Remarks: Mfd. 1988 wearing Boeing test registration N6046P. Del. to Air Mauritius April 1988 as 3B-NAK. May 2007 to MaxJet as N252MY until company ceased operations on December 24 2007. June 2008 to Air Italy as I-AIGH. Still in service. Seen here on a late afternoon arrival from Port Louis. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Manufactured in 1956 on order of Central African Airways. First flight on May 5, “Matapos” was delivered on May 17 as VP-YNB. Kuwait Airways leased between June and August 1958. Central African Airways was renamed as Air Rhodesia in January 1968, and rebranded again as Air Zimbabwe in February 1980. Re-registered as Z-YNB in October 1983. WFU and stored for ground training at Harare Airport in December 1990. This was a pretty hard shot, risking years from my life in prison – according to the warning signs were clearly visible on the fence. First in database, scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Manufactured 1986 on order of the government of Zimbabwe. First flight on December 18 1986, delivered on October 13 1987 as Z-WPD. To Air Zimbabwe on January 1 1989, where Zimbabwe Express Airlines leased from, between August 1995 and February 1999 with unchanged registration. She used to be a massive workhorse of the – then very friendly – country’s domestic and regional commercial aviation. I had the opportunity to fly with this particular plane in April 1994 on the Harare – Kariba – Hwange route. WFU and stored 2006. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: “Great Zimbabwe” was manufactured in 1987, first flight on June 11, delivered to Air Zimbabwe on June 23. In April 1994 – when this photo was taken – Air Zimbabwe was operating with two 767-2N0(ER) (Z-WPE, -WPF), a BAe-146 200 (Z-WPD) and three Boeing 737-2N0(Adv) types (Z-WPA, -WPB and -WPC), from which -WPA was on lease to Uganda Airlines. According to my best knowledge is still active. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Manufactured in 1965 for Lufthansa. First flight on January 7 1966, delivered on January 19 as D-ABUH (“Dortmund”). April 1982 to Air Zimbabwe as VP-WKU. Re-registered as Z-WKU October 1983. WFU and stored November 1997. Turbine Services bought Febuary 1998 and sold to Interflight Airline Marketing April 1998 as 3D-WKS. Planet Air (Pty) bought October 1999. Picture taken during embarkation for Harare, however it was not known yet, we’ll abort the flight landing Kariba Airport (Zimbabwe), to pick up the passengers of poor Z-WPD (BAe-146 200) which failed to take off that day due to certain technical reasons. What a flight it was! Scanned from an old slide. Dedicated to my old mate and co-fan of Zimbabwe: Zoltan Varga (Zolee), wishing him smooth and fast recovery.
Remarks: I didn’t mean it serious, sorry for the quality! I just shattered my lens before this shot, so I just had a fix 100 mm EF macro at the spot, this is why I did not have the opportunity to go closer, avoiding the barrier this way. I just couldn’t let her go away without a smile. Manufactured 1987 for Midway Airlines as N724ML. Served Air Namibia between May 1991 and October 2006, for a short time in the previous Namib Air livery, seen here on the picture. November 2006 to Safair (ZS-ANA), and since September 2007 she serves Canadian civil aviation: Canadian North (C-GCNO) until December 2011, and nowadays at First Air (C-GNDF). First in database in this appearance, scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Mfd. 1988 wearing Boeing test registration N6018N. Del. to Air Mauritius April 1988 as 3B-NAL. Set flying distance record April 18 1988 on delivery flight between Halifax and Port Louis, which 7.582 nm (approx. 14.042 km) was covered in 16 hours 27 minutes. April 2007 to MaxJet as N253MY until company ceased operations on December 24 2007. July 2008 to Air Italy as I-AIGI. Still in service. Seen here preparing for departure to Port Louis. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Mfd. 1988 wearing Boeing test registration N6046P. Del. to Air Mauritius April 1988 as 3B-NAK. May 2007 to MaxJet as N252MY until company ceased operations on December 24 2007. June 2008 to Air Italy as I-AIGH. Still in service. Seen here on a late afternoon departure to Port Louis. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Manufactured in 1986 (N6009F) for Air France as F-GCBI. Seen here taxiing in right after arrival from Paris. 2005-2008 to Pullmantur Air (EC-JHD). In between - from December 2 2005 to January 29 2006 - Saudi Arabian leased for Hadj flights. WFU and as from June 2008 stored at Charles deGaulle airport. Scanned from an old slide.
Remarks: Far not an ideal setting of course, but the plane was too close to the observation terrace, cropping some basic parts out of the frame of my fix 100 lens. On departure she turned out fast, this is how this photo made. However this is a rare and important image of A2-ABD, which was built in 1989 (G-5-101) and delivered to Air Botswana, November 1989. Not active any more, stored since October 2011. First in database in the original livery. Scanned from an old slide.