-1954
 
N51424
Mid-East
1949-1954
Photo Image 21, 22, 23,
25, 26
N51854
Alaska-leased from Golden
1950-1952
 
N68963
Alaska-leased from USAF
1949-
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Photo Image
N68964
 
N68965
 
 
N68966
 
 
 
N68967
Alaska-leased from USAF
1950-1952
 
N68968
Photo Image
N68987
Mid-East/Alaska
1949-
 
N74141
Leased from Pan American
 
Was USAAF 44-78649,
and used post war by Pan
Am, TAL, among others
before coming to Ortner.
N81954
Alaska-leased from Golden North
Airways
1950-1952
 
   
N92854
 
1958-
 
(Air Jordan JY-ABY)
 
N9900F
 
1955-
 
   
Total:  16
 
 
 
MANUFACTURER
MODEL
REG #
MISC. INFO
PERIOD
OPERATED
LINKS
Douglas
DC-3
55L
Leased from Caralina Pacific
1958-1959
 
2703A
 
 
 
(EP-ACU Iranian
AW, JY-AAB Air
Jordan)
N33641
Mid-East
1954-
 
(EP-ADI, Iranian
AW)
N3980C
1955-
Photo Image
 
DC-3 B
N17314
1949-1954
 
N54595
 
N78907
Pt. Barrow Wheels-Skis
1950-1952
 
(TJ-ABH/JY-ABH Air
Jordan)
N9896F
Mid-East
1949-1954
 
 
 
Total:  9
 
 
 
DC-4





















DC-4

























DC-4































DC-4
N1220V
Leased
1946-1959
 
N226A
 
1948 -
 
N2750A
Leased from L.A. Air Service
 
 
N30042
Ex C-54B 43-17142. Converted by
Douglas to DC-4 standard in Dec
1945 for sale to United who
operated it as a freighter until Dec
1956. Sold to Transocean & leased
to Lufthansa during 1958/59 in full
colours but retaining N30042.
1956-1959
Photo Image
(AW/EP-ADZ
Iranian)
N30045
 
1956-1960
 
 
N30048
 
1956-1957
Photo Image
N30054
 
1956-1959
 
(JY-ABC Air Jordan)
N30069
 
1956-1958
 
 
N4269
 
1956-1957
 
N4664S
 
1952-1960
 
"African Queen"
N4665V
 
1953-1955
 
"Argentine Queen"
N4726V
Read the story of the Argentine
Queen
Owned by Transocean from 1948
until 1956. Leased to Airwork March
to December 1955 for a transatlantic
freight schedule FRA-LHR-MAN-NY
Idlewild.
1953-1955
Photo Image Q, Q2, Q3,
Airwork LTD
 
N4837V
 
 
N4890V
 
1953 -
 
(AP-ADK Pak-Air)
N48762
 
1947-1948
 
''Taloa Tokyo"
(AP-ADL Pak- Air)
(HZ-AAG Saudi
Arabian)
N49288
 
1948-1952
 
 
N50787
 
 
 
N5288N
 
 
During 1955 Airwork Ltd of
London operated a
transatlantic freight
schedule from Heathrow
via Manchester to Idlewild
(JFK) using chartered
aircraft. N5288N wears
the company titles but the
initials of the owner,
TALOA, on the fin band
when arriving at Ringway
on a westbound run.
N54373
Leased from Seabound- Western
 
 
N57670
Leased from California- Eastern
Airlines
 
 
N60115
Leased from Pan American
 
 
First Named "Miss
Independence,"
then "Taloa Manila
Bay"
N66635
TAL's 1st A/C

read the story...
1946 -
 
''Taloa Shanghai''
(HZ-AAI Saudi
Arabian)
N66644
TAL's 2nd A/C
1946-1952
 
 
N68579
Leased from Air Carrier Service
7/1-7/23/57
 
(PI-C106 PAL)
N68923
 
 
 
 
N68942
 
 
 
(HZ-AAH Saudi
Arabian)
N68961
AED
1946-1950
Photo Image
 
N68963
 
 
N68965
 
 
N68967
 
 
"Kansas City Kitty"
N68969
AED*****(re-registered to N88796)
read the story...
1953 -
Photo Image
(YA-BAH Ariana
Afghan)
N74648
AED
 
 
 
N75337
Leased from California- Eastern
7/3-9/2/57
 
N75416
Leased from Trans-Caribbean
June 9, 1952 until April 25, 1955
March
1953-1955
Photo Image
N79000
 
1958-1959
 
(PAL)
N79043
 
 
 
 
N79047
 
 
 
N79048
TAL's 3rd A/C
1946 -
 
N79990
AED Leased from U.S. Overseas
National
 
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Accidents
N79991
AED Leased from California Eastern
 
 
N79992
AED Leased from U.S. Overseas
National
 
 
"Taloa Calcutta"
N79993
AED Leased from USAF
 
The first DC-4 series to
visit Ringway, TAL's
NC79993 arrived from
Shannon while diverting
from Burtonwood.
Operated 1948/50, then to
Overseas National.
 
