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Iflyjets
24th Sep 2008, 17:32
In Ocean Sky Manchester recently and saw a brand new Challenger 350 with registration G UYGB. The aircraft was allegedly purchased as "Blair Force One!" and then cancelled by the ex Chancellor, the prudent Gordon Brown. (yeah right! Prudent my **** !)http://static.pprune.org/images/icons/46.gif

Well its now been sold in the Middle East and awaits collection. Not very noteworthy you may think until you note the significance of the registration.The aircraft had to be registered and in honour of our magnificent PM was registered thus G UYGB. I am reliably informed that it stands for "Up Yours Gordon Brown."http://static.pprune.org/images/icons/laugh.gif

I would like to endorse these sentiments! Made me laugh.http://static.pprune.org/images/infopop/icons/icon6.gif

con-pilot
24th Sep 2008, 17:40
What, pray tell, is a Challenger 350?

brakedwell
24th Sep 2008, 17:42
How about a Tank? :rolleyes:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c32/sedgwickjames/300px-Challenger_II.jpg

ThreadBaron
24th Sep 2008, 17:45
Tanks, but no tanks!

Curious Pax
24th Sep 2008, 18:08
This is: G-UYGB (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Bombardier-BD-100-1A10-Challenger/1361683&tbl=photo_info&photo_nr=1&sok=keyword_%28%5C%27%2B%5C%22G-UYGB%5C%22%5C%27_IN_BOOLEAN_MODE%29%29_&sort=_order_by_photo_id_DESC_&prev_id=&next_id=NEXTID)

Not sure about the ordered/cancelled story (they kept the ordering quiet, which they would have been unlikely to get away with these days), but I had also heard that the acronym was as you say. Has operated from MAN for several months.

DX Wombat
24th Sep 2008, 18:09
It's a Bombardier Challenger 300 see here (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Bombardier-BD-100-1A10-Challenger/1361683/L/&tbl=photo_info&photo_nr=1&sok=keyword_%28%5C%27%2B%5C%22G-UYGB%5C%22%5C%27_IN_BOOLEAN_MODE%29%29_&sort=_order_by_photo_id_DESC_&prev_id=&next_id=NEXTID)and here (http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=detailnosummary&fullregmark=UYGB) Owned by someone in Vienna. The acronym is probably just wishful thinking on someone's part. :rolleyes:

blue up
24th Sep 2008, 18:45
Sure it isn't "Up Yours Great Britain"?

MilktrayUK
24th Sep 2008, 19:17
Follow the link on the page that you kindly posted for more information. GINFO Registration History | Aircraft Register | Safety Regulation (http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=UYGB)

You are correct, however the registration was on the airframe before the current owners! The website of the first owners certainly indicates a credible link to H.M. Government.

Zorst
24th Sep 2008, 19:31
Either way, it's an apppropriate epithet.

And a wholly inappropriate prime ministerial aircraft.

Once, this was a great and proud nation...

Before idiots like Broon found themselves clinging on without a clue what to do next!

G-CPTN
24th Sep 2008, 22:58
The original proposal was to use it for HM Queen as well as the Prime Minister.
AFAICT, none of the other registrations in the UY series appear to have been allocated, so was this a joke (Up Yours Great Britain) that backfired?
It would be interesting to know exactly who applied for this registration (as it certainly wasn't sequential so therefore 'serendipity') . . .

galaxy flyer
25th Sep 2008, 00:12
CL-350? Not yet!

Lon More
25th Sep 2008, 00:37
I've got this bridge oer the River Thames I'm sure one of you would like to buy.:suspect:

Another explanation could be Guy, GB. But of course that wouldn't sound so good

con-pilot
25th Sep 2008, 01:47
CL-350? Not yet!

Oh really, just what have you heard? ;)

By the way, our mutual friends are in Europe now in their 300, with HF radios without Selcal. :uhoh: (Don't ask. :p)

galaxy flyer
25th Sep 2008, 02:00
We're the LAST to know, but rumors are starting, running up to NBAA.

Sorry to hear about the SELCAL, there was recently a SB out on SELCAL, but I don't fly it, so didn't keep it. I'll check for you. No, SELCAL, reminds me of dark nights on the tracks in the C-5, slowly going deaf.

I'll bet they miss the GLEX after the trip in the 300.

GF

con-pilot
25th Sep 2008, 02:07
The HF radios were installed after market. It is very probably the only 300 delivered without the HF option.

As for the GLEX or a 5000, don't be real surprised. ;)

(Personal bet with someone. Just for a beer of course. :()