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HershamBoys 4th Nov 2017 16:23

Altair.....
GM doing Air, Altair Caravelle on tight slot approaching hold, B737 on 7 mile final. Mega delays if slot missed, so GM says to Caravelle (in his inimitable style) "Altair blah blah blah, with all the expedition you can muster, backtrack 26 !" Pregnant pause...B737 is painting bigger on the DFTI. Then, in a heavy Italian accent...."Luton, wad is dis mustad ?" He got it away.....just.

YVRLTN 4th Nov 2017 17:30

Superb Caravelle photos... it was the ex Air Inter livery I remember.

Re the Fred Olsen Electra, were they regulars? I vaguely remember a brown/beige/white Electra with an N reg too, probably operating for ABC or Channex, anyone remember that?

Luton Anorak 4th Nov 2017 17:43


Originally Posted by cj241101 (Post 9946322)
Aircraft was returning after lease, possibly from somewhere in the Middle East, routing Naples-Luton-Keflavik 9/10 April 1992. Had ferried eastbound via Reykjavik-Shannon-Nice on 1/2 February 1992.

I was working nights...
https://i.imgur.com/dMFyAd8.jpg

It was actually returning from Tel Aviv from where it had just had it annual maintenance check!! a long way from home! - it had been on major overhaul by Israel Aircraft Industries and was returning to Aeropostal (previously it had routed Reykjavik-Shannon-Nice-Tel Aviv 1st-2nd February 1992).

boeing_eng 4th Nov 2017 17:58

I vaguely remember a brown/beige/white Electra with an N reg too, probably operating for ABC or Channex, anyone remember that?

Sounds like N356Q which Air Bridge operated in the early 1990's

cj241101 4th Nov 2017 21:09


Originally Posted by YVRLTN (Post 9946614)
Re the Fred Olsen Electra, were they regulars? I vaguely remember a brown/beige/white Electra with an N reg too, probably operating for ABC or Channex, anyone remember that?

Fred Olsen operated regularly for TNT during 1990:-
https://i.imgur.com/Ber3Kyd.jpg
1/3/90 (737-200 behind is F-GFVI of Air Charter)

ABC leased N356Q and N360Q from TPI which were reregistered N355WS and N360WS respectively. EMS N669F was another regular operating for ABC.

https://i.imgur.com/UAYtV8C.jpg
12/5/90

https://i.imgur.com/Bddai5h.jpg
21/10/89

They also leased this Electra from S.T.A.F. late 1990-1992:-
(Servicios de Transportes Aereos Fueginos - Argentinian)

https://i.imgur.com/lv8DbVn.jpg
11/11/90

22/04 4th Nov 2017 21:37

Another football invasion was perhaps May '71, lots of Transavia Caravelles, Pomair DC8 OO-TCP and a couple of German short fuselage 707s- D-ADAQ was of them.

Ajax vs Pananthenikos (Greek spelling may be wrong)

CJ will dust off his logs again and set us right.

cj241101 4th Nov 2017 22:32


Originally Posted by 22/04 (Post 9946804)
Another football invasion was perhaps May '71, lots of Transavia Caravelles, Pomair DC8 OO-TCP and a couple of German short fuselage 707s- D-ADAQ was of them.

Ajax vs Pananthenikos (Greek spelling may be wrong)

CJ will dust off his logs again and set us right.

CJ was in Cornwall and missed everything:{:*
2nd June 1971

YVRLTN 5th Nov 2017 03:16

What an incredible memory, thanks so much for those photos - how I miss LTN in those days... I remember the Merchantman too, was that used on regular flights?

cj241101 5th Nov 2017 08:25


Originally Posted by YVRLTN (Post 9946987)
What an incredible memory, thanks so much for those photos - how I miss LTN in those days... I remember the Merchantman too, was that used on regular flights?

Air Bridge Carriers / Hunting Cargo Airlines based a Merchantman at Luton from 1979 to 1994. Originally used for 6 nights a week flying the Sun newspaper to Glasgow with an empty ferry return (AK121/122P). Saturday night I think it did a newspaper flight to Belfast. During the day it would regularly be reconfigured for horse flights, with Dublin, Beauvais and Rome-Ciampino amongst the destinations. Into the 1990's they were used on DHL flights, with a nightly Luton-Heathrow ferry (BCS412P), then Heathrow-Brussels-Luton (BCS412/411). Still used for horse flights during the day as well.

