Classic Jets

On this page you will find a list of multi-engined, first and second generation, jet powered airliners that were long-term residents at Southend (one year or more), but did not officially join any of the local, SEN based airlines. Many often sat for long periods of time before either departing or being scrapped. For those aircraft that were flown in purely for scrapping, then please click on the ‘For Scrap’ tab on the previous menu. All aircraft below are listed in chronological order from the date that they arrived at the airport. Please feel free to suggest any other further additions on



BAC 1-11-304 AX – c/n 110

Stored at Southend from Nov 1989 to May 1991

This BAC 1-11 arrived at the airport on or around November 11th 1989. She had previously sat idle at Manchester for around a month in a mixed Air Cymru/Dan Air livery (albeit without titles) before making the short trip to SEN. The reason why this aircraft came to Southend is unknown although she sat outside the BAF hangar for much of her time at Southend. By May 1990, she had been purchased by Ali Finance of London, although little seemed to happen until the spring of 1991 when she was provided with some well needed maintenance and given an Okada Airlines livery before being rolled out on May 22nd as 5N-MZE. By the end of May, she had been delivered to Lagos, Nigeria.



Click here to view Robin J. Pinnock’s video of XT-ABX/EL-AKI at SEN

Boeing 727-336C – c/n 18925

Stored at Southend from Feb 1992 to Nov 1994

One of the very first Boeing 707s to enter long-term storage at Southend was Air Supply Corp’s XT-ABX. This aircraft arrived from Athens in the colours of her lessor Air Afrique during February 1992 for an overhaul with Heavylift Engineering. However by mid-May, the aircraft had been repossessed by her owner and from this point on, the aircraft would remain grounded at SEN. Nothing more was done to her until May 1994, when she was dragged into the hangar to have her livery stripped, emerging in an plain white scheme with just her construction number evident on the fuselage. By August of this year, she had been sold on to Omega Air who had her test flown at the beginning of November before registering her as EL-AKI on the 9th. However, it would seem that by this time she had already been sold on, this time to Brasair and on the 12th, she was rolled out and embarked the next stage of her career with a short hop to Stansted.



1-11 5N-HTC

BAC 1-11-208AL – c/n 49

Stored at Southend from Jan 1993 to Nov 2001

Another of the earliest, long-term jet residents was this Hold Trade Air Services BAC 1-11 which spent just over a year with this airline before flying into Southend for maintenance with BAF. However, while at SEN the airline went into liquidation and its aircraft were subsequently grounded, pending a decision on the fate of its assets. With payment due for services rendered, it would appear that this aircraft was subsequently abandoned at Southend and she was eventually towed to the storage area at the end of the old 15/33 runway to await her fate. The aircraft sat for the most in one piece until 1999 when small parts were removed from her. Inevitably, she wouldn’t last much longer and by the end of 2001, she had been scrapped.



707 9G-TWO

Boeing 707-336C – c/n 20517

Stored at Southend from Aug 1993 to Mar 1995

Having joined Kyrgyzstan airline Phoenix Aviation in late 1992, this former B.O.A.C. 707 was put to work freighting for this company although it would continue to operate under a Ghanaian registration. This aircraft made her way to Southend during August 1993 and would remain there for almost two years, possibly as a result of a subsequent ban being placed on flights by this airline within Europe by the E.U. While this aircraft would sit idle for long periods, engine tests would be run from time to time, these taking place in March 1994 and August 1994. Then, in March 1995 this aircraft found her ownership being transferred to Kenyan airline Simba Air Cargo. She was subsequently re-registered as 5Y-SIM, painted up and exited the Air Livery hangar on the 3rd of this month and finally departed the airport just over a week later on the 11th.



BAC-1-11-401AK – c/n 80

Stored at Southend from Dec 1993 to Jul 1997

Flying in from Lasham on December 15th 1993 after undergoing a major overhaul, this V.I.P. configured aircraft would then enter a period of long-term storage at SEN. Having previously been owned by Saudi construction magnate Sheikh Salem Bin Laden (the older brother of Osama) it would appear that this 1-11 was at the time up for sale. During her time at Southend she was kept on the north side and she could on occasion be seen outside the World Aviation Support hangar. Finally, in July 1997 she was snapped up by Nigerian Airline Kabo Air and was rolled out on the 10th of this month in a new livery with the registration 5N-VVV having been applied to the airframe. She was finally delivered to Kano, Nigeria on or around August 1st 1997.



