In early 1975 British independent airline Dan-Air acquired a number of BAC One-Eleven jetliners to augment its fleet for its increasingly popular charter and scheduled services to both domestic and international destinations. One of those acquired was Series 500 “Super One-Eleven” G-BDAT, which had originally served in Court Line’s distinctive orange livery as G-AYOR. Joining the Dan-Air fleet in February 1975, G-BDAT was used on the company’s inclusive tour and charter services throughout Europe and to North Africa from the airline’s bases in the UK and in Berlin. It also plied its trade on the company’s scheduled services, making its last flight for the airline — DA183 from Manchester to Gatwick — on November 5, 1992. It was later operated by British Air Ferries as G-OBWA and Air Leone as 9L-LDL, before being retired and scrapped in May 2002.
This beautifully detailed 1/63rd-scale model of G-BDAT, hand-carved in sustainable kiln-dried South East Asian Mahogany, is painted in Dan-Air’s classic 1970s livery, the red, white and silver scheme lending the type a stylish elegance. Configured with its undercarriage in the down position, this model has a span of 45cm and a length of 51cm and incorporates detailed markings, including the company’s distinctive compass-and-flag logo on the fin, aerials, “BAC Super One Eleven” legend on the lower fuselage and numerous panel markings and features, including Rolls-Royce insignia on the engine nacelles. The inscription on the optional stand reads:
BAC One-Eleven 518FG