About G-ARPO

The last flight of a Trident 1C

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 in About G-ARPO, Featured articles | 11 comments

In case you didn’t know, our Trident – G-ARPO – was the last Trident 1C ever to fly. Makes her a fitting one to restore don’t you think? She had been laid up at London Heathrow in the BA maintenance area for a while, with her stablemates all being scrapped or sent to fire grounds around the country. Finally, the call came to send her up to Teesside Airport (as Durham Tees Valley was then known) on a cold December day in 1983. On the flight deck that day was Dick BoasĀ  as Captain, Colin Rule as Engineer and a young First Officer named Chris Barnes. He was an aircraft...

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G-ARPO First Flight 45 Years Ago Today

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 in About G-ARPO | 1 comment

45 years ago today, on 13 January 1965, our Trident G-ARPO made her first flight from Hatfield. As the 15th Trident built, she shortly began a life flying with British European Airways, and later British Airways, out of London Heathrow to destinations throug hout Europe and the UK. Today she is in remarkably good condition considering her age and is ready to be restored as soon as we raise enough money to begin the process. Please help us save this piece of aviation history – the last complete Trident 1C anywhere in the...

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Please Donate!

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 in About G-ARPO, Featured articles, Project News | 2 comments

We are volunteers and need donations of money and sponsorships to help us restore G-ARPO. Find out how… We recognise the harsh financial climate, and so gratefully receive any money you can spare to help us save this magnificent aircraft and preserve it for future generations to enjoy. We have set up a page to donate to the project which details how to pay through PayPal or by sending a personal cheque. Alternatively, you can click on the link on the left side of the main page. All money received will be spent on the aircraft and its relocation to Sunderland. We give you our word that...

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All About G-ARPO

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 in About G-ARPO | 0 comments

Trident 1C G-ARPO was the 13th Trident built. Here are some facts about it: Built at: Hatfield, UK First Flight: 13 January 1965 Delivery: 31 January 1965 Operators: BEA British European Airways, British Airways The aircraft served on the routes of BEA and British Airways for 18 years before it was retired at London Heathrow airport. Following a short period of storage, it was ferried to Teesside Airport (now Durham Tees Valley Airport) in 1983 to be used at the Civil Aviation Authority’s fire training school along with a number of other Tridents. The school is now operated by Serco,...

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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...

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