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Old 8th Dec 2015, 19:39
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SE-DPX

For comparison, here's my picture of SE-DPX.....An early Srs 50 built for TWA with the retrofitted No 2 Engine "Frisbee fairing"


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Old 9th Dec 2015, 20:47
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One of the airports institutions before it was closed down was the airports flying club. I never really went there apart from the grab a granny nights towards its end. The site is now an apron for an FBO.

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The Luton Flying Clud

OMG! - Remember too much about the place, memberships #007 used to work .....then Sands or Charlie Browns....
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On the off chance , can anybody perhaps give me the registration of the other Auster to G-AIGT at the Luton Flying Club around 1957?
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 07:57
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G-AGXH
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Thank you so much , I now have a photo of the first aircraft I flew in ( sitting sideways in the back).
Happy Christmas!
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 09:05
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How about this one registered to the flying club 24/05/1957

http://www.austerj4.co.uk/?page_id=132&ckattempt=1
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 11:14
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Austers at LFC`60-63`; `AGXH;AIGT;AIJI;..Autocar `AOHZ
Tigers;AOGS,AOZH,ANLR,AISR.
Chipmunk;APAC;AMXL;AMMA.
Hornet Moth;ADKL
D.Turbi;AOTK;
Piper Colt ARIS.
Not sure if all belonged to LFC,but `leased/used`....
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Thanks for this one as well! I do remember there being perspex over the sideways facing rear seat area, if that helps define the variant.
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CL44 with its swing tail.

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Old 11th Dec 2015, 21:26
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Livestock flight just landed , door open for fresh air ??
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I remember seeing an Invicta Brit. flying calves out of Hurn in the 70s. The loady or handler was hanging out of the rear door on taxi and only closed it as the aircraft accelerated along the runway.
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Old 13th Dec 2015, 19:58
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Far more interesting than an Easyjet Airbus. This photo was taken at the official opening of the airport.


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What was the aircraft, looks very sleek and perhaps not too female friendly when boarding!
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De Havilland DH-91 Albatross this was the prototype built for mail carrying . Further 6 built as 22 seat passenger aircraft. None survived WW11
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De Havilland DH-91 Albatross this was the prototype built for mail carrying . Further 6 built as 22 seat passenger aircraft. None survived WW11
I have to say that the door wasn't all that much better placed in the airliner version, but I think the stairs in this photo were normal for the time.
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Great youtube clip here. After some stills at the beginning of the clip there is some cinema news coverage. What great sounding engines these aircraft had. It seems the aircraft was based on the high speed Comet from three years previous.

For those with time on their hands there is a fascinating youtube video that follows the above clip about the Mosquito but this video lasts 44 minutes but it is well worth watching it. Looks like the film was made just after the war and covers its history, build and the thoughts behind it. and of course to keep it all in topic the Mosquito was also built at Luton. One thing I learned from the film was that the American AF also flew the Mosquito.














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How it all began



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So what are those two aircraft types in the last post? I guess the photo was taken in the 30's.
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The pics are 1938, Percival Proctor and de Havilland Hornet Moth. The pedant in me would argue it started before then . . . .
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