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Avro York C.1 – s/n MW258

With Air Charter from Apr 1956 to Sep 1956

Given Name – ‘New Charter’

While this aircraft may have initially been purchased with trooping in mind, the arrival of faster and more modern C-54s meant that ACL’s Yorks would increasingly be relegated to lessor duties or find themselves being sold off entirely. G-ANXN arrived at Southend at about the same time as G-ANXJ and while the former would later be registered to Air Charter, the pair of them sat idle at Southend for more than a year. The arrival of yet another York G-ANXM in May 1955 gave Aviation Traders all the parts they would need and as such, one airworthy York was cobbled together using parts from all three. It was early in 1956 that ‘X-ray November’ was finally pulled into the ATEL hangar where she was given a new paint job and the requisite fitting out before making the short trip to Stansted in April, while the other two donor Yorks would later be reduced to scrap. However, by this time it had become quite evident that the York’s days were well and truly numbered and while this aircraft spent a few months trooping back and forth to Malta and Cyprus, by September she had been sold on to Dan-Air.


History of G-ANXN

2/46 to 12/54

Royal Air Force as MW258

12/54 to 4/55

Aviation Traders Ltd as G-ANXN

4/55 to 9/56

Air Charter Ltd

9/56 to 8/63



WFU at Lasham 2/63 and B/U 8/63


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