Cargo aircraft ATL-98 CARVAIR

Avion cargo Carvair Aviation Traders
Avion cargo Carvair Aviation Traders

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Description of ATL-98 CARVAIR

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The ATL-98 cargo aircraft is no longer in service but it could carry 18 tons, including 20 passengers and five cars. It was originally built for the transport of cars, as the capacity of the Bristol Freighters was insufficient.

Aviation Traders Limited (ATL) was a British aviation company responsible for the delivery of aircrafts during the Second World War. The Carvair ATL-98 was built from a Douglas DC-4 airliner, a former warplane used from 1942 to 1945, and then during the Berlin blockade in 1948. The old DC-4s were sold for about 1 million euros.

The modifications included extending the fuselage forward, changing the cockpit and putting more powerful brakes. The first flight took place in June 1961 and the Carvair entered service in 1963.

Twenty one models were then sold to various airlines such as Channel Air Bridge, British United Air Ferries and Aviaco. Eight planes were destroyed in flight accidents.

The Carvair also appeared in the James Bond movie Goldfinger (1964).

In 2008, only one Carvair remained in flight condition.

Commercial features of ATL-98 CARVAIR

The Carvair ATL-98 is 31 metres long, 9 metres high and it has a wingspan of 36 metres. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-2000.

The cars were loaded at the front and the passengers at the back.

Its cruising speed is 340 kilometres per hour but it can reach 402 kilometres per hour.

Technical specifications of ATL-98 CARVAIR

  • Model CARVAIR ATL-98
  • Classification cargo aircraft
  • Seats 25
  • Speed 340 km/h
  • Range 3400 km
  • Crew 3
  • Purchase Price 3 200 000 €

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