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BOAC 747 - April 1971

Old 1st Apr 2021, 19:54
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BOAC 747 - April 1971


Boeing 747 LHR April 1971 (With due credit to dibley.eu.com (Hugh Dibley))

It is hard to imagine this was fifty years ago, just was viewing and it struck me exactly to the month.
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Maybe the first 747 flight LHR-JFK or one of the proving flights.
I flew on one PIK-LHR on 13th April.
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Old 1st Apr 2021, 20:29
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Seven hosties per 50 pax sounds about right. But 10 Pilots 😁

My First BOAC 747 flight not till 1975 to New York. Fiance shopping trip and return on QE2
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Maybe the first 747 flight LHR-JFK or one of the proving flights.
The original label is "BOAC April 1971 - B747 complete crew in front of aircraft LHR - April 1971", so you may well be right (I have no idea personally but imagine they were introduced around that time?).
Seven hosties per 50 pax sounds about right. But 10 Pilots
And flight engineers I think the INS cut out the Nav with the 747 intro!
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Can anyone name the crew? I am an ex 747 Capt.
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Seven hosties per 50 pax sounds about right. But 10 Pilots 😁
Three pilots, one flight engineer, six stewards and seven stewardesses (Stewards had thin stripes in those days).
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And flight engineers I think the INS cut out the Nav with the 747 intro!
Akcherly ... the INS cut out the Nav on the 707, tho' the S/O P.3, (Nav qualified) was still carried " Just in Case", but had stopped actually doing any navigating before the 707 was retired.

The early 747's still had the sextant mounting, having been initially designed when Astro was King, but it was designated as the smoke removal port when the 747 was finally introduced into service.

Can anyone name the crew? I am an ex 747 Capt.
Phil Brentnall maybe ? Can't remember..
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Third from the right is Hugh Dibley, not sure about the captain, possibly Phil Brentnall?
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My wife and I flew to the U.S. Grand Prix in '77??? with Capt. Dibley. He was kind enough to invite me to the Flight Deck. Good old days!. At the time, he was quite well known as a racing driver, competing with the Howmet Gas Turbine car. Aircraft was G-AWNO.
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Originally Posted by Airclues View Post
Three pilots, one flight engineer, six stewards and seven stewardesses (Stewards had thin stripes in those days).
The half wings are a giveaway.
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My wife is right, as usual. U.S. Grand Prix 1975.
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Originally Posted by JEM60 View Post
My wife and I flew to the U.S. Grand Prix in '77??? with Capt. Dibley. He was kind enough to invite me to the Flight Deck. Good old days!. At the time, he was quite well known as a racing driver, competing with the Howmet Gas Turbine car. Aircraft was G-AWNO.
H.P.K. Dibley's days as a racing driver were long gone by 1977. He was at his peak as a driver in the mid sixties, when he was flying 707s. He ran a 6 litre Lola T70-Chevrolet in British sports car races and won the sports car race that supported the 1966 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. In 1968 he did indeed drive the Howmet gas turbine in long distance sports car races, without success. He briefly dabbled with racing car construction with an F2 car called a Palliser (The "P" of his initials). There was a story in the racing world in the early seventies that BOAC prevailed on him to concentrate on flying after an unfortunate experience on a 747 simulator!
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It was the hairpin turns with the double de-clutch that got him into trouble ...
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BOAC film of Hugh Dibley and the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. Anyone notice anything wrong?
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Anyone notice anything wrong?
Just a guess, but portraying Hugh Dibley as a VC10 pilot when he wasn't?







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As an 11 year old our VC10 flight to Lagos was delayed 24 hrs due to 'generator problems'..??!! BOAC looked after us wonderfully,, including a trip to the zoo and a ride over to the hangar to see the new 747 ,, It was a lasting impression,, we were all regular fliers and copletely in awe !!
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Spot on!! He was a 707 copilot at the time. And a very good friend.
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Excellent film, Bergerie, thank you - the cars of that era were so much better looking than they are now. Deliberate error? Showcase the British VC-10 rather than the American interloper?

Going back to the original pic, must have been two or three months later I had my one and only BOAC 747 flight - well, two flights I think, Heathrow - Nairobi via a quick stop at Frankfurt I believe. I would have been seven...
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Great film - thanks very much!
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Finally, an aircraft with a proper livery !
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