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Old 11th Feb 2019, 08:52
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Autair 748 G-ATMJ became 6Y-JFJ in January 1968 (credit rzjets.net)
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 09:04
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Autair 748s were leased to many operators- in the winter and almost entirely from 1968 - we rarely saw them a Luton after that when One Elevens meant passengers and crews didn't have to endure long round trips to the likes of Corfu. This was just before I regularly visited the airport but the aircraft is probably back from a winter lease or about to go out on lease. The Viscount next door is presumably British Midlands G-ASED minus the BM on the tail - is that plate a rudder lock or is the photo deceiving? The aircraft looks quite dirty - don't remember seeing it like this. Not sure about the DC3 - it might be G-APPC which languished on the apron for most of the following summer.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 15:15
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The Viscount next door is presumably British Midlands G-ASED minus the BM on the tail
I always thought that hybrid tail on 'SED was an experimental livery as an alternative to the "BM". I was only a whipper snapper back then however, and I may be totally wrong.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 16:42
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Originally Posted by 22/04 View Post
The Viscount next door is presumably British Midlands G-ASED minus the BM on the tail - is that plate a rudder lock or is the photo deceiving?
The plate covers the cutout in the rudder leading edge where the centre hinges are located.

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I always thought that hybrid tail on 'SED was an experimental livery as an alternative to the "BM". I was only a whipper snapper back then however, and I may be totally wrong.
The tail markings are of course the last remains of the original BMA scheme inherited from Derby Airways (as worn by the Argonauts).
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:11
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
The plate covers the cutout in the rudder leading edge where the centre hinges are located.



The tail markings are of course the last remains of the original BMA scheme inherited from Derby Airways (as worn by the Argonauts).
Yes, the tails had DA then later BM vertically supposed on the fin - Argies, Viscounts and Dart Heralds

The ''new'' logo is now shown here on the tail (used on the Viscounts, new 1-11's 707's and DC-9's until 1986 - plus the smaller Shorts and F27 )
but that was not how the logo was ultimately applied...
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 19:38
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Photo is most likely early April 1969 when G-ATMJ returned from its second lease to Jamaica Air Services (on 2/4/69 according to Air Pictorial). At a guess the Viscount was in limbo awaiting the "new" i.e. 1969 livery to be applied which involved the replacement of the BM logo with the "BMA Jet" insignia. I would assume the tail logo is a sticker rather than a metal plate. G-AWGV appeared in March 1969 with the same scheme on the tail:-

https://www.airliners.net/photo/BMI-...ount/1358406/L

The DC-3 was most likely Autair's G-APPO which sat around for a couple of years before getting broken up in Feb 1970.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 08:48
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[COLOR=left=#000000]The DC-3 was most likely Autair's G-APPO[/COLOR]
Thanks for correcting that cj. I had completely forgotten that livery - imagining that BMA went straight from the vertical BM to the jet livery you mention-which I remember coming in in 1970 with One Elevens.

That just leaves the Britannia to sort out which looks like a British Eagle one, awaiting a new operator or the breaker after they stopped operations in autumn 1968.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 09:29
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Hadn't noticed the Brit. Think you're right, ex-Eagle of which several came and went 1969-1970. Only 2 candidates in April '69 - G-AOVK and G-ARKB, both of which I first saw during March 1969. One was parked in the "graveyard" as in the picture; the other in the "light aircraft park", where hangar 127 now sits. In the background in this photo taken 7/4/69:-



Can't be sure but I think the above was G-AOVK which was broken up Feb 1970. G-ARKB was sold to Tellair - not sure if it ever appeared at Luton as such, though, unlike G-ARKA, seen here on 23/3/69:-



'KB went to Coventry later in 1969 where it was finally broken up in Nov 1971.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 12:11
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Both the Tellair Brits wound up at CVT, where they were broken up I think. unless I was suffering double vision back then!
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 18:39
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Originally Posted by 22/04 View Post
imagining that BMA went straight from the vertical BM to the jet livery you mention-which I remember coming in in 1970 with One Elevens.
Like these:-


G-AXLN 3/5/70, think the other nose was of G-AXLL
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