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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.
For Chinese terms, 2012 built, Shandong Airlines Boeing 737-800 B-5649, is almost an OldJet.
Shandong Airlines is based in Jinan, Shandong. The Chinese carrier operates a sizable domestic network from Jinan, Qingdao and Yantai to major cities across China, together with an international network to regional Asian destinations. The airline's two largest shareholders are Shandong Aviation Group and Air China.
Shùnfēng Airlines (trading as SF Airlines) is a Chinese cargo airline owned by SF Express (Group) Co. The company is headquartered in the No.1 Freight Depot of the International Shipping Center of Bao'an International Airport in Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
B-2899 is a former China Southwest Boeing 757-200. In March 2009, she was sold to broker Pegasus Aviation and stored at Marana, Arizona. A few months later she was added to SF Airlines freighter fleet.
1993 built, China Postal Airlines Boeing 737-300F B-2656, is caught on camara in the early hours of June 03, 2020, at Peking Capital. In the mid '90s she started working for China Southwest. Several years later she saw service with Xiamen Airlines, before being acquired by China Postal in 2008.
Long distance shot of, 1996 built, Grandstar Cargo Boeing 747-400F B-2427. This Queen started her career with Korean Airlines. In 2008 she was acquired by Chinese Cargo operator Grandstar, which was a frequent visitor to Frankfurt Rhein-am-Main Airport. She was withdrawn from use at Peking Capital Airport during 2011. PEK, May 31, 2020.
Cocooned Dreamliners are a common sight at Peking Capital. Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 B-2730 arrived at PEK from Shenzhen on April 04, 2020 and is seen here awaiting better times.
Also Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 B-208S was wrapped-up. She arrived from Changsha on April 29, 2020, as HU7636.
Hainan Airlines -737 B-5662 was operational and flew the next day from Peking Capital to Nanning as HU7157.
Shunfeng Airlines Boeing 767-200(F) is a former Qantas flagship and seen here unloading her cargo, after flight O3/6914 from Hangzhou.
Hainan Airlines had been hit very hardby Covid-19.
Covid-19 restrictions has grounded many Hainan Airlines aircraft.
Some Hainan Airlines 737's were still operational.
Another laid-up Dreamliner. B-2729 arrived from Toronto (YYZ) on February 28 and was subsequently stored.
In the Covid-19 infested world, a lot of brand new aircraft look like long-term stored Oldjets! With her windows fully protected by tape and her engines removed, Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 B-1341, sits in the morning light at Peking Capital Airport on June 03, 2020, awaiting better times.
China Eastern B-6506 is a very scruffy Airbus 330-300.
Aer Lingus Airbus 330-300 EI-EDY is a frequent visitor of Peking Capital airport.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 D-ABVO 'Mülheim an der Ruhr' in front of the Ameco Beijing maintenance hangar on June 03, 2020. Three days later she was ferried, as LH9923, from Beijing to Twente Airport, Netherlands, for Covid-19 storage.
'Captains of Industry' are frequent visitors of Peking Capital.
The VIP terminal of Beijing Capital Int'l Airport is well-used by the rich and shameless in semi-communist China.
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