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BOAC 747 Saved

by Matt Falcus

Another retired British Airways Boeing 747 is going to be saved.

The BOAC retro livery aircraft, G-BYGC, which is currently parked at Cardiff Airport, is to be flown to St Athan only a few miles away, where it will be preserved.

The exact role it will take is not yet know, but if it’s like G-CIVB – the Negus livery aircraft, which will be preserved at Kemble – it will be used as a museum and events space.

With the South Wales Aviation Museum on site at St Athan, maybe the aircraft will become part of their collection.

This is great news, especially given this is one of the much-loved retro aircraft.

It also follows standard livery 747 G-CIVW, which was retired to Dunsfold Aerodrome last week, where it will be used as a film prop.

Retro livery 747s at Cardiff.

This just leaves the Landor retro livery aircraft, G-BNLY, which is also at Cardiff. Might this be preserved, too? I’m sure it would make a wonderful addition at Duxford or another aviation museum.

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MERVYN CROWE November 23, 2020 - 7:35 am

Hi Matt, yes great that BA have donated the three 747s,, G-CIVB/VW and YGC, and sure thing, G-BNLY would look great at Duxford next to the Super VC-10….but is the shortened runway there enough for a landing ?
I thought NQY was hoping to keep G-CIVZ for display, lets hope so.
Maybe this new CEO is a bit more benevolent than the last guy!
I think, as enthusiasts, we were very lucky to have any of these beautiful aeroplanes saved at all.


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