Air Transport Curtiss C-46
Well, miracle of miracles. Here's
a 1950s non-sked with a registration one can actually read, as
opposed to the minuscule display normally offered. Bill
Larkins' shot (above) was taken at Oak-
in April 1952. Modern Air Transport was a medium sized irregular
carrier which oper-
ated from 1946 until 1975. It had a mixed fleet consisting of
some five C-46s (most of which
to Super 46C status), three DC-4s, four Constellations, six Martin
and, at the end of its career, no fewer than nine Convair 990s.
The company was originally
incorporated at Trenton, NJ but moved to Miami in the 1960s. In
the 1960s it gained significant
contracts and the corporate name was changed to Modern Air.
Between 1968 and 1974
developed European Holiday Package flights based out of Berlin's Tegel
Airport. In 1974 a
between the airline and its German trading partner over fuel surcharges
caused the company
pull out of the European market with the result that it folded in 1975.