Axed Palmair jet makes its final landing at Bournemouth aviation museum

Bournemouth Echo: UNVEILED: Stephen Bath takes to the cockpit of The Spirit of Peter Bath, with, front from left, airport historian Mike Phipp, museum trustee David Shore, Liz Bath , museum supporter Les Reed and 737 pilot Richard Griffin UNVEILED: Stephen Bath takes to the cockpit of The Spirit of Peter Bath, with, front from left, airport historian Mike Phipp, museum trustee David Shore, Liz Bath , museum supporter Les Reed and 737 pilot Richard Griffin

BOURNEMOUTH’S popular aviation museum has a new addition – of a more recent vintage.

The distinctive exhibit is an old Palmair jet, a familiar sight at the airport until the carrier closed three years ago.

The Boeing 737-200 carried tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Bournemouth Airport, before being replaced by a more modern plane.

The front half of the white fuselage was unveiled at the museum along Parley Lane last week.

Palmair was founded by the late Peter ‘PJ’ Bath in the 1950s and his widow Liz and son Stephen were at the unveiling.

Stephen, who was joint managing director of Bath Travel until the business was sold in October, said: “It’s great to see the aircraft here.

“It was a big part of the airport and of course, of our family business. Palmair was really known as Bournemouth’s airline.

“It was a sad day when we had to close it down.”

The Boeing has the slogan ‘The Spirit of Peter Bath’ painted under the cockpit window.

Mr Bath became a legend in the travel industry for seeing all his flights off personally.

Stephen added: “I didn’t know this was happening. I flew into Bournemouth by helicopter the other day and I saw the fuselage as we came down.

“It was a real surprise. I did a double take.”

The plane, which was due to be scrapped, will host a Palmair exhibition as well as being available for hire when it opens to the public next summer.

It was bought with the help of local commercial 737 pilot Richard Griffin.

“We have been searching for a 737 for the museum for 18 months, so it was great to find this 200 with its connection to local history,” he said.

“It was working at the museum when I was young that led me to become a pilot, so I was keen to give something back.”

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7:48am Mon 16 Dec 13

Townee says...

Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air.
This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday.
Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel
Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel Townee

10:56am Mon 16 Dec 13

Andy_Moordown says...

Townee wrote:
Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air.
This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday.
Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel
Is the aircraft not one of the European B737-200s which Palmair used to charter? In which case it would have carried tens of thousands of Bournemouth passengers. What difference does it make whether they owned the aircraft, wet leased or chartered?
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel[/p][/quote]Is the aircraft not one of the European B737-200s which Palmair used to charter? In which case it would have carried tens of thousands of Bournemouth passengers. What difference does it make whether they owned the aircraft, wet leased or chartered? Andy_Moordown

1:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bisadave says...

Townee wrote:
Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel
What a miserable old g1t. I bet you stand outside Santa's grotto telling kids its all a fraud.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel[/p][/quote]What a miserable old g1t. I bet you stand outside Santa's grotto telling kids its all a fraud. bisadave

7:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bournemouthfan2 says...

The question is provenance - is it part of the aircraft that was based at Bournemouth as the story would have us believe or is it any old Boeing 737-200 that has been pulled out of the scrap yard and then painted up to represent the Palmair aircraft? The later plus plenty of spin I suspect.
The question is provenance - is it part of the aircraft that was based at Bournemouth as the story would have us believe or is it any old Boeing 737-200 that has been pulled out of the scrap yard and then painted up to represent the Palmair aircraft? The later plus plenty of spin I suspect. Bournemouthfan2

9:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

bisadave wrote:
Townee wrote:
Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel
What a miserable old g1t. I bet you stand outside Santa's grotto telling kids its all a fraud.
LMAO......I think most of the little blighters know that these days. ... however, I totally agree with your sentiments.
Happy Christmas to ALL......
[quote][p][bold]bisadave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Reading this story, this is not a Palmair aircraft it's just the front of one that was due to be scrapped. I remember going to the launch of the new aircraft at Bmth airport a few years ago. It was named the spirt of Peter bath and was the first one they leased, other were from European air. This didn't last long before the company stopped doing their own flights and used other companies to fly their passengers on holiday. Yet another miss headline from the echo, should have read an aircraft cockpit reprinted with the spirit of Peter bath will be at the aviation museum to represent the company bath travel[/p][/quote]What a miserable old g1t. I bet you stand outside Santa's grotto telling kids its all a fraud.[/p][/quote]LMAO......I think most of the little blighters know that these days. ... however, I totally agree with your sentiments. Happy Christmas to ALL...... O'Reilly

9:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mike R-B says...

Any tribute to the Great Peter Bath is welcome.
But surely the missed point is that it is "being available for hire" !
No doubt on an "open ended" contract.
Any tribute to the Great Peter Bath is welcome. But surely the missed point is that it is "being available for hire" ! No doubt on an "open ended" contract. Mike R-B

10:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Andy_Moordown says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
The question is provenance - is it part of the aircraft that was based at Bournemouth as the story would have us believe or is it any old Boeing 737-200 that has been pulled out of the scrap yard and then painted up to represent the Palmair aircraft? The later plus plenty of spin I suspect.
Do you have any evidence to suggest that it isn't an ex-Palmair operated aircraft? Its hardly a far-fetched idea that they transported one of the old European 737s half a mile down the road...
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: The question is provenance - is it part of the aircraft that was based at Bournemouth as the story would have us believe or is it any old Boeing 737-200 that has been pulled out of the scrap yard and then painted up to represent the Palmair aircraft? The later plus plenty of spin I suspect.[/p][/quote]Do you have any evidence to suggest that it isn't an ex-Palmair operated aircraft? Its hardly a far-fetched idea that they transported one of the old European 737s half a mile down the road... Andy_Moordown

8:04am Tue 17 Dec 13

The Witch says...

Whatever it is, to many it will be a fond reminder of Peter Bath seeing them off on their holidays whatever time of day their flight was.
Whatever it is, to many it will be a fond reminder of Peter Bath seeing them off on their holidays whatever time of day their flight was. The Witch

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