Speedbird Castles in Negus
BA 757s were so common at Heathrow that it was hard to imagine that they would ever disappear. The 757 looked great in the Negus and Landor schemes but the low blue bottom never seemed to suit the 97 colours and the black nose ring most BA 757s had made them look worse. BA should have really curved off the blue belly like Delta did with the 2001 scheme - that would have preserved the beauty of the 757.
Anyway British Airways was launch customer for the Boeing 757 and went on to operate over 50 of the type on their European and Shuttle services, replacing their Tridents.
The first aircraft G-BIKA arrived in March 1983. Initially named after castles the first batch G-BIKA-Z arrived by March 1986. They were followed by G-BMRA-J and then G-BPEA-E up till 1990. BPEI-K and CPEM-V were the last batches arriving from 1994-1999. G-CPET was therefore one of the last of the type delivered to BA (in May 1998) and never wore the original Negus scheme until she was repainted in late 2011 and named ‘Stokesay Castle’ to celebrate the 757’s career upon its retirement from service. In 2012 she was converted to a freighter for FedEx and became N956FD. She certainly seems like far too young to go for cargo conversion but I imagine she'll still be flying with FedEx in the late 2020s.
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