For Scrap

On this page you will find a list of commercial aircraft that were brought to Southend for no other reason than to meet their end. For those aircraft that were stored or WFU and then languished for one year or more at the airport before flying out or being scrapped, then please see the other ‘Propliners’ ‘Turboprops’ or ‘Classic Jets’ menus. Also, please note that those aircraft which belonged to SEN based airlines are not included here and more information can be found about them on the individual pages that exist for each aircraft or on the ‘spares’ page. This list is in chronological order, according to the date that the airframe itself was either destroyed or when its scrapping actually began in the case of those aircraft that took several months to be reduced to nothing.



Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes IV – c/n 81/13

Scrapped at Southend during Dec 1962

With only one serviceable Hermes left to its name (G-ALDA), Gatwick airline Air Links took the decision to source her engineering requirements elsewhere. In August 1962, Tradair and later Channel Airways were eventually chosen to look after this aircraft and keep her flying and this particular Hermes was dispatched to Southend for no other purpose than that of spares recovery and ultimately scrapping. Hermes G-ALDL was flown to SEN from Stansted on August 30th 1962 and over the next few months slowly found herself being relieved of parts, while the last flurry of activity would take place at the end of December when she was stripped of anything else of value, before finally being cut up and carted away.



Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes IV – c/n 81/20

Scrapped at Southend c.Jun 1964

Another former Skyways Hermes purchased by Air Links in August 1962 for spares use was Delta Tango, which had also been languishing at Stansted since the beginning of the year. She made the short evening hop to Southend on the same day as G-ALDL and by early 1964 she was still standing on her own undercarriage at SEN albeit without wings. However despite this, she managed to outlive the other two spare ships by at least 18 months before being scrapped sometime during the middle of 1964



Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes IV – c/n 81/21

Scrapped at Southend during Dec 1962

The arrival of this Handley Page Hermes at Southend occurred on October 10th 1962. It is likely that this aircraft was procured to provide the last remaining Air Links Hermes (G-ALDA) with an ongoing source of spares, much in the same way that G-ALDL & DT above had also been sacrificed to keep her flying. However, this particular Hermes had come from Silver City stock although she remained registered to Britavia the holding company for this airline, up until her demise. Unfortunately though, her stay at SEN would be brief and she was scrapped at around the same time as G-ALDL.



Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes IV – c/n – 81/2

Scrapped at Southend during Aug 1965

A frequent visitor to Southend during its lifetime was Gatwick based Air Links who eventually decided to employ Tradair to maintain and service its single Handley Page Hermes. As such, Hermes G-ALDA would become a familiar site at the airport from August 1962 onwards, although Channel Airways would take over this work after Tradair’s demise in December of the same year. At about the same time that this contract began, Air Links snapped up two former Skyways Hermes (G-ALDL & G-ALDT) both of which were then sent to Southend for scrapping to keep G-ALDA flying. However by the end of December 1964, Delta Alpha would also find herself facing the chop and by the late summer of 1965 she too had been reduced to a pile of scrap metal, although a section of her fuselage was retained and used as a workman’s shed until the late 1960s.



Avro (H.S) 748-100 – c/n 1537

Scrapped at Southend during late 1968

This Skyways aircraft crashed at Lympne on July 11th 1965, after landing on the soaking wet grass at the airfield. On touching down, the nose wheel dug into the soft soil which caused the aircraft to flip over onto her back and the starboard wing to detach. Thankfully, despite the apparent severity of the accident, there were no serious injuries although the aircraft was clearly a write off. This 748 was then left to stand at Lympne until June 1968 when her remains were roaded to SEN, however the reason for this transfer to the airport is unknown. Needless to say, this airframe had been reduced to scrap by the end of the year.



Trident G-AVFN

De Havilland DH.121 Trident 2E – c/n 1245/51/53/56/54

Scrapped at Southend during Jan/Feb 1985

These five, ex-British Airways Tridents arrived at a snowy Southend for immediate scrapping. The first aircraft – G-AVFF – flew in on January 10th and the last to arrive was G-AVFO which touched down on February 13th. All were reduced to raw produce by the end of February.



De Havilland D.H.114 Heron 1B – c/n 14022

Scrapped at Southend during Jan 1991

This former Southend stalwart was a common sight at the airport during the turn of the 1970s where she spent almost 3 years operating with Channel Airways. However, she was then sold on to Peter’s Aviation and went through a number of owners before ending up back at SEN. Her exact date of arrival is unknown although what is known is that she was withdrawn at Exeter in 1986, after which she was then dispatched to Southend sometime during the latter part of 1990. After a short period of languishing at the airport, she was finally B/U in January 1991.



Fokker F-27-200 – c/n 10135

Scrapped at Southend during Jan 1992

This Scottish Fisheries aircraft ended her life at SEN having been flown in during November of the following year. She had previously been leased by Regionair albeit for a few months during 1987 and it is possible that they had something to do with her returning to Southend although this remains unconfirmed. However, her final scrapping took place outside the BAF Engineering hangar.



BAC 1-11-201AG – c/n 29

Scrapped at Southend during Feb 1992

This aircraft flew into SEN on May 12th 1991 from the U.S. via Iceland, still bearing the colours of her former owner, namely U.S Air. Having then been purchased by ALG Inc of Kansas, she was finally delivered to Aviation Leasing at SEN for reduction to spares. However, her scrapping would not occur immediately and she languished at the airport until being broken up in February 1992.




Lockheed L1011-385 Tristar – c/n 1036

Scrapped at Southend during May 1999

Aer Turas had maintained a long history with SEN, its Canadair CL-44s having used the airport for engineering purposes since the 1980s. However, in August 1998 it flew one of its Tristars to Southend where it would be scrapped. As such, this aircraft still holds the record for being the largest aircraft ever to land at SEN, at least where MTOW is concerned and only one of a tiny number of wide-bodied airliners to have ever used the airport. She was quickly towed to the end of the old 15/33 runway and by the beginning of 1999, a number of parts had already been removed. However, it wasn’t until May that the scrapping began in earnest and by the end of the month she was gone.



Boeing 727-251 – c/n 19977

Scrapped at Southend from Dec 2002

Just about making it onto the list is former Stirling Boeing 727 OY-SES. In fact, this very aircraft had previously ventured into SEN during April 1998 to be painted up in TNT colours before heading off on lease with this company. However, after several years of service she returned to Southend in August 2002 for scrapping. She was rendered non-airworthy pretty quickly, her rear empennage being chopped off in the first week of December. However, the rest of her breaking would proceed slowly and it wouldn’t be until the summer of 2003 that she found herself being processed properly.


More to come…