Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1165 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5724 times:
I found this on Planes.cz
Z nebe zmizel další vzácný a zajímavý stroj – Caravelle SE210. 27.08. se při přistání na letišti Gisenyi (Rwanda) u hranic s Demokratickou republikou Kongo zřítila Caravelle SE210-11R registrace 3D-KIK. Majitelem stroje je uváděn Jacques „Kiki“ Lemaire. Osoba podezřelá z přepravy diamantů od angolské svého času protivládní organizace UNITA k překupníkům a zbraní od překupníků pro UNITA. Dřívějším majitelem 36 let staré Caravelle byl Gabon Express (3D-SEP). Jednalo se pravděpodobně o poslední létající Caravelle na světě
Translated from Czech, it says in short: on 27 August in Gisenyi Airport (Rwanda) 36-year-old Caravelle 3D-KIK (ex-Gabon Express, c/n 251) crashed. The article says it was the last flying Caravelle, but I think there are one or two still flying, and a number stored that could perhaps be made airworthy. I found in another place that this Caravelle burned and that no one was injured, but would like more info. What exactly happened here?
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5579 times:
It was one of the 3 caravelles used by the French Air force in French Polynesia. If I work for airlines today, it is because of those 3 fabulous birds.
I have been fascinated by the flexibility offered by their quick change capabilities.
It was possible to use them as full pax (90) or combi (72 seats + 1 88" plt, or 54 seats+2 plts). The seats were fixed on a plt.
This end makes me very sad but doesn't come as a surprise to me, due to the activities of Kiki Lemaire.
I know there was a project to make airworthy again the Caravelle used by De Gaulle, but I have no update on this project
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FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4131 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5472 times:
I believe Gabon Express still had a Caravelle 10B, not sure if it's still flying. Sad that another one of these beautiful aircraft was destroyed, but 35 years of flying is very respectable for any aircraft, especially one produced in such small numbers (only about 200 for all variants).
AirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4763 times:
Sorry to hear that you haven't seen a Caravelle jet in real life. I used to feast when I was growing up in MNL on a Caravelle jet operated by Sterling Philippines Airways (a subsidiary of Sterling of Denmark) flying charters from MNL to HKG competing with Air Manila International B707 charters as well! Caravelle is one of my top 3 best-looking aircrafts.
Last year, I had another encounter with a CVL jet------in CMH!! It was parked near the cargo area----it had markings of Airborne Express! I'm not sure if it still there. Anybody knows? Also anybody knows what routes did it fly for Airborne Express and what years? Thank you in advance for the answers.
Miamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4663 times:
I saw a couple in BOG. Converted to freighters, but the aerocivil declared them un-airworthy as there was no substantiation for the structure done. The owner of the airlanes said he swore by them. That was in 2001.