Sole BAe 146-100QT broken up

BAe 146-100QT VH-NJV awaits her fate at Adelaide in January

BAe 146-100QT VH-NJV awaits her fate at Adelaide in January (Mike Didsbury)

The sole BAe 146-100QT freighter has been broken up. VH-NJV (msn E1002) had been parked at Adelaide since May 2018. By January, she had been stripped of her engines and many other parts. She was then progressively broken up beginning in March, with the remnants being trucked away in early May. E1002 was the second BAe 146 prototype. She made her first flight as G-SSHH on 29 May 1981, and was then used on a variety of trials. She was re-registered as G-OPSA in 1984 for a sales tour to the USA, and was loaned to PSA for several months for pilot training pending the delivery of their 146-200s. After being briefly re-registered G-5-146, she was once again leased to PSA as N5828B. She reverted to the registration G-SSHH on her return to the United Kingdom, then became G-5-005 before returning to the US on lease to Royal West Airlines as N801RW. When that airline closed down, she was leased to Dan-Air London as G-BPNP in 1987. At the end of that year she was back in the USA, this time on lease to American Airlines as N720BA. After that lease concluded, she was converted to a freighter by Hayes International at Birmingham, Alabama, in 1988, to serve as the demonstrator for the BAe-146-100STA ‘Sideloading Tactical Airlifter’. In this guise she undertook several sales tours, but no orders were forthcoming. In 1990 she was registered as OE-BRL for a lease to the Austrian Government, but the lease was not taken up. In 1991, she was leased to South Africa’s Safair as ZS-NCA. In 1995 she was back in the United Kingdom, first as G-6-002 and then as G-BSTA again. In September of that year, she left for Australia, where she spent the rest of her life as VH-NJV, initially with National Jet Systems (NJS) and then with Cobham Aviation Services. For much of this time, she was operated for Australian air Express, but from 2014 she flew for Cobham itself. Her last services for Cobham was Brisbane-Adelaide as JTE7488 on 27 April 2018. Her last flight, however, was a test flight on 24 May 2018 as JTE5505.

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