Sunday, February 2, 2014

PHOTO GALLERY: Argentine Fairchild Metros - #4 of 20+ - LV-BGH (c/n AC-467)

Flying America Fairchild Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III, LV-BGH, (c/n AC-467) being towed at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 24Sep10.  (Phil Perry Photo)     

Metro AC-467 first entered service with Inland Empire Airlines of central California in June 1982 registered as N3046L.  See photo link:

After only a few months flying commuter routes in the "Golden State" it joined Cascade Airways of Spokane in the northwestern American state of Washington in March 1983.  Photo:

In May 1986, Resort Air leased AC-467 operating it in the midwestern American states of Illinois and Missouri for Trans World Airlines using the brand name Trans World Express, especially out of TWA's St. Louis (STL) hub. The carrier changed its name to Trans States Airlines in 1989 (which it still flies as today) continuing to operate AC-467 until April 1990.  Photo:

Later in 1990, AC-467 crossed the Atlantic to fly for Flugfelag Islands of Iceland on December 1 as TF-JMK where it flew in two different schemes until 2006.  Photos:

AC-467 was finally acquired by Flying America of San Fernando Airport (FDO), Province of Buenos Aires, on 02Nov06 and reregistered as LV-BGH which it was still operating as at least until 2011 and possibly to this day.  The charter company flew AC-467 and at least one other Metro for Linea Aerea Entre Rios from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to the cities of Corrientes (COC) and Parana (PRA), both in Entre Rios province.  

The aircraft has also been used for the transport of medical patients as seen in this photo:


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