G-ASKK

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Photo © Martin Fenner

G-ASKK was the fifth production Herald leaving the production line at Radlett as a Mk.211. Originally ordered by Maritime Central Airways (MCA), she made her first flight from Radlett on July 5, 1962. Wearing full MCA colours and the registration CF-MCK, Handley Page used her for a 12,000 mile sales tour in late 1962 but upon her return to the UK it became clear that MCA were unable to take delivery and their order was cancelled. Around this time Cruz Airways of the Philippines were looking to purchase 2 Heralds and Handley Page proposed G-ASKK to be their first. She was painted in their striking colours but bad fortune hit once again and Cruz went bankrupt before they could take delivery.

 

Restored to the British register as G-ASKK, she joined the Handley Page Leasing fleet and for a short period was leased to Autair International while still wearing the full striking colour scheme of Cruz Airways. Further leases were then completed with British Midland Airways and Sadia de Transports Aereos before being sold to British United (Channel Island) Airways in 1967.

She went on to fly with successors British Island Airways (BIA) and Air UK making her last revenue flight for Air UK a Jersey to Southampton service on March 29, 1985. The next day she was flown to Air UK's maintenance base at Norwich Airport and placed into storage. With the City of Norwich Aviation Museum requesting Air UK assistance to repaint Herald G-AVEZ, a machine previously donated by Air UK to the museum, Air UK proposed swapping G-AVEZ with G-ASKK removing the requirement for any repainting. The museum happily accepted and G-ASKK replaced G-AVEZ in the museum in May 1985. The photo above was taken during a rare night shoot at the museum in March 2018.