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Was An Ansett Tristar/DC-10 Ever At Duxford?  
User currently offlineVS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 276 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Hi,
Duxford has been a local attraction to me for years. I have been going there since I was 2. 
One thing that stays firmly in my mind, from a very young age, was seeing the tail of what from memory appears to be an Ansett Airlines tri-jet. I'm pretty sure it could have been a Tristar as I vaguely recall seeing the words on the fuselage.

The livery had stars with and similar colours to Ansett but I have searched plansespotters.net and Ansett never seemed to operate the Tristar or DC-10, and it definitely wasn't a 727! So could this have been Lockheed's house colours for the Tristar? Was it a demo flight? Did I dream it? If it was there - where did it go!!!?

It would have been early to mid-eighties and definitely at Duxford, unless i'm going mad!
Can anyone confirm this?

Cheers

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User currently offlineQF772 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

Hi,

I'm almost certain Ansett Never operated a DC-10 or Tristar, if they did it probably wouldn't have been likely to spend much time at Duxford



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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

I can confirm AN never operated either the L10 or D10

Can't seem to find any similar colour schemes on either aircraft.


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User currently offlineBaron52ta From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3928 times:

If memory serves Annsett was blue with stars but the only tri they have used was the 727 they have used several t tailed types and Lockheed house scheme was red but the 146(see below) although not a tri has been to Dux and the Tristar would not have been doing demos any more since it was a seventy's build
http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/small/9/5/7/1178759.jpg
not much help I wager but just a thought


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3909 times:

BEA or similar Trident maybe?


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineBaron52ta From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 4):
BEA or similar Trident maybe?

I think BEA was gone by the 80's weren't they
maybe CAAC
http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/photos/7/9/3/1058397.jpg
they have stars on the tail

[Edited 2007-09-28 15:35:59]

User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3475 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

I remember going to a Duxford airshow in the mid 80's, where a BAe test pilot demonstrated the STOL characteristics of the BAe 146; I seem to recall that this was in Ansett colours. I have some slides of it stored away somewhere

User currently offlineVS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 6):
I remember going to a Duxford airshow in the mid 80's, where a BAe test pilot demonstrated the STOL characteristics of the BAe 146; I seem to recall that this was in Ansett colours. I have some slides of it stored away somewhere

This would make sense.

Although I can't shake the memory and have a really distinct picture in my head of it being a tri-jet. It was parked in the same place the VC10 currently is now, it was a gorgeous summers day and as a kid I looked up and saw stars with coloured trails on the tail. I do remember thinking the livery was very similar to the name of the a/c, Tristar.

Going there next month for the last airshow of the year so will prod someone in the know for n answer!

[Edited 2007-09-30 12:08:00]

User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Quoting VS773ER (Thread starter):
It would have been early to mid-eighties and definitely at Duxford, unless i'm going mad!
Can anyone confirm this?

I don't know about Duxford, but there was definitely a Tristar which sat at Cambridge airport in the time frame you mention, and certainly 1985-1988, because I used to pass it driving from Cambridge to London almost daily. It was also definitely white with the red engine covers, but I couldn't definitively say if it were Ansett or not as I can't recall specific markings on it.
So no, you're not going mad, but you might be thinking of Cambridge because one definitely sat there close to a hanger directly facing the A11 (as it was then I think), but I haven't been there since 1988 so have no idea after that.


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