N79994
Leased from U.S. Overseas National
 
 
"Oklahoma City"
N79998
 
 
Transocean Aircraft
Accidents
 
N79999
Leased from U.S. Overseas National
 
 
N88709
Leased from Northwest
 
 
N88756
 
1952-1957
Photo Image
"Royal Hawaiian"
N88784
 
 
Photo Image
 
N88785
Leased from Northwest
prior to
10/48
 
N88817
Leased from Panagra or Northwest
 
 
N88818
Leased from Northwest
 
 
N88942
Leased from Pan American
 
Transocean Aircraft
Accidents
Aviation Safety Database
N90405
AED
1948-1949
 
N90407
 
 
 
(HZ-AAF Saudi
Arabian)
N90415
 
1948-1952
 
 
N90427
AED
 
 
(SAR-4 Saudi
Arabian) (King Ibn
Saud)
N90901
 
1948-1952
 
 
N90911
Leased from USAF
 
 
"Taloa Panama"
N90915
 
 
Photo image
Photo image
 
N95495
TAL's 4th A/C
 
1946-
(JY-ACD Air Jordan)
N9864F
 
1958-1959
 
 
N9894F
Leased from US Navy
1955-1957
 
(Saudi Arabian)
N9937F
 
 
 
 
N9938F
Leased from Pan American
 
 
 
N9939F
Leased from USAF
1954-
 
(EP-ADJ Iranian AL)
N9940F
 
1956-1958
Photo Image
(EP-ADK Iranian AL)
N9941F
 
1954-
Photo Image
    Total:  68
     
"The Royal
Hawaiian"
DC-6B
N90806
Pacific
1952-1953
Photo Image
Transocean Aircraft
Accidents
Aviation Safety Database
    Total:  1
     
MANUFACTURER
MODEL
REG #
MISC. INFO
PERIOD
OPERATED
LINKS
Grumman
G-44
Widgeon
N68395
Alaska-leased from Jim McGoffin
1950-1952
Photo image
 
Total: 1
 
 
 
SA-16A
N9942F
Trust Territory
1958-1960
Photo image
N9943F
Photo image
N9944F
Photo image
?
 
 
 
Total:  4
 
 
 
Lockheed
18 Lodestar
N54549
Executive Airplane, Oakland
 
 
 
Total:  1
 
 
 
L-749A
N9813F
AED
1958-1959
 
N9816F
 
Photo Image
N9830F
 
 
 
Total:  3
 
 
 
L-1049G
N1880
Mortgaged by B of A National Trust &
Savings and leased to TAL
1957-1960
Photo Image
N1927H
Leased from Air Finance Corp
Photo Image
 
 
Total:  2
 
 
 
Martin
2-0-2
N93039
Japan
1951-
Transocean Aircraft
Accidents
Aviation Safety Database
N93041
Japan-leased to Japan Airlines
 
N93043
 
N93046
Japan
 
 
N93048
 
 
 
N93049
Japan-leased to Japan Airlines
 
 
N93051
 
 
 
N93053
Japan
 
 
N93055
Military Airlift Command
 
 
N93056
 
 
 
N93059
 
 
 
N93060
Japan
 
 
N93061
Military Airlift Command-leased to
Japan Airlines
 
 
    Total:  13
     
Noorduyn
Norseman
N49375
Alaska
1950-1952
 
N75938
 
N61321
Photo image
N55555
Alaska-leased from Ken Armstrong
 
 
 
Total:  4
 
 
 
Piper
Super Cub
N__661
1179A
Alaska
1950-1952
 
 
 
Total:  2
 
 
 
Stinson
Reliant
N__051
Alaska
1950-1952
 
 
 
Total:  1
 
 
 
Travel Air
S-6000-B
N-9844
Alaska-leased from Archie
Fergueson
1950-1952
 
 
 
Total:  1
 
 
 
L749 Constellations:
By the late 1950s, the DC-4s had become somewhat antiquated for transatlantic passenger work, so Transocean acquired
four Lockheed L749 Constellations in early 1958 for its passenger charters. Mostly these were used on the Atlantic, although
the Connie saw some service over the Pacific as well. There is no record of N9812F in the Shanwick diaries, so perhaps it
was deployed to the Pacific. The other three, N9813F, N9816F and N9830F, are mentioned frequently throughout 1958 and
into 1959, always routing Gander to Shannon and return. These Connies were used on passenger charters to London and
Prestwick and also on MATS charters to Frankfurt, via Shannon.

