The former Formula 1 BAe 146-100 G-OFOA (msn E1006) has been acquired by aircraft and component broker Executive Jet Support (EJS) for parting out. G-OFOA is one of the oldest extant BAe 146s, having initially been built for Dan-Air London as G-BKMN in 1983—indeed, she flew the very first BAe 146 service ever, on 27 May of that year. She flew for Dan-Air for almost a decade, being returned to BAe in 1992. She then flew for Malmö Aviation as SE-DRH for many years, who sub-leased her to CityJet as EI-COF for some time. In 1998, she was returned to BAe, who sold her to Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone, who has used her since then in a VIP configuration. Mr Ecclestone also acquired a second BAe 146 in 2000, and an Avro RJ70 in late 2015. Efforts were made to preserve G-OFOA, and at one point it appeared that she would be donated to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, but the deal foundered on logistical and liability issues. She was ferried from Formula 1’s base art Biggin Hill to Cranfield on 27 June. She is expected to be parted out during July, although the cockpit may be preserved for exhibit, and the fuselage may also be kept for use as a cabin trainer.
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