A12-125. British Aircraft Corporation BAC-111-217EA. c/n 125.
Was also registered as: G-KROO; 5N-SDP.
This aircraft was ordered new by the Royal Australian Air Force - R.A.A.F. - December 01, 1965
It was the second of two airframes acquired for VIP duties
Powered by 2 Rolls Royce Spey 25 Mk.511-14 engines
Rolled off British Aerospace Corporation production line at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth - December 1967
First flown as 'A12-125' at Hurn - January 10, 1968
Handed over to the Royal Australian Air Force at Hurn - January 31, 1968
Delivered to Royal Australian Air Force No 34 Squadron as 'A12-125' - February 08, 1968
It arrived at Canberra (RAAF Fairbairn ) - February 1968
It was operated by No. 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force
The aircraft was initially fitted with two executive cabins of 26 and 30 passenger seats
It was later modified to seat 28 passenger only
Withdrawn from use and handed over to Hawker Pacific at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - January 30, 1990
The aircraft had flown 12,100 hours with 15,700 cycles to date
Sold to Burtonwood Developments - March 05, 1990
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-KROO - March 05, 1990
Registered to Burtonwood Developments
Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - April 19, 1990
It arrived at Hurn, Bournemouth on completion of the ferry flight for storage - April 22, 1990
Ferry route: Sydney - Alice Springs - Port Headland - Cocos Islands - Male - Bahrain - Heraklion - Nice - Hurn
Flight crew: Captains Paddy Cormican, Mike Birks, Brydon Oke
Registered to European Aviation Ltd - September 10, 1990
Ferried Hurn - Southend for maintenamnce - October 25, 1991
Sold to Okada Air of Nigeria and rolled out Southend as '5N-SDP' - December 15, 1991
Cancelled from British Aircraft Register - January 24, 1992
Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as 5N-SDP - December 15, 1991
Registered to Okada Air
Ferried Southend to Nigeria via Ostend on delivery to Okada Air - January 27, 1992
Used as a corporate aircraft for charter and company use and retained the VIP configuration
Withdrawn from use and stored Benin City, Nigeria - December 1997
The Nigerian Government permanently banned and grounded all BAC 111 operations - May 2002
This was due to a series of crashes that had occured over the years
It was observed derelict at Benin City, Nigeria - April 06, 2005
It was observed derelict at Benin City, Nigeria - January 14, 2008
It was observed in a derelict mouldy condition in the grass area minus engines and APU - April 08, 2009
Scrapped at Benin City - ?
A12-125. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 06, 1980.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1921-077.)
A12-125. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Canberra Airport, January 12, 1983.
(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1921-078.)
G-KROO. Burtonwood - in the basic RAAF livery at Hurn Airport, June 1990.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-441.)
G-KROO. Burtonwood - in the basic RAAF livery at Hurn Airport, August 24, 1991.
(G. Burton Copyright Image 1920-955.)