Mk.203 - I-TIVE
Herald C/N 168, a model 203, was the 12th built at Radlett making its first flight on 4th April 1963. Sold to Aerolinee Itavia and placed on the Italian register as I-TIVE it departed Radlett on delivery one month later on 4th May 1963.
During crew training at Rome-Ciampino Airport on 4th November 1970, it was damaged beyond repair when an engine failed while carrying out a touch and go. The aircraft veered off the runway and ended up on its belly, the 2 crew were uninjured. The aircraft was used for spares and following sale of the Itavia Herald fleet to British Island Airways (BIA), it was fully stripped of useful parts and broken up in 1974. The wings made their way back to the United Kingdom being stored at Southampton Airport.
While the date and location are not known, this is a fantastic shot of I-TIVE, probably taken not long after delivery. (Photo © Christian Volpati Collection)
Not the greatest quality but a rare airborne photograph of I-TIVE, date and location unknown. (Photo © Martin Fenner Collection)
I-TIVE taxying at Paris Le Bourget in April 1968. (Photo © Martin Fenner Collection)
Possibly bringing back memories for some? This shot taken on 13th February 1993 is of the old BIA/Air UK Engineering & Cargo building at Southampton Airport where the wings from I-TIVE were stored. (Photo © Den Hamerton)
1963 April 4 - First flight from Radlett Airfield, Hertfordshire
1963 May 4 - Delivered to Aerolinee Itavia and registered I-TIVE
1970 November 4 - Damaged beyond economical repair at Rome-Ciampino Airport while crew training
1974 - Broken up at Rome-Ciampino Airport