No. 8410. Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander (5U-ABZ c/n 702) Nigeravia
Photographed at Arlit, Niger, by Roland Hottelet

Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander

12/31/2008. In 1968 Romania became the first Socialist country in Eastern Europe to buy Western aircraft, BAC One-Eleven airliners for state airline Tarom. As part of a compensation-order a deal was signed with Intreprinderea de Reparat Material Aeronautice (IRMA, Aircraft Component Repair Factory) of Bucharest, to build the Britten-Norman Islander.

Basic aircraft constructed at the IRMA factory at Baneasa Airport were flown 'green' to the Britten-Norman factory at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK, where they were fitted with interior and additional equipment, and were painted before delivery.

Registered in the UK as G-BBFH to Britten-Norman on August 13, 1973, the pictured aircraft was the 102nd IRMA-produced Islander and flew for the first time at Bucharest on January 18, 1974, arriving at Bembridge on the 27th. After finishing it was delivered to Falck's Redningskorpset (Rescue Corps) at Kastrup, Denmark on March 21, 1974, registered as OY-DZV and named Julie. It served with Falcks for 24 years till it was sold to Nigeravia in July 1998.

Created December 31, 2008