The aircraft involved is a Series 419EP with constructor’s number BAC 120 and currently registered as N999BW. This aircraft has always been a VIP configured aircraft based in the United States since first handed over new to Engelhard Industries Inc on 20th September 1967 and delivered the following day. It had been ordered new by Page Airways International after they had been appointed exclusive sales agents for new build, executive-configured One-Elevens in North America.
The aircraft, initially registered N270E, first flew from Bournemouth-Hurn on 8th August 1967 and was used for crew training there from 23rd August until 7th September. The aircraft was initially named “Platinum Plover 111” although the name was not physically applied to the exterior of the aircraft. On 30th April 1971 it was sold to the Rockwell Manufacturing Co through agents Qualitron Aero Services Inc and registered N44R. It was later sold to the Amway Corporation on 30th March 1977 and was then registered as N524AC. It remained with this company until sold to B.L. Yachts/BL Aviation Group as N87BL in early April 1996 after being refurbished in September 1992.
In 1997, Robert J Wright of the ‘The Wright Group’, ‘Jet Place Inc’ and ‘Business Jet Access’, heard that a broker was already in negotiation with a prospective Nigerian customer for the disposal of the aircraft. RJ Wright was sitting at his home in Denver when he initially read about the contract out for the BAC 1-11. He called Bernie Little with BL Aviation to find that his broker was already talking with someone in Africa. Mr Wright then went to see it whilst in routine maintenance in OK City. He called immediately to make an offer. Jet Place Inc obtained the aircraft on 22nd August 1997 which he soon re-numbered as N999BW.
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