SpruceGoose
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Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:31 am

Does anyone know the history of the two sad looking planes at London Stansted? There is an old L1011 missing its engines. I have seen it being towed around for what appeared to be a pointless excersise - I'm sure it wasn't. And there is a 747 - I think a 200 - in AFX logo. Looks very dirty... the rudder area is covered in oil/hydraulic fluid. All engines are still attached.
Been doing some work up at STN for the past couple of months - sadly not airside - and wondered if anyone knew there history? The 747 hasn't moved an inch since Dec/Jan. Anyone with any ideas?

P.S I was too far away to get a registration.
 
ScottishLaddie
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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:41 am

yeah, I've seen them both. The L1011 is relatively recent as it wasn't there in Feb. The 742 is grounded indefinitely with problems with it's landing gear I think it was.
 
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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:46 am

The TriStar has been there for a long while actually - its used for tug driver training, and training ground staff how to position jetways up to aircraft.

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SpruceGoose
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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 4:00 am

Thanks Skymonster - you answered my suspicion! Would explain why it appeared to be aimlessly going up and down the taxiways.
Shame to see it in such a state though.
 
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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:49 am

I could be wrong, but wasn't AFX grounded by British authorities in LHR due to irrregularities with its maintenance of the 747. I remember seeing it parked up near the BA hangers for a while.
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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:39 am

Do you mean this TriStar?


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It belongs to Classic Airways (reg G-IOII) and has been at STN for a few years since they went bust. They were a short-lived airline from the late 90's formed to do ad-hoc and sub-charters but didn't last very long. I think they also operated former Caledonian/AirOps L1011 G-CEAP which was also parked at STN but never painted into 'Classic' colours.

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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:53 am

Don't think so, looks more along the lines of this:


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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:33 pm

That'll be this one then:  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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The other former Classic Airways L1011 still in basic AirOps colours.

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RE: Two Sad Looking Aircraft @ STN

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:15 pm

The Tristar is G-IOIT (c/n 193N-1145, ex. G-BEAL, SE-DPM and G-CEAP). She is towed around the airfield every so often as part of ground handling exercises. The B747 is G-INTL (series -245F, c/n 20826/242, and ex. N701SW) and was parked up at STN about a year ago, I think, for the reasons explained by Horus.

The other Classic Tristar, G-IOII, was broken up at STN some years ago.

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