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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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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