Description: Sud Aviation Caravelle in Airbourne Express Colours.
The first Caravelle painted in United Airlines markings is currently located at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. This aircraft never operated with the airline, but flew at the Paris Airshow in 1957 with United Airline's markings to promote the sale of the Caravelle to the airline. This aircraft flew for many years in Brazil before being acquired by Midwest Air Charter (later Airborne Express) in London, Ohio in 1979. In 1982 it was donated to the Ohio History of Flight Museum at Port Columbus International Airport and was displayed outside the Museum for many years. The Museum closed in 1995 and the Caravelle was donated to the Port Authority of Columbus which moved it to a remote ramp at the airport. In 1998 the Airport's fire department began using the airframe for firefighting training. Today the aircraft remains near the southeast corner of the airport in deteriorated condition and missing its nose radome.