6/21/1961: Aviation Traders’ ATL-98 ‘Carvair’ First Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the Aviation Traders’ ATL-98 ‘Carvair’ operated its maiden flight in 1961.

As the name suggests (Car-Via-Air), this unique aircraft was able to accommodate 22 passengers and five vehicles on short flights.

The ‘car-via-air’ concept was nothing new. The Bristol Type 170 Freighter had been in service since 1946. However, it had limited capacity and desperately needed a replacement.

British Air Ferrier ATL-98 is pictured at Southend Airport in 1974. Photo: Steve Fitzgerald (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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