St Athan based ex BA BOAC liveried Jumbo could be scrapped

BOAC Liveried British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC, The last BA 747. (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
BOAC Liveried British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC, The last BA 747. (Image: Max Thrust Digital)

Sources close to the subject have confirmed to UK Aviation News that eCube is seeking to part out the former British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC jumbo jet which wears the iconic BOAC livery.

The aircraft was sold into the care of eCube on the basis that it had a preservation plan but it now seems eCube had failed to secure funding to do that.

It had been planned to give the public access to the aircraft at a site outside of the perimeter of the airfield but it now seems Yankee Charlie is destined for the profit rather than preservation.

Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC was the first of three BA jumbos to be painted into a special livery to celebrate 100 years of British Airways.

Landor is now kept at Dunsfold under the care of a TV production company and Negus has been converted into a conference and party venue at Cotswolds Airport.

BOAC unveiling at Heathrow Airport - TransportMedia UK
BOAC unveiling at Heathrow Airport – Max Thrust Digital

The move could prove especially disappointing given there is already an established aviation museum, South Wales Aviation Museum, on the site.

Attempts have been made to contact eCube but calls have not been answered. British Airways has also been asked for comment.

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  1. This would be such a shame,
    I recently visited South Wales Aviation museum at St Athan and was talking to one of the volunteers who told me that They were struggling not with the aircrafts preservation but the fact e-qube solutions could no longer move the aircraft onto the museum site as the roads around the area have been redeveloped and new traffic lights had been put in place.
    Without the new bollards and traffic lights being removed it would be impossible to to Move the 747 into the museum complex itself.
    I am not at all surprised but am saddened by this news as the Aircraft can not be moved now to its intended home for all to enjoy.

    • It still can be , it’s not an impossible task, as there is always a way with either heavy duty road transport, and or towing a jetliner into its last resting place. It can be done with the assistance of all the traffic authorities and a airport jet tug , then all is done over a period of a day and maybe a few weeks of negotiation type of arrangements made with the appropriate people . Please get into it now while you can ,while you have the right people still available to speak and deal with and KEEP AT IT !! Persisting

  2. It’s ludicrous even to think about scrapping What is now one of the rarest jetliners , that’s origanally given to them to preserve ! Do not scrappy a jetliner that’s of extremely important value in both educational and aviation history , if there s an Aviation Museum Close by and it can accomodate this 747 then it should be kept ,preserved and sheltered if possible so that if strong rain, hail and sunshine have their moments it won’t mater in any case , the public and the whole world of Aviation Buffs can come and embrace its entire strength , existence and also pieceful location .

  3. Are we absolutely sure on this, like negus at Cotswold airport, the contract was put into place to ensure that 747 would be preserved. If that was to be Brocken there would be a legal issue. I would have thought it would be the same for this?

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