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Old 30th Aug 2023, 18:03
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Processing scans of the Ian Allen 1960 Civil Aircraft Markings I noted the entry for G-APNH, given as a C-54D Skymaster, owner or operator EurAvia (Blue Air) Ltd. Was there any link between this company and the one of the same name launched the following year? 'NH was later converted into a Carvair which ended its career written off at Le Touquet after nose gear collapse on landing.


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I've had a quick look in my Merton Jones Bible and as befits the period it is all splendidly murky:

After the Independent Air Transport Viking Crash at Southall September 2nd 1958 poor publicity was generated by the Court of Inquiry that followed - subsequently the airline swiftly changed its name to Blue-Air and ceased operations on October 16th 1959. I can't at the moment find any reference to EurAvia.... I'll see if any names from Blue- Air crop up with Euravia which was formed in 1961..... A bit more gen: Capt T.E. Langton was an associate Director of Independent Air Travel/Transport/Blue-Air. He had founded a travel agency called Universal Sky Tours and was later one of the three founders of Euravia (London) ltd. Langton was a key figure and essentially founded Euravia to carry his Universal Sky Tours clients having previously had a bruising experience transporting his buckets and spades with the likes of Captain Kozubski and their folding airlines viz: Air Safaris and Falcon Airways. Hope this helps. Suspect EurAvia might be a misprint?

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Further my last - I suspect that it was Langton who dreamt up the name Euravia and he probably had the name in his mind well before Euravia was formed on December 1st 1961. Apparently, according to Tony Merton Jones, the name was chosen to reflect Britain's application at that time to join The Common Market. Was it De Gaulle who literally had a word to say about the matter ?
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William Patrick Dean’s The ATL-98 Carvair book delved into the history of G-APNH.

After Blue Air ceased ops, G-APNH was sold to a Netherlands based carrier, EurAvia NV in late 1959. It was painted with titles
and the reg PH-EUR was applied for. The sale was never finalized but it did operate a few charters for EurAvia with it's British reg.
Ted Langton used this name for his Connie airline in 1961. Given his close link with Independent Air Tours, it’s possible it was an
attempt to use the Blue Air assets to start up ops earlier.

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Thanks for info. The 1960 book also shows C-54A G-APCW as owned or operated by Blue Air.
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From Herman Dekker's excellent archive on Dutch crashes and registrations:
(PH-EUR) Douglas C-54B Skymaster 18333

G-APNH, (D-ANET), N37477, 43-17133

07.01.1960 Gereserveerd door Euravia Air Transport NV, Beek.

Het toestel zou gehuurd worden van Universal Sky Tours Ltd, Groot-BrittanniŽ.

Op de BvL-aanvraag d.d. 11.1.1960 werd trouwens Blue Air als eigenaar vermeld.

Bij de daaropvolgende BvL-keuring werd het toestel echter afgekeurd.

G-APNH

G-APNH werd in 1965 omgebouwd tot Aviation Traders ATL.98 Carvair met constructienummer 18333/11. Afgeschreven Le Touquet(F), 18.3.1971.
Translated, the information on this reservation states:
Registration reserved by Euravia Air Transport NV, Beek. The aircraft was supposed to be leased from Universal Sky Tours Ltd., UK. On the CofA request form from 11.1.1960 Blue Air was listed as the owner. At the subsequent CofA check, the aircraft did not pass. G-APNH was rebuilt to Aviation Traders ATL.98 Carvair in 1965, using c/n 18333/11. Written off Le Touquet(F), 18.3.1971.
From: http://www.hdekker.info/registermap/ME.htm

It is worth noting that two other reservations for PH-EUR are in that same list. Early in 1960 it was also reserved for a Convair 240-5 and in 1961 the same Dutch EurAvia bought a Lockheed 049 Constallation, c/n 2068, ex N86531, PH-TAU (via Capitol Airways, Falcon Airways). Kozubski was supposed to be technical director but due to doubts about previous companies and reputation of said individual, the licences were revoked in June 1961, ending this chapter.
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