Martin 202:
The Shanwick diaries on 4th July 1951 record Martin 202 N93041 of Transocean en route from Keflavik to Shannon,
estimated time o£ arrival 0441, morse radio call WHLTH.  It was flown on that occasion by the airline's founder Orvis Nelson
and was en route to the Middle East for an inspection of Transocean's operations there, including Air Djibouti. This aircraft
had been purchased by Transoccan from Northwest, and was later operated by Transocean on behalf of Japan Airlines.
Boeing Stratocruisers:
Transocean acquired 14 former BOAC Stratocruisers, four of which were put into service over the Atlantic for the summer of
1958. These four were N401 Q, N402Q, N403Q and N404Q. Of these, N404Q operated a New York-Dublin-Gatwick service
on 13th June, returning to New York via Shannon the following day. N403Q routed from Prestwick to Shannon on the
morning of 31th July 1959. Flights continued until the end of September 1959 with N404Q concluding the programme on
30th September '59 with the operation of a Gatwick-Shannon-New York service. Sadly, the cost of operating then
Stratocruisers proved prohibitive and led to the bankruptcy of Transocean in 1960.
Boeing B-17:
Transocean Air Lines had a client by the name of Colonel Andres Soriano of the Philippines, reputedly one of the richest
men in the world, and for him they acquired a B-17 which they modified to executive configuration and operated on his
behalf. The B-17 was N68269 which was registered to Transocean in February 1947 and operated until it was sold in
October 1949. Mostly this aircraft was used for travel between San Francisco and Manila and around the United States, but it
was used for one
around-the-world flight, which brought it through Shannon. Routing was San Francisco (Oakland) -
Honolulu-Wake Island-Guam-Manila-Bangkok-New Delhi-Karachi-Cairo-Rome-Bordeaux-Paris-Bordeaux- Shannon-
Keflavik-Gander-New York-Oakland.
Convair 240
Transocean, through its associate, the Babb Company, acquired two former LAI of Italy Convair 240s, which were registered
N9845F and N9846F, and which were supplied to Air Jordan. N9846F is noted in the Shanwick diaries routing Keflavik to
Shannon on 11th June 1958.
Curtiss C-46:
Transocean was requested in 1949 to assist in the start up of an airline for French Somaliland, to be known as Air Djibouti.
At that stage, war surplus C-46s were available for lease from the US Government for the exceptional value of $300 a month
each, so Transocean took six aircraft on lease for various projects. These were registered to Transocean as N68963
-/4/5/6/7 and 8, and two were allocated to the Air Djibouti operation and painted in full Air Djibouti colour schemes, retaining
the American registrations.
The first aircraft to be delivered may have come through Shannon on its delivery flight, but the second one definitely did, in
mid winter 1949, and is documented as routing from Bradley Field to Goose Bay (where it was delayed for some days for an
engine change)-Thule, Greenland-Shannon-Rome-Asmara, where Air Djibouti was based. The company continued in
business until 1952, when it was closed down due to operating rights difficulties. C-46 N68964 was noted passing through
Shannon in late 1952 in full Air Djibouti colour scheme. It was subsequently returned off tease by Transocean to the US
Government and sold by them elsewhere.
When Air Djibouti was closed down, Transocean transferred its business to Air Jordan, another company it supported, and
supplied this company with C-46s N68966 and N68967. On 29th August 1953 N68966 is recorded in the Shanwick Diaries
as departing Shannon for Keflavik on its way back home, and it too was then returned off lease back to the US government.
Interestingly, it was later sold to Capitol Airways who flew it for many years, including on Lufthansa freight schedules around
Europe. On its way home from that deployment in November 1966 it was wrecked on take off from Keflavik, the wreck
lingering on the dump at Keflavik for many years.
Douglas DC-4:
Transocean built up a formidable DC-4 fleet in the early post war years, which was used on services over the Pacific, to
Central and South American and across the Atlantic to Europe and the Middle East. A major source of business in the post
war years in Europe was flying emigrants from the Old World to the New and Transocean was heavily involved. The first
mention of Transocean in the newspapers is for 12th  August 1947 when one of its DC-4s came through Shannon carrying
40 emigrants to Canada, but had to turn back thirty minutes after departure due to an electrical fault and divert to Prestwick,
