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Airflight Limited was a British charter, and cargo airline from 1948 to 1950.

Airflight
Commenced operations1948
Ceased operationsApril 1950
Fleet size2 Avro Tudor
DestinationsBerlin, Germany
Key peopleDon Bennett

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HistoryEdit

The airline was formed by former Air Vice-Marshal Don Bennett to operate in the Berlin Airlift operating two long-fuselage Avro Tudor aircraft.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2]

In 1951, Bennett sold Airflight on to Air Charter, a small company operating out of Luton under Freddie Laker.[3]

The company was formally wound up in 1965.[4]

Aircraft operatedEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 12 March 1950 - Avro Tudor G-AKBY while operating a rugby charter, crashed on approach to RAF Llandow in Wales with 80 fatalities.[2]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Merton Jones 1972, page 13
  2. ^ a b Eastwood/Roach 1991, page 16
  3. ^ Maynard p192
  4. ^ "No. 43848". The London Gazette. 24 December 1965. p. 12101.

ReferencesEdit

  • 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