ATL.98 Carvair C-GAAH
Photo © R.Leeuw
Hawkair operates from Terrace in British Columbia, Canada (quite a remote place). The Carvair was used on a contract with Homestake Canada Inc to transport gold ore mined from the Snip Mine, picking up the cargo from Bronson Creek airstrip and making a 25 mins. airtrip to Wrangell, where the cargo was shipped to Japan for processing. When the mine shut down in may 1999, it was the end for the Carvair (and almost for Hawkair, for that matter) and it was put up for sale, for usd 350.000.
An article by Peter F.Peyer in Propliner magazine (no.79, 1999) included the remark that this Carvair had flown 42.204 hours and had made 2.129 cycles (take offs and landings), by 06Jul99.
The photo above was taken on 15Aug99 at Terrace,BC.
During 2002 Brooks Fuel from Fairbanks,Alaska bought C-GAAH and by December it arrived in Fairbanks. Hawkair did not get as much as they had wanted for this classic and unique aircraft, but were pleased that after several years in storage they had still been able to sell it. Hopefully Roger Brooks will be able to put it to some good use.
In restoration with Brooks (2003)
There are only 3 (of a total 21 converted) airworthy Carvairs left in this world, one (N5459M, c/n 21) last reported in South Africa and one (N89FA, c/n 9) at Griffin, Georgia, USA.Douglas DC-4 background
Credits: the above historical information has been found in Piston Engine Airliner Production List (1991) by A.B Eastwood & J.Roach (published by TAHS).
The Carvair on dvd!!