Carvair G-ASKD

Aviation Traders ATL.98 Carvair – c/n 14/10458

With BAF from Jun 1973 to Oct 1974

Given Name – ‘North Sea Viking Express’

Carvair Kilo Delta joined BAF in the summer of 1973 and would ultimately serve with the airline for just two seasons before being sold on again. She began life after having been purchased as a converted DC-4 from German outfit CDL and on visiting her in Hamburg where she had been stored for just under a year, the ATL engineers found her to be in less than pristine condition. Thus a short period of work ensued to get her airworthy and she was subsequently ferried to Stansted where work would begin on her conversion during the winter of 1963. The delivery customer for this particular aircraft would be Aer Lingus and while she would be the third aircraft for the airline, she would incorporate a number of interesting features that had either been fitted later or were absent from the earlier, two airframes. Asides from the default Aer Lingus seating layout for 33 pax and 4 cars, the forward ceiling was raised in anticipation of livestock charters, while the aircraft was the first to be delivered off of the production line, with the rather effective ‘Rolamat’ floor system which enabled the more efficient loading and unloading of pallets.

After departing to Ireland, this aircraft would not make its first, post-delivery flight to Southend until February 1968, when she was painted and prepared for a stint in Canada, having been sold by Aer Lingus to Eastern Provincial. It would then be another five years before she once more, returned to Southend, landing there on June 11th 1973. The details surrounding her acquisition are somewhat hazy although what is known is that ‘Mike’ Keegan had sub-leased the aircraft from its current operator Norwegian Overseas Airways, after which the aircraft was ‘impounded’ by ATEL at SEN until such time that the customer stumped up the cash for maintenance work that had been carried out. With work waiting and the lease for the aircraft already active, Keegan became impatient and eventually decided to pinch the Carvair out from under ATL’s nose. Needless to say, the aircraft was summarily appropriated and towed to the BAF hangar while Keegan eventually came to an arrangement with ATL which ensured that they would be remunerated for services already provided.

As such, Kilo Delta would be the only one of it’s kind to fly in this one off livery which consisted of a single, thick, light blue cheat line running the full length of the fuselage and up the rear stabiliser. By August, she was ready for service and was put to work on the cross-Channel ferry services, which despite ‘Mike’ Keegan’s vigorous attempts to relaunch them and thus increase the number of passengers and cars that had been slowly waning since the turn of the decade, turned out to be a complete failure and numbers actually dwindled further still. With the lease coming to an end in November 1974, the aircraft was finally returned to NOA. However, this would not be the last SEN would see of this Carvair. She would return again for the last time, during the last week of January 1975, where she was again prepared and titled for her new operator Rorosfly Cargo in Norway. She later ending up flying a small number of relief operations for the Red Cross in Thailand and Cambodia during the first year of the Khmer Rouge genocide and was later impounded in Bangkok for non-payment of various fees and services. The exact date of her demise is unknown, however it is believed that she was B/U there, some time between 1985 and 1988.


History of G-ASKD

4/64 to 2/68

Aer Lingus as EI-ANJ

2/68 to 6/73

Eastern Provincial Airways as CF-EPW

6/73 to 10/74

British Air Ferries

10/74 to 11/75

Norwegian Overseas Airways/Rorosfly Cargo


WFU at Bangkok, Thailand and later B/U either in 1985 or 1988


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