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The Spider was back at Woodford for a complete re-conditioning in June 1932 during which it was re-sprayed, this time with a black nose forward of the cockpit (but still with the full stop after the registration marks). It was leased to the British Air Navigation Co. (BANCO) and was used on a Heston-Le Touquet luxury service. C. D. Barnard experimented with a Bristol Whitchurch – Cardiff Splott service with the aircraft for a couple of weeks in July.

It was reported finished in BANCO grey and red livery, but the following year The Spider returned to India for the last time when Barnard re-formed his organisation as Indian Air Pageants Ltd. operating out of Bombay. The Fokker arrived in Bombay on 15th December. Photographs suggest that it was painted white or pale grey with red markings at this time. After touring around India giving joy-rides, Barnard sold the machine in May 1935 to local dignitary Sir D. H. Bhiwandiwalla as his private aircraft. It was finally scrapped in 1937.


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“THE SPIDER” AT FILTON AFTER AVRO RE-CONDITIONING IN JUNE 1932. (Nico Braas Collection)
“THE SPIDER” IN INDIA IN 1935. (C. E. Jones - ajones@clearstream.ie)