|The golden Rolls is loaded through the nose
One of the first planes originally used by Silver City Airways, the Bristol freighter, had a capacity of 1-2 cars and rather high operating costs, for example if a booked car failed to show up. And as the traffic increased so did the length of British cars and the demands for new planes. The Bristol freighter/superfreighter with its limited payload proved to be inadequate in the late 50's. That's when the converting of the DC-4 proved to be a relatively inexpensive solution. In the mid 70's the Carvair planes were transferred for cargo flying and on 1 January 1977 the airline operated its last car ferry service. Following several name changes (British Air Ferries and British World Airways) and ownership changes, the airline went out of business in December 2001, following the post 9/11 downturn.
|An original Silver City "air ferry", probably something that Fleming had in mind when he wrote Goldfinger
A short documentary from 1963 shows the loading and taking off of a British United Air Ferries Carvair.