B707 9G-EBK

Boeing 707-321C – c/n 19372

Stored at Southend from July 1994 to Aug 1997

Although this 707 would first appear at SEN on May 30th 1994, she departed for Stansted on June 9th and would not return again until July 31st. From this point on, this Boeing 707 would spend just over three years languishing at Southend. She arrived under the ownership of Imperial Airlines (on lease to Alpine Air) for refinishing work although it would appear that the aircraft was then later held due to debt issues. From 1995, the aircraft sat without engines until finally being purchased by Al-Waha Aviation in July 1997. This aircraft was then refinished, re-engined and re-registered as 9G-SGF before finally departing from SEN in August.



707 4K-AZ3

Boeing 707-341C – c/n 19321

Stored on and off at Southend from Oct 1994 to Feb 2002

This 707 first visited Southend in October 1994 for engineering work and would over the next several years spend long periods of time at the airport in her AZAL – Azerbaijan Airways livery. However, it would appear that from January 1999 onwards, this aircraft remained grounded at SEN. Later that year she was sold to ALG Inc but was never taken up and then in September, she was procured by Norske Finance Nederland BV. From this point on, this jet liner would sit with only three engines and would sadly never fly again, finally being scrapped at the airport in February 2002.



Click here to view Robin J. Pinnock’s video of A7-AAC/VR-BZA at SEN

Boeing 707-336C – c/n 20375

Stored at Southend from Feb 1995 to May 1996

This former Qatari Royal Flight aircraft was flown into Southend on February 2nd 1994 having been acquired by Chapman Freeman. She was then given an overhaul and adorned with the erroneous registration VR-VZA which was corrected a few days later. However, she was never delivered and ended up being stored on the northern apron throughout the winter before finally being moved over to the ’15’ parking area next to the eastern perimeter road where she remained until the spring of 1996. On the May 1st, she was finally sold on to the U.S. Air Force for use as a JSTARS platform although it would appear that she was never converted and as such, never took up her intended role.




BAC 1-11-203AE – c/n 43

Stored at Southend from Oct 1994 to Jul 1996

Arriving on October 15th 1994, this ADC 1-11 had initially arrived at SEN for maintenance. However 5N-AYY would like many other 1-11s before her, end her days at Southend. Within a couple of months, her engines had been removed and she would remain like this until the beginning of 1996 when she slowly started being pulled apart. Rumour has it that BAF eventually acquired this aircraft for spares and had scrapped her by July 1996 (Can anyone confirm this?).



Boeing 707-323C – c/n 18940

Stored at Southend from Nov 1997 to Nov 2000

Arriving from Gatwick on November 16th 1997, this Merchant Express 707 was due to undergo a complete overhaul with Heavylift Engineering. By the end of January 1998 the work had mostly been completed, but it would appear that during this time, Merchant Express itself had collapsed and thus the payment for the work was not forthcoming. In fact, the aircraft was actually owned by ALG Inc although for reasons unknown, the aircraft would neither be repossessed nor recovered and as a consequence, she was left to languish at SEN. Finally, after three years of being grounded, she was leased to Johnson’s Air, re-registered as 9G-LAD and departed for Ostend on November 18th 2000. Sometime later in 2003, she would find herself becoming embroiled in an arms scandal within Liberia.



1-11 5N-HHH

BAC-1-11-401AK – c/n 64

Stored at Southend from Aug 1998 to Jul 2014

This particular aircraft made her final flight into Southend on August 28th 1998. She had previously been seen at SEN in October 1997 adorned in Republic of Liberia titles having been leased from Kabo Air and was likely on a visit to World Engineering for maintenance. This aircraft would remain untouched for a number of years after her withdrawal before finally having her engines removed. She was then handed over to Southend Airport’s fire service for non-destructive training and was appropriately given the fictitious registration ‘G-FIRE’. She languished at the rear of the airport until 2014 when she was finally dragged over to the front of Trygon’s hangar where she was quickly reduced to scrap.



