Avro York C.1 – s/n MW183

With Air Charter from Sep 1952 to Jan 1956

Given Name – ‘Nouvelle Caledonie’

Much like a number of ACL’s Yorks, ‘Uniform Uniform’ came to Air Charter by way of Surrey Flying Services which was in itself a Laker concern, this company having now become a subsidiary of ACL. This aircraft was then given a thorough overhaul and underwent conversion by Aviation Traders at Stansted during the winter of 1952. By the following March, she had gone into service trooping as ‘XD668’, mostly to Cyprus. However on July 7th 1953, she was involved in an incident at Stansted, the undercarriage being selected up before the aircraft had gained enough lift to become airborne resulting in her pancaking back onto the runway. Whilst undergoing repairs, she received further damage after falling off of her stands as the engines were being removed. However, by August she had finally resumed trooping work to Cyprus.

Somewhat inevitably, this trooping work would continue and ‘Uniform Uniform’ kept herself busy operating these routes. In 1954, she was seen in Malta and with Skyways’ subsequent loss of its Suez trooping contract in November as a result of safety issues, Air Charter then seized the opportunity to take over this work which witnessed York UU continuing to ply her trade back and forth to the Med for the duration. Little information has been recorded for the rest of 1955, although she was seen on a number of occasions at London Airport (later Heathrow) during the early part of 1955 and she was spotted refuelling in Malta on May 4th 1955. Otherwise, it is highly likely that she continued with these duties until she was sold off to Hunting Clan at the beginning of 1956.


History of G-AMUU

6/45 to 9/52

Royal Air Force as MW183

9/52 to 1/56

Air Charter Ltd as G-AMUU

(Purchased by SFS but almost immediately TFR to ACL)

1/56 to 5/59

Hunting Clan


WFU at Heathrow 2/59 and B/U 5/59


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