They carried a variety of colour schemes:-
https://i.imgur.com/UugbWfY.jpg
G-APES 10/11/79


https://i.imgur.com/mPLKLdx.jpg
G-APEP 26/11/82


https://i.imgur.com/ScYeJuE.jpg
G-APEP 12/1/93


https://i.imgur.com/VB4qRfF.jpg
G-APEM 19/10/90


https://i.imgur.com/MQs5oTX.jpg
G-APES 17/11/93

lotus1 5th Nov 2017 16:43

I remember in 82 comming home from Ibiza on an early morning flight while waiting for coach back to kings cross beleive company was seemarks regular coach services I walked up to the old spectators area before reaching this there was a loud roar of props and blinding of lights it was the merchantman of air bridge fantastic sight just taxing in there was rumours they did some work during the Falklands war moving parts around also remember the falcon Electra was based at Luton and last seen in the old terminal side at stanstead nice colour scheme

Haraka 5th Nov 2017 17:08

I remember watching the first Euravia Connies doing consolidation circuits in the very early 60's.
Even out at Stopsley their unsuppressed electrics played hell with our (B&W) tellies!

HershamBoys 5th Nov 2017 19:03

Nothing changes. Ryanair ROMBAC 1-11s doing the left turn out off 26 and back through the overhead towards DTY drowned out any entertainment in Stopsley....

cj241101 5th Nov 2017 19:55

SE-IVS 14/9/87
http://i.imgur.com/VfIvEUx.jpg

lotus1 5th Nov 2017 20:35

Great picture was that omega airs old 707 in the back ground was used a number of times by both monarch and Britannia had the EL registration last time saw this was at manston with a number of mystery 707s great pictures keep posting

cj241101 5th Nov 2017 21:30


Originally Posted by lotus1 (Post 9947675)
Great picture was that omega airs old 707 in the back ground was used a number of times by both monarch and Britannia had the EL registration last time saw this was at manston with a number of mystery 707s great pictures keep posting


TF-IUC leased by Club Air from Omega for a few months in 1987. Ex Air Mauritius 3B-NAF hence the colour scheme.

Lee Baker Street 6th Nov 2017 02:06


Originally Posted by LTNman (Post 9944889)
The great thing about this thread is that while the common theme will always be about Luton the daily subject matter seems to cover so many different subjects. A couple of weeks ago all the posts were about Proctors, today we are talking about Italian airline Caravelles.

Hard to say when Luton had its most interesting period, as it will always be down to when people here first started wearing their rose tinted glasses.

I do remember my first visits to Luton when if I got my timings wrong there were next to no movements. Then the excitement would start to stir when I could hear a sole aircraft breaking the silence as it started its engines.

I got into the habit of timing my Sunday visits to a 3 hour time period when Luton used to get a bunch of movements over a short period before the famine started again.

Never forgot the piercing sound a BM Viscount used to make as it taxied past. It was fingers in the ears time.

A BMA Viscount was the very first aircraft I got to look around as it was being prepared for itís next flight and I was surprised by the size of the windows and the curtains. But for some reason I loved the Boeing 720Bís operated by Monarch.

DaveReidUK 6th Nov 2017 06:27


Originally Posted by cj241101 (Post 9947729)
TF-IUC leased by Club Air from Omega for a few months in 1987. Ex Air Mauritius 3B-NAF hence the colour scheme.

I think it had been sold to Air Atlanta Icelandic by the time Club Air leased it in August/September 1987 (hence the TF- reg).

compton3bravo 7th Nov 2017 06:28

Regarding rog747s excellent post of holiday companies/airlines, Owners Abroad used Aviaco Caravelles and DC-9s in the late 60s and early 1970s. Pegasus Holidays used Monarch B720s to the Caribbean and 1-11s on short haul, but an Austrian DC-9 was utilised on the Sunday evening flight f/t Vienna.
Anybody remember Tjaereborg Holidays (one of the first direct sell companies) in the 1980s? Of course it was connected to the Danish organisation of the same name and Sterling Airways was part of the group which was started in the early 1960s by Solid Krogager in the village of Tjaereberg in Denmark.
There a Royal Air Maroc B727 in the early 1980s for one season anybody know which tour company it was operating for.
Great pictures of the Electras and Vanguards.

rog747 7th Nov 2017 06:44

indeed Tjaereborg Holidays had their own brochure in the UK in the 80's and were subsequently bought out by Portland Holidays - the direct sell arm of Thomson's

Panorama was another big player - forget who they usually flew with

Vista jet Holidays tied up with Air Spain when it got its DC-8's and they were a regularity at LTN often with horrendous tech delays -
my first job was with them in 1972 lol

cj241101 7th Nov 2017 07:19


Originally Posted by compton3bravo (Post 9949000)
There a Royal Air Maroc B727 in the early 1980s for one season anybody know which tour company it was operating for.

Can't help with the tour company. Series was 11th May -18th October 1979, AT5144/5 from and to Tangiers, 2040/2140. Only photo I managed was this one with some of the regular Friday evening traffic as well.


https://i.imgur.com/WGe0Q5k.jpg
8/6/79


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