Not one to pass up the opportunity to make a fast buck, Freddy Laker would trade almost any aircraft that he could lay his hands on if there was a possibility that it could renovated, converted or scrapped for valuable parts that could then be sold on to the aviation industry. Needless to say, a good number of other types passed through the hangar doors of Aviation Traders, some of them going on to give years of reliable service with their new owners.

Below you will find a list of other aircraft that were at one time owned by Aviation Traders:


Vickers 614 Viking 1A

G-AHOZ – 12/48 to 1/49

Sold to B.W.I.A

G-AHPE -12/48 to 1/49

Sold to B.W.I.A

G-AHPF – 12/48 to 1/49

Sold to B.W.I.A

Fairchild Argus II

G-AJGW – 8/49 to 7/51

Sold to a private owner in Surrey

Miles Aerovan

G-AISI – 4/50 to 8/50

Sold in Belgium as OO-MAR

Avro Anson 19

G-AHIF – 4/50 to 9/50

Used as Laker’s personal hack while on ATEL business – Sold to A.B. Svenska Aero as SE-BRS but destroyed in crash three days after delivery

Auster J/5

G-AMFP – 5/51 to 12/55

Sold to Southend Municipal Flying School

Ercoupe 415CD

G-AKFC – 1/52 to 5/55

Sold to Blackpool & Fylde Aero Club

Handley Page Hermes V

G-ALEV – 10/53 to 6/62

Fuselage only – To SEN by road and used for cargo door trials and demonstrations – Seen on dump by 12/60

Douglas C-54 Skymaster

PH-DBZ – 4/59 to ?/61

Fuselage only – To SEN by road and used for Carvair jig testing trials – Also contributed cockpit and rear empennage to G-ANYB

De Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide

G-ACPP – 4/59 to 3/60

Taken in part-ex for Prentice G-AONB – Sold to Air Navigation and Trading, Blackpool

De Havilland DH.114 Heron

G41-1-68 – 11/68 – 2/69

Sold to Saunders and converted to an ST-27

G41-2-68 – 11/68 – 5/69

Sold to Saunders and converted to an ST-27


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Many thanks from the SAAD Admin Team.