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  • JonathanC 97 posts

    Not so much London Life I know, I’m got no idea where it was going, but I joined junction 13 on the Eastbound carriageway of the M4 around 12:35 on Thursday (22nd) and saw the nose of an aircraft being transported, when I passed it, it was painted with TAP.

    I’ve no idea what type of aircraft it was, presumably a A330 or maybe even A343, it looked too big to be an A320 family nose…

    Anyone else notice this at all ?

    The direction of travel is one of the main routes towards HfP’s community most used airport LHR !

    Super Secret Stuff 353 posts

    Breaking out some real av geek knowledge here! St Athans airport, about a mile away from Cardiff airport, has a major disassembly and scrapping company called E cube. It’s probably from there.

    As for the aircraft, it’ll be an A330-300 or A340-300. They were withdrawn from service in 2019, probably haven’t found a buyer so are scrapping.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,051 posts

    Only opened this thread to see if SSS had commented on an AvGeek thread lol

    mark2 126 posts

    When I passed Cotswold Airpot recently there were a number of TAP aircraft awaiting dismantlement.
    It is near J17 of M4

    Rui N. 842 posts

    Yes, they retired a bunch of them at the start of Covid and were sent there for dismantling.

    AL 582 posts

    Cotswolds Airport is great. Similar to eCube at St Athans, they have Plane Reclaimers.
    Well worth a drive – the B road next to it makes you come at it as a bit of a surprise, which is always good.

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