CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2806 times:
I remember that in 1975 I was at LIS airport and I saw a cargo airplane from an airline called YOUNG CARGO, it looked to me that it was a Bristol Britannia, but I know that they also used a CL44. The livery was very, very basic, a red cheatline and "YOUNG CARGO" black titles on the fuselage. Anyone knows a bit more about this airline and their operations? And maybe someone can help me with the registration of this "true gem" with the registration!
Propfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
they had 8 Bristol Britannias in their fleet (all ex RAF), but I believe not all of them were active but 2 of them were used as spare parts source only and finally scrapped at STN. Young was operating mostly out of Ostend and Charleroi. The sole CL-44 was ex Cargolux and went to Air Gabon Cargo afterwards. In the end they had 2 707s, both ex Qantas. After they went out of business they were sold to Air Niugini.
I believe most of their flights operated to Africa (maybe a fuelstop when you saw it at LIS) flying cargo to the old Belgium colonies (Congo, Burundi, Rwanda).
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
Thanks for your information, I didn't knew that had cargo flights to Africa, so it makes quite sense to me a stop at LIS...well has far has I remember Young Cargo was not a regular airline in LIS, also when you say they flew to ex: belgium colonies I also know that Portugal at that time had quite good relations with Zaire, so I also wouldn't be surprised that they passed via LIS to get some aditional cargo too. Anyway very interesting information!
Regards and thanks