Flashback: Seaboard World Containership

No doubt a Boeing PR shot – those look very much like the Cascade Mountains in the background.  This looks like Seaboard World’s first 747-200 Freighter, delivered way back on July 31, 1974 – just nine days before Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency.    At the time, there were only a tiny number of 747 freighters […]
  • David Harris
  • February 6, 2013

30 Years of Cargo Facts: First Edition

On the first ever edition of Cargo Facts, in the spring of 1981, we featured this artist’s rendition of a Summit Airlines 737-200 Adv. Summit, a regional cargo operator based in Philadelphia, had grown up from using Cessnas and Shorts Skyvans in the 1960s and early 1970s to an operator of half a dozen Convair […]
  • David Harris
  • April 4, 2011

Eastern A300 at Princess Juliana

A bittersweet convergence of anniversaries and milestones brings us to Princess Juliana Airport in this photo, taken back in the spring of 1986. First, the positive: This week Airbus celebrated a big milestone – its 10,000th order (it came as part of an order for 60 A320 NEOs for Virgin America). But back in 1977, […]
  • David Harris
  • January 18, 2011

Summer of ’72

From the Cargo Facts Archives! It’s the summer of 1972 and we’re seeing Overseas National’s DC-9 N938F (msn: 47221), named “Gina” ( it’s on the nose, although you can only just make it out) taking on crew somewhere – likely Norfolk Naval Air Station/Chambers field (NGU). Unusual for a sixties DC-9, it doesn’t appear that […]
  • David Harris
  • November 5, 2010

MASKargo DC-10CF

It’s the spring of 1992 and we’re seeing MASkargo’s DC-10-30CF, N105WA (msn: 46891, leased to Malaysia from World Airways) loading up at Amsterdam Schiphol in the wee hours of the night. Originally built for Martinair Holland in 1973, this CF went to World Airways in 1988, who then leased it to Malaysia – along with […]
  • David Harris
  • October 29, 2010

El Al 742, 1991

From the Cargo Facts Archives! October has been an extremely busy month, so there hasn’t been much action in “Aircraft Action” – but more is coming! It’s the fall of 1991 and El Al’s 4X-AXF is (msn: 21594) loading at TLV (Ben Gurion International Airport). 4X-AXF served its entire career with El Al (though it […]
  • David Harris
  • October 25, 2010

Astrojet 1963

From the Cargo Facts Archives! It’s late October, 1963, and AA Freighter N7555A (id: 18689) is getting the press-photo treatment with Mount Rainier in the background (the location is probably somewhere just west of SeaTac Airport). At the time, it’s just five years since the 707 entered service with Pan-Am and even less since volume […]
  • David Harris
  • October 4, 2010