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Old 13th Jan 2016, 12:10
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This is one of the best threads and I thank all the contributors. In my 42 plus years in aviation only went to LTN a handful of times but do recall Court Line and Britannia. I flew on a BIA Herald to GCI one January after a snowfall and was able to observe the clearance of same from above the wings and fuselage.

A chap climbed on top of the a/c with a large broom and swept it clear, wonderful days!
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 05:35
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1960 Fire fighting Luton style

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Old 14th Jan 2016, 05:47
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The commentator says "an old Provost aircraft". It's in fact a Jet Provost, but which one? In 1960 it was not so "old". Or was it some kind of mock-up? It looks a bit tattered, but maybe it was used regularly for bonfires like this. Any ideas?

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Old 14th Jan 2016, 06:21
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It seems where the engines should be has been papered over for the fire.
Percival's made four T2 development aircraft, maybe it was one of those.
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 08:32
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Great shots of Luton airport last night on true entertainment old avengers series showed John stead and party taking of in a remote control herald possible ex Bea /Autair also a very young Donald Sutherland and Brian BLessard in it
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 11:03
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It was filmed just prior to the Heralds being painted in to Autair colours. I remember my Dad coming home to say they were filming, although the only thing he saw was Emma Peel's Lotus Elan!
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 11:51
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That would be John Steed and Brian Blessed.
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Old 15th Jan 2016, 16:34
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I remember watching the filming of the episode one Sunday morning. Just caught a glimpse of Diana Rigg/Emma Peel...
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Old 17th Jan 2016, 12:51
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Recent posts a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. I was an HP Woodley apprentice and worked on those series 100s and some of the 200s, also G-ARTC and -AODF. One of them was specially fitted out and did a world tour with the Duke of Edinburgh. Woodley still reeked of Miles in those days and was a great place in which to be an apprentice - not too big. Old Sir Fred used to come down and see us and the place was run by his son-in-law. I remember loads. The spectacular Herald take-off on snow, the howl of the Darts, the smell of thinners and whiff of fumes from degreasing fluid, the rat-tat-tat of riveting guns, the whine of Desoutter air-drills, slurry splashing in the machine shop (site of Bader's serious crash). Snoozing in Victor long-range tanks, picking shite out of Hastings main spars. The Falcon and the Bull at Sonning. Cycling back full of shandy ready for hours of hard graft then on to college in the evening. Cycling everywhere, fit as a flea and with a pound in my pocket. Happy days, and a great pity it all went belly-up. I'm so glad that WA has survived, but I'd prefer to see her under cover!

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Old 17th Jan 2016, 16:15
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Excuse slight thread drift. On the 'Classic Wings' DVD-'Handley Page Herald' there is some lovely footage of Heralds taking off in the snow from Woodley on their delivery flights. Most impressive performance! Incidentally G-ASKK is preserved today, intact, at the aviation museum Norwich.
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Old 20th Jan 2016, 13:53
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Mr OleoStrut - I sent you a private message -pse
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 04:13
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I have read that Handley Page at Radlett used to route Herald's through Luton to clear customs.

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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 06:47
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And before Luton had customs they used to route them through Southend, as also the DH125s & Percival export Provosts, civil JP demos & Pembrokes!
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Old 24th Jan 2016, 16:09
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Herald deliveries

Delivery dates for the above 2 Heralds were HB-AAG ON 4/5/63 and 4X-AHT on 28/7/65.
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Old 24th Jan 2016, 16:19
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Did anyone here work for Hunting Percivals in the 1950s or do you know someone who did, in particular on Chipmunk fuselages that were assembled at Luton? We are organising a Chipmunk 70th First Flight Anniversary at Old Warden on May 22 and one of the organisers would like from anyone that was involved at Luton. In the first instance please email me at [email protected]. Thanks.
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 21:23
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Anyone recall late 60s bomb hoax on Monarch Britannia at Luton?

As a lad who grew up in Luton in the late 60s, I used to love trips to the airport, and have really enjoyed browsing this thread over the last few days. I can remember the Autair Ambassadors, but don't remember seeing any Connies. We moved to Bedford in 1970, but still visited the airport every now and then (whenever I could persuade my Dad to drive us there). I loved the old visitors area with the (now demolished) cafe, watching the planes come past the low fence. I remember the colourful Court Line jets, the Autair 1-11s, Bristol Britannias from Monarch and Britannia, and later from Geminair and Redcoat and Katale. I remember the decrepit old AeroAmerica 707 that got scrapped, and seeing the wingless Britannia Proteus testbed. The airport seems to have a lot less character these days.

I was always fascinated by planes, and used to collect paper cuttings from the Luton Echo (or was it the Post?). I remember a cutting showing a KLM DC-8-63 visiting Luton carrying Ajax fans for a match with Arsenal. I also remember a photo of a Monarch Britannia when somebody had made a (hoax) bomb threat, with a headline something like "Airport waits as bomb search goes on...". That would probably have been 1969 or 1970 - I'd be fascinated to know if anyone recalls that incident in any detail?
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Old 30th Jan 2016, 10:38
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Great memories from TrapperJ
Looks like your request has everyone stumped.

I was looking though my bookcase today and found squeezed between two books a 1994 timetable for Manx Airlines. In their summer timetable for that year they were operating routes to and from Luton to the Isle of Man, 2 flights a day to Belfast City Airport and a daily service to Kerry. All the Luton flights in that year were by ATP.

I had forgotten about the Kerry service but did Manx ever serve anywhere else from Luton?
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Old 31st Jan 2016, 19:58
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Id forgotten about Kerry too. Was it IOM-LTN-KIR-LTN-IOM or was the KIR service sandwiched between the two BHD flights?
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Old 31st Jan 2016, 20:17
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Did anyone get any pics of the Zambian DC-8 that was scrapped outside H89 during the long hot summer of 1976?
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Old 31st Jan 2016, 22:22
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Originally Posted by boeing_eng View Post
Did anyone get any pics of the Zambian DC-8 that was scrapped outside H89 during the long hot summer of 1976?
I haven't seen any photos of it at LTN, but there are a few of it (9J-ABR) on various visits to LHR in 1972/73/74.

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