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      Post #27856, posted on 06-16-2009 GMT-5 hours    

      If there was ever a Top 10 list for "Most Famous Leased A/C", no doubt the Air France 990A would probably be at the head of the list!
      Although I've never come across the reason for the 'wet-lease' from Modern Air Transport, my guess is that it may have been to free up the initial Air France crews being sent to the U.S. for 727 training. I can't recall another large airline that 'wet-leased' a passenger A/C on a major route during this era? The London-Paris route (flown by Caravelle 3's) was to be one of the initial 727-228 routes, as the airline was the 5th to order the new 727-200 ([10] on order in early '68 w/ [10] options). The 990 lease was from April-August 1967 on the London-Paris service. In recent years, a few new photos of the Air France lsd. 990 have been posted. The most dramatic of these, appeared just a little over a year ago on Rene Dannies' website. N5605 was the 3rd ex-American 990A to be bought by MAT. The first (2) A/C (N5607 & N5609) were left in the American NMF and painted in an Orange/Red scheme that was quite different at the time!
      The first (2) MAT 990's carried small "The Silver Palace" titles by the entry door. The 3rd 990 (N5605) was delivered to Modern Air on March 13, 1967. Being that the lease to Air France began on May 10th, it's possible that the MAT titles/Logo were never applied on it before the lease began.
      Modern Air Transport dated back to 1946, based then in Miami, operating as a charter and supplemental airline. Initially using DC-4's until 1961, when (5) ex-Capitol L-049's were purchased, along with (2) ex TWA L-1049A's. (3) DC-7C's were added by 1965.
      It was in 1968, when Modern Air began having serious troubles, as they tried to delay the final (2) ex-American 990A's from being delivered. Eventually, MAT was able to purchase the original (2) remaining 990's (adding [5] more) and placed (2) at Berlin/Tegel for charter flights throughout Europe, South America & Thailand. In 1974, MAT's parent company (Gulf America Land Corporation) filed for bankruptcy and the CAB suspended their operating certificate on October 6, 1975.........John

      Images: Rene Dannies-www.airlines-airliners.de & Terry Waddington Photo

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      Post #27859, posted on 06-16-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      I believe two 990s wore Air France's colours. One of them was fitted with a radome from a Swissair aircraft at some point.

      So many planes, so little time ...

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      Post #27861, posted on 06-16-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks! I'll double check ........



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      Post #46036, posted on 12-19-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      #36 is rewritten...



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