1938 TACA begins daily flight to San Ignacio, Landing at the Savannah
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1938 TACA begins daily flight to San Ignacio, Landing at the Savannah

This was discontinued when the road to Belize was opened in 1947.

In the mid 1930's, TACA Airline started the FIRST Internal Air Service in Belize, this service began between Belize City and San Ignacio.

YOU KNOW WHY? Because the economy of Belize was between these two areas. The two Major Industries, Chicle and Mahogany were mainly concentrated between these areas. There were over 25 River Boats serving the Belize Old River, with its 107 Settlements. It took quite awhile for a river boat to travel from Belize city to San Ignacio, it depended on the state of the river water level. When the river was in flood, it would take less days. Maybe 3 days - But otherwise it would take up to 7 days.

But, there was the demand for a faster human and mail transport, so TACA came to provide this demand. I HAD THE PLEASURE of riding on this very plane. My beloved father, Don Leopoldo Silva, owner of Carmelita Farm used to supply Belize City with fresh Cow Milk - His agent in Belize City was Mr. Maurice Lindo (Mr Dean Lindo's Dad).

i remember the planes, I remember the luggage was removed from the nose of the plane, at that time since I as a small kid I would be pushed up into the plane via the nose to push out the luggage. The planes would land on the savanah, where football matches were held.

TACA was the first passenger jet service to Belize. I think it was a Bac 111 with Rolls Royce engines.

Photograph and text courtesy Hector Silva

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