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Seaboard World Airlines


Historical Note

Seaboard World Airlines was an international all-cargo airline based in the United States. Its headquarters were on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport [formerly Idlewild International Airport] in New York City. It was founded on September 16, 1946, as Seaboard & Western Airlines and initially operated Douglas DC-4 aircraft, followed by Lockheed Super Constellation airliners. It adopted the name Seaboard World Airlines in April 1961. Jet cargo service started in 1964 with the introduction of the Douglas DC-8. Seaboard was the first airline to fly a 747 Freighter service from the UK to the USA.

The airline merged with Flying Tiger Line on October 1, 1980, resulting in the loss of its corporate identity.

Further Reading:

Art Chin, The Seaboard Saga: The History of Seaboard World Airlines, 1946-1980 (Seattle: Tassels & Wings Publishing, 1996.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

David O. Hill Seaboard World Airlines Collection

Identifier: 2014-12-20
Abstract David O. Hill (1939-) was a pilot for Seaboard World Airlines (SWA). Hill was also SWA's archivist and historian. The collection relates to the company history, personnel, and operations of Seaboard World Airlines (SWA), from its establishment in 1946 to 1980 when it merged with Flying Tigers Line and is comprised primarily of textual materials, the bulk of which are scrapbooks; but also includes photographic materials, including prints, slides, and negatives; and a single DVD.

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