Saturday 23 September 2023

Further afield

 A couple of exotics from up in the Pacific Islands.

The Beech Kingair 200 N625BW c/n BB-1090 was snapped at Funafuti International Airport on 09-09-2023 by Andrew Harper.
First noted back in August of 1982 as YV-493CP and then as N54SK back in the States in February 2003. Then as N49SK from February 2004.
It took up its current N625BW registration in August of 2013 and by March of 2018 was listed with TSC Government Services LLC out of Arlington, Virginia. From 15-04-2023 title changed to Technology Service Corporation, Arlington.
As can be seen it carries "Forum Fisheries Agencies" fuselage markings and large "FFA" underwing marks. (Basically a fisheries patrol and transport aircraft for the participating Pacific Island nations).

At Pilolevu Airport, Tuvalu on 28-08-2023 the Saab SF340B+ A3-PUA c/n 340B-408 of Lulutahi Airlines was captured by Andrew Harper.
First flown by SAAB in Sweden as SE-B08 on 06-11-1996 it became N408XJ the following month to be hidden within the US Banking system, but was known to be with Lambert Leasing and operated for some time by Northwest Airline..
It popped up on the Australian register as VH-VNX on 03-08-2012 with Vincent Aviation (Australia) of Winnellie, NT and then to Vee H Aviation Pty Ltd of Fyshwick, ACT from 11-07-2014 - with a registration change to VH-VEF2 on 31-07-2014 and carried "Corporate Air" titles until cancelled on 21-04-2016 for its transfer to A3-PAU with Real Tonga followed by a lease to Lulutai Airlines in September of 2020.

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