Redcoat Air Cargo

Redcoat Air Cargo was a British cargo airline between 1976 and 1982 with headquarters at Horley in Sussex and an operating base at Luton Airport.


The company started operations in 1976 using a Bristol Britannia leased from Geminair. It used the aircraft to operate cargo flights from the United Kingdom to West Africa. It later bought its own Britannias, several being ex Royal Air Force Transport Command aircraft,[1] and by 1979 was also operating freight charters for the Ministry of Defence.

The crash of the Britannia in 1980 led to the purchase of a Canadair CL-44 from British Cargo Airlines. Delay in acquiring the aircraft from the official receiver and subsequent engine problems led to cash flow issues and in 1982 the company entered voluntary liquidation.[2]

Aircraft operatedEdit

Bristol 175 Britannia G-BRAC, 1979, crashed 1980


In 1980 one of the company's Britannia aircraft was used in a BBC television drama series Buccaneer about a cargo airline.[5]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 16 February 1980 a Bristol Britannia C Mk.1, registered G-BRAC, crashed after departure from Boston-Logan due to ice and snow on the aircraft; seven of the eight occupants died, including the spouse of a serving airman at RAF Belize.[6]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Roach, 1998, p. 128-129
  2. ^ "Redcoat stops trading". Flight International. 122 (3814): 1594. 19 June 1982.
  3. ^ UK CAA Registration Document for G-AOVS
  4. ^ UK CAA Registration Document for G-BRED
  5. ^ IMDB Buccaneer (1980)
  6. ^ National Transport Safety Board Report NTSB-AAR81-03
  • Roach, John (1998). Turbo Prop Airliner Production List. The Aviation Hobby Shop. ISBN 0-907178-69-3.