Avro York C.1 – c/n 1222

With Air Charter from Aug 1952 to Dec 1956

Given Name – ‘New Endeavour’

Avro York ‘November Uniform’ came to ACL by virtue of the Surrey Flying Services’ takeover and as such, this particular aircraft would end up being the longest serving of her kind with this airline by a margin of one year. G-AGNU came to Air Charter directly from BOAC and was put to work maintaining both trooping and ad-hoc charter services. As with many of these early Yorks, it is extremely difficult if not nigh-on impossible to source their service records and as a result of this, much about this aircraft’s operational life with ACL remains unknown. However by 1953, she was seen at Stansted carrying the military serial ‘XD670’ on her rear fuselage, which was indicative of the fact that like most of the other Air Charter Yorks in use at the time, she was kept busy operating trooping flights to Malta, Cyprus and the Suez region. Nothing more is known except that her civil registration had been reinstated by August 1955 and by December of the following year she had been sold in the Lebanon, this event in turn bringing Air Charter’s Avro York operations to an end.


History of G-AGNU

12/45 to 7/49


(Leased to South African Airways 1/46 to 9/47 as ZS-ATR)

7/49 to 8/52

British South American Airways as G-AGNU

(TRF to BOAC 9/49)

8/52 to 12/56

Air Charter Ltd

12/56 to 5/61

Trans Mediterranean Airways


Crashed while landing at Muscat, Oman 24/5/61


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