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Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN  
User currently offlineSpruceGoose From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Does anyone know the history of the two sad looking planes at London Stansted? There is an old L1011 missing its engines. I have seen it being towed around for what appeared to be a pointless excersise - I'm sure it wasn't. And there is a 747 - I think a 200 - in AFX logo. Looks very dirty... the rudder area is covered in oil/hydraulic fluid. All engines are still attached.
Been doing some work up at STN for the past couple of months - sadly not airside - and wondered if anyone knew there history? The 747 hasn't moved an inch since Dec/Jan. Anyone with any ideas?

P.S I was too far away to get a registration.

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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

yeah, I've seen them both. The L1011 is relatively recent as it wasn't there in Feb. The 742 is grounded indefinitely with problems with it's landing gear I think it was.

User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

The TriStar has been there for a long while actually - its used for tug driver training, and training ground staff how to position jetways up to aircraft.

Andy


User currently offlineSpruceGoose From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Thanks Skymonster - you answered my suspicion! Would explain why it appeared to be aimlessly going up and down the taxiways.
Shame to see it in such a state though.


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

I could be wrong, but wasn't AFX grounded by British authorities in LHR due to irrregularities with its maintenance of the 747. I remember seeing it parked up near the BA hangers for a while.


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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

Do you mean this TriStar?


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It belongs to Classic Airways (reg G-IOII) and has been at STN for a few years since they went bust. They were a short-lived airline from the late 90's formed to do ad-hoc and sub-charters but didn't last very long. I think they also operated former Caledonian/AirOps L1011 G-CEAP which was also parked at STN but never painted into 'Classic' colours.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Don't think so, looks more along the lines of this:


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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

That'll be this one then:  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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The other former Classic Airways L1011 still in basic AirOps colours.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineGAWZU From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

The Tristar is G-IOIT (c/n 193N-1145, ex. G-BEAL, SE-DPM and G-CEAP). She is towed around the airfield every so often as part of ground handling exercises. The B747 is G-INTL (series -245F, c/n 20826/242, and ex. N701SW) and was parked up at STN about a year ago, I think, for the reasons explained by Horus.

The other Classic Tristar, G-IOII, was broken up at STN some years ago.

Hope this helps,
Adam


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