ALIANSA (Aerolineas Andinas S.A.) is a cargo airline based at Vanguardia Airport in Villavicencio, Colombia.
Douglas DC-3T HK-5016
HK-5016, came off the Oklahoma production line as a C-47A-DK in 1944 for delivery to the French Air Force. After spending 28 years of its lifetime in France this DC-3 was sold to Yugoslavia in 1972 as YU-ABV.
As such your author (then 18 years) spotted this frame in Yugoslav Air Force colors at Zagreb airport, Yugoslavia, on the 2nd of August 1979. After taken some pictures to this DC-3 my friend Rob Hemelrijk and I were taken custody by the military for a couple of hours but fortunately released that same day.
In November '72 the DC-3 was bought by the well-known aircraft broker Atlas Aircraft Corp. and ferried to Africa for service with the SAAF. In 1995 she was re-engine to a Turbo Dak. When her military career was over, her civilian life started with Dodson Aviation. She was registrated ZS-OJM and served many years in Africa flying for the Red Cross and the United Nations. Dodson had their maintenance base at Pretoria Wonderboom airport in South Africa.
Some year ago she was finally exported to Colombia and registered as HK-5016 for Aliansa
Douglas DC-3 HK-2820
No, it is not D-Day, is just Aliansa's DC-3 HK-2820 at their Villavicencio maintenance base.
HK-2820 a C-47A-DL had been delivered in 1944 to the USAAF. After the war she was first registered civilian as NC79055 and flew for Northwest Airlines and Ozark Airlines from 1951 to 1958. After that year she changed hands many times and finally was impounded at Bogota, Colombia in 1976. Most probably for drug-running. Via AeroVanguardia she became part of the Aliansa fleet in 2007.
This aircraft used to be flying in airshows scene of Europe in 2005/2006 in full RAF colors and was seen as such at the Dutch aviation museum Aviadrome in Lelystad.
Douglas DC-3 HK-4292
HK-4292 C-47B-DK under restoration at the Aliansa maintenance base. Originally this DC-3 has been manufactured in 1945 at the Oklahoma City plant as a C-47B-DK. This military DC-3 variant had two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92C’s engines with a MTOW of 13.600 kg. This former Vanguardia DC-3 did operate for the USAAF in Australia for a brief period before being sold to Faucett Peru in 1946. From 1967 she served for the Peru Navy. Finally she was imported into Colombia and did operate for AeroVanguardia before being sold to Aliansa.
Douglas DC-3 HK-2006
This frame has been build in 1944 for the USAAF. After the war she was rebuild to a DC-3D. This variant had two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C’s engines and a lighter MTOW of 11.440 kg.
She wore registrations N69K, N524W, N717MW and finally N43 during ownership of Export Inc. Miami. In 1978 she was exported to Colombia.
HK-2600 was involved in a landing incident at Teresita on January 28, 2008.