as Shannon was then fog bound. By October 1947 Transocean had 14 DC-4s engaged in emigrant flights.
In March 1949 Orvis Nelson commanded a Transocean DC-4 which undertook a round-the-world flight, routing
Oakland-Bradley Field-Gander-Shannon-Frankfurt-Rome-Damascus-Karachi-Calcutta-Hong Kong-Okinawa-Tokyo-Guam-
Wake Island-Honolulu-Oakland.
Emigrant flights continued into 1949, including the transport of large numbers of Italians emigrating to Venezuela. One of
these flights, on 14th August 1949, ended in tragedy. The DC-4 N79998 (morse radio call KHHZU) with 49 passengers on
board had departed from Rome en route to Shannon, intending to fly onwards to Gander and then Caracas. Due to poor
navigation technique and some bad luck, the flight ended up off course and flew out over the Atlantic, not realizing that it had
flown past Shannon. When the error was eventually realized, the DC-4 turned back towards Shannon but ran out of fuel and
came down in the Atlantic a few miles off the Clare coast. Although most were rescued, sadly a few of the passengers
perished.
Morse communication was in use at that time, as voice would not be widely used until 1952. The Shanwick diaries record a
Transocean DC-4 WHJHU Shannon to Keflavik on 17th August 1949 and WHJGY Shannon to Paris on 20th August '49,
which was carrying the remains of those passengers who had lost their lives in the crash off the Irish coast. KHVQJ was
another Transocean DC-4 on 25th August 1949, from Shannon to Copenhagen, although it is identified as N79994.
Saudi Arabian was one of the airlines which Transocean assisted during the 1950s, including supplying five DC-4s to the
airline. The former Transocean aircraft were painted and overhauled at Oakland before being flown to Saudi Arabia on
delivery through Shannon. Clearance was given for the five aircraft to pass through Shannon between 12 June and 20 July
1952, the aircraft in question being HZAAF, G, H and I and SA-R-4, which was for operation on behalf of the Saudi Royal
Family and even had a throne installed for the use of King Ibn Saud. It was used by the king to travel between his winter
palace at Riyadh and his summer palace at Taif, five hundred miles away. Following disposal by Saudi years later, this
became 00-FAI of Fairey Freight and was an occasional visitor to Dublin hauling meat, somewhat of a comedown from its
royal duties. Another Transocean DC-4 noted passing through Shannon during 1952 on the company's own flights was
N226A, which years later would become EI-AOR of Aer Turas.
Starting in 1954 Transocean received a large contract to fly Rhesus monkeys to the United States where they were used for
medical research. These were flown across the Pacific from Manila and also from New Delhi in India through Europe and
Shannon and across the Atlantic. In addition Transocean flew general pager and freight charters over the Atlantic with its
DC-4s, including MATS flights with USAF personnel and their dependents. DC-4s noted passing airborne from Shannon at
0103 hours en route to Gander with 76 souls on board.
Another airline supported by Transocean  was Iranian, with DC-4 EP-ADK over the ocean on 25th January 1955 en route
Gander to Shannon on delivery to Iranair. It appears that this aircraft had to return to Bradley Field for further work as it was
again over the ocean from Gander to Shannon less than two months later, on 19'th  March 1955. On 26th August 1957
N30045 routed from Windsor Locks direct to Shannon, which may also have been a delivery flight, as it became EP-ADZ of
Iranair shortly thereafter.
Lufthansa was another airline assisted by Transocean. As well as supplying navigators to the German airline for its Super
Constellation aircraft, Transocean also agreed to operate Lufthansa's transatlantic cargo services. Two DC-4s were
allocated to this contract, N30042 and N9864F, both of which were painted in full Lufthansa colour scheme but they
remained American registered and flown by Transocean crews. Starting in December 1957, flight DLH 040 westbound and
DLH 041 eastbound flew across the Atlantic twice weekly, routing Frankfurt-Manchester-Shannon-Gander-New York and
return. This operation continued until March 1959 when the DC4s were replaced by Transocean L1049 Super Constellation
N 1880, which was also painted in full Lufthansa scheme and delivered New York to Shannon on 5th March 1959. It was in
use until November 1959, when the contract was taken over by Flying Tiger Line for a few months until Lufthansa started to
operate their own cargo services with two of their own Starliners, which had been converted to freighters.