VS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 282 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4717 times:
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?
Baron52ta From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4668 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
Bongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3966 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4587 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
VS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4467 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!
AirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4308 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.