The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The Aero Experience Southwest Tour: Gainesville, TX and Fort Smith, AR
By Mark Nankivil
The Aero Experience continues our coverage of the recent Southwest Tour with a look at visits to Gainesville, TX and Fort Smith, AR. We visited the iconic ATL-98 Carvair, Miss 1944, at Gainesville Municipal Airport, TX. The Carvair was originally manufactured as C-54 44-9023 and was registered for civilian use under several operators before being converted to the Carvair aircraft No. 9 (of 21) and used by British Air Ferries. The Carvair employed an open-nose configuration for loading cars for cross-channel flights and other bulk cargo operations flown by other carriers. It is hoped that it will return to flying status in the future.
At Ft. Smith Regional Airport, we found military aircraft on the TacAir apron, including this T-38 Talon and F/A-18C Hornet.