Airflight Limited was a British charter, and cargo airline from 1948 to 1950.
|Ceased operations||April 1950|
|Fleet size||2 Avro Tudor|
|Key people||Don Bennett|
The airline was formed by former Air Vice-Marshal Don Bennett to operate in the Berlin Airlift operating two long-fuselage Avro Tudor aircraft. These were flown by Bennett and a single other pilot, WWII RAF veteran Stanley Sickelmore, Bennett having the only night flight licence made all the nighttime trips himself with Siclemore as co-pilot.
One of the Tudor aircraft had operated 85 sorties carrying over 9 tons of supplies per flight between Wunsdorf and Gatow.
At the end of the Berlin Airlift the aircraft were used for trooping charters to the Canal Zone for the British government and ad hoc charters. One of the charters was to end in disaster when G-AKBY was used for a rugby charter and crashed on approach to RAF Llandow in Wales on 12 March 1950. The month after the disaster the company merged into one of Bennett's other companies Fairflight Limited on 28 April 1950.
The company was formally wound up in 1965.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- Eastwood, Tony; John Roach (1991). Piston Engine Airliner Production List. The Aviation Hobby Shop. ISBN 0-907178-37-5.
- Merton Jones, T. (1972). British Independent Airline & Operators Since 1947. UK: LAAS International. NONE.
- Maynard, John Bennett and the Pathfinders Arms and Armour London 1996 ISBN 1-85409-258-8