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Level bust 13th Nov 2013 09:55

A little later, but in 1998 Jersey European (as they were then) based a Friendship at Luton and did at least 2 rotations a day to Jersey via Guernsey.

Aero Mad 13th Nov 2013 17:40

LTN-GCI
 
Thanks for all your replies - it's this sort of thing which makes PPRuNe quite unique.

Old F86 Aviator 27th Nov 2013 05:51

Sorry but I am new to posts on PPrune pages.
Luton Airport, I can offer some clear memories at the beginning of the 39-45 war when my father was working for Percivals there. I used to visit with him on Sundays usually, aged about 11-12 and my father early on in the war was running the 'production line' fitting Napier Sabres into the Hawker Typhoons. I well remember one Sunday and people were arriving to see a Land Mine swinging from inside the hangar roof. It did not cause much of a stir and I suppose the Bomb Disposal people turned up to clear it. I had several flights with the Chief Test Pilot in the P Proctor sitting on lots of cushions to see over the front. The net result must have made an impression as I ended up with a most exciting career for over 30 years as a pilot in the RAF all over the world ............ memories are fascinating, regretably no photos of Luton Airport.

LTNman 30th Nov 2013 09:27

Percivals
 
The airports old approach road with views of Percivals.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps01c9166e.jpg


In the background of the middle picture is the Italian prisoner of war camp off Eaton Green Road

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...pse5cebfa2.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps8827b927.jpg

LTNman 22nd Feb 2014 08:45

The opening of Luton Airport

East Anglian Film Archive: Luton Airport, 1938

LTNman 10th Mar 2014 22:18

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...psb4992eea.jpg

1967. A rather small airport in those days

LGS6753 16th Mar 2014 18:44

The 'field' closest to the camera was the public enclosure. I well remember Friday evenings there in 1967 with mates on our bikes!

keepers one 17th Mar 2014 11:44

First post from me.I reckon I was there as well in 67 on my bike,I was also there in the late 1960's photo (when I worked at LTN)

LTNman 19th Mar 2014 06:16

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps652946a1.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps31da5956.jpg

just a guess but I would say maybe 1964?

compton3bravo 20th Mar 2014 17:33

euravia connies
 
Great pictures LTNman, yes I would go for 1964 when in the August the company changed its name to Britannia Airways. I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles. The bottom Connie looks as though it is still in basic Skyways colours.

LTNman 20th Mar 2014 19:23

Undated photo. Can someone identity the aircraft and take a guess at the year?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps5a1f23bb.jpg

spekesoftly 20th Mar 2014 20:21

Six Miles Magisters on the grass, and two Hawker Furys by the hangar.

1940?

22/04 21st Mar 2014 00:12

"Great pictures LTNman, yes I would go for 1964 when in the August the company changed its name to Britannia Airways. I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles. The bottom Connie looks as though it is still in basic Skyways colours".


IIRC some Connies were actually painted into Skyways colours form Euravia ones - 'RXE comes to mind. I think this was something to do with a service to Malta.

LTNman 21st Mar 2014 05:45

A close look to the left of the top hanger shows the Napier Lancaster( Error should read Napier Lincon) test aircraft.


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps7e856977.jpg

Proplinerman 21st Mar 2014 22:23

"I think I am right in thinking that none of the Connies actually wore Britannia titles." That's right, because Euravia re-named themselves Britannia when they moved on from Connies to Britannias.


Those Magisters: I'd say immediately pre-war rather than 1940, as not camouflaged and biplane in background (Hawker Hart?).

Democritus 21st Mar 2014 23:10

Photo at post#31 of the Magisters.....the fourth one from the front. Has anyone got better skills at blowing up photos than me? It looks as though it could be L8255. If it is, it's the Magister in which my late father did his first solo on June 12th 1941 at No 16 EFTS at Burnaston, Derby.

L8255 was destroyed by fire during maintenance in a hangar on 28 October 1942.

LTNman 21st Mar 2014 23:15

They are parked in order. The 4th aircraft is L8259, can't read the last two though. If you PM me I can email you the photo if you want it but then I guess you don't as it is the wrong aircraft.

Democritus 21st Mar 2014 23:26

Thanks LTNman - I thought that was possibly the case. Thanks for the offer of the photo but I was hoping it was my Dad's aircraft.

Haraka 22nd Mar 2014 05:52

Isn't that possibly the Napier Naiad turboprop Lincoln test bed to the top left of the aerial view in #34?

LTNman 22nd Mar 2014 07:05

Think you are correct. I did a Google search on "Napier Naiad turboprop Lincoln" and there is a nice piece from Flightglobal about Luton and its Lincoln test aircraft.


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