Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk32 – c/n 13257

With Air Charter from Jan 1957 to Feb 1959

Given Name – ‘Venture’

With the opening of Rotterdam Airport on October 1st 1956 came the knowledge that for the 1957 summer season, Air Charter would need to acquire more equipment for its already overworked fleet. Bristol 170 G-AOUU would be the first of four new aircraft to bolster the fleet, all of which were initially leased before later being purchased outright. Arriving at Southend three days into 1957, Uniform Uniform would undergo the requisite fitting out to Air Charter’s specifications before being put to work for the first time on the 21st, flying between Southend and Ostend.

The summer of 1957 would then see her going to work on the Calais, Ostend and Rotterdam routes, although freight charters would also be undertaken from time to time, including the odd, emergency charter, such as the June foot and mouth outbreak which saw all but one of ACL’s B170s, each hauling 5 tons of meat across the Channel from Rotterdam, nightly for a week. Livestock and bloodstock was also occasionally carried too and Uniform Uniform would perform such a task between Southend and Lyons on October 9th 1957. Otherwise, Uniform Uniform would continue to perform her normal duties of keeping the three Channel routes serviced until being officially transferred to Channel Air Bridge in February 1959.


History of G-AOUU

1/57 to 2/59

Air Charter Ltd (purchased 12/58)

2/59 to 1/63

TFR to Channel Air Bridge

1/63 to 5/67

TFR to British United Air Ferries


WFU Lydd 6/65 and B/U 5/67


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