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AIRLINE HISTORY: Air Atlantique DC-6s

Many might have considered it outmoded, but for Air Atlantique the Douglas DC-6 was a more-than-viable freighter well into the 21st century — and its crews loved it

The latter-years Air Atlantique livery sets off the lines of DC-6A/B G-SIXC a treat in this June 2001 air-to-air view.
ADRIAN M. BALCH

For long-time Air Atlantique DC-6 pilot Julian Firth, the memory still rankles. “Walking into the crew room at Brussels of an evening, there would be all these DHL Boeing 727 drivers, and even people flying almost equally aged aircraft that happened to have jets, and I think there was a sense that we were some kind of Mickey Mouse outfit. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve only worked for a few airlines in my life, but I’m absolutely certain that we were right up there. There was a frustration that some people didn’t take that seriously.”

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