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Old 13th Nov 2013, 09:55
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A little later, but in 1998 Jersey European (as they were then) based a Friendship at Luton and did at least 2 rotations a day to Jersey via Guernsey.
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Old 13th Nov 2013, 17:40
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Old 27th Nov 2013, 05:51
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Luton Airport, I can offer some clear memories at the beginning of the 39-45 war when my father was working for Percivals there. I used to visit with him on Sundays usually, aged about 11-12 and my father early on in the war was running the 'production line' fitting Napier Sabres into the Hawker Typhoons. I well remember one Sunday and people were arriving to see a Land Mine swinging from inside the hangar roof. It did not cause much of a stir and I suppose the Bomb Disposal people turned up to clear it. I had several flights with the Chief Test Pilot in the P Proctor sitting on lots of cushions to see over the front. The net result must have made an impression as I ended up with a most exciting career for over 30 years as a pilot in the RAF all over the world ............ memories are fascinating, regretably no photos of Luton Airport.
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Old 30th Nov 2013, 09:27
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Percivals

The airports old approach road with views of Percivals.




In the background of the middle picture is the Italian prisoner of war camp off Eaton Green Road




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Old 22nd Feb 2014, 08:45
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The opening of Luton Airport

East Anglian Film Archive: Luton Airport, 1938
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Old 10th Mar 2014, 22:18
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1967. A rather small airport in those days

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Old 16th Mar 2014, 18:44
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The 'field' closest to the camera was the public enclosure. I well remember Friday evenings there in 1967 with mates on our bikes!
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Old 17th Mar 2014, 11:44
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First post from me.I reckon I was there as well in 67 on my bike,I was also there in the late 1960's photo (when I worked at LTN)
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Old 19th Mar 2014, 06:16
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just a guess but I would say maybe 1964?
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Old 20th Mar 2014, 17:33
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euravia connies

Great pictures LTNman, yes I would go for 1964 when in the August the company changed its name to Britannia Airways. I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles. The bottom Connie looks as though it is still in basic Skyways colours.
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Old 20th Mar 2014, 19:23
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Undated photo. Can someone identity the aircraft and take a guess at the year?

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Old 20th Mar 2014, 20:21
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Six Miles Magisters on the grass, and two Hawker Furys by the hangar.

1940?
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Old 21st Mar 2014, 00:12
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"Great pictures LTNman, yes I would go for 1964 when in the August the company changed its name to Britannia Airways. I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles. The bottom Connie looks as though it is still in basic Skyways colours".


IIRC some Connies were actually painted into Skyways colours form Euravia ones - 'RXE comes to mind. I think this was something to do with a service to Malta.
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Old 21st Mar 2014, 05:45
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A close look to the left of the top hanger shows the Napier Lancaster( Error should read Napier Lincon) test aircraft.



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Old 21st Mar 2014, 22:23
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"I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles." That's right, because Euravia re-named themselves Britannia when they moved on from Connies to Britannias.


Those Magisters: I'd say immediately pre-war rather than 1940, as not camouflaged and biplane in background (Hawker Hart?).
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Photo at post#31 of the Magisters.....the fourth one from the front. Has anyone got better skills at blowing up photos than me? It looks as though it could be L8255. If it is, it's the Magister in which my late father did his first solo on June 12th 1941 at No 16 EFTS at Burnaston, Derby.

L8255 was destroyed by fire during maintenance in a hangar on 28 October 1942.

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Old 21st Mar 2014, 23:15
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They are parked in order. The 4th aircraft is L8259, can't read the last two though. If you PM me I can email you the photo if you want it but then I guess you don't as it is the wrong aircraft.
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Old 21st Mar 2014, 23:26
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Thanks LTNman - I thought that was possibly the case. Thanks for the offer of the photo but I was hoping it was my Dad's aircraft.
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Isn't that possibly the Napier Naiad turboprop Lincoln test bed to the top left of the aerial view in #34?
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 07:05
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Think you are correct. I did a Google search on "Napier Naiad turboprop Lincoln" and there is a nice piece from Flightglobal about Luton and its Lincoln test aircraft.
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