Air Mauritanie


Operated from Oct 1962 to Sep 2007

Country of Origin – Mauritania

Founder/Director – The Mauritanian Government

Visits by the national airline of this large, African desert country were amongst some of the rarer gems that invariably made SEN such a special place for aviation enthusiasts. Starting out at the beginning of 1962 as a DC-3 operator, it later moved on to larger Russian equipment, although the airline itself would at this point, never operate outside the confines of the African continent, although a few of its more ‘exotic’ flights would see it operating a leased BAF Herald to the Canary Islands for a few weeks during Dec ’79 & Jan ’80.

However, between 1979 and 1981 Southend saw a flurry of visits from this airline with a number of aircraft passing through the airport for maintenance, pre-delivery checks and painting. The first aircraft arrived in 1979 in the form of a DC-4 which was to be overhauled at SEN before being sold on to Nigeria, while 1980 brought a small gaggle of Fairchild F-27/FH-227s, one of which was stored at the airport for several months before being prepared for delivery to the airline. Some of these aircraft would then return again in 1981 for further maintenance with BAF Engineering.


Air Mauritanie fleet from 1979 to 1981

(Only those aircraft that were likely to have been seen at SEN are listed)

Handley Page Herald

G-BEYJ*– 12/79 to 1/80

Leased from British Air Ferries

Douglas DC-4

5T-RIF – 12/76 to 1/79

Sold to Arax Airlines but later impounded in Lagos, Nigeria

Fairchild F-27/FH-227

5T-CJT*– 7/74 to 12/83

Sold to Capital Aircraft Sales as N45611

5T-CJU*– 6/74 to 2/84

Sold to Scott Kidwell as N4798W

5T-CJZ*– 11/80 to 1/84

Sold to Air Pac as N4716Z


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