BAe Jetstream 41 G-JMAC
In April 2002 The Wirral Aviation Society (TWAS) was invited to help save a JETSTREAM 41, G-JMAC.
This aircraft was the fourth prototype, 004. TWAS immediately said they were interested and so
began a long and interesting process, which finally saw the aircraft arrive at the Liverpool
Marriott Hotel South on Wednesday 29th January 2003. BAE SYSTEMS at Woodford, had several
redundant airframes, which would have to find alternative homes unless slots could be found
for them with responsible groups. TWAS had to satisfy BAE that we could look after the
aircraft properly. After satisfying them completely TWAS accepted G-JMAC formally by signing
an ownership contract on 7th January 2003.
Finding a home for the aircraft was a priority. Where on earth could we place such a large
aircraft? TWAS would have liked to have based it on the Wirral but enquiries proved fruitless.
The next logical step was to enquire about the possibility of using the vast apron area at
the former Liverpool Speke airport. When the former terminal buildings and two hangars were
refurbished, this left the apron area intact. TWAS approached the developers, Neptune
Developments, who were very enthusiastic about having the aircraft based on their property.
The buildings have been transformed into a fabulous Hotel. The owners and its manager,
Andrew Fox, have been very supportive and very aviation minded in the help they have extended
to TWAS and for that we are very grateful. The Hotel has a Dragon Rapide replica at the front
of the building, which fits in appropriately to with the appearance of the art deco building.
We realised that the J41s never came to the north airfield site but the Hotel do not mind as
it was going to be situated at the rear of the Hotel. Besides, we could not be choosy as we
desperately needed a home for the aircraft.
How were TWAS going to move the aircraft? This is where the RAF's Aircraft Recovery &
Transportation Flight (ARTF) came to our rescue. They were willing to regard dismantling and
re-assembling G-JMAC as a training exercise. This process took nearly two weeks and was
accomplished in very cold weather. We thank them for their services, above and beyond the
call of duty. At the same time as the re-assembly was taking place, APPH Aviation Services
fitted a brand new nosewheel undercarriage to the aircraft for us at no charge. They have
been a very enthusiastic supporter of the club and we cant thank them enough for their
time and materials they have supplied to enable us to display G-JMAC in good condition.
APPH, otherwise known in the past as Automotive Products & Precision Hydraulics, was formed
out of the old Lockheed works at Speke. APPH are the original manufacturers of the undercarriage
for all Jetstreams, so their help to us had an extra special significance.
The JETSTREAM CLUB was formed as the operational arm of TWAS with a separate financial structure
so it could operate independantly. The club is strictly 'hands on' and all members should be
aware of the physical demands that may be called for. You don't have to be a TWAS member to
join the club either.