Since Zulu Juliet was withdrawn from service with Air UK in 1984 she has resided on the fire dump at Guernsey Airport, deteriorating badly and covered in graffiti.

In October 2018 Mark Hollingsworth acquired the nose section as far back as the second window. On the 30th of October Zulu Juliet was moved from the airport to a place of restoration in Guernsey. Mark plans to restore it and repaint in Air UK colours.

 

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Following its repaint at Duxford the Society gained hangar time in April 2018 for the fitting of flaps, ailerons and nacelle fairings. It could have been an image taken in 1985 with WJ awaiting its next service.
Picture credit Brian A Marshall.

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On the 28th of October, 97 years of history between KLM and Fokker came to an end. Fasten your seatbelts and join us on the final flight of the Fokker 70!

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The City of Norwich Aviation Museum are raising £2,500 to fund their classroom conversion on-board Fokker F27 ‘Friendship’ aircraft, G-BCDN located at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

The museum plans to re-paint this aircraft in its former Air Anglia colours along with totally stripping the cabin, creating a modern classroom for educational purposes. The outside of the aircraft, along with the repaint, will be tidied up and the aircrafts history displayed on the rear bulkhead.

The cockpit will be cleaned and made ‘safe’ giving younger visitors the opportunity to sit in a classic airliner. Although small, the museum plans to investigate whether the front cargo door can be used as a wheelchair accessible door allowing less-able visitors to have the opportunity to see inside one of our aircraft.

Money raised will go towards the City of Norwich Aviation Museum’s F-27 Classroom Conversion Project – 100% of funds will be used towards this project – if any funds remain, they will be used towards the future upkeep of the aircraft.

To donate, please donate in person via cash or cheque to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Old Norwich Road, Horsham St Faith, NR10 3JF (stating F-27 classroom conversion) or visit their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bcdn/

The museum is also interested in any stories, memorabilia or pictures relating to Air UK or Air Anglia.

History of G-BCDN


This aircraft originally saw service with All Nippon Airways (ANA) registered as JA8615 in Japan before joining Limburg Airlines in the Netherlands as PH-OGA.

In 1974, the aircraft joined Air Anglia’s fleet under the registration G-BCDN and saw out the remainder of its life with Air UK before being retired into KLM UK Engineering’s Technical College at Norwich Airport. In April 2017, the aircraft was moved to its final resting place at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum where it is being converted into an educational facility.

By Thomas Emms (Museum Volunteer), City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

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Thanks to Ray Pavey, who worked for BIA and Dan Air and then ran the handling company BIAS at Bournemouth kindly sent through to us the following pictures of several F27 aircraft, taken just prior to scrapping at Norwich.

G BDVS WFU 25 Sep 1994, G BAKL WFU 21 Dec 1995, G BHMX WFU May 1994

All these aircraft had been broken up by December 1996, the forward fuselage section of G BDVS  preserved by the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum. Photo Ray Pavey.

G BCDN WFU 15 Oct 1995.

Used as a cabin trainer, it was then used by Air UK Engineering until 2017 when it was presented to the Norfolk Aviation Museum. Photo Ray Pavey.

G BHMX WFU May 1994

Broken up by December 1996, a 45 gallon ballast drum can be seen in the front door, MX has G BLGW nose wheel door attached. Photo Ray Pavey.

G STAN WFU 2 April 1996

Broken up by December 1996. It is pictured with an engineering designed ballast fixing in lieu of the port engine. Photo Ray Pavey.

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Thank you to Mark Connett for sending through and giving us his permission to add to our website these pictures of F27 – G-BCDN taken at Norwich Aviation Museum.

Photos Mark Connett Collection.

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Thank you to Mark Connett for sending through and giving us his permission to add to our website this picture of F27 – G-BHMY taken at Norwich Aviation Museum.

Photo Mark Connett Collection.

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Thank you to Mark Connett for sending through and giving us his permission to add to our website this picture of Handley Page Herald – G-ASKK taken at Norwich Aviation Museum.

Photo Mark Connett Collection.

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A New Future For G BCDN
Pictured at Norwich on the 16th April 2017 G BCDN which is now with the Norwich Aviation Museum. Air UK engineering has replaced the F27 with an ex Jet2 Boeing 737 G-CELS.
Photo Graham Reeve.

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G BCDN Fokker F27 – 200. Southampton August
Shown in the second colour scheme. Photo Richard Hunt

Thank you to Thomas Emms from the City of Norwich Aviation Museum who has informed us that that former Air Anglia Aircraft, G-BCDN which was at the Technical College (KLM UK Engineering) at Norwich airport has now been donated to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

Thomas tells us that they plan to return her to the Air Anglia colour scheme she once had and with a lot of work they are confident she will look amazing once again.

We are all invited to the museum one year for our reunion – possibly even annually…

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