American Air Transport (Cloud Coach) Curtiss
C-46 N1693M (c/n 22498)
American Air Transport
was founded in Miami Springs, Florida in 1948 ostensibly to provide
scheduled passenger service between Miami and San Juan. As can be
seen, it traded
under "The Cloud Coach"
name. It ceased operations in 1954. Like many of
C-46s appearing in
these pages, the start-up airline leased this one from the United
its operations wandered widely from the Caribbean area since (a) this
Bill Larkins was taken
at Oakland, CA in April 1952 and (b) this C-46 crashed into Cedar
on 23 April 1953 whilst on approach to Seattle-Boeing Field, killing
the four souls on board.
It was positioning for a military charter at the time.