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INDEPENDENT AIR TRANSPORT
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Independent Air Travel came into being in 1954 when a group of airline pilots purchased the London based travel agents,Independent Air
Travel. Flying operations started in 1954 using an Anson,soon replaced by two DH Doves,the aircraft being used forcharter work.
In April 1956,the airline bought four ex- BWIA Viking aircraft for use on inclusive tour and charter work.These aircraft were soon
followed by more Vikings,and ,in July 1957 ,by the airlines first Dc-4. Operations were ,in the main ,from Blackbushe,with Hurn acting as maintenance base. Over the next eighteen months,the airline
continued to expand with two more Dc-4s added to the fleet by mid 1958.
IAT Viking G-AHPG,date and place unknown.
However,an accident on the 2nd of September 1958,when Viking G-AIJE crashed at Southall after take off from Heathrow,killing the crew,led
to allegations of improper practices in both maintenance and operations.This ,in turn led to the departure of the company's chairman and managing director,Captain Marian
The reorganized airline now changed it's name to Blue - Air,probably in order to distance itself from the adverse publicity surrounding
the Southall crash.Charter operations continued throughout the summer of 1959,but the end was now in sight.By September 1959,work was declining ,and on 12th October,the last revenue -earning service
took place. Within a few days the company had ceased to exist,its aircraft being sold very quickly.
IAT DC-4/C-54 at Hurn..
INDEPENDENT AIR TRANSPORT/BLUE-AIR FLEET
G-AGRS V657 Viking 110 del 5-57 sold 5-57
G-AHOU V657 Viking 122 del 5-57 sold 2-58
G-AHPE V614 Viking 137 del 3058 sold 6-58
G-AHPG V614 Viking 139 del 4-57 sold 3-59
G-AHPR V610 Viking 164 del 6-56 sold 11-59
G-AHRJ Dove 1 O4004 del 2-55 sold 7-55
G-AIJE V624 Viking 127 del 9-57 w/o in crash Southall 2-9-58
G-AILW Br.170 Mk 31 12787 del 1-57 sold 5-57
G-AJBU V610 Viking 246 del 4-56
G-AJCE V610 Viking 256 del 4-56
G-AJXB Dragon Rapide 6530 del 2-56 sold 4-56
G-AKSS Dove 1 O4122 del 6-55 sold 11-55
G-AKWJ Proctor 3 H.45 del 11-57
G-ALUM Anson 1 ex MG901 del 1954 sold 4-54
G-ALZJ Dragon Rapide 6573 del 4-56 sold 11-56
G-AMNR V635 Viking 291 del 2-56
G-APBB Dove 1 O4219 Purchased 1955 but not delivered.
G-APBX Beech C18S 269 del 5-57 sold 3-59
G-APCW Douglas C-54A 10299 del 7-57
G-APID Douglas C-54A 10408 del 11-57
G-APNH Douglas C-54B 18333 del 6-58
At the time of closure Blue-Air were still operating G-AJBU,G-AJCE,G-AKWJ(crew ferry),
G-AMNR,G-APCW,G-APID and G-APNH.
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