There are so many lost airlines which we remember from the past, or from looking at old picture books of airports in days gone by. Many airlines are still household names to most of us, despite not being seen in our skies for a long time. Think Dan Air, SABENA or Swissair.
Here’s a look at some of the aircraft to be found in museums around Europe which once flew for these famous airlines.
Swissair Convair 990 HB-ICC
Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne
Dan Air de Havilland Comet 4B G-BDIX
National Museum of Flight East Fortune, Scotland
You can also see a Dan Air Comet 4B at the Hermeskeil Museum in Germany, and another example is in the Science Museum Store at Wroughton, England.
Monarch Bristol Britannia G-AOVT
Duxford Imperial War Museum
It’s sad to think that Monarch is not with us any more, being one of the casualties of 2017. Thankfully their history is represented with this preserved Bristol Britannia at Duxford.
MALEV Tupolev Tu-134 HA-LBE
Budapest Airport Museum
This great little collection of aircraft next to the terminal at Budapest Airport also includes a former MALEV Ilyushin IL-18, HA-MOA.
Air Inter Dassault Mercure F-BTTD
Paris Le Bourget Museum de l’air et l’espace
Air UK Handley Page Herald G-ASKK
City of Norwich Aviation Museum
The small museum next to Norwich Airport represents the former UK regional airline which was absorbed into KLM Cityhopper. As well as the Herald you’ll find an Air UK Fokker F27 here.
SABENA Sud Caravelle OO-SRA
Brussels Army Museum
Interflug Ilyushin Il-18 DDR-STH
Hermeskeil Museum, Germany
One of many rare airliners at this German museum. There’s also an Interflug Tupolev Tu-134 here.
NLM Fokker F27 PH-FHF
The forerunner to KLM Cityhopper was NLM Airlines. This early F27 is preserved at the Aviodrome Museum in Lelystad.
Spantax Beech 18 EC-ASJ
Malaga Airport Aviation Museum
There’s a small collection of airliners hidden in a corner at Malaga Airport’s aviation museum, including this Spantax Beech 18.
Braathens SAFE Fokker F28 LN-SUC
Norwegian Aviation Museum Bodø
An unusual location in the far north of Norway where this F28 Fellowship takes pride of place.
JAT Yugoslav Airlines Sud Caravelle YU-AHB
Belgrade Museum of Aviation
The museum at Belgrade Airport is also expected to take a former JAT Boeing 727 for display in the near future.
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