Viking G-AIXR

Vickers 627 Viking 1B – c/n 233

With Channel from Dec 1962 to Feb 1965

This Viking was one of several transferred to Channel after the takeover of Tradair at the end of 1962. While the three, almost immaculate ex-Queen’s Flight Vikings would rest over the winter, this aircraft would continue to fly through to the end of the summer of 1963. Her first flight came exactly one day after joining her new owner, making a trip from Southend to Rotterdam and back. Along with G-AKTV, both aircraft would keep these routes maintained during the quieter off-peak season, flying in the livery of their former owner which was never changed. X-Ray Romeo flew her last flight on September 25th 1963, returning from Ostend and was left to rot away at the rear of the airport still bearing her Tradair livery until being scrapped in February 1965.


History of G-AKTV

7/47 to 3/48

Aer Lingus as EI-ADF

3/48 to 5/59

Airwork Ltd as G-AKTV

5/59 to 12/62

Tradair Ltd

12/62 to 8/64

Channel Airways Ltd


WFU 9/63 – Scrapped during 8/64


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