Monarch Airlines: Sun and Reign

Much missed by enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike, Monarch was a staple of the UK airline scene for five decades. Charles Woodley charts the history of the Luton-based bucket-and-spade supremo.

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Monarch Airlines’ sole McDonnell Douglas-built airliner, DC-10-30 G-DMCA (c/n 48266), was acquired from Zambia Airways in 1996. Scrapped at Manchester Airport in 2003, its forward fuselage has been preserved at the northwest hub’s Runway Visitor Park.

During the second half of 1966, British Eagle International Airlines directors Bill Hodgson and Don Peacock were working on plans to establish their own aircraft maintenance and overhaul company to serve smaller airlines that didn’t have the resources to carry out this work in-house.

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