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Air Freighting Automobiles in 1957

A scene from Oct. 6, 1957, showing a Studebaker coupe being loaded onto an airplane, which appears to be headed for South America. The location is the Pinellas Airport in the St. Petersburg, Fla. area. This is back in the time when they used to load smaller cargo airplanes through the side.

Today it is quite different, not long ago when we helped a friend air freight a racing car and tools so we could go to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car was loaded onto an aluminum pallet, strapped down and then it was loaded into the bottom of a 747 passenger jet as cargo. The Old Motor photo.

6 responses to “Air Freighting Automobiles in 1957

  1. I believe that aircraft is a Curtiss C46 Commando. It was used in WWII along with it’s better-known cousin, the Douglas C47 Skytrain (DC3). Both aircraft had those big cargo doors in the military versions. I believe that there are still a few flying in the Arctic and South America.

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