Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk32 – c/n 13258

With Air Charter from Jan 1957 to Feb 1959

Given Name – ‘Valour’

There is actually very little to relate about Uniform Victor’s early history being as she would mostly be restricted to one route during the first 2-1/2 years of her service life. Arriving at SEN on January 16th 1957, she spent a short period of time in ATEL’s hangar being fitted out prior to going into service on the Southend – Calais route on February 12th. However, with the success of the other ‘Air Bridge’ operation to Ostend, Belgian airline SABENA decided to get in on the act and as such, signed a wet lease with Air Charter to provide one aircraft and a crew to fly it in their name on the Southend – Ostend route. Thus, her short lived Air Charter livery would last for less than four months and on June 4th, Uniform Victor flew her first SABENA service, resplendent in her new colours. She would continue to operate in this fashion until November 1959 when she was eventually replaced by B170 G-APAU. The only other incident of note is that Uniform Victor was damaged slightly when high winds blew her into fellow stable mate G-ANVS during February 1958. However, she was quickly repaired and returned to operations.


History of G-AOUV

1/57 to 2/59

Air Charter Ltd (purchased 12/58)

2/59 to 1/63

TFR to Channel Air Bridge Ltd

1/63 to 10/67

TFR to British United Air Ferries

10/67 to 4/68

TFR to British Air Ferries


WFU Lydd 10/67 and B/U 4/68


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