Some good news about the 747s, I’ve pinched the below text from a press release that BA have just sent out. It’s nice to know that these aircraft have been saved, although I’m not sure if the one at Dunsfold will just be used as a part of a film set. I’m not actually sure what eCube are doing with theirs either, since they are usually a dismantler of aircraft (and G-CIVD caught fire last week). If I had a large amount of land, I’d quite fancy a 747 to be parked up on it. But, fortunately, I don’t have a large amount of land and I’m not sure what I’d do with my aircraft anyway.
“The aircraft, registrations G-BNLY and G-BYGC, are this month due to depart from British Airways’ engineering base in Cardiff, where they will be waved off by the British Airways engineers who for many years have proudly maintained the 747 fleet. The pair were among several aircraft painted in heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary last year.
Adorned in the iconic Landor livery, used between 1984 and 1997, G-BNLY has been given a new lease of life as a permanent exhibit at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey. It will join its sister 747, G-CIVW, which was retired in late October and features the current Chatham Dockyard livery.
G-BYGC, painted in the BOAC ‘Gold Speedbird’ livery used between 1963 and 1974, will make the short journey from Cardiff Airport to the Bro Tathan business park in the Vale of Glamorgan. It will be maintained as a heritage piece by aviation specialists eCube Solutions to showcase the pre-eminent contribution British Airways’ 747 fleet made to UK aviation.”