G-AJKM

g-ajkm-aerovan

Miles M.57 Aerovan 4 – c/n 6402

With EAFS from Jun 1947 to May 1949

East Anglian Flying Services’ Miles Aerovan G-AJKM was delivered to Southend on 1st June 1947 and in the process became East Anglian’s/Channel Airways’ first brand new aircraft. Indeed, it would take another 18 years before further, new equipment was added to the fleet (in the form of H.S.748 G-ATEH). This aircraft endowed EAFS with the ability to undertake longer range charters than were possible with their Puss Moth and Courier, not to mention, give them a greater lifting capacity too, the Aerovan being one of the few aircraft available that was able to transport its own weight in freight or live cargo. On July 29th KM flew to Lympne to clear customs and then on to Marseilles, Bari, Athens and finally to Nicosia in Cyprus where she arrived on 31st July. Her passengers included nine, British Army servicemen’s children travelling to visit their parents for the summer holidays.

The Aerovan finally arrived back at Southend via Athens, Naples, Rome, Nice, Le Touquet and Lympne on 7th August. Later on, she would fly regular cross-Channel charters to Le Touquet and Ostend. Each time the Aerovan had to clear customs at Lympne, due to a lack of facilities at Southend and such a stopover was ultimately her undoing when she was blown onto her nose during a storm at the Kent airfield on 3rd May 1949. She was judged to be damaged beyond repair and was later burnt at the airfield, although for some unknown reason the wing was saved and transported back to Southend where it remained until at least the early 1960s.

 

History of G-AJKM

6/47 to 5/49

East Anglian Flying Services

Fate

Written off in storm at Lympne 3/5/49 and later burnt

 

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