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Final flight nears for Aurigny's last Trislander

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THEY were once a common sight in the sky above the Channel Islands – but now Aurigny's last remaining Trislander is preparing to make its final flight to its new home in a UK museum.

The aircraft, G-BEVT, which will be retired from service at the end of this month, will be placed on permanent display at the historic former RAF airfield at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, as part of Duxford Aviation Society's British Airliner Collection.

It is one of three Trislanders due to be put on public display, with plans for Joey – the much-loved aircraft which became a character in a series of children's books – to go to Oatlands Village in Guernsey.

The recently retired G-RLON is to be housed at Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.

The Duxford museum, which is run by Imperial War Museums, is home to more than 100 historic civil and military aircraft, attracting more than 370,000 visitors each year.

Aurigny's flight operations director Nigel Moll said: 'Aurigny is delighted that its last Trislander will be displayed in the world's premier collection of British airliners, where it will join many other famous types from aviation history.

'IWM Duxford is a wonderful museum and having G-BEVT there will allow hundreds of thousands of visitors to view it year-round.'

Aurigny's first Trislander entered service in July 1971 and since then the company has operated a total of 15 different versions of the aircraft.

The Trislander fleet is being retired as part of Aurigny's transition to Dornier aircraft.

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