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      Post #27457, posted on 05-29-2009 GMT-5 hours    

      By the late 1950's Redes Estaduasis Aereas Ltda had become the largest airline in South America, with over (200) cities served plus international routes to Mexico, the U.S. and Japan. Seemingly overnight, REAL-Aerovias Brasil disappeared and their name would never be worn on the Jet aircraft that they had planned for!
      REAL SA Tranportes Aeros began operations in 1946 between Sao Palo and Rio, with a single DC-3. Throughout the early 1950's, some (14) smaller airlines were acquired. Of all of REAL's smaller airline acquisitions, the most important would come about in 1954.
      REAL purchased 85% of Empresa de Transportes Aerovias Brasil SA. This would bring about the familiar "Voe Pela REAL-Aerovias Brasil" titles. In preparation for the Aerovias Brasil purchase, REAL ordered their first modern DC-3 replacement, when (8) Convair 340-62's were ordered, arriving in 1954/55. A follow-on order for the 440-62 was placed in 1956 for (12). By the mid-1950's REAL's connecting service to the U.S. and Mexico had been changed to direct flights and for these new international routes, (4) L-1049 Super H's were ordered in May of '57, beginning service on the Sao Palo and Rio to Miami and Los Angeles in March 1958.
      Having purchased A/C from Convair, it follows that REAL became a prime target for the new 880 jet. The airline placed an order for (4) 880's in August 1957, while also placing a conversion order for (3) Napier-Eland 540's, with plans to eventually convert all of the 340/440's. Unfortunately, for REAL, the first sign of trouble was when the 540 conversions were cancelled. The beginnings of the late 1957-58 recession were beginning to have an impact. The airline was beginning to fall behind in debt payments from it's airline acquistions and equipment purchases. The last (4) 440's were cancelled during 1958/59. With the newly developed Convair 600 (990) announced, REAL chose to change it's order in October 1958 to (3) of the 600's (name change to 990 not till late '60). In May 1960, REAL extended the Los Angeles 'Super H' service Tokyo via Honolulu and Wake Island. In 1961, (3) ex-SAS DC-6B's were purchased by REAL and took over the trans-Pacific routes. There was also an agreement with American Airlines to lease (3) L-188's but in May 1961, Varig acquired 50% of REAL's international division and suspended the Japan service and in August, all of REAL became part of Varig. REAL's 990's were ready for delivery but Varig wanted to cancel the A/C order but $5 million in progress payments had already been paid, so finally in 1962 the 990's were delivered to Varig.........John

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      Post #27459, posted on 05-29-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      Interestingly, VARIG at one time operated no less than 3 different 4-engined first generation jetliners: 707s which they had ordered, plus DC-8s inherited from Panair do Brasil and the CV-990s from REAL. In the April 15, 1968, timetable of VARIG the 990s were used exclusively on routes between Miami and Brazil, with continuing service to/from the major cites of east coast South America.

      The Brazil-Miami route of VARIG (as well as the route to Mexico City, Los Angeles and Tokyo) was likewise inherited from REAL. Service to Europe came to VARIG in 1965 when the government of Brazil forced the liquidation of Panair do Brasil and awarded their key routes to VARIG.

      Much as we think of VARIG as Brasil's dominant flag carrier since the dawn of commercial aviation in Brazil (until the recent past), fact is, until they acquired the routes of REAL and Panair, their only international route outside of South America was to New York (by way of a stop in the Caribbean in their pre-707 days).

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      Post #27463, posted on 05-29-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      I forgot to put that one in....I'm really having fun doing these! I hope everyone keeps adding info...The more..The better...Brings back a lot of memories!

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      Post #27466, posted on 05-29-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      John,

      If it's not already on your agenda... How about a Northwest Orient 747 in their pre-1969 livery? I seem to remember seeing a drawing of this "lost livery" somewhere that I cannot recall...maybe even a photo of a model of same made for NW before the 1969 livery was introduced...in which their first 747s actually appeared.

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      Post #44842, posted on 10-15-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      #9.......Always have found it strange that there has never been a REAL decal. With all the possibilities from the DC-3, DC-6B, 340/440, Super H, 880/990 and L-188, seems like a longtime oversight!




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      Post #44846, posted on 10-15-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Some pics of a -990 model:




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      Post #44851, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Do you have any info on when this last REAL-Aerovias Brasil was proposed. I've admired this model for a while but could not find any illustrations showing the change to this striping and revised tail markings. The 1959 990 image with the stripe tail is the last one that I have come across. Would love to find the illustration of this one!




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      Post #44852, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
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      I did a few decals and a friend my, NEPO from TERESOBIBOPOLIS, build some models on Real and AEROVIAS BRASIL with my decals:






      FLIGHT OF FANTASY:





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      Post #44853, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      And his models:














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      Post #44856, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    













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      Post #44857, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      WOW!!!!!! Beautiful....I notice you have (3) L-188 versions, so I'm guessing REAL never created an illustration for the Electra- though it's listed as equipment in at least (1) Timetable. Still trying to figure out if that 990 model is a 'Fantasy' scheme, as ALL yours wear the familiar REAL schemes. Thanks for posting these amazing models!!!! GREAT 707 proposal.....



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      Post #44858, posted on 10-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      John

      Thanks for the kind words, NEPO (the modeler from TERESOBIBOPOLIS who made the models) ask me to thank you as well for the comments.

      The 990 and the L-188 never got the REAL colors, they was transfer to VARIG after the acquision. I did some "IF was" on special order fro NEPO, he been work on 1/72 REAL L-188.

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