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BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?  
User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 37
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6801 times:

Many years ago, when BA were phasing-out their 747-100s, I remember reading that their first, G-AWNA, was to be repainted in its original BOAC colours and preserved in Bruntingthorpe. At the time it sounded like a great idea to spare this piece of history the guillotine, and I was looking forward to visiting it.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/065702/L/

My question is, what happened to the aircraft? To my knowledge it ain't at Bruntingthorpe. Was it scrapped? If so, WHY???

Best regards,

ZXV


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User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Airfleets and Airliner List both list it as being broken up at Bruntingthorpe in 1999.

What are the BOAC titles about in the photo above? Were these applied as a special reirement farewell thing?


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6638 times:

Yes, it was broken up, and it's final flight was to the scrapers. So yes it's been scraped.
Why ? , because it's most likely no one wanted it anymore, but I don't honestly know.

Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 1):
What are the BOAC titles about in the photo above? Were these applied as a special reirement farewell thing?

Yes, they were specialy applied because G-AWNA was BOAC's first 747.

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

A portion of the fuselage of this aircraft (I'm pretty sure it was WNA) is used as a training aid at Crawley Down near Gatwick.

User currently offlineElvisisalive From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

We brought the aircraft to Bruntingthorpe to sell it to the MOD to simulate
the TWA 800 center tank explosion. Too bad the MOD could not get the
previous tank simulation to explode with out juicing the spark to high level.

The MOD was not interested in trying to blow up G-AWNA.

British Airways was specific that the 747's were to be dis-mantled , they
took the data plate as well.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7461 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6497 times:

Quoting Elvisisalive (Reply 4):
We brought the aircraft to Bruntingthorpe to sell it to the MOD

'We' presumably being AAR Leasing who owned 'NWA?

The aircraft was returned to AAR on 14 November 1998 and was ferried from CWL to Bruntingthorpe with a BA call sign that day. It had been to CWL for decommissioning. Earlier it had been rolled out at LHR on 5 November with BOAC livery on the left side only and was ferried to CWL later that day. The BOAC markings were removed at CWL on 9 November. I guess at the same time all the BA markings including the red 'Speedwing', coat of arms and titles were removed.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6465 times:

The faux BOAC markings, on one side only, were applied by BA engineering staff, in their own time, using surplus materials.
(Still did not stop one pilot writing to the BA News moaning about all the cost and time wasting for the very temporary change WNA's livery).

Clearly the Landor upper fuselage grey differed from the white BOAC livery, it was superficial but looked good, had the desired effect.
I certainly went out and photographed it on the ramp!


User currently offlineElvisisalive From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 6361 times:

Hey VV701

We bought the aircraft from AAR and ferried it to Bruntinthorpe rather
than take delivery at Rosewell.

Were partnered up with the old Saber Airways , glad to have Sabre as every
piece on a 747 seems to require a forklift.


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 6297 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 6):
The faux BOAC markings, on one side only, were applied by BA engineering staff, in their own time, using surplus materials.
(Still did not stop one pilot writing to the BA News moaning about all the cost and time wasting for the very temporary change WNA's livery).

Clearly the Landor upper fuselage grey differed from the white BOAC livery, it was superficial but looked good, had the desired effect.
I certainly went out and photographed it on the ramp!

Very nice touch. Pilots ehh?!  old 


User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6013 times:

Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

A real shame -AWNA wasn't preserved. Perhaps when her time comes, -BNLA can be preserved instead (though I hear she has always been a temperamental aircraft...).

Best regards,

ZXV

[Edited 2006-01-18 15:58:05]


How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12464 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5747 times:
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Time for a trip down memory lane... (had this shot in the upload queue, so couldn't post it earlier). Nearly 30 years ago!

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User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

I flew in G-AWNA LHR-ZRH-BAH-BOM-SIN on 10 September 1972

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