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flash8 1st Apr 2021 19:54

BOAC 747 - April 1971
 
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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.

renfrew 1st Apr 2021 20:12

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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Kiltrash 1st Apr 2021 20:29

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

flash8 1st Apr 2021 20:53


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!

Arfur Dent 1st Apr 2021 21:27

Can anyone name the crew? I am an ex 747 Capt.

Airclues 1st Apr 2021 22:31


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).

ExSp33db1rd 1st Apr 2021 23:44


And flight engineers https://www.pprune.org/images/smilies/smile.gif 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..

Bergerie1 2nd Apr 2021 06:17

Third from the right is Hugh Dibley, not sure about the captain, possibly Phil Brentnall?

JEM60 2nd Apr 2021 07:08

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.

DaveReidUK 2nd Apr 2021 08:10


Originally Posted by Airclues (Post 11020774)
Three pilots, one flight engineer, six stewards and seven stewardesses (Stewards had thin stripes in those days).

The half wings are a giveaway.

JEM60 2nd Apr 2021 08:17

My wife is right, as usual. U.S. Grand Prix 1975.

Alan Baker 2nd Apr 2021 10:38


Originally Posted by JEM60 (Post 11020926)
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!

PAXboy 2nd Apr 2021 14:05

It was the hairpin turns with the double de-clutch that got him into trouble ...

Bergerie1 2nd Apr 2021 15:39

BOAC film of Hugh Dibley and the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. Anyone notice anything wrong?

spekesoftly 2nd Apr 2021 16:56


Anyone notice anything wrong?
Just a guess, but portraying Hugh Dibley as a VC10 pilot when he wasn't?








mtogw 2nd Apr 2021 17:49

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 !!

Bergerie1 2nd Apr 2021 18:42

spekesoftly,

Spot on!! He was a 707 copilot at the time. And a very good friend.

treadigraph 2nd Apr 2021 19:11

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? :p

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...

Arfur Dent 2nd Apr 2021 20:25

Great film - thanks very much!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! 2nd Apr 2021 23:53

Finally, an aircraft with a proper livery !


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