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Old 28th Nov 2016, 08:38
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Reading an old accident report the runway had the following characteristics.
Runway 26 2160mx46

Landing threshold of 26 was 504ft above mean sea level. Upward slope gradient of 1-66 for the first 500m then level at 525ft before dropping to 514ft.

From memory years later the 26 end was raised by building up the layers of tarmac to deduce the hump in the middle. Also the shear drop at the 26 end was removed and a more gentle slope was put in.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 16:39
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The eastern end of the runway was raise by 1.3m when the runway was resurfaced in the late 80s. The Runway End Safety Areas were installed before this following the overrun of the DC7 in 1974.
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Old 2nd Dec 2016, 13:40
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1966

50 years later this terminal is still in use but is mainly hidden by additions.












All photos by Dennis Spittel

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Old 2nd Dec 2016, 16:01
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That young lad looks like 'trouble'!
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Old 2nd Dec 2016, 16:04
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Originally Posted by LTNman View Post
50 years later this terminal is still in use but is mainly hidden by additions.
All photos by Dennis Spittel
The 3rd picture is from the spectators area to the south of the terminal, which at a guess is where the next 2 photos were taken from. Note the proper restaurant in the terminal, with napkins folded into cones. And no, that's not me with the bike (didn't visit until the summer of 1967).
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Old 2nd Dec 2016, 16:15
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I can remember that restaurant but I can't remember anyone actually using it. Years later it became a Little Chef so I used to pop up there from home for Sunday breakfast.
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Old 3rd Dec 2016, 07:50
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That young lad looks like 'trouble'!
Are you management by any chance ?

He looks to me like a future pilot. Maybe that's what you meant.
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Old 3rd Dec 2016, 15:55
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He is trouble...he is occupying airport space that could usefully be filled by a non-aeronautical revenue earning facility, thereby forcing the airport to depend on its aeronautical revenue to improve its balance sheet, and consequently deterring potential customers through high aviation-related charges. Kick him out, and get in a some car parking, or retail, or a business park, increasing non-aeronautical revenue, and allowing lower charges for the airline operators. Aviation has grown up.....
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Old 4th Dec 2016, 10:12
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I am lost on this one. So what was the airline, the full reg, what happened to the DC3 and what year was this photo taken at Luton? Start the clock!


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Old 4th Dec 2016, 10:18
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Derby Aviation G-AKJH.
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Old 4th Dec 2016, 10:23
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6 minutes to answer two of the four questions, ( I added another one in an edit) I am so impressed.

I think Derby Aviation became BMA.
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Old 4th Dec 2016, 15:58
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Registered to Derby Aviation 20/4/61, think they traded as Derby Airways before becoming British Midland. Would have been based at Derby-Burnaston. Photo taken outside hangar 8 I would guess (looks like hangar 9 to the left).

Full history:-

42-93271 USAAF 01/05/44
KG572 RAF 12/05/44
G-AKJH Maharajah of Baroda
01/04/48 Skyways Ltd 18/05/50
BEA - British European Airways 21/09/50
Derby Aviation Ltd 17/04/61
Nigeria Airways
Derby Aviation Ltd
British Midland Airways 01/10/64
Gregory Air Services 12/04/65
EI-ARR Emerald Airways 15/06/67
G-AKJH Gregory Air Services 05/12/67
VQ-ZJB Swazi Air 12/08/68
3D-AAH Swazi Air00.04.71
A2-ZHR Air Botswana (Protea Airways) 00.07.73
ZS-KAT Protea Airways 04/05/77
R3700 Rhodesian Air Force 08/01/78
3700 Zimbabwe Air Force
18/04/80 WFU at Manyame AB 02.86 to 02.98

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Old 5th Dec 2016, 08:29
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You've overlooked the fleet name painted on the nose .......dale
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 08:32
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 12:51
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This aircraft often appeared at Luton when with Gregory A/S c.1969
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 18:10
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I saw it once on the ground at Denham in the days of Gregory Air Services.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 10:32
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Originally Posted by LTNman View Post
50 years later this terminal is still in use but is mainly hidden by additions.









All photos by Dennis Spittel
Wow I had no idea that you could once sit and watch planes from right next to the terminal. When did the Britannia/easyJet hanger get built?
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 15:04
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Here is a pic from Oct 1967 where you can see the public enclosure next to the terminal building which opened in May 1966. The young lad in the pic above could easily have been me (but isn't )



Hangar 89 was built in 1969 by Tarmac Construction at a cost of 600,000. It is still owned by Luton Borough Council (or whatever they are called this week) and was leased to Britannia and later easyJet.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 21:22
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Originally Posted by vintage ATCO View Post
Here is a pic from Oct 1967 where you can see the public enclosure next to the terminal building which opened in May 1966. The young lad in the pic above could easily have been me (but isn't )



Hangar 89 was built in 1969 by Tarmac Construction at a cost of 600,000. It is still owned by Luton Borough Council (or whatever they are called this week) and was leased to Britannia and later easyJet.
Great pic. Wow how things have changed!
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 22:00
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The outline marked in red shows the original terminal that is still in use today. Since then I can count 8 extensions to the terminal including the one opposite.

This shot shows the area just after easyjet took over the hangar next door. Now the bus station is being filled in for a further terminal extension making 9 in total excluding piers and walkways.

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