Delivered as G-APRS in Jan 1959 and operated as such by various companies until transferred to the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) as XT610 in Mar 1965. Became G-BCWF in Jan 1975 but reverted to G-APRS in Dec 1993, shortly after having been acquired by Air Atlantique. It was flown by them on the warbird circuit until wfu circa 2008. It is seen here stored in ETPS markings, minus outer wings. In July 2018 this Twin Pin was trucked to Mains Farm Camping in Thornhill, Scotland to be converted into a luxury overnight accommodation. It was expected to by ready by the summer of 2019.
This aircraft was the last Twin Pioneer built but not completed. It hung around the back of the factory for many years. It was allocated the registration G-ASAL but did not take it up and it has since been allocated to another Scottish Aviation product, namely a Bulldog which is based here. Also seen in the shot are the remains of a RCAF C-45 Expeditor which were a common sight at Prestwick in the 1960s.
JZ was for Netherlands New Guinea and in 1957 KLM subsidiary Kroonduif (crested pigeon) took delivery of three Twin Pins for its operations in this rugged land. The delivery flight from Schiphol, avoiding Indonesian territory, took 14 days. Photo by: Joop van Bilsen / Nationaal Archief
I worked on this aircraft when it belonged to the RAF (7978M/XM961) in my apprentice days (69 - 71). This aircraft can fly backwards in a strong wind by dropping its large flaps and leading edge slats. It also has no problems with tricky crosswinds; it lands across the runway.
Sitting outside her final assembly hangar in the evening sun. It was at Prestwick to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the type (25th June 1955). While here, it gave pleasure flights to a lot of the people who designed and built her.