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Old 13th Oct 2014, 16:12
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G-AVRL was one of Britannia's first 737's. There are other photos on the web ( I'm not going to attempt to post them after all the recent furore over copyright and attribution) showing her in the same colour scheme but with the Britannia emblem on the tail. Long before my time in B., but I suspect she was leased out to Argentina for a winter when there was not enough work for her in the U.K.
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G-AVRL's delivery to Luton in 1968 (my photo). Broken up at Mojave in May 1994.

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Was the photo actually taken at Luton as I don't recognize the background or even the bushes?
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Yep, from the then spectators enclosure next to what we use to call the central taxiway. That is Switch House 1 under the tail.
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"I don't recognize the background or even the bushes."

Plane spotters, Reg. spotters, and now we have bush spotters?
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Yep that's me. Where is the car park? I can't ever remember the airport without what is is now the midterm car park.
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I'm sure you can LTN Man- don't you remember the bushes that hid the damaged Autair Ambassador ('LZS I think). Vintage ATCO will remember when that was removed.
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I am really enjoying this thread, as in the past I used to fly a Falcon 900EX, a Falcon 50 and 50EX into Luton from the US until the boss made us switch to Farnborough because he thought it was closer, driving time, to his London homes in Chelsea.

So keep it up guys, especially the old photos.



Oh, his daughter told me time wise it was about the same, but her dad would never admit he was wrong, so we kept going to Farnborough.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 19:33
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Britannia's early liveries on its 737s

Photo by me (not taken at Luton) in 1974, showing the second iteration of this. I do remember the first livery, but never got a photo of one in it-something I don't now regret (see my caption to the photo):


https://www.flickr.com/photos/489750...-8qpVdB-8ZrQwr
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In the days when every summer BMA used to fly weekends to Jersey and sometimes Guernsey with Viscounts and F27's and maybe DC9's?

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1946. Two aircraft are parked just to the right of the north west corner just about where the entrance to the security gate is. The Gulfstream hangar is to the left and Signature to the right.

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Super photos LTNman. Have you any pictures of the Channel Airways Flyer ? HS 748 bus-stop service which used to transit keeping one engine turnin' and burnin' ?
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SCOTTISH FLYER

I remember seeing the odd BAC 1-11 and a number of Vickers Viscounts on the service as well. plusBritish Midland Viscounts going to Palma, Barcelona on Friday nights from Luton in the late 1960s.
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Ah... The Scottish Flyer , an attempt at a "bus stop " service. If memory serves me right starting at Southend routing , Stansted, Luton , East Midlands, Leeds and other stops to Aberdeen? Then back again all outside Controlled Airspace using Mil Radar. Mainly Viscounts , did one have "Scottish Flyer" on the fuselage? Also at least one trip with a 1-11. It couldn't have made money and didn't last long. I remember a Viscount making at least two attempts to land at Luton in poor weather to pick up one piece of 20kg freight. All load info passed through ATC :-)
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Never seen a photo of a Channel Airways aircraft at Luton.

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Great shot-just look at those wonderful Britannias; "proper" airliners.
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Another Postcard from LTN

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Scottish Flyer

Not at Luton but found this on the Vickers Viscount Network

http://www.vickersviscount.net/Default.aspx

photo no 9 G-AVHK under photos

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Scottish Flyer through LTN

I worked for Channel at LTN in 1969,the route north was from SEN,ZSD,LTN,CDD,LBA,MME,NCL,EDI then ABZ.and the same a/p's south.
The flights ceased in the Autumn of 69 when CW were operating Viscounts on the route.
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The Autair Herald and the Britannia Brits: another cracking shot-thanks for posting. Wish I'd been around to see airliners like these, but I wasn't old enough to start spotting till April 1971, by which time the Britannia Brits had been gone for nearly 1.5 years-I read somewhere that last flight of one was 30th December 1970?
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