Aircraft Operated by Transocean Air Lines

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
 

Follow LINKS to: 

Cruisers, Boeing, Convair & Curtiss

Douglas DC-4

Constellation & Martin

Old 635

Argentine Queen

Kansas City Kitty

Benny Big-Feet

No. 648

Workhorse Harry

Cruisers, Boeing, Convair & Curtiss

Cruisers
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. 

MANUFACTURER

BOEING

CESSNA

CONSOLIDATED

Taloa Majuro

Taloa Truk

Taloa Ponape

Taloa Saipan

Taloa Guam

CONVAIR

CURTISS

Air Jordan

JY-ABY

MODEL

 

Stratocruiser B-377*

TB-17G

 

T-50 (UC-78)

170A

182

PBY5A

 

 

 

 

 


CV-46E

C-46F

REG #

 

N401Q

N402Q

N403Q

N404Q

N405Q

N406Q

N409Q

N410Q

Total: 8

44-85607

Total: 1

 

N2130

N3844V

N5836B

Total: 3

N31232

N31233

N31234

N31235

?

Total : 5

 

N1018C

N1019C

Total: 2

 

N59487

N4680V

N130ON

N51424

N51854

N68963

N68964

N68965

N68966

N68967

N68968

N68987

N74141

N81954

N92854

N9900F

Total 16

MISC. INFO

In the movie Came to Kill

LAES

TEC

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Mid-East

Mid-East

Alaska-leased from Golden

Alaska-leased from USAF

Alaska-leased from USAF

Alaska-leased from USAF

Alaska-leased from USAF

Alaska-leased from USAF

Mid-East/Alaska

Leased from Pan American 

Alaska-leased from Golden North Airways

PERIOD

OPERATED

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1947-1950

1948-

1949-1958

1949-1958

1949-1958

1949-1958

1949-1958

1949-1954

1949-1954

1950-1952

1949-

1949-

1950-1952

1950-1952

1949-

1950-1952

1958-

1955

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.

MANUFACTURER

DOUGLAS

(EP-ACU Iranian AW, JY-AAB Air Jordan)

(EP-ADI, Iranian AW)

(TJ-ABH/JY-ABH Air Jordan)

(AW/EP-ADZ Iranian)

(jJY-ABC Air Jordan)

African Queen

Argentine Queen

(AP-ADK Pak-Air)
'Taloa Tokyo (AP-ADL
Pak- Air) (HZ-AAG
Saudi Arabian)​

First Named "Miss
Independence," then
"Taloa Manila Bay"

CESSNA

''Taloa Shanghai''
(HZ-AAI Saudi Arabian)

(PI-C106 PAL)

(HZ-AAH Saudi Arabian)
 

"Kansas City Kitty"

(YA-BAH Ariana Afghan)

(PAL)

"Taloa Calcutta"

Oaklahoma City 

Royal Hawaiian 

(HZ-AAF Saudi Arabian)
 

(SAR-4 Saudi Arabian)
(King Ibn Saud)

"Taloa Panama"

(JY-ACD Air Jordan)

(Saudi Arabian)

 

(EP-ADJ Iranian AL)

(EP-ADk Iranian AL)

The Royal Hawaiian

MODEL

DC-3

DC-3

DC-3

DC-3

DC-3B

 

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

 

 

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-4

DC-6B

REG #

55L

2703A

N33641

N980C

N17314

N54595

N78907

N9896F

Total: 9 

 

N1220V

N226A

N2750A

N30042

430045

N30048

N30054

N30069

N4269

N4664S

N4665V

N4726V

N4837V

N4890V

N48762

N49288

N50787

N5288N

N54373

N57670

N60115

N66635

 

N66644

N68579
N68923

N68942

N68961

N68963

N68965

N68967

N68969

N74648

N75337

N75416

N79000

N79043

N79047

N79048

N79990

N79991

N79992

N79993

N79994

N79998

N79999

N88709

N88756

N88784

N88785

N88817
N88818

N88942

N90405

N90407

N90415

N90427

N90901

N90911

N90915

N95495

N9864F

N9894F

N9937F

N9938F

N9939F

N9940F

N9941F

Total: 68

N90806

Total: 1

MISC. INFO

Leased from Caralina Pacific

Mid-East

 

Mid-East

Mid-East

Mid-East

Pt. Barrow Wheels Skis

Mid-East

Leased

Leased from L.A. Air Service

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.

