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Date: 04/07/21 06:45
Author: rgzfan

I'm generally not a fan of CNN, but this is kind of amusing. This seems like a pub idea that should have never received serious consideration when sober.


Date: 04/07/21 07:06
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: NormSchultze

One of thee last Carvair airframes is under long term restoration at the Gainsville TX Municipal airport.   Gainsville is the home of the Texas Antique Aircraft Association and the have an annual fly-in each year, Something wild and wonderful usually shows up. Pre COVID it was the prototype NAA "Yale".  

Date: 04/07/21 07:30
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: icancmp193

I like aviation topics, even on TO, but had never heard of the Carvair until now. With the ability to only haul 3 cars per trip, it's easy to see why the service did not last too long.


Date: 04/07/21 08:50
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: davew833

Looks like the offspring of a DC-4 and a 747...

Date: 04/07/21 08:56
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: NormSchultze

That is correct in that the Carvair IS a DC-4 from just in back of the new nose.  

Date: 04/07/21 10:57
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: 41

That Falcon Airways Carvair was in storage at Dallas LOve Field in the early 1980s (remember seeing it parked there while attending a close-by flight school ~1980-81. My understanding is that it crashed on a delivery flight enroute to new owners in Alaska in 1997.

Date: 04/07/21 17:25
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: mopac1978

Nobody ever watched Goldfinger?

Date: 04/07/21 19:08
Re: Auto-Plane
Author: rrman6

davew833 Wrote:
> Looks like the offspring of a DC-4 and a 747...

Like which came first, the "chicken" or the "egg"!  It appears the Auto-Plane's cockpit beat that of the Boeing 747's but I'm thinking the Auto-Plane's design impacted that of the 747's. 

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