Enthusiast Paul Daw captured the moment of demise for former Qantas and National Jet Systems BAe 146-200A VH-YAD at Adelaide on November 2.
YAD made its last revenue flight in May 2011 after accumulating total flight hours of 39,047.81 and total cycles of 37,306. The aircraft was flown to Adelaide where it was placed into storage and cannibalised to sustain other 146s in operation in Australia. The aircraft had been hangared for some weeks prior to it’s final break-up on November 2.
The aircraft was ordered by Qantas for operations by subsidiary Southern Australia Airlines as City of Hobart, arriving in Adelaide in December 1996. YAD was crewed and maintained by National Jet Systems, which ultimately took over full operation of the 146 in mid-2004 for FIFO operations based in Perth.
During Autumn of 2005 YAD transported the cast and crew for The Divine Miss M tour of Australia.
According to BAe 146 expert Mike Clayton, YAD was originally built in 1988 for Westair Commuter Airlines of Fresno, California and operated on behalf of United Express. The 146 was then operated on lease by a number of Canadian airlines before a further short stint in the US before in fact returning to United Express.