February 10, 2012

The Douglas DC-3s at San Juan International Airport

For me, no trip to the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico can be complete without taking a few minutes to enjoy the old DC-3s sitting on the back of the airport. These planes belonged to Four Star Air Cargo, a defunct cargo airline that operated between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands beween 1982 and 2009.

Today they are silent but I still remember the roar of those radial engines as they flew over my parents home on their final approach to the airport. They add a nostalgic touch to an airport that is now the most modern in the Caibbean. So, if you are a fan and you find yourself at SJU, take a walk to Terminal B and look outside toward the fuel depot. You will be rewarded with a sight you won't forget. But better do it soon because with Four Star gone who knows how long they will be around for enthusiasts to enjoy.

N131FS now sits quietly on a corner awaiting it's fate.


  1. Thank you for the pics - I finally got the chance to photograph these forlorn birds myself; your first picture helped me confirm the identity of N131FS. Pity about Four Star Aviation. Maybe another operator will take up the airworthy examples.

    1. Glad to hear the photo was useful to you. Who knows how long these will be around. One major hurricane and these may end up in a junk pile somewhere.