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Leftly agreed considering it a fair amount, however he was thinking £10,000 Sterling ($28,010). Because of this error Leftly obtained the data and drawings for £3570 Sterling ($10,000). 4 Leftly immediately returned to Southend with as much data as Douglas could provide on short notice in order to begin the drawings for conversion. The Aviation Traders design concept based on the C-54 was somewhat of a problem since the aircraft was long out of production. Most of the data immediately available was for the postwar DC-4-1009 leaving Douglas to retrieve the C-54 data from archives and send at a later date.
The above numbering system was discontinued at ATL-99 The entire concept of a new car-ferry aircraft is the result of a single airline searching for an inexpensive replacement for a specialized market. It was based around one major factor, nose door loading. It is of interest to note the parallels of Carvair and the 747, which ﬁrst flew in 1968. The 747 is similar in proﬁle for the same reason as the Carvair, straight in loading. Boeing gambled its future on the development of the 747 and believed that it would be relegated to an all cargo role after the SST (Super Sonic Transport) became operational assuming a decline in passenger trafﬁc.
The company had 300 employees and a fleet of seven Carvairs (-AREK, -ASDC, -ASHZ, -ASKG, -AOFW, -ASKN, -AXAI), two DC-4s (-BANP and -BANO) and one DC-6. Thomas Dennis Keegan was born in Liverpool in September 1925. At age 17 he worked for a company in Whales assembling Wellington bombers. He joined the RAF at age 18 and became a flight engineer on a Lancaster. He never liked his name so at this time he changed it to Mike. Keegan was well known at Southend because of his association with Crewsair, which he co-founded in 1948.