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G-BFEO Boeing 707-323C of Tradewinds Airways
Toronto Pearson International Airport - 25 May 1984

G-BFEO Boeing 707-323C of  Tradewinds Airways at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) - 25 May 1984 © Caz Caswell 1984

Photographic Copyright Caz Caswell © 1984-2008

Douglas Holland Writes:
Tradewinds Airways although registered as such in January 1969, was due foreign ownership concerns not allowed to start formal operations until November 1969.

Tradewinds flew a lot of relief flights to Nigeria during the civil war with Biafra and that allowed the company to expand in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. Tradewinds also flew a lot of flights for the Ministry of Defence.

The company was taken over in 1977 by the Lonrho Group and began to replace the CL44's with used
Boeing 707-320C freighters. With those aircraft, flights to Chicago and Toronto were begun.

With the new services, the company grew to be the largest British pure cargo airline during the early 1980's, but the Lonrho Group ran into financial trouble and was forced to sell Tradewinds to Homac Aviation.

Lack of capital did not allow the 707 aircraft to be replaced when they became subject to new noise regulations and the airline ceased operations on September 28, 1990.

Source: Tradewinds Airways - Wikipedia Entry

G-BFEO - Originally with American Airlines. During its time with Tradewinds it was leased out to both Sudan Airways and Qantas. It left Tradewinds and the British Register in April 1986 when the Aircraft reverted to American registry.

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