Boeing 707-321C – c/n 19375

Stored at Southend from c.Dec 1998 to March 2007

Another long-term resident was Omega Air Boeing 707 which arrived after having finished her lease with Skymaster Airlines as EL-AKJ while their own 707 PT-WSM was undergoing maintenance. This aircraft had previously visited Southend for pre-delivery checks at the end of May 1998 although by the end of the year, she was back for good. An attempt was later made to return her to Omega and by March 2000 she had been allocated the registration N2NF but she never moved, with the exception of her eventual relocation to the end of the old 15/33 runway that is. However by March 2003, any future attempts to restore her to flight would be dealt a fatal blow when moronic, local yobbos broke into the aircraft and set her cockpit alight. Sufficed to say, she would sit in the same location for four more years until finally being broken up.



Boeing 707-351B – c/n 18586

Stored at Southend from Feb 1999 to Jul 2001

With her arrival at Southend on March 27th 1997, this Omega cargo/executive pax combi configuration Boeing 707 would begin what was to become a rather long and extensive relationship with the airport. This aircraft would also rack up a history of multiple seizures as a result of non-payment of various fees and tariffs and having previously been short-term stored at Manston, she was then ferried across the Thames to begin another period of storage at Southend. Here she would remain until December when she departed for the U.S. via Ireland before returning to SEN several gays later. Some time in the New Year, she left once again reappearing back at Southend during April 1998, before once more heading off to Russia the following month.

It is possible that she returned to SEN for short periods of time during 1998, but it wasn’t until February the following year that she eventually found herself back at the airport where she found herself entering long-term storage, possibly as a result of her once again having been impounded. She was shifted over to the 15 end of the old 15/33 runway which had become something of a parking lot for these ageing jet airliners and bar the odd engine run she remained there until the spring of 2001 by which time, she was engineless. The engines were subsequently refitted during June and by July, she was once again undergoing engine runs while having been adorned with her new registration N707CA. Finally, on July 19th 2001 she departed for the U.S. via Shannon.



Boeing 707-329C – c/n – 20200

Stored at Southend from Feb 1999 to Dec 2002

As was the case with a good number of the classic, first generation airliners listed here, 9Q-CBW was no stranger to SEN having previously visited the airport for attention with Heavylift. However, on February 14th 1999 she would return to Southend and remain there for nigh on four years. Apart from the occasional running up of her engines, little would happen until the spring of 2002 when all of her titling was removed and she was assigned the registration TL-ALM although ultimately, this was never taken up. Another registration was then allocated in August, that of TL-ADJ and by September this aircraft once more found herself being prepared for service with new owner Africa Lines. The departure date was set for October 11th, although outstanding customs payments prevented this flight from happening and she wouldn’t end up leaving SEN until the very last day of the year.

On New Year’s Eve 2002, she finally departed SEN and began what possibly ended up as being one of the longest ever ferry flights between the U.K. and Tripoli, Libya. Having lifted off from Southend, the aircrew reported undercarriage problems and decided to divert to Ostend rather than return to the airport. Once again, this Boeing 707 would eventually find herself being impounded for non-payment issues and as a consequence was forced to remain at Ostend until August 6th 2003 when she was given permission to resume her trip. Sufficed to say, she didn’t get very far and made yet another pan pan landing, this time at Reims having declared a navigational problem that involved her transponder. Yet again, she spent several months languishing on the ground before finally completing her trip on November 17th 2003.



707 HS-123

Boeing 707-138B – c/n 17696

Stored at Southend from May 1999 to Dec 2006

Flying in to SEN on May 28th 1999, this ex-Saudi, V.I.P. Government aircraft would spend the next 6-1/2 years being moved around the airport with many believing that with each passing year, this extremely early and seemingly unwanted 707 would move ever closer towards the fall of the scrap man’s axe. However, to one group of individuals, this was a very special aircraft indeed. Unbeknown to all but the most avid of aircraft enthusiasts, this 707 was not only the very first of her kind to go into service with Australian airline Qantas during July 1959, but was also the first, pure jet airliner to take to Australian skies.  

