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04/09/2010 Museum Receives Hawker Siddeley 748 G-OPFW
On 4th September Aeroventure received the cockpit of Hawker Siddeley 748 G-OPFW
The HS748 model number 266, aircraft was manufactured by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd in 1972.
Its construction number was 1714. It was powered by two Roll Royce Dart 534-2 Turboprop engines and carried various registrations over its lifetime such as G-BMFT, VP-BFT, VR-BFT, G-BMFT, 5W-FAO, G-11-10 with its final registration of G-OPFW.
It was to join the ever expanding fleet of aircraft owned and run by Emerald Airways, first formed as Janes Aviation, it was started by Andrew and Hilary Janes in 1987, operating out of Blackpool Airport. They acquired their first HS748 in 1992 and moved the company to Liverpool where they boasted that their fleet of HS748s was the largest in the world.
From there they leased G-OPFW to Parcel Force Worldwide. On the 14th November 2002 whlst flying from Pisa over the Western Italian Alps and bound for Paris a serious incident occurred when G-OPFW was forced to descend from its cruise altitude of 18,000ft due to severe icing on the wings (4 to 5 inches in thickness). On landing at Paris engineers checked the wings and found pieces of the de-icing boots were missing.
Emerald Airways eventually had their license revoked and went into lquidation on the 11th May 2006. The aircraft were transported to Blackpool Airport to await the scrapman but in May 2009 the front part of the flight deck was acquired by Niall Patterson to convert into a flight simulator for the RAF Millom Museum.
Sadly RAF Millom Museum museum closed in mid 2010 and G-OPFW's cockpit was donated by it's owner to the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum at its former RAF Doncaster site. The above notes were adapted from the display board from RAF Millom Museum.
In Service Photo's
Thank you to Gary Watt for permission to use this photo
G-OPFW at Aberdeen, Scotland on June 15, 2004
Thank you to Nik Deblauwe for permission to use this photo
G-OPFW cockpit taken while at Kortrijk, Belgium on April 26, 2006
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