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Old 28th Dec 2017, 22:17
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Originally Posted by ZeBedie View Post
The trouble is, the first visit is an obvious fact, when it happens. But when the last happens, it will go unnoticed because no one can know it's the last, at least until that type finally ceases to fly. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious!
Thanks ZeBedie,
I am aware of why last visits are often under reported as it equally applies to last flights for types in most cases. I was hoping given the superlative record keeping by some of the contributors that a some may have been noted as such at the time or retrospectively deducted by in house sleuths and be recorded for posterity.
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 02:40
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Air Atlantique were using DC3's well into the the mid 90's on freight flights
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 06:42
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Originally Posted by LTNman View Post
This might have been the last Britannia. I seem to remember this came over for maintenance with Monarch

Out of interest what year was that LTNman?
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 13:37
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last visits

Originally Posted by The AvgasDinosaur View Post
Learned contributors,
does anyone on here have any dates for last visits/departures for types of aircraft.
E.G. Brittania, Dc3, 4, 6, 7, 8. Boeing 707, Ambassador, Viking, Viscount etc
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Difficult question to answer without having comprehensive logs of every movement preferably computerised for easy searching (which most of mine aren't). Here's the best I can come up with. Anyone with more info I would be interested as well.

last DC-4 probably Aer Turas EI-ARS which was still operating for them in 1976. My last sighting 19/9/76.
last DC-6 probably G-APSA which Air Atlantique brought in when they had it painted in British Eagle colours which was 2008.
last DC-7 probably Aer Turas EI-AWG when it overran landing on 3/3/74.
last DC-8 probably Air Charter Express who operated a few flights June 2009 with 9G-AXA/B.

9G-AXB 14/6/09

last 707 probably John Travolta's N707JT which he brought to Europe in Qantas V-Jet colours in 2003. Seen at LTN 28/6/03.
last Ambassador probably Dan Air G-ALZO which I only saw at LTN once on 10/10/69 (diverted from LGW). Not sure if it visited again before its withdrawal in May 1971.
last Viking probably Europe Aero Service F-BMEU on 21/3/69. Autair had withdrawn their last 2 by October 1967.
last Viscount I recorded was British World G-APEY on 23/11/97.

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Old 29th Dec 2017, 13:59
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Originally Posted by canberra97 View Post
Out of interest what year was that LTNman?
Probably 1984. Aerocaribbean had 3 Brits in for maintenance that summer - CU-T114 above plus CU-T120 and CU-T121.
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 15:39
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last 707 probably John Travolta's N707JT which he brought to Europe in Qantas V-Jet colours in 2003. Seen at LTN 28/6/03.

The last 707 was probably TZTAC which arrived on the 8th December 2009. It certainly had everyone out of the ATC offices when it taxied past!
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 17:21
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The last 707 was probably TZTAC which arrived on the 8th December 2009. It certainly had everyone out of the ATC offices when it taxied past!
That's one I didn't know about. Ahhh...just to hear the scream of those 4 JT3's again....
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 20:44
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It would be rude not to.......

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Old 29th Dec 2017, 21:00
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
It would be rude not to.......

Magic!


Ahh...just to hear the whine of those 2 CFM56's again....er, I don't think so. Maybe in 50 years time
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Old 31st Dec 2017, 10:15
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Cuban Brits

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Probably 1984. Aerocaribbean had 3 Brits in for maintenance that summer - CU-T114 above plus CU-T120 and CU-T121.
Before Aerocaribbean it was Cubana Brits that appeared regularly for maintenance with AEL/MAEL:-


CU-T669 2/5/71


CU-T669 again in their later scheme 9/11/82


This is the same aircraft having been reregistered CU-T114, arriving minus titles 31/5/84 prior to repainting in Aerocaribbean colours
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Old 31st Dec 2017, 17:10
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What about the two people on their hands and knees, beneath the tail of the Cubana brit? Did someone drop a box of cigars?
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Old 31st Dec 2017, 18:05
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I think the captain lost his contact lens!!
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Old 31st Dec 2017, 19:10
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The last Boeing 707 I saw at Luton was executive configured N88ZL. It parked on Stand 16 and was a bit taken aback when the flight deck disembarked wearing T-shirts and jeans! I would think this was in the middle 2000s.
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Old 2nd Jan 2018, 14:15
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Luton in the snow


Previously published by Graham Alexander
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Old 2nd Jan 2018, 19:36
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When do we think the above picture was taken 1972/3? Or one year later. Surprised there was still a Britannia Airways Britannia there
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Old 2nd Jan 2018, 19:39
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https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...ED&FORM=VRDGAR

Not seen this before although it might have been posted before. It looks so dated now - only twenty years on that voice would be far too posh for a promotional video me thinks.
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Old 2nd Jan 2018, 21:22
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When do we think the above picture was taken 1972/3? Or one year later. Surprised there was still a Britannia Airways Britannia there
Last one was withdrawn in December 1970. Although G-ANBE and G-ANBL survived until 1972 before getting the chop, I doubt they would have been parked on the main apron during their idle months. "Halcyon Sky" was G-AXMG which arrived late December 1969. I remember a very heavy fall of snow on 4th March 1970 - around 14 inches - and suspect the picture may date from then.
This taken on 8th March when it had melted a little....
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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 09:18
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Originally Posted by 22/04 View Post
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...ED&FORM=VRDGAR

Not seen this before although it might have been posted before. It looks so dated now - only twenty years on that voice would be far too posh for a promotional video me thinks.
That kind of voiceover is still pretty common on corporate promotional videos, used for example, on exhibition stands - but as you say, way too posh for today's mass audience.

What occurs to me is how, certainly so far as leisure passengers are concerned, standards of customer service have fallen, whilst at the same times passenger's expectations have at least remained the same, possibly even increased.

I'm sure I heard a major error in the narration, where the script said Britannia were the first airline in Europe to fly the 737 - surely that accolade went to Lufthansa, with the -100 series fleet? Mind you, where promotional films are concerned it's sometime beneficial to not allow the truth to get in the way of a good story!!
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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 10:18
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He's not posh, he just speaks proper like.

Lufthansa were the first operator of the 737 full stop - Britannia first in Europe with -200 series aircraft.
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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 22:58
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In the film I glimpsed the large British Airways Express sign than used to be at the end of the check-in desks at Luton. I thought Luton had made the big time when they started to fly to Paris. On Saturday’s they flew to Jersey so I spent a day on the Island before returning home.
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