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Old 29th Oct 2014, 05:57
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I think Britannia started off in a hangar built by Luton Corporation who built it to attract an airline to the airport. Around 1970 they moved into their newly built hangar 89 next to the terminal. Court Line then moved into their old hangar to maintain the Tristar's.

At some point while keeping hangar 89, which was too small for the 757 and 767, they moved back into hangar 65 which was rebuilt.

Years later Easyjet moved into hangar 89 leaving leaving Britannia with just hangar 65.

Nice photo here taken by RA Scholefield which appears on airliners.net outside the then Courtline hangar.

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Old 1st Nov 2014, 22:22
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I do have vague memories of the odd Britannia 757 using hanger89 though of course they didn't fully fit inside. Didn't Britannis exit hangar 89 completely when the last of the old 737 fleet left, leaving a 757/767 fleet which was catered for using hangar 65 which Thomson still retain?
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So what aircraft is this seen at Luton? The aircraft is located at was is taxiway delta today.

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It looks like T-21 is right- any more detail e.g. date - registration- is it a film star?

Intrigued that the hangar in photo of 5Y-AZP is still labelled Court Line apparently over two years after their demise.
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It looks like T-21 is right- any more detail e.g. date - registration- is it a film star?
It's appropriately-registered G-PTWO in the scheme that it wore in the late 1980s, just before it was repainted in its original Swiss marks.

I don't know what film (if any) the mock Luftwaffe marks were for.
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Anyone like to guess the aircraft and the event. No cheating by looking up the reg!

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No prizes for "it's a Broussard"; The event? I recall there was an auction at Luton in the 1980s... One of the Hanover Street Mitchells was a lot, as were a number of other vintage aircraft...
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Brouchard?

Wasn't it the aircraft auction they held. If I had cheated I could probably tell you the date.
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I was close!
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Photos taken by what is now just outside Harrods FBO. I don't think the former London Aviation building actually ever had an aircraft parked inside its hangar before it was knocked down. I don't see any high viz jackets!




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1980ish????


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Certainly early 80s, the Monarch 1-11s went in 1985 if I remember correctly.
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What a wonderful photo, it really takes me back.


Is that a Sterling Caravelle I can just see in the background behind the two 1-11's?
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Yes and Monarch's One Elevens were not in the scheme shown until just before the 757s arrived IIRC - so between winter 82/83 and 1985.
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Is that a Sterling Caravelle I can just see in the background behind the two 1-11's?
Caravelle would probably have been the Italian airline Altair as they were using Luton in and around 1984 (see posts from 106)

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And the fin of an Orion 737 poking out above the One Eleven?
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I was thinking the same.
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Great pictures Luton was the first airport I flew out of as a child family holiday to ibiza it was the year courtline folded flew out on Britannia 737 and remember seeing courtlines pink Tristar marooned there later years I was lucky to visit meal pines facility's this was around 1978 myself and brother was shown around hangers they had John travoltas Learjet in hangar for a service also tucked away in the background was marconis p166 in dusty state on the ramp was redcoats Brit and airturas Brit monarch 720s and 111 later on in the day a sterling caravelle landed. With regards to the Altair caravelles always remember thr reg was I gisa I do have a number of pictures to did out and remember the in stone Bristol 170 and a safari herc visiting on the same day keep the good pictures comming
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