Seaboard World was one of the two major all freight airlines of the regulated US industry and had a proud history which has been rather overlooked in 1:400 save for a 707 and 747. I'd love to see some DC-8s, L1049s and CL-44s being made in their attractive schemes. 1974 saw a major step-up in capacity for Seaboard when the first 747 freighter arrived, joined in April 1976 by a sister.
On Jan. 26, 1975 N701SW took off with a payload of 253,800 pounds - the largest weight ever lifted off the ground in aviation history - and carried it, non-stop, from New York to London. In 1978 ‘Captain’s deck’ service was begun for military passengers on the upper deck and two further 747s arrived the next year; however in 1980 the whole airline was sold to its rival Flying Tigers. 701 became N811FT and then N640FE with Federal Express when Tigers succumbed to the rapidly growing package freight company.
She was leased to Atlas Air in 1996 and then sub-leased to SAS. In late 2000 she became G-INTL with Air Freight Express and operated mostly for Cargolux. Sold in 2005 to JMI as N2061L and then to Pronair cargo in 2008, as EC-KMR, she was finally retired in 2010 when registered as EC-KRP. Above are some shots of her during her career and below is how she appears as made by Gemini Jets:
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