Superb XA-NAS

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Airframe 106425 Mk.4C

03/12/59

Registered – XA-NAS

To Mexicana

See Log entries for – 27/6/60-2/7/60 4/7/60 19-25/6/60 11/60-7/61 31/3/61-11/8/61


Delivered January 1960 to Mexicana. Withdrawn from Service – 1970.

Registered N999WA Westernair in June 1974. Redmond Air of Redmond bought the Comet in 1976. It was ‘sold’ to Dick Drost and was delivered to O’Hare in December that year. The sale collapsed and by 1979 it was declared no longer airworthy.

Plans to restore were considered and for various reasons fell through.

Robt. Hood writes:

‘XA-NAS stood derelict at O’Hare from about 1978 through its breakup in 1993.
An attempt was made by members of the local Rotary Club to disassemble the
aircraft for shipment to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Unfortunately, transportation for the disassembled Comet could not be
arranged (for lack of about $45,000) and the ship was broken up for scrap.

A trailer load of parts that had been sent to O’Hare to support that Comet
was later sent to Seattle, where we are using some of them for the Seattle
Museum of Flight’s restoration of C/N6424, XA-NAT’

XA-NAS Mexicana 

Photo Terry Waddington – Landing LA 1968

Westernair N999WA

Photo Doug Slowiak – In the colours of Dick Drost – Seen here in a sad state

Images below provided by Rob Olewinski – Many thanks. 

 

N999WA in Dick Drost livery circa 1976

N999WA – Cockpit