ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
According to the book - Faded Glory by John K. Morton, there was a very short lived charter airline based at Manchester called Air Manchester funnily enough. Although it lasted only for the summer season of 1982, its two Bac 1-11's must have been seen by some of the more knowledgable (older) members.
They were operated on behalf of Sureway Holidays, the picture shows one Bac 1-11 in the livery registered G-SURE. If you do not have the book, the livery was white with a broad red cheatline with a thin white line followed by a thin blue line above. the whole cheatline being below the window. The tail was also white with a red 'S' and the cheatline repeated through it.
I wondered if anyone knows where the aircraft originated, where they went and what the other aircraft was registered. The flight number or any other memories.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1346 times:
The book "First and Foremost" has a paragraph about them: 1st visit was on 18th May, 1st service to Ibiza on 3rd June (just 8 passengers!). Ceased operations 1st September, but resumed services and moved base to Liverpool on 18th October and gave up the ghost on 31st October
The other 1-11 was due to be G-BMAN.
They flew under the AOC of British Air Ferries.
G-SURE's heritage: G-AVOE of Autair, sold to Cambrian who merged into BA. Changed reg when it went to Air Manchester in 1982. Summer 1983 saw it go to Dan Air back as G-AVOE. Britt Air (of the US) nabbed it from BAe for 3 years before ending up in Nigeria with Okada Air. Now broken up
G-BMAN: G-AVOF of Autair, sold to Cambrian who merged into BA. G-BMAN was not taken up in 1982. In 1983/1984, it was leased to British Island Airways, British Caledonoian and Dan Air. Britt Air (of the US) nabbed it from BAe for 2 years before ending up in Nigeria with Okada Air. Now withdrawn from use.