Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Redcoat Air Cargo

Welcome, you are just in time to jump into the Vauxhall Chevette as today we are off to Luton in the twilight of the Bristol Britannia to look at the the Redcoat fleet.

First up is G-AOVS as it whispers its way past to the Redcoat hangar.

Here we see G-AOVS making its final journey from behind the old Courtline hangar to the airport fire station where it ended  its days  as the Airport Fire Service Smoke rescue trainer.

The former Eurafric Britannia EI-BCI now G-BHAU  bought as replacement for the ill fated G-BRAC.

The ill fated G-BRAC victim of tailplane icing over Boston in happier days seen when it was a TV star painted in Redair titles for the BBC TV series Airline. After alpha charlie crashed  G-BHAU was used in some scenes for the series but was always filmed close up or head on so the red tail wasn't visible.

CL44 G-BRED was the final nail in the Redcoat coffin, when echo delta arrived back at Luton on 3 engines their spare Tyne engine was with Rolls Royce after being overhauled,  but they didn't have enough money in the kitty to pay for the repairs and Rolls Royce wouldn't let it go without payment so they ceased operations.

So as the Chevette disappears into the distance round the perimeter road we say goodbye to Roger and Reggie till next time.

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