New colors for No.32 (The Royal) Squadron BAe 146s


Royal Flight BAe 146 CC2 ZE701 (msn E1029) was rolled out from the QAPS paintshop in Amsterdam on 29 October wearing a new color scheme. Although rumors had circulated earlier this year that the Union Jack would be removed to make the Royal aircraft less distinctive, the new design retains the flag on the tail. The Queen’s Flight acquired two 146-100s in 1986 to replace the unit’s Avro Andovers, following a Royal Air Force trial of two examples of the series in 1983. A third example was added in 1991. The Queen’s Flight was absorbed into No.32 (The Royal) Squadron on 1 April 1995. One of the three 146s was sold in 1991. The squadron’s remaining two 146s are based at RAF Northolt, together with the unit’s BAe 125 business jets and Twin Squirrel helicopters. They operate in support of the Royal Family and government officials.

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