L'épopée des pionniers de l'aviation dans les Caraïbes

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L'épopée des pionniers de l'aviation dans les Caraïbes DVD cover.

TV Documentary (2011)
English title: The Epic of the Pioneers of Aviation in the Caribbean

Pierre Brouwers (Director/narrator)

Caribbean Islands are at the crossroad of North and South America and their tropical climate makes this chain of small territories some kind of paradise.
But airplanes changed the way to come in and ferry from one to another as we can now count in hours instead of days. Nevertheless, their small size keep them from mass tourism especially for those with the most demanding airport, as like as Aéroport Saint-Jean–Gustave III-Saint-Barthélemy (SBH/TFFJ) where most of the taxiing scenes and landing/take-off were shot.


McDonnell Douglas MD-81

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Airbus A340-313

Seen at St Maarten Airport.

Airbus A340-313 of Air France.

Embraer ERJ 190-100IGW 190AR

Embraer ERJ 190-100IGW 190AR of Air Caraïbes.

Unidentified Aircraft

What type of Cessna?

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Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

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Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander

Registration F-OIJS, serial 2294.

Reg. F-OIJS Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander (c/n 2294) of St Barth Commuter.

Britten-Norman BN-2A-7 Islander

Registration F-BTGO, c/n 200.

Reg. F-BTGO Britten-Norman BN-2A-7 Islander (c/n 200) of Air Caraïbes.

De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter

PioneerCarr DHC-6 DSCF0449.jpg
Reg. PJ-WIF De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter of Winair - Windward Island Airways.

Registration PJ-WIM,c/n 840.
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 baptised "Spirit of José Dormoy", one of the pioneer of aviation in the Caribbeans. Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. PJ-WIM De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Spirit of José Dormoy of Winair - Windward Island Airways.
Reg. PJ-WIM De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Spirit of José Dormoy of Winair - Windward Island Airways.

Unidentified Aircraft

A cessna and a unidentified single engine are parked.

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Unidentified Aircraft

In the foreground, a twin engine unknown aircraft (note the propeller with only two blades).

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Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

In the background, F-OIJO, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, built in 2002 (c/n 208B0961). Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. F-OIJO Cessna 208B Grand Caravan of Air Caraïbes.

Another Cessna 208 with its underbelly pack.

PioneerCarr C208 DSCF0455.jpg

Registration F-OSBH, c/n 208B2117. Built in 2009.

Reg. F-OSBH Cessna 208B Grand Caravan of St Barth Commuter.
Reg. F-OSBH Cessna 208B Grand Caravan of St Barth Commuter.

Another that met an unfortunate fate.

Cessna 208 Caravan with the registration ending by XZ.

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F

Desk model of registration F-OIJT, c/n 27-7854129; the real plane can be seen in Saint-Barthélemy, la Belle et l'avion. Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. F-OIJT Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F of St Barth Commuter.

MD Helicopters MD 900

Registration N906AF, serial 83. Also see IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Franco-British Aviation FBA 17

PioneerCarr FBA 17 DSCF0464.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

1922: first flight in this area.

Curtiss H-16

Fort de France, 1922


Registration F-BAHE, c/n 01. Maiden flight in august 1943.


Latécoère 631

Reg. F-BDRE, c/n 08; lost in Cameroon in September 1955.

F-BDRE SNCASO Latécoère 631 of the SGACC-Secrétariat Général de l'Aviation Civile et Commerciale.
F-BDRE SNCASO Latécoère 631 of the SGACC-Secrétariat Général de l'Aviation Civile et Commerciale.
PioneerCarr Late-631 DSCF0472.jpg
Cockpit of the Latécoère 631.
Flight engeneer and navigator station on a Latécoère 631.
Desk model of LATECOERE 631 c/n 03 with F-BANU registration.

Reg. F-BDRC c/n 06 lost on 1 August 1948 while flying from Fort-de-France, Martinique, to Port-Étienne (now Nouadhibou), Mauritania.

PioneerCarr Late-631 F-BDRC.jpg

Douglas DC-4E

Mail posted from the Dakar, Senegal in 1945 and ferried by the Latécoère 631. Stamp 5,50 Fr West French Africa of 1945 featuring a Douglas DC-4E. Look at the discussion tab.

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Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

The newspaper explain how after a flight with the Latécoère 631, the last step was made with a Catalina in a journey of 32 hours between France and St Barthémemy.

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Registration F-BBCD, c/n 9791.

Reg. F-BBCD Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina of Air France.

Consolidated OA-10A Catalina

Consolidated OA-10A of the US Coast Guard.
Consolidated OA-10A of the US Coast Guard.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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PioneerCarr Vought-OS2U DSCF0483.jpg
PioneerCarr Vought-OS2U DSCF0510.jpg
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Grumman J2F-5 Duck

PioneerCarr Grumman J2F-5 DSCF0484.jpg

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

PioneerCarr BT-13 DSCF0487.jpg

Fairchild PT-19

PioneerCarr Unk DSCF0488.jpg

Bell P-39 Airacobra

PioneerCarr Bell P-39 DSCF0489.jpg

Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor

Desk model on the table.

