Halifax/Halton

ATEL Halifax

Handley Page H.P.61/71 Halifax/H.P.70 Halton

It was with this aircraft type that Freddy Laker would go on to make a name for himself and his leasing (ATL) and engineering (ATEL) companies which both also traded under the name of ‘Aviation Traders Ltd’. Having purchased more than 40 ex-RAF Halifax bombers, not to mention hundreds of tons of spares, ATEL converted a number into freight aircraft; many of which would later become essential in the race to keep West Berlin fed, watered and warm during the Berlin Airlift. The ATL branch of the company became responsible for leasing these aircraft to other companies, while ATEL which concerned itself primarily with engineering work, kept them serviced and maintained on behalf of these airlines for an equal share of their operating profits. In total, 19 of these aircraft were converted and eventually sold on with a number of them finding their way into the hands of the Egyptian Air Force, although it was rumoured that a number of these aircraft were not delivered due to the increasing political tensions between Britain and Egypt at the time. The remaining aircraft were subsequently recycled and sold for their scrap metal value, all of which contributed towards making Laker a very rich man by late 1950s standards!

 

List of Halifax/Halton airframes bought by ATEL

H.P.61 Halifax B Mk6

G-ALOM

Delivered to ATEL 6/49 – Broken up for spares 11/49

H.P.70 Halifax C Mk8

G-AIWN

Delivered to ATEL circa 5/50 – Scrapped at Southend 6/51

H.P.70 Halton

G-AHDL

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Sold to Westminster Airways 2/49

G-AHDM

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Sold to Westminster Airways 11/48

G-AHDN

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (139 trips) – Scrapped at SEN 11/50

G-AHDO

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (295 trips) – Later leased to Alpha Airways – Ret to SEN and scrapped 11/50

G-AHDP

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (243 trips) – Crashed in West Germany after u/c failure 4/49

G-AHDS

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift – WFU 7/51 and broken up circa 3/52 – Record breaking Halifax on the Berlin Airlift with 436 sorties to her credit

G-AHDT

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (49 trips) – Scrapped in West Germany 11/49

G-AHDU

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Leased to Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (363 trips) – Scrapped at SEN 7/50

G-AHDV

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – Sold to Westminster Airways – 3/49

G-AHDW

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – To Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (65 trips) – Scrapped SEN 11/50

G-AHDX

Delivered to ATEL 7/48 – To Bond Air Services for use on the Berlin Airlift (180 trips) – Sold to Worldair Carriers Ltd 3/50

H.P.71 Halifax A Mk 9

G-AKKP

Delivered to SEN 3/50 – Later scrapped

G-AKKU

Delivered to SEN 3/50 – Later scrapped

G-ALIR

Delivered to SEN 3/50 – Scrapped 11/50

G-ALON & G-ALOS

Delivered to SEN 11 & 23/5/49 – Used by Bond Air Services during the Berlin Airlift – ON B/U 6/50 – OS B/U 7/49

G-ALOO to G-ALOR (3 aircraft)

Delivered to SEN 5/49 – Sold to the Egyptian Air Force 2/50

G-ALSK

Delivered 4/50 and later broken up for spares

G-ALUT to G-ALUV (3 aircraft)

Delivered to SEN 8/49 and scrapped by 11/50

G-ALVH to G-ALVM (6 aircraft)

Delivered to SEN 10/49 – Sold to the Egyptian Air Force 2/50

G-ALYI to G-ALYN (6 aircraft)

Delivered 4/50 and broken up for spares

G-AMCB to G-AMCG (6 aircraft)

Delivered to SEN 7/50 and broken up for spares

 

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