Dan Air 748 re­stored at Liver­pool

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Vol­un­teers from the Speke Aero­drome Her­itage Group (SAHG) fi­nally re­assem­bled and painted the Avro 748 G-BEJD dur­ing Oc­to­ber 2017. The air­craft had been stored dis­man­tled for a num­ber of years be­hind the old 1930s Liver­pool Air­port ter­mi­nal build­ings at Speke. It is now the only pre­served com­plete Avro 748 in the UK.

The air­craft made its first flight in May 1962 at Wood­ford and was de­liv­ered to Aero­lin­eas Ar­genti­nas as LV-PUF a month later. It was ac­quired by Dan Air in 1976 and reg­is­tered G-BEJD was fer­ried to Manch­ester, first en­ter­ing Dan Air ser­vice in March 1977. It re­mained with the air­line for six­teen years be­fore be­ing sold to Janes Avi­a­tion in 1992. In 1993 it trans­ferred to Emer­ald Air­ways at Black­pool be­fore be­ing with­drawn from use in March 2005. The fol­low­ing year Emer­ald went into re­ceiver­ship and ’JD was moved into the fire train­ing ground at Black­pool be­fore be­ing dis­man­tled for spares. At­tempts to res­cue the air­craft were made by the Mil­lom Avi­a­tion mu­seum in 2008 but failed and the SAHG stepped in.

The 748 was dis­man­tled in three sec­tions and de­liv­ered to Liver­pool in 2011 for long term restora­tion. An agree­ment was made with the own­ers of the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel to store the air­craft be­hind the build­ing. Although miss­ing its un­der­car­riage and pro­pel­lers, the 748 is other­wise com­plete and is on dis­play re­splen­dent in its for­mer Dan Air colours in the ho­tel’s car park along with SAHG’S Per­ci­val Prince G-AMLZ, Dragon Rapide G-AJCL and Jet­stream G-JMAC. Re­port & photo: Si­mon Mur­doch

Sans un­der­car­riage and rest­ing on tresles and blocks, G-BEJD has been re­stored in Dan Air colours at Speke

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