<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Dorado Wings
was a small airline
that operated from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
in San Juan, Puerto Rico
to Dorado Airport
in the tourist center of Dorado
. Dorado Wings was the only commercial operator at Dorado Airport. Dorado Wings existed from 1964 to 1982. In early 1982, the airline was purchased and its name was changed to Crown Air which operated until 1988. Aircraft operated were 13 BN-2A (Britten Norman Islanders), 3 Handley Page Jetstreams, 5 DHC-6-300 (Twin Otters), 1 Piper Navajo, and 1 Metroliner.
Flights from San Juan to Dorado took a mere 15 minutes. Because of the shortness of their flights, Dorado Wings airplanes were a constant sight every day at many airports throughout this part of the Caribbean. Airports served in Puerto Rico were San Juan International (SJU), Isla Grande (SIG), Dorado Beach (DBA), Mayagüez (MAZ), Palmas Del Mar (PDM), and Aguadilla (BQN) (former Ramey Airforce Base). Other airports served were St. Thomas (STT), St. Croix (STX), Tortola/Beef Island BVI (EIS), Virgin Gorda BVI (VIJ), St. Kitts (SKB), St. Maarten/St. Martin (PJM), St. Barts, and Anguilla (AXA). Still more airports were served on a charter basis.
Pilots (there were 900 to 1,000 of them during the history of the company) have wonderful memories of the good times and say it was the best jobs they ever had in aviation. No mortgage, car payments, worries or cares mostly.
Incidents and accidents
In 1981, a Dorado Wings airplane... Read More