BCal Fleet Deliveries

Following some photos that arrived from Paul Lane and Paul Robinson, it was a good opportunity to show some images of aircraft as they entered the BCal fleet, still in their former owners livery.

The aircraft are usually repainted pretty quickly and not often captured on film.
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Boeing 747-2D3B
Serial Number 21252 / Line Number 297

First Flight 26th October 1976

First Owner: -  Royal Jordanian - Reg JY-AFB

BCal initially negotiated a three year lease on this 747 Combi, to be registered G-HUGE.

The acceptance flight was flown on 16th March in Jordan and G-HUGE arrived from Amman on 18th March 1985 in just over 5 hours with Captain Kelly and F/E McComb accompanying the Jordanian crew.

G-HUGE (left) was named:  Andrew Carnegie - The Scottish American Philanthropist.

Below are a series of photos taken by Paul Lane just after she arrived, still in her Alia - Royal Jordainian livery. Also some view inside the cavernous main deck rear cargo space and stripped out front cabin.


McDonnell Douglas DC10 Series 30
Serial Number 47888

First Flight 22nd June 1979

First Owner: -  Ariana Afghan - Reg YA-LAS

BCal paid $38 million for her, including spares and a quick-change engine kit. She flew into Gatwick on 21st March 1985 and had been recently overhauled by McDonnell Douglas.

YA-LAS had been struck by a missile on landing at Khwaja Rawash Airport in Kabul in September 1984, which had caused damage to its hydraulics, fuselage, port engine and a wing.

G-MULL (left) was named:  Ian Ritchie - The Caledonian Airline Executive.


McDonnell Douglas DC10 Series 30
Serial Number 46932

First Flight 20th May 1974

First Owner: -  Air Zaire - Reg 9Q-CLT

9Q-CLT was leased from cash-strapped Air Zaire by Air Tchad on 1st November 1975 and spent 10 years with Air Tchad in the central African country of Chad

G-NIUK was BCal’s tenth, and last, DC10-30 and she arrived on 9th June 1985.

G-NIUK (left) was never given a fleet name.

Below are a series of photos taken by Paul Lane of her in her Air Zaire livery on arriving at Gatwick. 
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