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Avro 748 Series 2A (C/n. 1756)

Sold to Trinidad & Tobago Air Services and with first flight from Woodford as G-11-8 on 21 December 1977.

The aircraft was delivered to the airline as 9Y-TFS on 23 December 1977 and entered service on the island routes just five days later.

Copyright Christian Haniuse

Copyright Christian Haniuse

On 1 January 1980 the Company was renamed TTAS (BWIA) International and in May 1986 had a brief period on leased to Air BVI (British Virgin Islands) before being sold to the new airline Chieftain Airways based at Luton, UK, as G-GLAS in December 1986.

Copyright Martyn Cartledge www.aspphotography.net

Copyright Martyn Cartledge www.aspphotography.net

Chieftain called in the receiver in May 1987 and the aircraft was sold to Scottish European Airways Ltd., it was re-registered G-BPDA.

In August 1999 it was purchased by Emerald Airways Ltd., became G-ORAL and was repainted at Woodford in the colours of the new owner Reed Aviation and given the name “The Paper Plane” as it was flown as a freighter delivering newspapers from Liverpool to Belfast.

Copyright Paul Harvey of Apron Media

Copyright Paul Harvey of Apron Media

It was eventually retired at Blackpool and dismantled in April 2009.
G-ORAL chop

The nose section was preserved by enthusiast Mike Davey and in September 2017 was purchased from him by the Avro Heritage Museum for display at the Museum.

The 748 is an important part of Woodford’s history being a excellent addition to the Museum’s collection and after restoration will make a fine exhibit.

Copyright Harry Holmes

Copyright Harry Holmes

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