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Old 26th Aug 2016, 15:45
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Just came to me, it was GAREK.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 16:10
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Just googled N91308, seems to have been scrapped at Dubai.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 17:00
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Thanks for that. I was working for BAF as a cargo clerk whilst building hours 73/74 for instructors rating. I remember the Carvair going out to the OMAN & now you say it in paulings livery.
Funny old world, I took an A330 into Thumrait on a trouping flt a few years back.
On a different in put.
Anyone remember the Baltic viscount (BAF sold it to them) doing a fly past down Southends main Apron.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 17:35
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Was it SE-IVY?
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 20:15
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That rings a bell. But can't remember for certain.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 22:45
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Interesting thread. I did my flying scholarship and PPL at SLAC in 73 and was a member there throughout the 70s. Great memories.
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 09:45
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I believe '19CA rotted away at Sharjah or Dubai, never heard what happened to '91308.
I think N19CA is the DC-6 that rotted away at Larnaca, wreck later moved to a small airfield near Nicosia. Have some piccies from 2011 but the upload doesn't seem to be working.
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 14:46
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I used to hang around the start of 06 at Southend and watch the BAF Carvairs and Heralds as they came and went back in the 70s.Coming home one night on a winters evening my mothers car was suddenly engulfed in a Carvairs landing lights and the noise as it overflew us was scarey to a young child, the road was literally on the threshold for 06. There was I believe a number 9 bus which took a hit from a Carvair, but it may have been a playground tale that I heard. A friends father once had a wheels up landing in a Carvair at Manston. They were told Southend was fog bound. He could however see his house, so he knew something was up. A white foam carpet at Manston was laid out for the landing.
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 17:07
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Urban Myth maybe, but one morning as a Cherokee PA28 was following a Carver ATL98 out to the holding point for rwy 24. PA28 Tx G??? holding IMC no 2. (ATL 98 engines were cold & puffing a bit) ATL98 Tx in reply before twr could answer. "Listen sonny when you are a big boy you can smoke too" !
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Old 1st Sep 2016, 20:17
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One of my better landings at Sumburgh about 1985 in G-APIM I think, on runway 35.
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 11:33
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Originally Posted by Croqueteer View Post
One of my better landings at Sumburgh about 1985 in G-APIM I think, on runway 35.
For those unaware, you have to do a curved approach to this runway due to Sumburgh Head to the south (Psst it's runway 33 not 35), the approach lighting being offset as a guide to ensure you pass between Sumburgh Head (left of photo) and the Sumburgh Hotel (right of photo)

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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 12:30
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Ahhh the 185 radial visual break for 33 or downwind for 15.... In my time their saw a few aircraft come 'over' the hill straight-in for 33 mainly RAF C130's cos they could and I am sure a Mearsk B732 did on a diversion from Faroe??
The noise abatement left turns departing 33 were good as well with at least two BA 748's making it inside the VCR!!
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Old 2nd Sep 2016, 19:40
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Thank you everyone for this thread I have enjoyed it so far. I had a friend who Flew for BAF in the 70's his name was John Jackson does anybody remember him, I always wanted to fly the Herald and the Viscount but sadly it never happened I ended up with Dan-Air at the end of the 70's in Aberdeen. Ah Sumburgh Very fond Memory's, we had some old Captains ex Tridents one of them when i first Flew with this character he said he was going to the G E way some of you will know him. He may have past on by now over the hill lined up for 33, The departure of 33 was great if i remember rightly the Turn just after rotate was an emergency Turn ( correct me if i am wrong ). The Correct approach according to Captain John Smith was 550ft level on the inside of lighthouse then full flap then descending turn Great fun it was. The Poor farmer near the Threshold. Those were the Days T211
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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 11:17
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Approaching 33 Sumburgh G-BDZV 29 Sep 1977

From my photo album:







On a fairly benign Sumburgh afternoon.

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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 11:45
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G-BEYD 08 October 1977 Kuala Lumpur International

A quick relocation from Aberdeen, and courtesy of QF2, here we are in Kuala Lumpur (old) ready to ferry G-BEYD (ex RMAF FM1020) back to the UK. Things got off to a great start at RMAF Sempang when our travelling engineer undid an underwing inspection panel and a small but rather upset python slithered out and landed on his head. However we airtested it, found it satisfactory, no further local fauna presented itself, so we positioned it across to KUL and a four day fight with overflight and dip clearance paperwork then ensued before we could finally set off. As Icepack says, you had to stay flexible with Mike Keegan as a boss.

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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 13:10
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I always remember seeing my first carvair BAF in jersey Channel Islands around 72 my family and I was watching aircraft arrive on the other side of the terminal on a country lane when this strange aircraft arrived I knew this well when suddenly we was moved of by a member of the jersey police on a motor bike? Second time saw a carvair flying over Margate beach everyone looking up at this strange plane on its way to manston around76 on charter to invicta later on I was involved in aircraft charter operations got some very interesting material from BAF there Vip herald which you could charter good shots of Mike Keegan sitting down smiling also some interesting directors names one L PIggot OBE also the story of the CL44 WHich they leased from Transmerdrian for the short hop from Southend to Ostend which load factors failed then the gambling rumours of converting the CL44 in to flying casino and flying around the Caribbean ?
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My first flight was on a Bristol Freighter of Chanel Air Bridge from Southend to Hook of Holland in about 1960. It was with my mother, father and brother with the old man's Jaguar in the nose. I particularly remember feeling into the seat pocket and finding a sick bag which had been used! Yuk. If I remember correctly rain came through the windows during the flight.

Next year we went on a Carvair, much better.
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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 17:49
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Sumburgh

I've just remembered, the pic of IM landing on 33 was taken by one of our LSI staff, Danny Lesley. Danny is a true Shetlander, he was also "Chief Guiser" at Up Helly Aye one year.Our LSI staff were all hard working, often in the worst of weather. Danny would stand behind the engines of our 700 series Viscount (pre baf) and hold the props stationary until we hit the starter button!
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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 19:05
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Ref the picture of BEYD. Were the long range tanks just to get home or a standard fit for RMAF?
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Old 3rd Sep 2016, 21:51
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The tanks were ferry only, and only 'YD had them. Why this came about, I can't remember. The capacity was 330 imp gal each - they were gravity filled - and they increased the range by around 600 n.m. This allowed us to make giant strides for a Dart Herald: Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok - Calcutta - Karachi - Bahrain - Larnaca - Belgrade. Then one of the ferry tank pumps failed, so we became a normal version, requiring a stop in Nurnberg, then home to Southend.



Gravity fuelling the ferry tanks at Bahrain 15 October 1977. What our engineer Bernie Riley is doing crawling around up there goodness knows. Perhaps after the python on his head at Sempang he felt it was safer on top!

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