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cj241101 29th Apr 2016 15:41

Kestrel
 

Originally Posted by Level bust (Post 9360263)
That is a rare picture of Kestral's Dak, they didn't last long, although I think they did fly a Viscount for a short while.

Yes, they started ops in Nov 1970 and ceased in Nov 1972. The Dak was ex Gibair (and briefly C47 Aviation and Fairflight during summer 1970) and was in a more attractive scheme (IMHO, of course) than their sole Viscount G-AVJB which was red and white with the "Kestrel" a smaller logo in black on a white tail. After Kestrel folded, the Dak briefly flew for the Belfield Trading Co., still with the Kestrel colours and logo (Photos: Douglas C-47A Skytrain (DC-3) Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net), before getting scrapped at Lympne (Ashford) in August 1973.

JW411 29th Apr 2016 17:08

I used to visit Gibraltar frequently when I was flying Argosys in the RAF. DC-3 G-AMFV used to fly to Tangier and back several times a day for Gibair. One night, some of the RAF lads had too many beers, got a tin of paint and a brush and painted "YO" in front of GIBAIR. The crusty old captain was less than happy when he did his walk-around in the morning.

vintage ATCO 3rd May 2016 06:26

Jet Provost T.3s in 1961. I think is was the occasion when the CFS Aerobatic Team, The Pelicans, from Little Rissington visited Luton and gave a display. I think I saw it!

Napier's Lincoln, Euravia hangar being built. Anyone ID the Mooney?

Credit: BAE Systems Heritage Centre, Warton, Percival Hunting Photo Archive.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...1961%20lcm.jpg

cj241101 3rd May 2016 09:46


Originally Posted by vintage ATCO (Post 9364300)
Anyone ID the Mooney?

Looks like G-APVV Mooney M.20A Mark 20, G-APVV, Private (credit abpic). One of only 3 Mooneys registered in the UK by the end of 1961.

vintage ATCO 3rd May 2016 10:13

Yes, the originator of the pic enlarged it and it is G-APVV.

LTNman 3rd May 2016 10:49

Another fascinating photo from Luton's glorious past. Just wish I had a Tardis. :ok: When did the Lincoln get scrapped? Was it scrapped at Luton?

treadigraph 3rd May 2016 11:58

The Napier Lincoln was G-APRJ which eventually joined the Southend Museum; when that folded it moved on to several collectors, including Doug Arnold intended for use in his ex Charles Church Lancaster rebuild; I think it is (mostly!) now in Australia.


There was a large pile of Avro bits and pieces outside Doug Arnold's hangar at Biggin Hill around 1990 - not sure exactly what it contained but I believe Lancaster and possibly the Lincoln too...

Luton Anorak 3rd May 2016 12:03

Napier sold (or donated) the Lincoln to the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield in November 1962. It was retired from active service with them 9th May 1967 when it was flown from Cranfield to Southend and gifted to the Southend Aircraft Museum for preservation.

DaveReidUK 3rd May 2016 14:20


Originally Posted by Luton Anorak (Post 9364597)
Napier sold (or donated) the Lincoln to the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield in November 1962. It was retired from active service with them 9th May 1967 when it was flown from Cranfield to Southend and gifted to the Southend Aircraft Museum for preservation.

And sadly now rotting away in Australia, awaiting restoration:

http://www.ausairpower.net/AARG/Avro...342-2014-2.jpg

boeing_eng 3rd May 2016 17:33

I'm sure some sections of that concrete apron in the pic with the JP's survive today!:}:}

philbky 3rd May 2016 20:14

Mooney PVV was delivered to Manchester from the US using extra tanks and, presumably a pee tube. Was a local sensation at the time with the press covering the arrival.

The AvgasDinosaur 3rd May 2016 20:17

Pelican Cargo B737-204C ?
 
Hello folks,
This an amazing thread, thanks for creating it and keeping it going.
Does any one recall one of BY 737s being leased to Pelican Cargo for a short time. It must have been one of the convertibles G-AXNA OR 'NB. It had BY colours but Pelican titles and tail? I imagine it was painted at Luton.
Does anyone have a photo of the old girl ?
Did they ever operate cargo for BY ? What was the reasoning behind ordering them , they must have been heavier than the standard 204s?
Many thanks for your time and trouble,
Be lucky
David
"The AvgasDinosaur"

Captain Capstan 3rd May 2016 20:57

The freighters did operate cargo charters during the winter. They were about a ton heavier than the standard aircraft plus they had dash 9 engines and were basic aircraft so were a bit limited on range.

oxenos 3rd May 2016 21:41

"I'm sure some sections of that concrete apron in the pic with the JP's survive today!"

boeing eng, may I direct your attention to my post # 122 on this thread

LTNman 4th May 2016 04:54


I'm sure some sections of that concrete apron in the pic with the JP's survive today!
My nearest comparison shot of the above photo with parts of the main apron being replaced when taxiway echo was added.

http://i1320.photobucket.com/albums/...psqhr5wmk4.jpg

The AvgasDinosaur 4th May 2016 06:03

Re Aer Turas DC7CF overun
 

Two things I had heard about the DC-7 incident - firstly the Captain had pushed his seat back and when trying to reach the brake pedals when the aircraft started to accelerate he was too far back to do anything and secondly an Aer Turas crew member hitching a ride broke an arm while standing up in the back of the cockpit when landing! How true I donīt know but it was 41 years ago but still remember it was a very windy March Saturday night. Wasnīt the aircraft delivering the Irish Sunday papers which Aer Turas had a contract?
The guy that was injured was Hugh O'Brien QT captain, later went on to great things at Monarch. Buy him a pint or three and you can have the full story with expletives included.
Be lucky
Dave
"The AvgasDinosaur"

22/04 4th May 2016 12:09

Seem to remember the Britannia 737s carrying horses. A lot of horses used to pass through Luton- Aer Turas, did a lot of that traffic.

Do they not travel as much these days or go via quicker surface links?

Luton Anorak 4th May 2016 15:01

A busy day for Monarch Airlines
 
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Dated 20th October 1975

LTNman 4th May 2016 15:27

I would call that the main apron but as there were no south stands in those days I guess they could be described as the south eastern stands.:E

mpenage 4th May 2016 19:38

Britannia Horses
 
August 1972 - Madrid

http://s32.postimg.org/kyf3jxk2t/Aug_1972.jpg

From my own collection


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