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Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair


Role Air ferry
Crew 2
Passengers 22 pax and 5 cars or 85 pax 0 cars
First flight 21 June 1961
Entered service
Manufacturer Aviation Trader's Engineering/Douglas Aircraft
Produced 21
Length 102 ft 7 in 31.27m
Wingspan 117 ft 6 in 35.82
Height 29 ft 10 in 9.09m
Wing area 1462 sq.ft 135.8 m²
Empty 41,365 lb 18,762 kg
Maximum takeoff 73,800 lb 33,475 kg
Engine 4 × P&W R-2000
Power (each)
Maximum speed 250 mph 400 kmh
Cruising speed 207 mph 334 kmh
Range 2,300 mi 3,700 km
Rate of climb
220px-Air-to-air with a Falcon Airways Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair

The ATL-98 was a variant of the Douglas DC-4 made by Aviation Traders Engineering. It was designed as a car ferry to replace the Bristol 170. The DC-4 was chosen because the price of used piston-engined airliners dropped dramatically after the introduction of jets like the Comet and Boeing 707. The aircraft was a hybrid between a DC-4 fuselage with a completely redesigned nose and tail section. The aircraft could carry up to five cars, and was used on the English Channel Air Bridge route, as well as in Canada, the US, Ireland, South Africa and Australia.


  • Ansett Australia
  • Eastern Provincial Airways
  • HawkAir Aviation Services
  • Dominicana de Aviacion
  • Aviaco
  • Compagnie Air Transport
  • Aer Lingus
  • Interocean Airways
  • Nationwide Air
  • Phoebus Apollo Aviation
  • British United Air Ferries
  • British Air Ferries
  • Channel Air Bridge
  • Gator Global Flying Services
  • Academy Airlines

The Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair Aircraft


300px-Carvair and ambassador at bristol airport 1965 arp