Thanks jetdragon. Wow! Yes,I'd forgotten that there was a trial aircraft prior to the ones off the line. I think this was because there were a number of 'non-standard fittings' on the subsequent TQF aircraft. I assume that G-BKJV must have been a demo aircraft at the time, because according to G-INFO, it was on the books for a year and then sold in Australia later in 1983, since when it's been on the US register five times, Mexico and Argentina once and Australia twice!
Yes, I remember being most impressed by the whole event, not least because we didn't have to do anything and could watch and enjoy it. The briefing was along the lines of: 'remember they're journalists, so be careful what you say' and 'don't try to answer questions about the 125 -leave it to the experts'.
The Jetstream was operating for Birmingham European Airways at the time, I assume - they were a potential 748 customer at the time.
It was also the day of the Epsom Derby, and John Glasscock, (yes, that really is his name!) a senior being in BAe at the time, went missing when we had finally marshalled the journalists back on board. Yours truly was despatched to find him, and apparently he'd been watching the Derby and lost track of time, but by the time I'd done the rounds of the director's offices, he was back on the aircraft!
Frightening to think that it was nearly 35 years ago!
Awww, the Ayrton Senna machine - I know a lot about that one.
I hope we are going to get another one of Garstonboys stories
I could probably write a book on that deal alone! I have a great affinity for Brazilians - their attitude to life should be copied by - allegedly - more enlightened nations. My abiding memory of this deal was discussing the interior decor with him. He wanted white side panels, white seats, a white roof and yes, a white carpet. A conversation along the following lines took place:
Me: You do realise this is going to be very bright at 35,000 feet don't you? Him: Yes, but I'm Brazilian and I like bright things. Me: You'll need to wear sunglasses Him: I like wearing sunglasses!
Fast forward about six months and the aircraft has been delivered and I go to meet him in Sao Paulo. He's really pleased with the aircraft - it's the pride of the hangar and he's already done quite a lot of flying in it. We have a general chat, shake hands and I start to walk away, at which point he says, "Hey Barry, you were right about the interior, it is a bit bright!"
Hawarden ca 1983. The Queen's Flight 146 is rolled out for ground testing. The aircraft, whilst built at Hatfield of course, was finished at the Corporate Jet Centre at Hawarden, primarily because of their expertise in fitting out VIP aircraft and to keep the business in-house!
The 125-800 roll-out day. Probably ca 1983. As they opened the hangar doors, there was a great deal of 'smoke' - the first time I had ever seen dry ice used in that way and wondered what the hell was going on. I thought the tow-tug had an oil leak!
The journalists closely photographing the newbie. In the background is G-BGJV, the 748 2B demonstrator at the time, which brought them up from Gatwick. We positioned Woodford-Gatwick the night before, had a good night at the Six Bells in Horley (for those who know it), and were ready booted and suited the next morning to meet the journalists, who true to form, turned up late. Not sure what the Jetstream was doing, or which one it was.
I know The Six Bells VERY well!!!! Been quite merry in the on many many many occasions!!!! Used to end up in there after a hard days spotting at LGW, or trips to airshows UK or oversea's......timings where possible ended up in a quick one in there!!!