Maastricht Airport In The 80s
Early in 1981 three DC8s of Turkish operator Bursa Airlines flew into Maastricht for storage and eventual scrapping. From left to right, TC-JBV (c/n 45429) was a DC8-21 built for Eastern Airlines in 1960, TC-JBY (45694) was a DC8-52 which was delivered to United Airlines in 1965, as was TC-JBZ (45693).
First Maastricht shot of the decade was of De Havilland Twin Otter 300 HB-LIS whilst on a short term lease to Schreiner. In more recent times the aircraft has been operating in Kenya. February 21, 1980.
Swissair's DC9-51 HB-ISW was probably an Amsterdam or Brussels diversion on October 13, 1980
JCB had a facility right beside the airport in Ulestraten and thus the company's 125s visited on a regular basis. HS125-700B G-TJCB dropped in on April 9, 1981.
The National Aviation School was operated by Schreiner Airways for many years and spent a number of those years at MST until tempted by the superior weather conditions to be found in Portugal. Beechcraft King Air 200 PH-SBK was often to be found pounding the circuit at MST with the well known Jan Minoli in command. Photographed on June 12, 1984.
Elan Air was a British airline which carried parcels for DHL between 1982 and 1989 when it became DHL Air. This Handley-Page Herald 401, G-BEYF, ended its operational life with Channel Express before passing to the Bournemouth Aviation Museum. Sadly, it was broken up in 2008, only the cockpit section surviving. That ended up at Booker (Wycombe Air Park)
Not a particularly good photo but an interesting visitor nevertheless. BAe 146-100 G-OPSA spent the day at MST on September 12, 1984 performing demonstration flights but to whom I remember not. A few weeks after this visit the aircraft went on short term lease to Pacific Southwest Airlines in California before seeing operational time with Dan-Air London, American Airlines, Safair South Africa and its latest operator Australian Air Express.
This Boeing 707-321 was originally built for PanAm and was delivered to that company in May of 1961. Ten years later it moved on to Lloyd International in the UK. The aircraft made occasional appearances at Maastricht during the 80s operating for the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Age of Enlightenment serving its headquarters near Vlodrop, Limburg and the photo here was captured on April 14, 1985. The aircraft later spent a period in storage at Ostend before being transported to a factory site at Wetteren, Belgium, where it can still be seen on Google Earth.
This Fokker Friendship 500 began its operational career with Mississippi Valley Airlines in the 'States before passing on to Air Wisconsin and Suburban Airlines. When photographed at Maastricht on June 25, 1988 the aircraft had just completed a short lease to Morroccan operator Royal Air Inter and was, presumably, undergoing maintenance prior to returning to a leasing company. It subsequently wore Gabonese, French and Swiss registrations before ending up in New Zealand.
Former Schreiner Airways F27-200 PH-SAD was operated for many years by KLM subsidiary NLM, and later NLM CityHopper, on scheduled Dutch domestic services. Photographed at the airport on January 28, 1989 the aircraft is bathing in the winter sunshine.
Another Friendship soaking up the winter sunshine was Nationale Luchtvaartschool F27-300 PH-SFE leased from the Schreiner parent company. Photographed outside the Schreiner maintenance facility on January 28, 1989 the aircraft was already 28 years old at that time. On March 23, 1993 the aircraft was being operated by Sudanese airline Air West Express on a scheduled passenger service between Dar Es Salaam and Addis Ababa when fuel exhaustion forced an emergency landing in Ethiopia short of the destination. The aircraft hit trees after landing, which broke off the left wing, and the landing gear collapsed. All 35 occupants survived and the aircraft was written off.