Fellow Oldies – Any Fascinating Travel Stories from Aviation's Golden Age

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  • alainboy56

    Oh my! What some memories we all have.

    Off the top of my head:
    A) Small ones of flying in a DH Comet 4 LHR/Tokyo – The Comet went U/S on the return at SIN, so transferred onto a Qantas Lockheed Constellation back to LHR
    B) B707-436’s in 1st Class to Barbados via Bermuda
    C) B747-136’s in 1st Class (with upstairs bar) to Miami and also Detroit. B747-236’s to NBO/JNB/Barbados/St Lucia. B747-300 of SAA in Business JNB to LHR
    D) Vickers VC-10’s to Barbados – The Golden Age of BOAC
    E) BAC 1-11’s to Jersey – what pocket rockets they were! With steps up the back.
    F) HP Heralds and Vickers Viscounts, later Fokker F-27’s and even later Bae-146’s of BAF/Air UK from Southampton to Jersey and Guernsey (also reminds me of when as a child, seeing the Bristol Freighters loaded with cars there at Eastleigh Airport in the sixties).
    G) Gulf Air Lockheed 1011 Tristars to/from/around the Gulf – the height of luxury travel before EK started in 1985.
    H) B747-100/B747SP Pan Am… Dubai-Frankfurt/Frankfurt-LHR – A round the world flight that existed then in 80’s Flight No’s PA001/002
    I) AZ/BMI/Aviaco/Iberia/SAS/AY etc etc Douglas DC-9’s all over Europe and with New York Air in USA — also with steps at the back
    J) A Convair 580 (I think) from JNB to Livingstone – sat up front with the monkeys jn the nose cone for most of flight – including the landing.
    J) Ilyushin il-76s freighters to Pakistan and Kazakhstan on middle east Government authorised flights – Ukrainian loadmasters smoking with doors open, and engines starting, and also on the take-off roll – safety features of these aircraft? In the cockpit where I travelled many times, the Capt in the LH seat was using a laptop for navigation — what a really basic piece of kit it is, and it takes about 5 of them to fly this lump of metal (2 x pilots, 1 Navigator, 1 radio operator and a Loadmaster).

    Just some of my aviation memories that spring to mind.

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