Dan Air 748 restored at Liverpool
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 In 1993 it transferred to Emerald Airways at Blackpool before being withdrawn from use in March 2005.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