Rousseau Aviation


Operated from Mar 1963 to Jan 1976

Country of Origin – France

Founder/Director – Claude Rousseau

Rousseau started life as far back as 1953 although at this point its services were limited to the service and repair of flight instruments after which the company subsequently moved into the construction of aircraft parts. Around 1961, Rousseau began to operate goods charters between Dinard in Brittany and the Channel Islands using leased C-47 equipment and eventually grew into a well known local airline that from 1965, would also begin to fly scheduled services to many domestic and a number of international destinations, mostly in Switzerland and the U.K. The airline would later go on to establish a base on the Channel Islands with Nord 262s although this type never frequented SEN. Further plans included the flying of cut flowers out of Guernsey using A.W 650 Argosies although despite gaining route approval, this plan eventually fell through.

As far as Southend was concerned, Rousseau’s Dragon Rapide arrived from Dinard on August 6th 1962 and departed the following day while its C-47s visited quite regularly from 1967 to 1972 and would for the most, fly directly from their base in Dinard to the airport loaded with lobsters and other fresh produce. Its H.S. 748s would also put in an appearance from the end of 1971, although it is suspected that these were passenger charters with at least one service being flown on behalf of British Air Ferries.


Rousseau Aviation fleet from 1961 to 1972

De Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide

F-BGZJ* – 7/62 to 11/62

Sold in Belgium as OO-ITI

Douglas C-47 Dakota

F-BAXR*– 10/64 to 1/73

TFR to Touraine Air Transport (TAT)

F-BEIY – ?/70 to ?/70

Leased from Air Dauphine

F-BNPT*– 7/66 to 2/71

Sold to Symetain as 9Q-CSN

F-BTDG – 5/72 to 10/72

Sold to Laurentian Air Services as CF-POX

Hawker Siddeley (Avro) 748

F-BSRA*– 5/70 to 8/77

Sold to Reunion Air Service

F-BRSU – 10/70 to 12/75

Sold to Air Botswana as 2A-ABC

G-ATEI*– 5/70 to 8/70

Leased from Channel Airways


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