Photo of the Day: From a new Western Air Lines Douglas DC-6B to a graffiti-painted park display in Quito, Ecuador

Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana Douglas DC-6B HC-AVI FAE 45063 (msn 45063) Quito (Rolf Wallner). Image: 947642.

Western Air Lines took delivery of a brand new Douglas DC-6B registered as N91311 (msn 45063) on April 27, 1956.

The airframe would briefly fly for Braniff Airways before going to LAN Chile as CC-CCG on October 6, 1965.

In 1971 the airframe joined the military serving as a VIP transport for the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana as HC-AVI / FAE 45063.

The airliner was retired in 1978 and donated by the military to the city of Quito. The DC-6B has ended up in Parque Carolina, Hacienda Batan Grande in Quito, Ecuador in this very unique “livery”.

Copyright Photo: Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana Douglas DC-6B HC-AVI FAE 45063 (msn 45063) Quito (Rolf Wallner). Image: 947642.