The history of Druk Air is synonymous with the history of aviation in Bhutan. Paro airport was commissioned in but actual scheduled Civil Air transport started only with the arrival of the Dornier in The 14th of Januarywas an important day in the history of Druk Air.
Collectively they brought a wealth of knowledge of logistics, safety and maintenance from their wartime experiences. Newark was selected, instead of LaGuardia, to ease the boarding of two horses bound for Italy.
After fuel stops in Canada and Ireland it went first to Milan. A fire started in an electric motor in an overhead door of the hangar and both aircraft, N and N, were destroyed. It defied the odds and survived while more than 2, airlines started during andwith war-surplus aircraft, failed.
Loading aircraft was all done by hand in the early days, and in the case of a DC-4, could take 6 or 7 hours. Sometimes, innovative solutions were required, as in Singapore inwhen a DC-4 was intentionally tilted back onto its tail-skid to facilitate loading; as seen here.
The first passenger flight, which carried United Nations staff from Geneva to New York to attend the first General Assembly, took place in September The two flight attendants were borrowed from Transocean Air Lines as it would be another year before Seaboard established its own flight attendant department.
One of the flight attendants on the first passenger trip, Laura Jane Boggesslater married the navigator on that trip, Henry Heguy.
Most of Seaboard's passenger flying was done for other airlines under wet-lease contracts and for the U. It is estimated that approximately flight attendants flew for Seaboard. More than were hired during the Vietnam War.
Their employment with Seaboard lasted anywhere from one trip to as long as 27 years. When the Soviets tried to strangle Berlin with a blockade, the United States and Britain organized an airlift to supply the beleaguered city. By the time the war ended 44 months later, Seaboard had made more than 2, flights carrying 34, U.
In an extraordinary UN sponsored series of "Exodus" flights in andto bring near-starving Yemenite refugees to the newly founded State of Israel, Seaboard modified its DC-4s with custom wooden benches that could accommodate an astounding passengers.
To this day, no wide-body jet has yet matched the record abreast seating used on these flights between Aden, in what is now South Yemen, and Tel Aviv.
The last DC-4s were retired in The company operated a number of Commandos over two decades of service, but never more than two at a time. Seaboard operated a single DC-3 in its European feeder operations, as well as in the service of Luxembourg Airlines.
In Decemberthe company made its second major aircraft purchase by ordering four of the new, long-range Lockheed LD Super Constellations. Like the DC-4, the Connies carried pretty much everything that could fit through the cargo doors.
On its inaugural scheduled flight it set a new world record—carrying 32, pounds of cargo from New York to Frankfurt. DuringSeaboard ordered an additional six Connies.
This magazine ad shows Seaboard's scheduled cargo routes flown by the Connies. The Connies were also used to introduce coach-class transatlantic passenger service for Sabena Belgian World Airlines—carrying U. Seaboard also inaugurated transatlantic passenger service for Aerlinte Eireann inusing Seaboard Connies and pilots, with Irish stewardesses.
BySeaboard was operating 10 Super Constellations, but 5 years later, they were all gone. The Connie closed out an era at Seaboard. Jackson was brought in as the new Chairman and President. He moved swiftly to reorganize and refinance the company, suspend all DC-4 operations, and move ahead with the planned introduction of the CL Within a year, the company had begun its return to profitability.
Over the years, Seaboard operated services for many airlines. We initiated service for Luxembourg Airlines.
From its very first revenue flight, Seaboard pioneered the transporting of animals across oceans; voyages heretofore made by ship. Carried from India, as well as the Philippines, were thousands of monkeys for research that led to the Salk vaccine, and an end to the scourge of polio that so terrorized Americans during the s and 50s.
Animals of every description became Seaboard passengers—quite literally from mice to the very first elephants to ever ride in an airplane. Seaboard introduced the world to charter shipments of livestock which could, for example, in a matter of hours, transplant a valuable heard of dairy cows from Wisconsin to the Persian Gulf.
This unique airplane, in whose design Seaboard engineers had a hand, was the first modern airliner designed solely to carry freight. This turbine-powered "prop-jet" boasted a payload of 65, pounds, and could handle a single piece of freight 85 feet long.
Bythe Connies were gone, and Seaboard became an all-turbine-powered airline, operating across both oceans from London to Saigon. It carried 13 pallets and a total payload of 90, pounds. Later that year, Seaboard got another DC and by March,had six. When Douglas designed the DCCF, a foot-longer version with a greatly increased range and payload capability, Seaboard was the lead customer.rutadeltambor.com UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it.
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Druk Air, the National Flag Carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan, was established by Royal Proclamation on the 5th of April, The history of Druk Air is synonymous with the history of aviation in Bhutan.
Seaboard & Western Airlines was founded by the Norden brothers, Arthur and Raymond—both World War II veterans of the Army’s Air Transport Command, on September 11, Raymond, who had dreamed of starting an airline while still a teenager, became, at age 28, the company’s first President.