Last flight for the Avro RJX

The development Avro RJX-100, G-IRJX, made a final flight on 6 February, when she flew from Woodford to nearby Manchester Airport. She took off at noon, and gave a short farewell display at Woodford before flying over to Manchester. She was flown by test pilot Alan Foster, who had also piloted her on her first flight, on 23 September 2001. “It’s really sad,” he said later. “I took her up on her maiden flight and was at the controls on her last. She’s a wonderful aircraft to fly, but I feel so sorry for all of the people who put such tremendous work into building her.” At Manchester, she was greeted by a water-gun salute from the airport’s fire brigade. She was donated by BAE Systems to a new aviation heritage exhibition being set up at Manchester Airport. Other British-built airliners are expected to join her there, including an Avro 748 and a BAC One-Eleven. The exhibit is scheduled to open in May.

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