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Author Topic: Last Heron 1 In Service To Be Donated To Museum  (Read 88 times)

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Last Heron 1 In Service To Be Donated To Museum
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:08:59 PM »
The last of the de Havilland DH.114 Heron 1 aircraft to be used in passenger service was recently returned to Foothills Aviation from lessee kipepeo. Constructed in 1955 for Foothills Aviation's predecessor company Camel City Flying Service, MSN #765 flew for 16 years from bases in Greensboro, Syracuse, and Boise. After withdrawal from service in late 1971 the aircraft was leased by Kenya-based airline kipepeo and spent the next 15 years flying in and around eastern Africa.

While there are still some Heron 2 models flying in passenger service today, this bird was the last of the original Heron 1 models in service. Now, after having spent more than 160 thousand hours in flight and safely completing over 76 thousand passenger flights transporting over a million passengers, it's time for this faithful 31-year-old to fly off into retirement.

Foothills Aviation has been in talks with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport authority to donate the aircraft to the future Carolinas Aviation Museum that is planned to open in about 5 years at the airport. In the interim, the plane will be maintained in flyable condition and stored at our maintenance facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro. Over the next five years the plane will be making appearances at air shows and will be loaned out to other aviation museums. We are repainting the plane in its original 1955 Camel City livery and getting it ready to make its first airshow appearance this coming September at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

 

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