Below, you will find a list of aircraft that were either bought purely for spares use or that somewhat inadvertently found their way into the hands of CAB, BUAF, BAF or BWA and were then removed from service and later scrapped for parts. This list runs in chronological order based on the date that each airframe arrived at Southend.



Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk31M – c/n 13169

WFU Aug 1961 – B/U Sep 1968

This ex-Pakistan Air Force B170 was purchased by BUA in July 1961 purely for spares use and she was almost immediately transferred to BUAF at Southend for breaking. However, apart from the quick removal of her engines and then her outer wing sections sometime later during 1964, she remained relatively complete until being broken up more than 7 years after her arrival. Rumours also abound that she was temporarily used as either a storage hut or workman’s shed.



Bristol 170 Freighter MkXIA – c/n 12795

WFU Oct 1963 – B/U May 1964

With the introduction of the larger Carvairs from 1962 onwards and then the merger of both Silver City and Channel Air Bridge at the beginning of 1963, the newly formed BUAF found itself with a superfluous number of increasingly inefficient aircraft. So, not long after this merger, several Bristol 170s were withdrawn from service and were instead marked for spares use. As such, G-AIME being one of the oldest B170s was designated for removal and was summarily WFU at Lydd. However, her last trip would be made by road, being transferred to Southend during May 1964 where ATEL would quickly break her and use her for spares.



Bristol 170 Freighter Mk21E – c/n 12773

WFU Nov 1963 – B/U Oct 1964

Being yet another of the oldest machines in the fleet, B170 G-AIFM was hot on the heels of Mike Echo as far as withdrawals were concerned and she was removed from service approximately one month later. However, unlike her stable mate above, she would make one final flight and was dispatched from Lydd to Southend on May 15th 1964 after which she was slowly reduced to scrap.



Carvair CF-EPW

ATL.98 Carvair – c/n 8/10448

WFU Sep 1973 – B/U Sep 1978

Bought by BAF from Eastern Provincial in Canada as a source of spares for the Carvair fleet, the aircraft was slowly reduced to a shell over a period of 5 years before finally being broken up. The nose door of the aircraft gained a temporary reprieve in 1979, when it replaced the door of G-AOFW which had been damaged by strong winds, but this too was eventually scrapped along with the aircraft at the end of 1983. The cockpit of this aircraft however, is the only major part of a Carvair to survive in the U.K. It is currently kept in an extremely poor state near Halesworth Airfield in Suffolk where it has seemingly been left to slowly rot away.



Viscount G-AYOX

Vickers 819 Viscount – c/n 370

Bought Aug 1986 – B/U May 1993

This Viscount was purchased by BAF as a fuselage and spares. The aircraft itself was brought to Southend on a low loader and could be seen for a while in the BAF spares dump at the rear of the airport. However, during 1989 the fuselage was moved out of sight, although it seems to have prevailed somewhere on the airport until at least the middle of 1993. BAF would also procure more spares during 1989 from ex-Arkia Viscount 4X-AVB (c/n 424), although the aircraft itself never came to SEN. Instead, BAF engineers were dispatched to Israel, after which all usable parts were then shipped to Southend in boxes.



1-11 EI-BWI

BAC 1-11-201AC – c/n 7

Bought Apr 1990 – B/U Jan 1994

This aircraft came to BAF via the official receivers who were dealing with the collapse of Braniff, the aircraft being delivered to Southend on April 18th 1990. She was later re-registered as G-ASJC, but this was never officially taken up, at least as far as any change to the aircraft was concerned and remained adorned in her Florida Express livery, Braniff titles and Irish registration until the very end. The aircraft was slowly stripped for spares and officially de-registered in March 1994, having already been broken up two months earlier.



1-11 G-AXYD

BAC 1-11 – c/n 210

Bought Nov 1992 – B/U Sep 1998

Of the five, ex-Dan-Air 1-11s that did not enter service with BAF or BWA, two would gain a temporary reprieve from the fall of the scrap man’s axe, G-AXYD being one of these aircraft. Hoping no doubt to sell these airframes on, British Air Ferries would eventually find a buyer for this particular 1-11 in the form of Oriental Airlines and ownership was transferred to this airline in April 1993. However, this deal eventually fell through and as such, the aircraft remained at SEN where she would finally be scrapped in September 1998. The registration G-OBWF was allocated but it was never officially taken up.



1-11 G-BCXR

BAe 1-11-517FE – c/n 198

Bought Nov 1992 – B/U Mar 1993

Yet another of the ex-Dan-Air 1-11s that would end her life at SEN was G-BCXR. Along with G-BCWA she was quickly reduced to an empty shell and by March of the following year was no more.



BAC 1-11-518FG – c/n 205

Bought Nov 1992 – B/U Mar 1993

As with G-BCXR above, G-BCWA was quickly withdrawn from use and towed to an area near the BAF hangar where she was quickly broken up for spares.



1-11 G-BJMV

BAC 1-11-513FS – c/n 244

Bought Nov 1992 – B/U Sep 1998

The second ex-Dan-Air 1-11 to gain a temporary reprieve ended up languishing at SEN for almost 6 years, likely as the result of BAF and then BWA hoping to sell her on to another airline. However by the mid-90s, she too was slowly being stripped for parts with both her engines and a number of fuselage fixtures and fittings having been removed by this time. Her end finally came during September 1998 when she was reduced to scrap metal.


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