Cyprus History – The sad story of 5B-DAB Trident Aircraft – Old Nicosia Int. Airport

The sad story of 5B-DAB Trident Aircraft

at Old Nicosia International Airport

By Margaret Sheard….

As a result of a recent trip to Wayne’s Keep in the Buffer Zone and a drive around the old Nicosia International Airport as part of our tour, I was contacted by Maj Bowen, an ex-Royal Horse Guards veteran, regarding the sad remains of the Trident aircraft which didn’t manage to take to the sky in 1974.

TridentDuring a trip to Wayne’s Keep in 2013, our party was allowed to view the aircraft at close quarters and we took some photographs at that time. My feeling on the recent visit was that the aircraft has deteriorated even more, but maybe there is good news as the son of Maj Bowen is a Trident enthusiast and he is proud to mention that he runs the (HTC) Heathrow Trident Collection at the bottom of his garden in a double garage!

Following is the reply Kevin made to his father when he was aware of the recent visit of some of the Royal Horse Guards veterans to Wayne’s Keep in November 2015 where he had noted our visit to the old Nicosia International Airport.

That Trident still survives. He’s protected by the UN, but still owned by the (now defunct) Cyprus Airways. Not much left of his interior (surprisingly, the control columns have not been removed by souvenir hunters).

ControlsOn a positive note, the slowly fading Trident is under review to be preserved as a ‘national monument’ by the son of CYs first pilot. The UN is aware, and supportive of the cause, and he is investigating transfer of ownership. He has approached the HTC for technical support.

Incidentally, 5B-DAB was our Trident for our Cyprus holiday. If you look carefully on some of the shots, he sports an ‘on loan’ radome, finished in BEA grey as opposed to the white finish normally carried by CY Tridents.

There have been many pictures of him, derelict, still wearing it, though sometime during the last decade, or more, it was removed (properly, latches, and hinges, with supports) God knows why, as it will only fit on another Trident. Maybe someone has it! This is one of the items that the HTC has been asked to loan/donate, as I have a radome (I repainted in BA livery) that was from G-AWZN, but with a 1961 manufacturing date, tying it to originally flying on the front of a Trident 1C!…….

Read the whole article and view more pictures by clicking the following link: Trident Aircraft

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