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Old 12-12-2015, 05:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The year I was born. I have to share this little gem with some of our older members, and some younger ones come to that, who like me, spent many pleasurable hours on that terrace at LHR. I think that there had been quite a change in the aircraft types to be seen, by the time of my first trip to Heathrow, which was for a family holiday to Malta on a BEA Comet 4B. Enjoy it, there are more British Pathe videos on You Tube, featuring what was then called London Airport, all worth seeing.

http://youtu.be/buPeTOHCAxg



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Old 12-12-2015, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wonderfull , such things really take me back to the days of pressing my face agains the fence at EHAM to try and be as close as possible to the planes of yesterday.

The sound , the sweet smell of kerozine , the wistle of the RR speys and Darts.
The sound of air beeing torn apart when a Bac 1-11 or TU-134 crossed overhead at the threshold of Rwy 27 ( As a kid i always climbed the landing light posts lol)

Man modern planes have become soo boring, they all sound like Dyson vacuum cleaners.
All get the same aerodynamic shape .
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We used to try to infiltrate JFK in the early 1970s and try to get as close to the airplanes as possible, I remember watching a PAN AM Cargo 747 take off of 22R one late night, hanging out near the approach lights, we were wild young men.
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As a kid i spend many hours at EHAM watching the planes.
One day i took my little bicycle to EHAM east terminal were small jets parked and KLM North sea helicopters. There was a gate in the fence with a guard.

A big Sikorsky S-61N from KLM landed close to the place were i stood.
After unloading passengers from an oil rig the crew walked up to me at the fence and asked if i would like to take a look inside.

So they asked the guard if i could pass and he said yes no problem.
Here i was a kid in wonderland my eyes popping out standing next to this huge helicopter.

It is funny how such moments can be a road to ones destiny.
Without these pilots ever knowing.

Working in Aviation now for 17 years and love every day of it.

Just a few weeks later i was lucky again as a crew took me to see a Cessna Citation from up close
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Old 12-12-2015, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you love this, you'll love the my book to be published in the New Year entitled "Heathrow in Photographs - celebrating 70 Years of London's Airport". This will comprise over 250 photos, nearly all in colour, of aircraft seen at Heathrow from the 1950s to date.
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Thank you so much for posting that video link. Although a bit before my time (I was born in 1981),I remember spending many many hours at the observation deck at LHR in the mid-to late 1990s. My dad would take me with him to London on business trips and I'd spend the day plane spotting either at the deck or at the end of 09L/27R.

Those truly were much better days for spotting. The sounds, liveries and variety of aircraft was just so much better than today. There is nothing quite as loud or awe-inspiring as Concorde taking off or a747-100 landing over your head. And of course almost every aircraft was named in those days which made spotting very interesting. I remember names like "Derwent Water" and "Windsor Castle" and "City of St Davids" clearly to this day.

Aviation today is a pale shadow of its former self as pointed out above, aircraft and their liveries are so generic and the sound-something we all grew up on- has been muted to the extent that it's unremarkable.

Some of my Heathrow favourites were:
-Air India 747-200s
-Iran Air 747-100/200s
-Air Jamaica A310s
-BWIA Tristars and Ghana Airways DC-10s
...the list could go on for hours...

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If you love this, you'll love the my book to be published in the New Year entitled "Heathrow in Photographs - celebrating 70 Years of London's Airport". This will comprise over 250 photos, nearly all in colour, of aircraft seen at Heathrow from the 1950s to date.
Adrian, I'm definately up for one of those! Keep us posted about the release date.


thamesradar. It's amazing how many folk have wonderful memories of the Queens Building terrace, surely one of the best in the world in its heyday. I agree that the fact the airlines use to 'name' the aircraft was an added interest. I used to enjoy trying to log all the different Pharaohmic names that Egyptair used to label their Boeing 707, 737, 747s, and later, their A300s. Sadly nowadays, they no longer use names at all. Happy days indeed, weren't we lucky?

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For a kid growing up under the Canarsie approach at JFK, the late 60's thru mid 80's were phenomenal, 707s, DC8s, 727s, DC9s, VC10s, Cv880/990s , and the last of the big props, giving way to the big mama 747s, L1011s, Dc-10s, and exotica like the rogue Cl44s of Loftliedir,the occasional East Bloc Il62, the Concorde, and even mid 1980's Tu154s from Guyana Air. JFK was /is my field of dreams , when I first flew a freight dog DC-3 into Kennedy back in 1994 it was over the old sod on the Canarsie approach , I swear my eyes were moist. You can go home again : )
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Yikes jump 15 years to my birth year........like another planet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulJVa3ZhejA
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Sadly Heathrow is the same in name only...no old control tower, no Queen's Building terrace, not much variety of aircraft types... (everything is a 'bus). It was in the old Mach 3 Plus store at the Visitors Terrace at Heathrow that I got introduced to 1:400 scale models for the first time in about 1998...I'll never forget seeing Gemini Jets' newly introduced 747-400s in the BA world tails livery and an Air China 744 and thinking "this scale blows the socks off 1:500"...
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If you watch that video via the link on Youtube, it follows on with a link to an even earlier 1955 Heathrow film in colour. Wonderful stuff! Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!!
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