I had seen it and photographed it at Miami in 1978 as TI-LRM with LACSA, and in 1982 as N359AC with Turbopower Inc. It began its career with Qantas in Oct 59 as VH-ECA. Also F-OGST and N359Q before going on the British register initially as Air Atlantique.
Operated by Zantop International Airlines for Channel Express Air Services from Jun 93 to Nov 93 and again Jan 94 to Jul 95. No titles but the red cheatline was painted Channel Express green. The frame began life as an L-188A N5525 with Eastern Air Lines. Eventually converted to freighter and made its way to Hawaiian Airlines as N344HA. Joined Zantop Sep 80. To Air Spray (Canada) Feb 2011 as G-CKIL. Re-reg C-FDTH Mar 2012.
This Electra has a new look. It is wearing the long tail unit from Electra C-FLXT (including its reg on the fin!), which is now a working air tanker. It will never fly again but its parts keep others in the air. Retired Riley Rocket C-GXJP rests beside it.
Operated for Atlantic Airlines from 1999 until withdrawn from use on 21 Mar 2013. Sold to Buffalo Airways and departed Coventry on 23 Mar 2013 on delivery to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Became C-GZFE in April 2013. Stored behind is G-LOFC.
Served with Atlantic Airlines since 1999. On 12 Oct 2006 the #3 engine cowling separated during taxi for take-off at East Midlands, causing some damage to the Electra. With its CofA expiring in Sep 2007, this was enough to get the aircraft to be withdrawn from use and stored at Coventry, as seen here. It was eventually broken up in May 2013.
Acquired by Atlantic Airlines in 2002, but unused and stored. Seen here still in Reeve Aleutian colours (ex N178RV), but with the titles changed to Reeve Illusion as a joke by Atlantic Airlines employees. Sold to Buffalo Airways and registered to them as C-FIJX in Aug 2010. Departed Coventry on 12 Aug 2010 on delivery to Red Deer, AB, Canada. Converted to airtanker in May 2016 as Tanker 416.
This Electra left Coventry for Canada 23 March 2013 and was officially registered to Buffalo Airways as C-GZFE on 30 April 2013. This photo was taken two weeks later, but at that time the new registration had not been applied yet.
Originally delivered as an L-188A to Eastern Air Lines in Jul 59 as N5535. Later, following conversion to L-188AF, it was also operated (with same reg) by Evergreen International and Galaxy Airlines. To Channel Express in Oct 1990 as N5535. Registered to Iona National Airways October 1st, 1993, but stayed in full Channel Express livery. It did carry an IONA logo but only on the port side. Left IONA in Jun 94. Re-reg G-CHNX in Nov 94. Wfu Feb 2003.
Built for Capital Airlines, but not taken up, this Electra would be leased to the US Navy for monitoring in the Pacific Missile Range during 1960 - 61. To Pacific Southwest Airlines in January 1962 for some actual passengers 1962 - 1968, the aircraft later went through several leases. The longest was with the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1973 - 2003. Acquired by Air Spray for their tanker fleet, the aircraft is pictured at the company's Chico, CA US base.