Seaboard & Western Airline - 60,000 ton miles in one lump | Aviation Week, March 14, 1949


Perhaps not a record shipment, but large enough to call into use a full-sized overhead crane was this 10,000-lb. ship rudderstock recently loaded aboard a Seaboard & Western Airlines' DC-4 at New York International Airport. The largest unit shipment yet flown from New York International, the rudderstock was carried 12,000 miles to Singapore for installation in a disabled oil tanker. The tanker's operator calculated that it was losing from $2,000 to $3,000 a day while the ship was idle, and that air shipment of the rudderstock saved from $112,000 to $118,000.