Save The Trident – G-ARPO

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 in About G-ARPO, About the Site, Project News | 14 comments

Welcome to the website for Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C, G-ARPO, and our bid to save and preserve this historic aircraft.

Currently based at Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of Serco’s International Fire Training Centre, we plan to move this aircraft to a museum site in September/October 2010 and restore her as a Trident exhibit indoors from the elements and with many interior fittings back in place.

To do this, we need a lot of planning and fundraising to take place. This website is just the start, but it will become the central point of information on the project. For fans of the aircraft, the site will feature many pictures and plenty of information and trivia. You will also be able to donate to the fund.

Please keep an eye on this website for more details.G-ARPO in her heyday

14 Comments

  1. Hi all,i am very much looking forward to another Trident challenge and my past experiance with dismantleing and rebuilding a Trident Three G-AWZK should help this historic Trident 1C a new lease of life at a Museum..

  2. After the disgracful scrapping of G-ARPH at Cosford it is such a privalage to be given the Trident by Stuart Davis and Steve Metcalf of Serco at Teeside for restoration and look forward to working alongside Neil Lomax , Julian Cannon ,Matt Falcus and everybody else who is getting involved with this project.This also includes all the members of North East Aircraft Museum in Sunderland who have offered a home for the Trident.
    Much will be done over the coming months to prepare the aircraft ready for breakdown to transport it. Also many other reports compilled to meet the legal requirements for health and safety and risk assesments etc.

  3. I am a big Trident fan and this is realy wonderful news. I was very angry when G-ARPH was scrapped at Cosford. I wish that I could get involved in any way to preserve such a wonderful important aircraft. Perhaps a contribution in the form of a financial donation is a good idea. I wish you all much luck in preserving this beautiful old lady.

  4. Great news, will circulate other ex-Trident pilots, but all so far have commented on the colour scheme. It never flew in Northeast colours so please explain the rational of restoring an aircraft to a colour scheme it was never painted in!

  5. The colourscheme is NOT written in stone. It will be finalised when the move is done and the aircraft put back together.

    Northeast was chosen because:
    a) the aircraft has strong links with the region, and has spent the past 24 years here.
    b) If it moves to the museum at Sunderland, having an airline in this colourscheme will be bring about major PR opportunities with the local press, and will also be a draw for visitors who will feel proud of the history of having an airline with their name. They won’t care if this particular airframe flew in these colours.
    c) Other Tridents are preserved in the BEA Union Jack, BEA Red Square, and British Airway liveries. None have every been preserved in Northeast colours.

    That is the rationale.

  6. We have added a banner on our Gemini Trident page to make people aware of the restoration programme. This site may benifit by adding a pay pal donation button and would raise cash no matter how small. We are also happy to communicate this project through our newsletter which would reach 4000 plus people.Just submit and article to be sent and it will be done.

  7. Entirely in agreement about the colour scheme, however, don’t forget that to be viable any museum needs to attract the general public and is not just a club for enthusiasts. Having said that a compromise might be to paint one side in the BEA or BA c/s and the other in Northeast colours. Having worked for Northeast during the period that their fleet went from an attractive BKS c/s via Northeast Yellow to the first BA scheme (with a tiny “Northeast” adjacent to the forward door) I can vouch for the shade variations in the colour schemes and even the sizing of the “Mothercare”-style titling. There is also a common misapprehension that the upper wing surface was yellow in the Northeast c/s – it wasn’t (it was light grey, with the ailerons, leading edge and flaps in unpainted aluminium). It did, however, have a yellow underside to each wing, roughly the same shape and dimensions as the BEA red square scheme.

    Incidentally, whatever happened to the ex-Northeast Trident 1E that was “preserved” at Wroughton? I believe it may have been G-AVYE.It disappeared when a 3B was acquired in its place.

  8. I believe G-AVYE was broken into sections and transported to different museums. 2139 1E British Airways G-AVYE WFU 4/81 to museum, Wroughton, B/U, nose to HTF, B/U. Copied and pasted from a web page.

  9. David,VYE was dismantled and the fuselage went to Hatfield for fire service training unfortunatly….

  10. G-ARPO will have parts donated from at least 4 other tridents so in some way we will be still remembering some of the others

  11. Dear All.
    I think the Trident was the most english looking of any British Aircraft made ,It was a truly British aircraft noisy ..yes but like the VC 10 it looked ALL british, I wish you well in the restoration project….

  12. Hi guys, good luck in the project if you need any help, even if its counting nuts and bolts feel free to contact me I can give up time to help, keep up the excellent work and good luck with the project.
    H@BHX

  13. Delighted to see that ‘PO is to be restored. This is especially right for me as she was the last T1 that I flew before converting to the T111. This was a night flight, London-Manchester-London, with Pete Middleton in command on 16th October 1971.

  14. Dear all, I wish you all the best . The Trident was a most British aircraft I always enjoyed travelling on them
    There was not a more glorious sight than a complete row of Tridents at Terminal one at Heathrow

    Some refered to Heathrow in the sixties as “Trident City” Oh that it was today !

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