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Old 11th Apr 2017, 02:06
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Eurocypria A320 photo

Never realized Air UK Leisure operated to LTN... was it a one off of did they do a series in 93?
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Old 11th Apr 2017, 09:16
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Air UK Leisure had a Salzburg series on a Sunday W92/93, up until 28/2/93. They also did a number of MOD flights that winter, presumably in connection with the 1st Gulf War. The day of the photo (3/1/93) was a Sunday which also brought in a number of Stansted diversions, including G-UKLA and G-UKLF. The aircraft in the background was most likely the SZG flight which was G-UKLG.

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Old 11th Apr 2017, 09:17
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Talking about light aircraft at LTN...... the fairly assertive character who used to fly a trainer (Hawk Aero?) was quite amusing to listen to! I recall on several occasions hearing him trying it on to nip in before an inbound airliner only to be rebuffed by ATC!

"Hawk Aero zero one" if I remember correctly. Was it the TB-20 G-OTUI that used this callsign?
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No definitely not G-OTUI or any of the BAL Club aircraft.
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Luton Flying Club, or Luton Flight Training as it was known as at the time didn't move to Henlow, it was closed down.

One of the ex instructors started Luton Aero Club with one Cessna 152 after LFT closed but it was made too difficult by the Airport to make a go of it.
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Old 11th Apr 2017, 18:24
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Hawk Air 01

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No definitely not G-OTUI or any of the BAL Club aircraft.
G-SBKR a TB-10 rings a bell now. Operated by Eagle Flight Training mid-2000's. Still had the German flag on the tail from its previous incarnation D-EAGG. Anyone confirm?

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Old 11th Apr 2017, 20:31
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Originally Posted by cj241101
G-SBKR a TB-10 rings a bell now. Operated by Eagle Flight Training mid-2000's. Still had the German flag on the tail from its previous incarnation D-EAGG. Anyone confirm?
My records show that G-SBKR was based at Luton from 30th April 2004 until 21st October 2006 registered to S.C.M. Bagley - also based was G-LAZL a Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior registered to S.C.M. Bagley & K.J. Amies trading as Hawk Aero Leasing - this departed Luton 26th July 2005.
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Old 11th Apr 2017, 21:12
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Think Hawk Air were still operating out of Cranfield until recently but have now moved on to either Little Staughton or Turweston
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Whilst on the subject of the Flying Club, does anyone have any recollections - or even better, photos - of their original Cessna 150's in the revised schemes (with larger registrations on the fuselage, replacing the smaller ones on the tail) adopted around 1968? The only photo online is of G-ASUE in a light brown scheme:- https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1149305. I remember G-ARZF painted overall maroon; G-ASVF I think was a brighter red, with the fuselage dumped near the Britannia social club around 1977.
Any help welcome (for my flightsim project which is still ongoing).
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Old 17th Apr 2017, 21:24
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What is this then? Seems like one of McAlpine's more exotic aircraft.

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Originally Posted by LTNman
What is this then? Seems like one of McAlpine's more exotic aircraft.
Sister ship (G-ASPC) of the one you wrote about in this post:

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The wing and engine seen in the foreground belongs to a Piaggio P-166 and was owned by McAlpine. I have never heard of a Piaggio P-166 but here is a photo of it taken at Luton with its rear facing engines. Piaggio P-166, G-APWY, Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd
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I blame my old age and that I now start to forget more things than I remember

Here is another couple of photos from the same Vauxhall publicity shoot but with these two I am struggling to line up the location.





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Two fine examples of Vauxhall ironmongery!

It looks like the Fire Station area!
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Second Aztec shot Northeast corner of what was then McAlpine's apron before the Pond was built - from the Hangar side looking towards what is now taxiway Alpha with the runway line in the back background. Is the fence on the left the old spectators car park?

First shot looking southwest on the same apron?

What a rural place Luton was in 1967/68.
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Old 18th Apr 2017, 15:06
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And those Luton registrations- XE and XD
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Old 18th Apr 2017, 16:09
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And those Luton registrations- XE and XD
At the date those photos were taken, yes.
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Is that aircraft behind the P166 a YS11? The windscreens look too small for a 748.
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Old 18th Apr 2017, 19:15
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It's a Martinair Convair 640. The pic was taken in 1967, the year I started work there.
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I should have known it was a Convair 640. I remember seeing them in Amsterdam on a school trip in 1966, along with a lot of other now rare types.
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Extract from the 1967 Luton Airport guidebook. I suspect the service was shortlived, with the "Piper Twinair" logo disappearing by the end of the year.

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