Seaboard DC-4 On Yemen Relief Flights

Courtesy of Lois Farella (Seaboard photos)
Text by Capt. O. Hill

In an extraordinary UN sponsored series of "Exodus" flights in 1949 and 1950, to bring near-starving Yemenite refugees to the newly founded State of Israel, Seaboard modified its DC-4s with custom wooden benches that could accommodate an astounding 219 passengers. To this day, no wide-body jet has yet matched the record 12-abreast seating used on these flights between Aden -- in what is now South Yemen -- and Tel Aviv.

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