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Thank you Nigel !! :thumbup:
Unfortunately, Twin Bonanza's were the drug runner's choice way back when. Cheap to purchase and operate with great hauling capacity and short field performance !

I appreciate the history lesson ! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Twin Bonanza Photos, post them here.
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Weird that you bring up the smuggling topic. Last night I was watching NARCOS and thought to myself. How many Twin Bo's died, are abandoned, or were destroyed in the last 50 years in Central America and South America? They seem like the perfect drug hauler, obviously proved by our newest Queen Air owner who is now Incarcerated.

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Hi Gregg,

This Twin Bo was damaged along with a couple other airplanes in Hurricane Gilbert and couple tropical storms after that, not much remained salvageable. They were placed in the airport dump.

They remained in the dump till about 1997/1998 when the airport built an incinerator at the dump and finally smelted down the remaining planes.

Side note My Dads old V-35B s/n D9503 joined that pyre; Guy he sold it too left it to sit out during Gilbert and was flipped.

Also took apart two Twin Bo's at Norman Manley can't remember the S/n might have to ask my Dad. They were totally corroded out. Salvaged the 4 engines and sent them to Allen Weiss at Certified Engines.

From the Count I remember 5/6 Twin Bo airframes that were abandoned during Smuggling ops in Jamaica.

N776CC was the only one to make it back out. The bare bones of one remained at Lydford Airstrip but that runway was taken over as a construction yard by Chinese developers 5 years ago.

By My Count - 3 - MKJP ( Broken up 1998)
1 - MKBS
2 - MKJS
1 - Lydford Airstrip

One of those at Manley was an Excalibur T-Bone; My Dad tells of seizing it and moving it to impound. That they lost an emergency / side window when it came out on the descent in Kingston.

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Interesting note on the n#,"N776CC". It was assigned to an MU-2J that was based at KJAN during 1980's(?) for several years. I don't recall the significance of the "776" but, the "CC" denoted the owner's initials. A lot of aviation people were involved in "the trade" back then and a lot of them didn't live to tell about it. Occasionally, one would come across more than one airplane with the same n# painted on the side.
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My current Twin Bonanza N5674D was used at one point to smuggle drugs. It was confiscated in the early 90's and some of the original logs are now missing. I kinda chuckle each time we open up a new area of the airplane and wonder if a bag of pot or cocaine may fall out............ :bugeye: Nothing so far (Thank GOD!)

I purchased a damaged D50A many years ago out of New Mexico that had hit a large rock on takeoff and broke the nose gear off and mashed the props. It did quite a bit of damage to the nose section and nacelles. It was flying out of an unimproved strip in New Mexico and loaded with drugs. The Pilot fled the scene and left the airplane behind.
There have been many Sheriff sales in Florida over the years and several Twin Bonanza's were in those sales that had been confiscated for hauling drugs. In fact, there is an Excalibur in Nogales Mexico at a small airport there that was confiscated by the Federalies many moons ago. I still see it there along with what looks like a DC-3 and several other birds via Google Earth.

Sad to see them come to an end like this...................... :bat:

Gregg :pilot:


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Not may years ago an Aerostar ran off the runway at a local airport. There was no damage, just stuck in the mud. The pilot showed up at the airport office very agitated asking for help. It didn't take long before the airplane was safely back on the ramp for fueling. It is Christmas eve and the airplane is chocked full of wrapped Christmas gifts . Months later, inquiring minds looked up the Aerostar's tail number and discover that it ran out of fuel on the east coast. It was discovered in a farm field full of drugs. I bet bad Santa is still looking for that pilot.


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Today's Air Facts Journal "Friday Photo".

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Today's Air Facts Journal "Friday Photo".

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Today's Air Facts Journal "Friday Photo".

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Not really the delurking post/intro I'd planned but my Dad mailed me a bunch of aviation postage stamps and couldn't resist. :D

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Great way to come out and get on BT. Especially the right sub forum!!! Love the stamp!!

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We needed a jack handle and this jumped out at me. :lol:

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We needed a jack handle and this jumped out at me. :lol:

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