Carco & DOE Contracts

Message posted by DaveB on December 20, 2005 at 20:08:42 PST:

Here is some interesting information on a company our company owned and operated at one time. With a fleet of DC-4, DC6 and Beech 18 aircraft Craco operated DOE and USAF contracts supporting Linermore, Nellis ranges and flew support over the New Mexico desert. The hangar was located just behind what is the current Klondike Hotel. At anygiven time no less then 40 aircraft were stored or operated from the company hanger.

November 8, 1966, the company acquired the Carco Aviation companies from Clark M. Carr, that operated a fleet of charter aircraft for the United States Government since 1945, from the hubs of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada and Livermore, California.

Separate from the operation of U.S. Government contracts, the Carco Companies operated a major aircraft maintenance and modification center at Las Vegas, Nevada, servicing both domestic and foreign air carriers. It was one of the largest such facilities in the US at the time and consumed 53 acres of property on McCarran International Airport at Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are lucky enough to have one of the Carco owners in our office. Amazing stories of test site flying in the 40s and 50s.



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