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BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:04 am

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???

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jmc757
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:13 am

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?
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:39 am

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.

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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:46 am

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.
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:57 am

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.
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:39 am

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.
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:49 am

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!
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:58 am

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.
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:37 am

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 
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:57 pm

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?
 
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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:29 pm

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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RE: BA 747-100 G-AWNA: Fate?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:57 pm

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