Highflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 697 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
Your kidding?! My uncle used to fly a Caravelle VI-R for Midwest Air Charter/Airborne Express in the late 1970's, and from what he said they couldn't even fly nonstop westbound from their hub at Wilmington, Ohio, out to the west coast. If Sterling used them over the Atlantic, I'd imagine they must have stopped in Iceland and again in Gander coming over. The pax must have been a patient bunch indeed.
BTW, Airliner.net has a great collection of Caravelle photos in the older bomber grey livery of Midwest/Airborne Express.
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1909 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3126 times:
Sterling did indeed operate transatlantic charter services using the Caravelle. They also operated it to Sri Lanka.
Even SAS flew the Caravelle from Copenhagen to Bangkok with multiple stops during 1959-60.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3084 times:
What a beautiful airplane...so graceful and you gotta love those windows.
Sterling did operate Caravelles on transaltantic services for a short time with a scheduled fuel stop in Iceland, and sometimes an extra fuel stop in the Canadian Maritimes on the against-the-wind eastbound journey to Toronto. I remember reading that it was a difficult service to operate and fly, in the pre-ETOPS world, there was little flexibility in the routing that the Caravelles could follows and, at times, the journey to/from Canada was extraordinary long.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 2970 times:
I saw in the latest "Airways" magazine an arthicle about ETOPS where they talk about Sterling and their operation over the pond, they used Keflavik and Newfoundland has a stop for their flights. I believe that problably they used or the model 10 or even the 12 model. Don't forget that Sterling was the the first one to operate the Caravelle 12.