Led in by the late Jeff Hawk a somewhat dubious character in the preservation / freight charter market, Five B25's have routed via Miami across the mid atlantic to the Azores then onto Luton. A sixth B25 flown by a pilot subscribing to the "there are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots" theory arrives early the following morning via the conventional Goosebay Reykjavik route.
The B25's are here to film Hanover Street co-starring Harrison Ford and Lesley-Anne Down. The aircraft are quickly wheeled into the old Courtline hangar and resprayed in their film colours, to depart 2 days later to the former RAF Bovingdon for filming.
Unfortunately after filming the fleet moved on to Blackbushe where they were parked out for a while before Jeff Hawk flew them individually at airshows around europe until each was dumped where it went u/s and eventually sold for scrap in lieu of unpaid bills. as far as I am aware none made it back to the USA.
I believe a film was made of the Atlantic crossing and shown on TV. If anyone knows where I could get a copy please let me know.
N9455Z 44-30201 'Tokyo Express' you can judge the light by the a/c lights and Britannia's illuminated sign.
NL-9494Z 44-30925 'Laden Maiden'
N86427 painted as 'Brenda's Boys' about to depart for Bovingdon.
And so as the Mini Van disappears into the dark night we say goodbye to Roger and Reggie till next time.
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