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by Jan Koppen
Stansted was a wonderful place in the late 70's.
The wartime Bellman hangar in the background is magnificant.
This original BOAC Boeing 707-436 ended it's days as a training aid with Aviation Traders at Stansted Airport. It was scrapped in 1989, within two years after this photo was taken.
The Rolls-Royce Conway Mk. 540 turbofan was the first turbofan that was in commercial usage. It has powered the Boeing 707 as well as the Douglas DC-8, the Vickers VC-10 and the Handley Page Victor.
An absolute stunner, during our USA spotting-trip in April 1980, was this Air Haïti Boeing 707-331C.
Originally delivered in June 1968 to TWA as N15711, this aircraft retired after only 11 years of service with the U.S. airline and was bought by aircraft broker Guiness Peat Aviation in May 1979, who leased her for one year to Pakistan Intl. Airlines (PIA). The 707 changed hands again in April 1980, when she was leased to Air Haïti. After flying for almost three years for Air Haïti, the new owner became the Citicorp. bank. In October 1984 she was ferried to Davis-Monthan for the KC-135 parts project. In November 2013 her nose section was trucked to Atlixco airfield near Puebla Mexico. The nose section is owned by SMEAL-Mexican Aviation Society.
Aerotal Colombia, Boeing 707-321(F), still in basic Kuwait Airways colors, with its cavernous cargo door open to swallow another load at Miami, Florida on April 04, 1980.
Originally Pan Am's N727PA from January 1960. She was converted to a -321(F) in November 1971, on sale to Donaldson, becoming G-AZWA. Repossed by Pan Am on Donaldson's collapse in August 1974. In February 1975 she was sold to BMA, who on their turn leased the 707 to Kuwait, MAS and EAS. In October she was purchased by International Air Leases and leased to Bayu Indonesia, before sale to Aerotal Colombia some time later. She was re-registered HK-2410X in September 1980 but ownership by Aerotal did not last long. While the Boeing was approaching Bogotá runway 12, on December 20, 1980, it entered a zone of heavy rain and dense fog. The aircraft descended into the ground, crash-landed and caught fire and was damage beyond repair.
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