It has been an outstanding year for Aeroclassics. This month's releases were amazing and a few months ago they struck another blow to my wallet with a raft of special A300s. Not least amongst them was and Iranian example.
Iran Air dates from February 1962 when it was formed from the merger of Iranian Airways and Persian Air Services. Three years later it received its first jet, a 707, and growth continued funded by the Shah’s regime to the extent even of Concorde orders. A pair of French registered A300s, including F-ODHZ, were leased from 1978 prior to the arrival of two Iranian registered aircraft in 1980 (EP-IBR/S). These were followed by four more in 1982/83.
The 1979 Islamic Revolution had a major impact on Iran Air as did the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s. It has found itself unable to purchase new aircraft due to US sanctions and this has resulted in a substantial fleet of second-hand A300s being built up from the late 1990s. Several remain in service and still wear the famous Homa griffin logo of the Iranian national carrier.
This was my first Iran Air aircraft and finally it gave me something suitable to display my existing Iranian GSE with. This frame (and its sister) went to Eastern in 1980 as N292EA. She ended her career from December 1988-1997 with Alitalia as I-BUSN and was broken up in 2001. I have been unable to find any shots of her in Iranian service but Jetphotos.net and Airliners.net have a few of her subsequent career.
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