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Old 20th Dec 2016, 10:05
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Are there any Luton Minors (or Majors) still flying ?
The UK CAA's database GINFO lists about 23 Luton Minor registrations, but only about 4 appear to have a current Permit to Fly.
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 10:22
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Never knew that the Luton Aircraft Ltd was based just down the road at the airfield at Barton-Le-Cley before moving to Gerrards Cross.

Apparently Luton airfield became the home of No 5 Ferry Pool, an all-women group of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), who also used Barton-le-Clay as its Relief Training Ground.

A very interesting thread with maps and photos about Barton can be found here.

Barton(Beds) Aerodrome Also contains photos of the Luton Buzzard, which I had never heard of.
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 18:37
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There were many stories about Kozubski, I wish I could remember them and I wish even more they were true.
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 18:50
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Luton Buzzard at Barton-le-Clay aerodrome. I would presume that is the designer, C.H. Latimer-Needham, in the cockpit in 1936.


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Old 20th Dec 2016, 22:38
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The last scrappers

OY-DSK B720, (may have been the one mentioned above as N7201U if re-registered before scrapping) and the 1-11 was G-AYUW which think ended up going to Hatfield for an emergency excercise as just the fuselage.
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Old 21st Dec 2016, 07:08
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Luton Buzzard II

Now that is a weird looking aircraft. The mark 2 had an enclosed cockpit and was made in 1937. It must have had a small propeller seeing that it is mounted behind the cockpit.

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These snaps of obscure ultra-lights stirred a few grains of sawdust in the caverns of my mind. Can anybody recall the prang that the somewhat abrasive Luton SATCO Brimacombe Senior suffered flying a homebuilt at Luton in the sixties and the type of aircraft involved?
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Old 21st Dec 2016, 16:42
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G-AFZE Heath Parasol 1 April 1966. As the ATCO who was sat in the seat at the time said to me "I wasn't sure whether to press the crash alarms or start a letter 'Dear Sir, I wish to apply for the vacant position of . . . . .'"

Got a pic somewhere . . . .

BTW It's Brimecombe.

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There - I knew someone would know fifty years after the event. Wonderful thing this thread!
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Old 21st Dec 2016, 17:51
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photo of the prang here. ( photo can be clicked on the expand it)
http://www.airphotographicinternatio...asolluton-1966

So were was that photo taken?
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Old 21st Dec 2016, 18:10
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The photo I had in mind is on the 'net but copyrighted.

If you look here AVIATION GOLDEN OLDIES - LUTON at the bottom, right, you can see the aircraft with Brimecombe Junior seated in it and Brimecombe Senior standing behind.
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The pic is taken up against the fence on he south side of the airfield where the crash occurred although I would think the wreckage has been moved to one of the EP gates prior to recovery onto the airfield.

It was at Old Warden in 1982 with a new owner but I presume it ended up in a skip when he new owner died.
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The photo I had in mind is on the 'net but copyrighted.
I asked the copyright owner of that website a year or so ago whether I could reproduce some of his photos here with credits to him. The answer was a resounding no. It was the only time I have been refused as everyone else has been delighted to share their photos but the owner said he put a monetary value on his photos. I got the impression that he seemed upset that I had even asked.

He has taken some wonderful photos so his website is worth a look but just don't copy any of them!
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Rule Britannia!


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Old 22nd Dec 2016, 21:58
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Great photos Buster. You just can't beat a prop airliner.
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G-AOVF passed over Luton during its last ever flight from Southend to Cosford during May 1984. I was sat in a garden in the north Luton area as it passed overhead on track to DTY wheels down. It might be a fading memory, but I also thought that it was on three engines?
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More props!


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Old 23rd Dec 2016, 16:50
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Those were the days when cargo operators using Britannia's seemed to be two a penny but I think the reality was that it was spread over a few years. Was the Invicta one cargo or passenger?
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Wishing all PPRuNer's who follow this thread a Merry Christmas but does anyone know this imposter?

Luton News

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Old 23rd Dec 2016, 22:01
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Originally Posted by LTNman
Those were the days when cargo operators using Britannia's seemed to be two a penny but I think the reality was that it was spread over a few years. Was the Invicta one cargo or passenger?
Invicta the passenger airline closed down at the end of October 1975. The only Britannia they used was G-AOVT, leased from Monarch for just 3 months late 1974-75. Not sure if it was actually used for passenger work or not. The aircraft is of course the one displayed at Duxford in Monarch colours. Their other Britannias G-AOVF and G-ANCF were leased from IAS after the passenger business ceased, and were used purely for cargo work until Oct 1981 when the airline finally closed down.


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