EAFS/Channel Fleet

Within the attached sub-menus, you will find extensive (and hopefully complete) listings of the aircraft that this company used. If five or more of one type were operated, then I have endeavoured to provide them with their own exclusive menu. Lesser types have been grouped together in the ‘OTHERS’ tab. In this particular location (and if applicable) you will also find a separate page for aircraft that were leased short-term (one year or less) and airframes that were purchased purely for spares use. Any aircraft that were leased long-term can be found in the main fleet listings.

Needless to say, the intention here is not to provide endless lists of information, but to highlight significant events and provide a brief history of each individual airframe while it was operating with its respective, Southend based airline. However in many cases, you will often find a certain amount of peripheral information that may be of particular interest too. To complete the story, a complete history of ownership and the aircraft’s fate have also been listed. These particular listings run in alphabetical order according to their registrations.

In these menus you will find all the major types such as the:

De Havilland Dragon and Dragon Rapide

Operated by EAFS from 12/47 to 6/60

De Havilland Dove

Operated by EAFS/Channel from 11/54 to 2/72

Vickers Viking

Operated by Channel from 3/58 to 1/65

Douglas DC-3

Operated by Channel from 2/60 to 9/67

Vickers Viscount

Operated by Channel from 4/63 to 2/72

Also the lesser types of which only one or a few examples were operated. These include the:

Miles Aerovan

Operated by EAFS from 5/47 to 5/59

Bristol 170 Wayfarer

Operated by Channel from 3/57 to 10/65

Douglas DC-4

Operated by Channel from 4/63 to 9/67

De Havilland Heron

Operated by Channel from 11/68 to 2/72

Avro (H.S) 748

Operated by Channel from 2/66 to 4/69

BAC – 1-11

Operated by Channel from 6/67 to 2/72

Hawker Siddeley Trident

Operated by Channel from 5/68 to 12/71


Non-Commercial Types

Certain aircraft have not been listed individually, simply because they fall outside of the scope of this website. However, to provide a more complete picture of the Channel fleet, below you will find a list of single and twin engined types that EAFS and Channel operated for pleasure flights, crew ferrying, as company hacks or for spares use:

Airspeed AS.5A Courier

G-ACVF – From 2/46 to 12/47

Scrapped at SEN 12/47

Auster J1 Autocrat

G-AGXP – From 5/54 to 2/72

WFU – Fate unknown

G-AIGF – From 11/46 to 7/48

Sold to J. Ratcliffe of Bury

G-AIGL – From 7/47 to 6/52

Exchanged for Dragon Rapide G-AEMH

De Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth

G-ABKZ – From 2/46 to 5/49

Scrapped at SEN 5/49

G-ABLY – From 2/46 to 3/48

WFU during 1947 and used for parts

G-AEOA – From 2/46 to 9/46

Sold to Russell Whyham of Blackpool

De Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth

G-ANKG – From 18/12/53 to 31/10/58

Stalled & W/O at Ipswich 11/09/58 – Later scrapped

Percival P.28 Proctor

G -AGYA – From 7/49 to 8/51 (P28B)

Sold to Willis Hole Aviation

Percival P.31 Proctor

G-ANGM – From 12/53 to ?/??

To Ipswich by road 10/59 and later B/U

G-ANGN – From 11/53 to 9/59

NTU – Scrapped at SEN circa 9/59

G-ANGO – From 11/53 to 4/60

NTU – Scrapped and burnt at SEN 4/60

G-ANGP – From 11/53 to 12/57

NTU – Scrapped at SEN 12/57

Miles M.65 Gemini

G-AIRS – From 10/52 to 12/52

Sold to the Mayor of Southend