ZK-NZD. BAe 146-300. c/n E3001. (n.t.u.)

 

This aircraft was originally built as a Series 100 aircraft

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-SSSH - March 23, 1981

Registered to British Aerospace Ltd

First flown as G-SSSH - September 03, 1981

Operated final flight as a Series 100 aircraft - August 07, 1986

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - April 09, 1987

Converted to the Series 300 prototype

First flown as the Series 300 prototype as G-5-300 - May 01, 1987

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-LUXE - April 09, 1987

Registered to British Aerospace Ltd

Rolled out at Hatfield as ZK-NZD in the standard Ansett New Zealand livery for publicity purposes - May 30, 1989

Registration G-LUXE reapplied soon thereafter

First flown as G-LUXE in the standard Ansett New Zealand livery - June 02, 1989

Demonstrated at the Paris Air Show by BAe in the standard Ansett New Zealand livery - June 1989

Repainted into an all-white livery - 1991

Transferred to BAe Flight Test Centre, Woodford in all-white livery

Aircraft carried various titles and logos until it was stripped of all paint - July 2001

Converted to an atmospheric research platform

Directflight Ltd, Cranfield Aerospace and Avalon Aero Ltd subcontracted by BAe Systems to operate

aircraft on behalf of joint NERC/Met Office Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements

Carried out test and instrument calibration flights from Cambridge Airport - March 2003

Based at Cranfield Airport - May 10, 2004

Undergoing instrument changes for the Intercontinental Transport of Pollutants campaign to be based in

The Azores - July 2004

Current with Directflight

 

G-LUXE. British Aerospace 146-300 - in the standard livery at Woodford Airport, July 04, 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-378.)

G-LUXE. FAAM - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-189.)

G-LUXE. Directflight - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 21, 2015.

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G-LUXE. Directflight - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 21, 2015.

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G-LUXE. Directflight - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 21, 2015.

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G-LUXE. Directflight - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 21, 2015.

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