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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

PioneerCarr P-40 DSCF0492.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

Free French Pilot Student in front of a trainer, probably a North American Harvard.

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Unidentified Aircraft

In England (look at the flag in the upper right corner), free french in front of what are probably a Harvard and a Hurricane.

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Unidentified Aircraft

José Dormoy at the controls of an unidentified aircraft.

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Stinson U Airliner

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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PioneerCarr Stinson-U DSCF0519.jpg

Rearwin 7000 Sportster

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Cessna T-50 Bobcat

or H-18 Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor

Reg. F-OGCA Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (c/n 51-1183).

At Aéroport de Pointe-à-Pitre – Le Raizet(PTP/TFFR).

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Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser

PioneerCarr Piper J-5A DSCF0512.jpg

Republic RC-3 Seabee

In the background, on the left.

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Miles Martinet

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Stinson L-13

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft. L-13 or its civil conversion (Acme Centaur 101/102 or Caribbean Traders Husky).

PioneerCarr Stinson L-13 DSCF0520.jpg

Stinson 108 and Cessna T-50 Bobcat

Same aircrafts in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

PioneerCarr Stinson-108 DSCF0521.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

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Cessna 120

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Stampe SV4

PioneerCarr Stampe-SV-4 DSCF0525.jpg

Douglas DC-3

Single engine aircrafts are not identified but this in the forefront is perhaps a North American L-17A Navion.

PioneerCarr DC-3 DSCF0527.jpg
F-OGDZ, Douglas DC-3C 90C c/n 16534 of Air Antilles.
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Beechcraft D50C Twin Bonanza

Aircraft registered N660Q, a Beech D50B Twin Bonanza.

PioneerCarr Beech-N660Q DSCF0528.jpg

Piper PA-31 Navajo

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De Havilland DH-89 Dragon Rapide

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Lockheed L-1049C-55-81 Constellation & Douglas DC3C-S1C3G

Registration F-BGND Lockheed 1049C-55-81 c/n 4513 in front of F-OART Douglas DC3C-S1C3G c/n 4479.

Reg. FBGND Lockheed 1049C-55-81 Constellation and Reg.F-OART Douglas DC3C-S1C3G of Air France.

Boeing 707-121

Boeing 707-328

Boeing 707-328 of Air France.

Boeing 747-128

First landing of a Jumbo Jet of Air France at Pointe à Pitre, Martinique.

Boeing 747-128 of Air France.

McDonnell Douglas MD-83 & Douglas DC-8 & Boeing 747-283B

From first to last row:
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Tail of a Douglas DC-8-73
Douglas DC-8-53
Tail of the single Boeing 747 used by Minerve, a 747-283B reg. F-GHBM, c/n 20120/114.

PioneerCarr DC-8 DSCF0538.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

Maybe a Zenith CH 601 XL or higher model ?

PioneerCarr UNK DSCF0540.jpg

Dornier Do 28A-1

Just seen as a desk model.

PioneerCarr Do-28 DSCF0570.jpg

Dornier Do 228-201

F-ODZF was built in 1987.
Some database give it as a Dornier 228-201, c/n 8107; others says a Do 228-202K, c/n 8123.

Reg. F-ODZF Dornier Do 228-201 of Air Caraïbes.

Short 360-300

F-OHQF, a Short 360-300 (c/n SH.3743) of Air Calypso.

Zenith STOL CH 701 / 750

Ultralight here in amphibian configuration.

PioneerCarr UNK DSCF0545.jpg

Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer

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Aerocommander 600 S-2D

PioneerCarr Aerocommander DSCF0549.jpg
F-OGDC, a Aerocommander Olney 600 S 2D (c/n 1409D).

Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six

Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six

Registration N225TF,c/n 32-7940004.Built in 1978.

Reg. N225TF Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six.

Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne III

F-GXES, a Piper PA-42-720

Piper PA-31T Cheyenne

F-BXSK Piper PA-31T Cheyenne (c/n 31T7620020).

Socata MS.893 Rallye

Built in 1973, N291RJ is a Socata MS 893E (c/n 12230).

De Havilland Canada DHC-8-311

De Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 of LIAT-Leeward Islands Air Transport.

ATR 42-500

ATR-42-500 of Air Antilles Express.

Unidentified Aircraft

Gulfstream G what ? (550/650/V ?)

PioneerCarr Gulfstream DSCF0558.jpg

Gulfstream IV & Airbus A320

Gulfstream IV and Airbus A320 of JetBlue.

Cessna 550 Citation II & Gulfstream G100 & Gulfstream IV

From first row to the last: Cessna 550 Citation II; Gulfstream G100; Gulfstream IV

PioneerCarr Gulfstream Cessna-550-650 DSCF0560.jpg

Gulfstream G100 & Airbus A320

Gulfstream G100 and Airbus A320 of JetBlue.

Unidentified Aircraft

PioneerCarr 2eng DSCF0562.jpg
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Beechcraft 99A Airliner

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