SpruceGoose From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3114 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?
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.
GAWZU From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1995 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.