VH-BUJ. Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador 2. c/n 5230.

 

This was the last Airspeed Ambassador to be constructed

It was built at Airspeed's Christchurch, Hampshire factory

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AMAH - April 05, 1950

Registered to British European Airways Corporation

Powered by Bristol Centaurus 661 radial engines of 2,625 hp

Certificate of Airworthiness issued - March 06, 1953

Delivered to British European Airways - March 06 1953

Aircraft was named 'Sir Christopher Hatton'

The purchase of three Airspeed AS-57 Ambassadors was announced by Arthur Butler - May 31, 1957

Sold to Butler Air Transport for approximately 190,000 Pounds - June 06, 1957

Ferried to Australia with the other two Airspeed Ambassadors that were purchased

Departed Darwin on the ferry flight to Sydney - June 16, 1957

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in formation with the other two Ambassadors G-ALZX and G-AMAE - June 18, 1957

Ferry route: Darwin - Cloncurry - Charleville - Sydney

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BUJ - August 02, 1957

Registered to Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd

Configured to seat 47 passengers with 18 rear-facing seat forward and 29 forward facing seats at the rear

Aircraft retained the name ' Sir Christopher Hatton'

Operated first revenue service - September 1957

Aircraft was used on services to Bourke, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Coolangatta, Dubbo, Moree,

Oakey, Parkes and Walgett

Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd was acquired by Ansett-A.N.A. - March 1958

As a result of take-over the Airspeed Ambassadors were not required and were returned to BEA for resale

Withdrawn from service August 04, 1958

Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to England - August 05, 1958

Arrived London (Heathrow) Airport on completion of the ferry flight - August 14, 1958

Ferry route: Sydney - Darwin - Biak - Saigon - Calcutta - Delhi - Karachi - Teheran - Ankara -

Athens - Paris - London

Flight crew: Captain E. Schumann; F/O J. Corlette; Engineer S. Hobday; Hostess N. Corlett

Three Ansett staff travelled as passengers on this flight

Handed over to BEA and parked at London (Heathrow) Airport in basic BAT livery without titles

Offered for immediate sale by aircraft brokers W. S. Shackleton Ltd

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 06, 1959

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AMAH - November 12, 1959

Sold to Dan-Air Services (UK) Ltd - February 17, 1960

Operated first Dan-Air revenue service - June 11, 1960

Damaged whilst taxiing at London (Gatwick) Airport when nose-wheel was lost - June 30, 1963

Repaired on site and returned to service

Operated final revenue service Newcastle - London (Gatwick) - October 31, 1970

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Lasham for storage - November 01, 1970

Scrapped at Lasham - March 1971

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - January 14, 1972

 

G-AMAH. Dan-Air London - 'Sir Christopher Hatton' in the metal livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-677.)

G-AMAH. Dan-Air London - 'Sir Christopher Hatton' in the final livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-701.)

G-AMAH. Dan-Air London - 'Sir Christopher Hatton' in the metal livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-702.)

G-AMAH. Dan-Air London - 'Sir Christopher Hatton' in the final livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-739.)