Newly re-painted in the colours of former airline ‘British Caledonian’, Piper Archer G-RECW, was unveiled at Biggin Hill airport in January under the watchful eye of many former ‘BCAL’ Caledonia Girls, who were making their first official reunion in over 10 years.
The aircraft will be used to raise funds for charitable causes, in particular The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham and The Golden Lion Children’s Trust, which was formed by BCAL staff members in the early 1970’s. The aircraft is named ‘Julie – the Spirit of BCAL’ in memory of former BCAL employee Julie Washington and donated by Robin Washington, in memory of his late wife.
Restoration of the Piper Archer was undertaken by Falcon Flying Services and the BCAL livery was prepared and painted by RAS Completions, both companies based at Biggin Hill airport. Early fund raising in support of the launch occasion enabled a cheque for £3800 to be handed over to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and £1500 for the Golden Lion Children’s Trust.