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Old 3rd Mar 2015, 21:38
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Great nostalgic photos mr bear! What's that tail sticking out of the Napier hangar in the last photo ?



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Might be the Convair 340 that Napier converted to Eland turboprops.
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It almost certainly is treadigraph. The Eland Convair wouldn't fit in the hangar and that tail sticking out of the doors was a common sight in the '50s. Very nostalgic shots indeed . Thank you Mr. Bear.
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What a great selection of photos and the best I have seen of the Napier Lincoln. The location of the Napier hangar is about to become Signatures new apron (photo here) http://www.pprune.org/airlines-airpo...ml#post8885178

What an interesting period in the airports life. I can't see anyone getting excited in 40 years time when they look back at a lineup of airbuses on Luton's apron.

Oh and Mr Bear, I sent you a pm a few days ago.

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Old 4th Mar 2015, 07:47
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I had thought Convair 240/340, but then thought "nah, it's too early" due to the Lancaster sitting in front of it. I was so concentrated on the lovely old bird that I ignored the tail on it's back and that it was after the 1940's


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It was known as a Convair 540 with the turbo props, N340EL, formerly G-ANVP.

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Became N271L, N517DC, N51FS, N629JM, N629J, N358SA finally crashing at Spokane, Washington 4.1.96.
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The regular pilot of the Lincoln was Ken Cartwright. He also use to drive the Link trainer in Luton Flying Club. That was great fun.
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due to the Lancaster sitting in front of it
I got caught out on that one by describing the Lincoln as a Lancaster.
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Well that's a bit unkind mr luton, my knowledge of older aircraft (50yrs+) is small compared to some I'll admit, but at first glance it looked like a Lanc. So I edumacated myself and found out that :

'The Lincoln was basically a stretched Lancaster with longer wings and uprated engines, therefore improved payload, range, ceiling etc. It became the platform for the Shackleton to be developed from.' taken from here, Lincoln & Lancaster in B&W


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To be fair, G-APRJ had a Lancaster nose without a front turret. Napiers did the conversion. If you find a pic of a true Lincoln you'll see it is longer with a glass front.
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Well that's a bit unkind mr luton, my knowledge of older aircraft (50yrs+) is small compared to some I'll admit, but at first glance it looked like a Lanc.
I would still be calling it a Lancaster today if someone here hadn't corrected me, as I had never heard of a Lincoln Bomber.

Here is a proper Lanc at Luton


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G-APRJ was to be used in the rebuild of the ex Strathallan/Charles Church Lancaster damaged in a hangar collapse at Woodford. I see the Lincoln has now emigrated to Australia, and Kermit Weeks has the Lancaster.
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According to AJ Jackson in the Avro Putnam.
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"flown to College of Aeronautics Cranfield 11.62 as G-36-3 as spares for Lancaster PA474."
So she lives on in parts.
For ex LGS boys: I went to my first Farnborough in September 1961, wearing Long trousers especially bought for my first year at that esteemed ( ?) institution and had a good look at Napier's Lincoln in the static park. Her claim to be the oldest static participant (apart from Cody's Tree) was possibly challenged by the yellow and red drone Firefly nearby. The older SE5 ( in silver finish) actually flew as did the E.E. Wren........but I digress.
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Am I right in thinking that Napier's Hangar became Autair's Hangar and thus was demolished at the end of last year?
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Yes that is correct but you can also add Courtline, and finally Signature. Not sure who else has used it over the years. The hangar had a full set of offices running the full length on ether side. I think they may have been added sometime after the hangar was built but in latter years I can only remember them being empty.
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Was Luton the main centre of production for Napier engines?
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