Needless to say during mid-2006, a team of Australian engineers was dispatched to Southend to assess the aircraft and in July, she was finally procured by Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd. The team subsequently went to work and spent the next 6 months restoring the aircraft and by the beginning of December, she was ready to take to the air again on a test flight, which involved a couple of circuits of the airport. With a few more days of further checks and one further test flight, she was finally ready to begin her 8 day trip back to Australia and on December 8th 2006 she departed SEN for good. VH-XBA is currently preserved at the Qantas Founders Museum in Queensland, Australia.

Click here to view Qantas VH-XBA Test Flight at SEN



Boeing 707-321B – c/n – 19374

Stored at Southend from Oct 2000 to Sep 2001

While a few days short of the requirement for entry on this page, this airframe is nevertheless worthy of inclusion by virtue of her rather interesting post-SEN history. Boeing 707 CC-PBZ initially arrived at Southend on October 11th 2000 for maintenance and a livery change. This aircraft’s cabin was fitted out in an executive configuration and had likely been used by the Chilean Air Force for moving high ranking officials and dignitaries around. However, no work was carried out and the aircraft sat idle at SEN until August 2001 when she was purchased by the Angolan Air Force, registered as D2-MAY and prepared for delivery to LR Aviation Technology in Tel Aviv where she would undergo conversion into an ELINT aircraft to help the Angolan military in their fight against the UNITA rebels. D2-MAY was eventually test flown on August 24th and departed for Israel on September 2nd 2001.



Boeing 727-276 – c/n – 20950

Stored at Southend from Nov 2000 to Sep 2003

With the impending demise of Sabre Airways in November 2000, their Boeing 727 G-BNNI was flown into Southend. She was then snapped up on December 14th by Cougar Leasing for use as a spares aircraft for their own 727 G-OPMN. By March of the following year she sat engineless on the northern apron, before finally being moved to the end of the old 15/33 where most elderly airliners usually went to meet their doom. By the late summer of 2003, many larger parts such as her nose and her doors had been removed and at the time, it appeared that the impending fall of the scrap man’s axe was imminent. However, fortune would smile down on this particular airframe and she eventually found herself being sold to an advertising company in Denmark. By the end of August her tail and wings had been removed and on September 23rd, she was placed onto a low-loader and transported to Harwich by road for shipping to Esjberg. She currently sits (more or less complete) outside Stilling Airport and is rumoured to be used as a showroom and advertising centre.



Boeing 707-373C – c/n 19179

Impounded at Southend from Oct 2001 to Oct 2003

This Koda Air 707 flew in to SEN from Jamaica via a refuelling stop over in the Canaries, landing at around 8.30pm on the evening of October 15th 2001, having diverted to the airport after reporting technical issues. The aircraft taxied to the church end of the runway where the pilot informed the tower that the aircraft had a steering problem and needed a moment before they could taxi to the apron. Meanwhile, the crew onboard opened the cargo door and pushed six cases of cocaine out onto the tarmac, the total sum of which weighed almost 300kg and was estimated to have a total street value of around £22 million. Thanks to a previous tip off, H.M. Customs officers were already waiting for the aircraft and as a result, 6 individuals were arrested and the aircraft was impounded. This B707 remained at SEN until being sold on, the aircraft finally departing for Malta on October 11th 2003 for onwards delivery to Air Leone.



Boeing 737-210C – c/n 20138

Stored at Southend from Aug 2002 to Aug 2012

Just about making it onto this list is what will likely be Southend’s very last decade plus resident, namely former Islandsflug Boeing 737 TF-ELL which was destined to be passed on to ATA Brasil. Having previously been stored at Stansted, she made the short hop to Southend on August 7th 2002 where she was quickly painted up before once more being left to sit idle and by the winter of 2002/2003 her engines had been removed. However, towards the end of 2003 she was dragged into Lasham’s hangar where she received a good deal of attention before emerging again during the early part of 2004. However, no departure was forthcoming and yet again she was left to languish, first being shunted across to the parking area near to the east perimeter road, before finally being dragged to the end of the former 15/33 runway where she was finally broken up during August 2012. 


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