Seaboard World Airlines
|Founded||September 16, 1946 (as Seaboard & Western Airlines)|
|Ceased operations||October 1, 1980 (merged with Flying Tiger Line)|
|Fleet size||81 (Historically)|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
Seaboard World Airlines was founded on September 16, 1946, as Seaboard & Western Airlines. It initially operated Douglas DC-4 aircraft, followed by Lockheed Super Constellation airliners. It adopted the name Seaboard World Airlines in April 1961. Jet cargo service started in 1964 with the introduction of the Douglas DC-8.
The airline played a prominent role in the Vietnam War during the late 1960s, using Douglas DC-8-63 jets to connect McChord Air Force Base, Washington with Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. In 1968, one of these flights operating as Seaboard World Airlines Flight 253A was forced to land in the Soviet Union with 214 American troops on board. On 30 April 1969, a Seaboard World Airlines DC-8 with 219 passengers and 13 crewmembers landed by mistake at Marble Mountain Air Facility, when it had actually been cleared to land at the nearby Da Nang Air Base. After fuel and passengers were offloaded, the plane was towed to the north overrun and departed five hours after the landing incident.
Seaboard was the first airline to fly a 747 Freighter service from the UK to the USA.
It is now part of FedEx
|Curtis C-46 Commando||2|
|Lockheed L-1049D "Super Constellation"||4|
|Lockheed L-1049G "Super Constellation"||1|
|Lockheed L-1049H "Super Constellation"||4|
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 22 April 1978. 1191.
- Command Chronology, Marine Air Base Squadron 16, 5 May 1969
- Seaboard World DC-8 lands at Marble Mountain. YouTube, 7 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Seaboard History
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