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dc9-32 21st Oct 2018 08:16

Med Ex was busy during the summer covering sub-charters for Air UK, BMA etc. I had many a happy moment hurtling down GCI's runway with a full load of 89 plus bags !!

arthur harbrow 21st Oct 2018 11:10

Reference my previous post, apologies because looking back at my notes the airline concerned was not Mediterranean Express but GLOBE Mediterranean, a Manchester based airline.

22/04 21st Oct 2018 17:20


Med Ex was busy during the summer covering sub-charters for Air UK, BMA etc. I had many a happy moment hurtling down GCI's runway with a full load of 89 plus bags !!
Bet you glad of the 475 then

squeaker 24th Oct 2018 18:27

Going back to Monarch 757 G-MONC, yes it did go to Air Holland on a three year lease. First year it stayed on the G register (flown by us Monarch pilots with Dutch cabin crew) before going on the Dutch register for two years. Think it was 96-99 if I recall correctly.

DaveReidUK 24th Oct 2018 20:46


Originally Posted by squeaker (Post 10291505)
Going back to Monarch 757 G-MONC, yes it did go to Air Holland on a three year lease. First year it stayed on the G register (flown by us Monarch pilots with Dutch cabin crew) before going on the Dutch register for two years. Think it was 96-99 if I recall correctly.

Yes, it was on the Dutch register from April 97 to April 99.

red 5 27th Oct 2018 11:19

G-MONC when it was at Air Holland was registered PH-AHO.

lotus1 27th Oct 2018 14:12

With regards to the MEA 707 in 87 Page and moy chartered this a number of times for there Day trips to formula 1 trips my brother went on this from Heathrow to nice for the Monaco GP he said what a rocket ship

LTNman 12th Nov 2018 08:19

1965. Looks like work is about to start on the terminal
https://i.imgur.com/3IHknDA.jpg
A Duxman

compton3bravo 12th Nov 2018 08:40

The British Eagle Brit is G-AOVT which flew the last commercial passenger flight by a Britannia in Monarch colours and is now on display at Duxford. Quite poingant.

22/04 12th Nov 2018 08:50

Does anyone remember what it was doing at Luton in 1965. And what is the cut out in the apron. Interesting selection on the Mc Alpine apron including a Piaggio - anyone know what DC3 it might have been.

LTNman 12th Nov 2018 15:47

I am guessing the apron was being expanded as part of the new terminal build that had yet to start and that would replace the wooden terminal and this was the last section of apron waiting to be completed.

cj241101 13th Nov 2018 09:33


Originally Posted by 22/04 (Post 10308881)
Does anyone remember what it was doing at Luton in 1965. And what is the cut out in the apron. Interesting selection on the Mc Alpine apron including a Piaggio - anyone know what DC3 it might have been.

From the short shadows and the sun position it looks like a summer afternoon, although the haze in the background might indicate some early morning mist or fog, so the Eagle may have diverted in. No idea about the DC-3; Autair had 4 in service in 1965 so it could have been one of theirs, although parked in a strange place if it was. Possibly it could be the ex-Mercury Airlines G-AMSN which was sitting around the airport when I first visited summer 1967, with Mercury having ceased ops in October 1964. The Dove behind the 2nd Britannia Brit looks like the Coal Board G-ARUM which was based.

GotTheTshirt 17th Nov 2018 08:21

When I first came to Luton 1961 that area that is being reworked (top right) was grass ! Where that truck is under the e of Macs sign was the taxiway out to the runway !

compton3bravo 20th Nov 2018 09:06

For what it is worth I think the DC-3 could be the Handley Page hack G-ATBE which landed at Luton to clear customs or used Luton when Hatfield was closed.

cj241101 20th Nov 2018 15:37


Originally Posted by compton3bravo (Post 10315354)
For what it is worth I think the DC-3 could be the Handley Page hack G-ATBE which landed at Luton to clear customs or used Luton when Hatfield was closed.

G-ATBE was certainly common through 1967-1969, usually routing Radlett-Luton-Pau and back. It was first registered on 23/2/65 but wasn't actually registered to Handley Page until 3/6/67 (on which date it arrived from Gatwick, departing to Radlett on 9/6/67), which was a couple of years later than the photo.

LTNman 4th Dec 2018 07:41

The second photo with the old Air France titles still just about visible was also used by Handley Page and can be seen passing through Luton.

https://i.imgur.com/UnpFq98.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/QAWdsLH.jpg

cj241101 4th Dec 2018 14:37


Originally Posted by LTNman (Post 10327417)
The second photo with the old Air France titles still just about visible was also used by Handley Page and can be seen passing through Luton.

Was this actually used by Handley Page? They had already gone bust when this aircraft (N16399) transited Luton on 26-27/9/69 en route Orly-USA. Sister ship N16400 followed on 3/10/69.

vintage ATCO 11th Dec 2018 14:27

Dated Sep 1953, WF119 Sea Prince T Mk 1 (annotated on the back of the photo), to Royal Navy then A&AEE Boscombe Down 1951. Used for various trials. Scrapped in 1963. Luton Flying Club Auster J1N Alpha G-AIJI and Prince Srs.III YV-P-AEB of Compania Shell de Venezuela. This airframe was variously G-AMLW, VH-AGF, G-AMLW again, F-BJAI, G-AMLW, F-BJAI, VP-KRN and finally F-BJAI! Broken up at Shoreham in 1975.

Napier's hangar under construction and the perennial Hangar 9.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....bcd9bee1aa.jpg
Posted with photo owners permission but original photographer unknown.

LTNman 12th Dec 2018 12:36

Quite a historic photo. We have had this discussion before but that wooden building was actually Luton's first terminal rather than the building under the control tower. The steps under the wing is the entrance as seen below but the above photo sort of proves it. The building belonged to Eagle I seem to remember.

https://i.imgur.com/J5GNO7X.jpg

Duchess_Driver 12th Dec 2018 20:11

Jumping back a few pages...
 
Air Malta had some CV880s on lease late 70ís possibly early 80ís - they were regular(ish) visitors to Newcastle. Did they never venture as far south as Luton?

Seem to remember the green colour scheme and smoke was horrendous. N reg if I recall- but Oriental in origin????


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