Aero Transport

Aero Transport Flugbetriebsgesellschaft - Formed early in 1958 in association with the West German charter company LTU, charter flights were initially carried out with Vickers Vikings and one Dove on holiday destinations in Europe. In June 1961, an ex TWA 049 was bought and this joined the Vikings on IT and general passenger charter work, particularly from Vienna to the Mediterranean resorts. Falcon Airways tried to lease the aircraft in the summer of 1961, but had considerable challenges obtaining permission from the British aviation authorities. In 1962, a 749 Constellation was purchased, and a further 749 Freighter in May 1963. World-wide passenger and freight charters were flown by the aircraft, and the Connies were the first aircraft to show flag in New York, and Tokyo in July 1961. The former owner of Falcon Airways, Marian Kozubski acted as Constellation chief pilot until troubles began when one of their Connies was grounded at Djibouti in November 1963 after already being used for gun-running. Subsequently, OE-IFA was impounded at Vienna early in 1964.

OE-IFA parked at Vienna Schwechat May 1964, Agfa slide, Zoggavia Collection.

OE-IFE was impounded at Schiphol, pending the payment of fuel, landing and other service charges. The company ceased all operations during 1964.

 Reg. From To
OE-IFA 61 61
049 1975
749A 2551 OE-IFE 62 64
749A 2562 OE-IFO 63 61

Construction number/registration/type

c/n 1969 OE-IFA L-049   

c/n 1975 G-AHEJ L-049

c/n 2551 OE-IFE L-749A


July 1961 - April 1964

Purchased from TWA 21 June 1961 for Aerotransport and delivered Kansas City - Washington - Gander - Hurn to Vienna Schwechat 28 June 1961. Operated on lease to Falcon until August 1961. Impounded at Vienna Schwechat for non-payment of airport charges in April 1964. Stored until broken up in June 1966.

Photo taken at London Gatwick July 1961.

December 1962

Bought from Capital Airlines in 1961 and ferried from Washington to Hurn on 21 January 1961. Used for crew training in February 1962 but never entered service with Falcon. Ferried to Biggin Hill 25 February 1962 for use as spares. Sold to Trans European for spares and later to Aero-Transport in December 1962.

Biggin Hill spring 1961.

October 1962 - September 1961

Bought from Korean National Airways in October 1962 and delivered Seoul to Woensdrecht 1 November 1962. Registered OE-IFE. This Connie was probably grounded at Djibouti for alleged gun-running in November 1963. Impounded at Amsterdam Schiphol from 1964 until broken up on 26 August 1966.

Here seen at Schiphol in May 1965. Zoggavia Collection.