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Old 24th Jul 2019, 10:56
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Old 24th Jul 2019, 11:04
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That would have been 1966/67. Keegan sold it to Peter Masefield and it eventually became Bill "Tiger" Destefani's first Reno Racer "Mangia Pane". Still going strong with a US owner.
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Old 24th Jul 2019, 11:59
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N6356T was based for the winter 1966/7, last record I have for it is on 18/3/67, not sure exactly when it returned to its previous home of Biggin Hill. Abpic has numerous photos in a variety of schemes:-

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Old 24th Jul 2019, 15:35
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I first saw that Mustang overflying Kidlington in the summer of 1968 when it was owned by Charles Masefield
I was being shown over Menno Parson's "Mustang Sally" at Rand Airport in South Africa a couple of years ago and suddenly realised from a cockpit inscription regarding the King's Cup that it was the same aircraft . 44-7494.
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Old 24th Jul 2019, 16:28
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Oops, missed the South African bit!
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 15:13
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Anyone know where this aircraft was kept during its time at Luton? Presumably either the flying club hangar, McAlpines hangar or hangar 9.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 22:27
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 09:48
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Originally Posted by cj241101 View Post
Anyone know where this aircraft was kept during its time at Luton? Presumably either the flying club hangar, McAlpines hangar or hangar 9.
As I remember it was kept on the hard standing to the north of McApine's hangar. I never saw it fly. At the time Keegan was involved with the production of The Riley Dove at McAlpines.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 13:56
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Thanks for the reply OUAQUKGF. That would fit in with the earlier photo, with the Britannia Brit behind parked on the hangar side of the apron. Looks to be roughly where the minitower stands now. It only seems to have flown a dozen or so times in 4 months. Still can't trace when it departed back to its usual base at Biggin. The Keegan logo - presumably a sticker - seems to have gone by the time of the Biggin Air Fair in May 1967. Wikimedia has a similar picture :-

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...081991650).jpg

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Old 28th Jul 2019, 15:19
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I heard a story that Masefield was just starting up the Mustang at the Biggin Air Fair when a wayward parachutist had his canopy settle in the prop arc. Fortunately Masefield killed the mags instantly! No turnin', no burnin' during drops!

I think it was also displayed at Paris by Bob Hoover when based in Belgium several years earlier.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 16:17
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Treadigraph,
I remember seeing the Biggin Hill incident, 1967 or 68 I think.
It was quite windy and the Red Devils miss calculated their drop and most of them ended up in the crowd or car park. The only one to land air side was the one who tangled with the Spitfire's prop. I believe he got away with a broken finger.
The announcer was telling everyone to stand still and the paras will miss you. Are you really going to stand still with a pair of size 12s about to land on you?
I saw one car with a big dent in the roof.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 18:37
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Nice view of Luton's former wooden terminal which was increased in size a few times over the years before it was replaced .


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Old 6th Aug 2019, 22:52
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Originally Posted by LTNman View Post
Nice view of Luton's former wooden terminal which was increased in size a few times over the years before it was replaced .


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For info. photo was July 1980 given to me personally by McAlpine Helicopters , I was SATCO/ATC Manager
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 05:23
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That view above has radically changed compared to now. The wooden terminal ended its life after being used by Britannia Airways. Even the “modern” concrete Britannia operations building hasn’t survived.

I can count 5 additions to the terminal but being made out of wood it would have been a simple task.

Noted how smart people were in those days.







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Old 7th Aug 2019, 08:43
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Noted how smart people were in those days.
The passengers look pretty tidy too!

Dixi188, thanks, I read the story somewhere, nice to see it confirmed - quite a hairy moment!
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 13:18
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Originally Posted by oldandbald View Post
For info. photo was July 1980 given to me personally by McAlpine Helicopters , I was SATCO/ATC Manager
Probably 27th July 1980. The Merchantman would have been G-APEG which was parked on stand 11 that day, my (not totally comprehensive) records only have it parked there once in July 1980 which was on 27th. The 707 behind on stand 13 would have been ex-Aeroamerica N752TA which languished there all month until it was moved to stand 16 on 8th August. Sister ship N751TA was in the ERUB by this time, finally getting broken up there in 1982.

Incidentally, my office was the portakabin left of hangar 9.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 11:27
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With the flying club gone work starts on dismantling the hangar next door in May 2012








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Old 14th Aug 2019, 10:02
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I'm not sure whether this already on the thread

.https://www.britishpathe.com/video/p...y/bedfordshire
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Old 18th Aug 2019, 11:39
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A bit of a long shot. Back in 1965 after Euravia/Britannia replaced their L.749 Constellations with Britannias, L.749 G-ANUR was leased to ACE Freighters at Gatwick. When that company folded, the aircraft was brought back to Luton on 14/9/66 and stored until departing to Coventry on 1/3/67, having been sold in the USA on 23/2/67. Does anyone have any recollections of where it may have been parked while it was stored, or even better have a photo? Only colour photo I can find is this one:-
Looks like it retained its basic Euravia scheme with no titles, just the ACE logo on the tail.

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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 13:31
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The last engineers in Hangar 60 move out next week. Who knows if it will ever be used again for aircraft maintenance? several bids for the site were from car parking companies.
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