Aviameer

aviameer-viking-oo-een

Operated from Apr 1958 to Apr 1960

Country of Origin – Belgium/UK

Director/Founder – Unknown

Another small, overseas airline which ran charter flights into Southend was Aviameer, a tiny concern with just a single aircraft to its name. This company received some funding and a leased Viking from Overseas Aviation with the intention of running I.T services from Antwerp to some of the more popular European destinations in Germany, Spain and Switzerland although in reality, it ended up operating a good number of flights on behalf of Overseas and the aircraft itself more or less ended up being based at SEN towards the end of the company’s operational history.

However, being such a small operation, things were not destined to last and the company effectively collapsed in April 1960. Having been grounded elsewhere, Viking ‘Sinjoor’ later made one final flight to Southend in July 1960 where she then sat idle. With Overseas’ eventual move to Gatwick she was left at Southend due to her no longer being airworthy. One final attempt to revive her was later abandoned and she remained parked at SEN for almost 2 years until finally being removed to the north side to be broken up by Tradair who scrapped the fuselage but retained the wings of the aircraft.

With thanks to Chris Garton for providing corrections to this page

 

 

Aviameer fleet from 1958 to 1960

Vickers 610 Viking

OO-EEN – 4/58 to 7/60

WFU at SEN 7/60 – B/U 4/62

 

Do you have any other, interesting snippets of information about this airline’s SEN history or indeed, any pictures or paraphernalia that you would like to share? If so, then please contact us on saadinfomail@gmail.com

Many thanks from the SAAD Admin Team.