Allied Breweries/Ind Coope

Operated from c.1961 to c.1978

Main Base – Unknown

Founder/Director – Unknown

While the thought of combining beer with flying would most certainly bring even the most seasoned pilot out in a cold sweat, Allied Breweries/Ind Coope as with many other large companies of the time, maintained a small fleet of aircraft with which they could transport executives, customers and V.I.Ps around the country. Some flights were also used on beer tasting jaunts to select breweries, no doubt to the delight of the passengers one might add. Even to this day, one can only begin to imagine how it must have been for the poor, beleaguered Ind Coope pilot who had no doubt drawn the short straw when it came to returning a glut of somewhat boozed up passengers from these visits sometime later in the day.

Indeed, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that Allied Breweries/Ind Coope’s aircraft were Southend based at one point, as hardly a day went by when one of their aircraft wasn’t parked up somewhere on the airport. From the mid-60s to the early-70s, their aircraft primarily hauled people backwards and forwards to Star Brewery in Romford, although a good number of jollies would also be run from the airport, especially around Christmas time. Rumour also has it that Ind Coope has been the only company to inadvertently perform two wheels up landings at SEN (Dove G-APCZ¬† and one of its Queen Air aircraft)…. A rather unenviable record that still stands to this very day.

 

Allied Breweries/Ind Coope fleet from 1964 to 1973

De Havilland D.H.104 Dove

G-APCZ*– 8/57 to 9/67

Sold in Chartwell Pty Ltd as VH-MJD

G-ARDE – 11/60 to 8/69

Sold to Eagle Aircraft Services

Beech B65 Queen Air

G-ASIU*– 9/69 to 6/75

Sold to J.D.M Flyers Ltd

G-ASVE*– 3/65 to 5/66

Leased from Short Brothers Ltd

G-ASXV*– 10/65 to 8/79

Sold in the U.S

Beech B95 Travel Air

G-ASLG – 4/65 to ?/65

Leased from Short Brothers Ltd

G-ASNO – 2/64 to 1/74

Sold to Eagle Aircraft Services

 

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