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Old 4th Mar 2018, 09:09
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Manston Airfield

Was anyone here at Manston during its time as a civil airport ?
I think there were a couple of airlines that did operate from there.
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KLM were flying regularly to and from AMS in the last year or so of it's life as an airport.
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GoD!

For a moment I thought the Mods had finally moved the long running and hilarious thread from "Airports" to "History"...............
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use to see das cargo African international also mk use to operate from here numerious Russian types an12 il76 and an124 also did see an22 latest news local council ukip in disarray the head has resigned all partys have split up river oak investment want to run airport there was a piece in local news that they have spoken to Ryanair and if airport is open would base 2 planes there similar operation as EU jet did time will tell they do still have a helicopter company base there on tv the other night
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LCC EUJet tried and failed operations from MSE, Flybe had a route or two that failed, adhoc charters and freighters, Jet Support maintenance brought in some freighter maintenance work, great for crew training for London based operators, I actually diverted a DUS/SEN F27 freighter in there one sh*t day back in the 80's ... Alas MSE as a commercial airport has never been anything to become excited about.
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Should have mentioned Airferry and invicta in the sixties and seventies both boomed from manston when package holidays took off. as mentioned before closure fascination of Russian types seen Gas il76 Lat charter 134 and an Iranian il76 got a picture somewhere
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My logbook shows entries into Manston to and from Jersey in various Vickers Viscounts during the summers of 1986 and 1987 when it was joint Civil/military.Summer season weekend only passenger charter routes for my then employer British Air Ferries I seem to remember the loads were always well subscribed and one trip in particular landing when there was some sort of airshow in progress which was stopped for a short interval whilst we arrived.Happy days running round the U.K. feeding the then thriving Channel Islands holiday market.18 Viscounts plus a few Heralds and Shorts 360s were working that market plus adhoc charters both passenger and freight.Regards Stampe
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Cosmos also run a number of flights to Majorca belive 94/95 used viva air 737 and eurocypria run a programme to Cyprus must have been 92/93 they also used airbus32o also Newmarket holidays run a programme with small planets 737s this was around the time the airport closed they did try and run this service from lydd but did not last I also remember the BAF viscounts on the jersey run they did also use Gill airs shorts 360
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Didn't BA use it for early crew training on the A380?
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yes you are right BA did use both the 380 and 787 For flight training also virgin did 340 training but had difficulties with aircraft turning when landing
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I lived in Tonbridge during the war and around 1946 our school Army Cadets had a camp at Manston although not on the actual airport which was RAF.
A couple us 14 year olds decided to cross the runways to have a look at Spitfires on the RAF tarmac. As far as I can recall there were no guards to be seen so we simply hopped the fence at the field where we were camped in tents and walked on the aeodrome.

FIDO pipes were crawled over and we started to cross a runway. Next minute we saw a formation of Spitfires apparently going around. Suddenly RAF guards with rifles arrived and with eminent restraint told us to go back from whence we came. We did as we were told and it was then we found the Spits had indeed gone around when ATC had warned the pilots of some kids in Army uniform about to cross the landing runway. The guards would have been entitled to kick our bums but they were gentlemen and let us go with a gentle admonishment.
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In the seventies our annual holiday was to ramsgate we had a family caravan at st Lawrence my older brother and myself would go up to manston in the evening to see if any aircraft was up there one year must have been 77/78 we was amazed to see 3 Belfasts these in later life became the heavy lift ones still in RAF colours but with pan African titles the amazing thing was there was no security around we managed to go right up to them we walked down the old terminal road no one there two invicta Britannias also an area dc4 which had belly landed RAF had pulled off with chains on chains we had just left when suddenly there was tremendous roar a buccaneer flew in what a sight
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air ferry and invicta airlines both at the start of the package holiday boom in the 1960's flew from here and coaches from victoria or london terminals took the holiday makers to the airport and was included in the package to france austria switzerland italy or the spanish Costas and balearics

Lyons Tours was a big operator for the airlines

sadly an air ferry dc-4 left Manston june 3 1967 on a night flight to PGP for Lyons Tours and crashed on the slopes of Mt Canigou during let down
the next morning an inbound argonaut (canadian built variant of DC-4) from PMI to MAN suffered fuel starvation on final approach went around and then crashed at Stockport trying to return to Ringway
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also in 1968 a british eagle Britannia Trojan departed LHR for Oz on an MoD flight and could not raise the main gear
after burning off fuel they crash landed gear down on a foam runway all pax/crew got out OK but the a/c was a w/off

also a Dan Air comet suffered a gear collapse too at Manston
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Originally Posted by rog747 View Post
also in 1968 a british eagle Britannia Trojan departed LHR for Oz on an MoD flight and could not raise the main gear
after burning off fuel they crash landed gear down on a foam runway all pax/crew got out OK but the a/c was a w/off
20th April 1967.

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sad for me as trojan was my first ever flight LAP-BCN summer 1964
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My brother has just told me there was unscheduled service operated by Volkswagen they had a big base just up the road at sandwitch they use to fly a islander and also sometimes a hs125 over there also was another small start up airline air Kent with chieftains this was around 78/79 didn't last long
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Volkswagen GB had Islander G-AZEH for a year or so in the mid-70s; I remember seeing it "beating up" the Volkswagen Building in Purley sometime in 1975. There were some steep turns around the building and in my mind's eye they were quite low, probably something rather less than 1000'! I seem to recall it was quite a dark colour overall with VW on the fin.

The VW Building now known as Capella Court is just a few yards up the road from where I live now; Freddie Laker ran a business from there some years after Laker Airways collapsed.

The 125s were German registered.

Edit: found some pics of 'ZEH at Biggin, overall dark blue with "Express Parts Service" titles.

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Air Gambia used to fly a Boeing 707 from Gatwick to Banjul and back in the 90's. However It also regularly used to fly from Manston to Gatwick and back. Was this to avoid the costs of keeping the plane on the ground at Gatwick?
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Until a few years ago Iran Air's Heathrow-Tehran service always used to make a tech stop at Manston.
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