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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G APWJ JER 29 Jun 1985 final scheduled flt UK 447 SOU JER

G APWJ Final Commercial Herald Flight

G APWJ departed Southampton at 19.20 on Saturday 29th June 1985 operating UK447 to Jersey supposedly the final commercial Herald flight with Air UK.

Captain J A Spencer and First Officer T Bennett on the flight deck.

Pictured at Jersey after its arrival Captain Spencer (Spenny) and the Jerseybased cabin crew all drink a toast to the occasion and the impending retirement of Captain Spencer.

Pictured in front of the Herald at Jersey left to right – Jerseybased Air Hostesses Nichole Baraclough. Liz McClure, Debby Le Bail. Debby Fox. Sandra Parks. Mary Bolton. Judy Cardwell. Sue De La Haye. Teresa Hayes. Gilly Barker, Senior Hostess Maggie Thompson and Captain J A Spencer. (all names as then).

Sunday 30th June G APWJ departed Jersey at 17.00 with Captain Mike LeGalle in command with First Officer John Campbell, also Captain Mike Carnegie on board, all of whom were due to start their F27 ground school at Norwich on the Monday morning.

After the obligatory flypast at Jersey they set course for Norwich.On arrival at Norwich they were asked to position Whiskey Juliet to Leeds to pick up delayed F27 passengers and fly them to Belfast. A quick check that the AOC for the Herald was current as it was due to be taken off, and at 19.45 Whiskey Juliet was airborne with the addition of a Norwich based Air Hostess who was still current on the Herald.

With a quick turnaround at Leeds Whiskey Juliet departed at 21.00 with the addition of a Leeds based Air Hostess and the delayed passengers caused by the F27 technical problem.

Another quick turnaround at Belfast and Whiskey Juliet was airborne at 22.35 for Leeds,
But with the wind gusting 40 knots straight across at Leeds a diversion was carried out to Manchester, and landed at 23.35 the last commercial Air UK passenger flight with the Herald.

Next morning Monday 1st April at 10.20 a quick VFR flight down to Norwich. It was the last Herald flight for Mike Legalle giving him 3556 hours on type over five years.

Mike tells me they just made the start of the F27 ground school, late but in time for lunch!

Sunday 7th July 1985 Whiskey Juliet was positioned to Duxford by Captain J A Spencer and
First Officer John Campbell along with a cabin load of Air UK staff.

Maybe you were part of the cabin crew for the final flight, do let us know.

Many thanks to Mike LeGalle and Maggie Rankin for information, Photo credit will be Mike LeGalle Collection

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PH LXJ Fokker 50 Woensdrecht 1994

PH LXJ Fokker 50 Woensdrecht 1994

First flew 12 Sep 1992. Delivered to Air UK 28 October 1994. Re-registered as G UKTE 14 Feb 1995. For further information see G-UKTE picture. Photo Krijn Oostlander Collection.

PH LXR Fokker 50 named City of Amsterdam. Unknown Location 1994

PH LXR Fokker 50 named City of Amsterdam. Unknown Location 1994

First flew 24 September 1993. Delivered to Air UK 16 December 1994. Re-registered G UKTH 28 Mar 1995. For further information see G UKTH picture. Photo Krijn Oostlander Collection.

PH MXI Fokker 50 Unknown Location

PH MXI Fokker 50 Unknown Location

Confirmation that PH MXI did carry full Air UK colours, see other picture for details. Photo Krijn Oostlander Collection.

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AirUK Engineering Hangar Norwich

AirUK Engineering Hangar Norwich

A picture taken from an Air UK engineering brochure showing one of the Air UK hangars at NWI. Picture Barry Friend collection.

Prince Andrew and Edward Marshall

Prince Andrew and Edward Marshall

Prince Andrew talking to Edward Marshall, with Zena Macdonald and Barry Friend awaiting their turn on the occasion of the opening of the new terminal building Southampton 09 December 1994. Picture Barry Friend collection.

1980 New AirUK Uniform

1980 New AirUK Uniform

Cabin staff members Gill Boswell left models the new AirUK uniform, to be introduced system wide on 01 July 1980, while Jane Weston provides a reminder of that currently worn by air and ground girls in Air UK’s Island and Freighter division. Picture Barry Friend collection.

 1995 Southampton New Terminal Building

1995 Southampton New Terminal Building

Beverley Pavey and Jim Wood pictured outside of the new terminal building Southampton 1995 Picture Barry Friend collection.

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 PH KXF Fokker 50 named City of Norwich. Newcastle May 1994
PH KXF Fokker 50 named City of Norwich. Newcastle May 1994

First flew on 10 March 1992. Delivered to Air UK March 1994. Re-registered as G UKTA 22 February 1995. For further information see G UKTA picture. Photo Mike Splevins.

PH KXH Fokker 50 named City of Bradford. Southend 1994
PH KXH Fokker 50 named City of Bradford. Southend 1994

First flew on 01 April 1992. Delivered to Air UK June 1994. Re-registered as G UKTC 25 January 1995. For further information see G UKTC picture. Photo David Oates.

PH KXT Fokker 50 named City of Leeds. Guernsey 1994
PH KXT Fokker 50 named City of Leeds. Guernsey 1994

First flew on 12 June 1992. Delivered to Air UK November 1994. Re-registered as G UKTD 20 January 1995. For further information see G UKTD picture. Photo Howard Chaloner.

PH LXK Fokker 50 named City of York. Aberdeen 1994

PH LXK Fokker 50 named City of York. Aberdeen 1994

First flew on 08 January 1993. Delivered to Air UK October 1994. Re-registered as G UKTF 31 January 1995. For further information see G UKTF picture. Photo Alan McKnight.

PH MXI Fokker 50 Paris Le Bourget June 1995
PH MXI Fokker 50 Paris Le Bourget June 1995

This aircraft first flew on the 15 July 1993, and was displayed at the Paris Air Show June 1995 in Air UK colours. It never became part of the fleet but chose a military career. In November 1996 it joined the Koninklijke Luchtmacht – Royal Netherlands Air Force, in November 2014 was sold to the Fuerza Aviacion Naval del Peru – Peruvian Navy. Photo Johan Hetebrij.

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