Owned by Transocean from 1948 until 1956. Leased to Airwork March to December 1955 for a transatlantic freight schedule FRA-LHR-MAN-NY Idlewild.

Leased from Seabound-Western

Leased from California- Eastern Airlines

Leased from Pan American
TAL's 1st A/C

TAL's 2nd A/C

Leased from Air Carrier Service
 

AED

AED

AED

AED

AED (re-registered to N88796)

AED

 

Leased from California- Eastern
Leased from Trans-Caribbean
June 9, 1952 until April 25, 1955

TAL's 3rd A/C
AED - Leased from U.S. Overseas National

AED - ​Leased from U.S. Overseas National

AED - ​Leased from U.S. Overseas National

AED - ​Leased from U.S. USAF

Leased from U.S. Overseas National

Leased from U.S. Overseas National

Leased from Northwest

Leased from Northwest
Leased from Panagra or Northwest

Leased from Northwest

Leased from Pan American

AED

AED

Leased from USAF

TAL's 4th A/C

 

Leased from US Navy

 

Leased from Pan American

Leased from USAF

Pacific

PERIOD

OPERATED

1958-1959

1954-

1955-

1949-1954

1949-1954

1950-1952

1949-1954

1946-1959

1948-

1956-1959

1956-1960

1956-1960

1956-1959

1956-1958

1956-1957

1952-1960

1953-1955-1953-1955

1953-1955

1953-

1947-1948

1948-1952

1946-

1946-1952

7/1-7/23/1957

1946-1950

1953-

7/3-9/2/1957

1953-1955

1958-1959

1946

1952-1957

proir to 10/1948

1948-1949

1948-1952

1948-1952

1952-1953

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.

MODEL

 

G-44 Widgeon

SA-16A

SA-16A

SA-16A

SA-16A

18 Lodestar

L-749A

L-1049G

2-0-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norseman

 

Super Cub

Reliant

S-6000-B

PERIOD

OPERATED

1950-1952

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1960

1958-1959

1958-1959

1958-1959

 

1957-1960

 

1957-1960

1951-

1951

1950-1952

1950-1952

1950-1952

1950-1952
 

1950-1952

1950-1952

1950-1952

MISC. INFO

Alaska-leased from Jim McGoffin

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

Trust Territory

 

Executive Airplane, Oakland

AED

Mortgaged by B of A National Trust & Savings & leased to TAL

Leased from Air Finance Corp

Japan

Japan-leased to Japan Airlines

Japan-leased to Japan Airlines

Japan

Japan-leased to Japan Airlines

Japan

Military Airlift Command

Japan

Military Airlift Command-leased to
Japan Airlines

Alaska

Alaska

Alaska

Alaska-leased from Ken Armstrong
 

Alaska

Alaska

Alaska-leased from Archie
Fergueson

REG #

 

N68395

Total: 1

N9942F

N9943F

N9944F

?

Total: 4

 

N54549

Total: 1

N9813F

N9816F

N9830F

Total: 3

N1880

N1927H

Total: 2

 

N93039

N93041

N93043

N93046

N93048

N93049

N93051

N93053

N93055

N93056

N93059

N93060

N93061

Total: 13

N49375

N75938

N61321

N55555

Total: 4

N__6611179A

Total: 2

N__051
Total:  1


N-9844


Total:  1
 

MANUFACTURER

GRUMMAN
 

LOCKHEED

MARTIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOORDUYN

PIPER

STINSON

TRAVEL AIR