Independent Airlines – From the Fifties to the Eighties
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Howard Asbridge (Narrator)
To see a black and white still photo of a Viking is unusual; to watch one in action in colour, with sound, is amazing! That’s just one item in this superb collection of airliners, in service with independent operators from the fifties to the early eighties. Remember the cross-Channel air ferries, carrying cars by Bristol Superfreighter and Carvair? There’s a wonderful sequence here that brings it all back, as we visit many UK airports, Antwerp and Le Bourget. Also in this document are many other shots from Palma de Mallorca and Canadian airports.
- 1 Aeronca 7AC Champion
- 2 Aero Spacelines 377MG Mini Guppy
- 3 Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
- 4 Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador
- 5 Armstrong Whitworth A.W.650 Argosy 101
- 6 Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
- 7 Aviation Traders ATL-98A Carvair
- 8 Aviation Traders ATL-98A Carvair
- 9 Aviation Traders ATL-98A Carvair
- 10 Aviation Traders ATL-98A Carvair
- 11 Avro 748 Series 1/101
- 12 Avro 748 Series 1A/200
- 13 Avro Vulcan B.2
- 14 BAC 111-208AL One-Eleven
- 15 BAC 111-301AG One-Eleven
- 16 BAC 111-304AX One-Eleven
- 17 BAC 111-500 One-Eleven
- 18 BAC 111-509EW One-Eleven
- 19 BAC 111-510ED One-Eleven
- 20 BAC 111-518FG One-Eleven
- 21 BAC 111-518FG One-Eleven
- 22 BAC 111-518FG One-Eleven
- 23 BAC 111-518FG One-Eleven
- 24 BAC 111-523FJ One-Eleven
- 25 BAC 111-531FS One-Eleven
- 26 Beechcraft F35 Baron
- 27 British Aerospace Bae-3102 Jetstream 31
- 28 Boeing 707-328C
- 29 Boeing 707-338C
- 30 Boeing 707-349C
- 31 Boeing 707-436
- 32 Boeing 737-204
- 33 Boeing 737-2T5/Advanced
- 34 Boeing 737-275
- 35 Boeing 737-275
- 36 Boeing 747-273C
- 37 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.21
- 38 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 39 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 40 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 41 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 42 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 43 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 44 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.32 Superfreighter
- 45 Bristol 175 Britannia 102
- 46 Bristol 175 Britannia 307F
- 47 Bristol 175 Britannia 308
- 48 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 49 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 50 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 51 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 52 Canadair CL-44J
- 53 Canadair CL-44D4-2
- 54 Cessna 152
- 55 Cessna 172 Skyhawk
- 56 Cessna 172M Skyhawk
- 57 Cessna 180
- 58 Cessna 310R
- 59 Cessna 404 Titan
- 60 Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
- 61 Cessna 421B Golden Eagle
- 62 Convair 440-62 Metropolitan
- 63 Convair 440-88 Metropolitan
- 64 Convair 640
- 65 Convair 990A Coronado
- 66 Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
- 67 De Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide
- 68 De Havilland DH104 Dove
- 69 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 70 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4B
- 71 De Havilland DH114 Heron 2
- 72 De Havilland DH114 Heron 1B
- 73 De Havilland Canada DHC-6-310 Twin Otter
- 74 Douglas C-47 Skytrain
- 75 Douglas C-47A Skytrain
- 76 Douglas C-47A Skytrain
- 77 Douglas C-47A-15-DK Skytrain
- 78 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 79 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 80 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 81 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 82 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 83 Douglas C-47B Skytrain
- 84 Douglas C-47DL Skytrain
- 85 Douglas C-53D Skytrooper
- 86 Douglas CC-129 Dakota 3N
- 87 Douglas Dakota 3
- 88 Douglas DC-3-S1C3G
- 89 Douglas DC-3-S1C3G
- 90 Douglas DC-3C-R-1830-90C
- 91 Douglas C-54 Skymaster
- 92 Douglas C-54 Skymaster
- 93 Douglas C-54B Skymaster
- 94 Douglas C-54B Skymaster
- 95 Douglas DC-4-1009
- 96 Douglas DC-4-1009
- 97 Douglas R5D-3 Skymaster
- 98 Douglas DC-6A
- 99 Douglas DC-6B
- 100 Douglas DC-6B
- 101 Douglas DC-6B
- 102 Douglas DC-6B
- 103 Douglas DC-6C
- 104 Douglas DC-7CF
- 105 Douglas DC-7CF
- 106 Douglas DC-8-21
- 107 Douglas DC-8-33
- 108 Douglas DC-8-53
- 109 Douglas DC-8-54CF Jet Trader
- 110 Douglas DC-8-55CF Jet Trader
- 111 English Electric Canberra PR Mk.9
- 112 Fokker F27-100 Friendship
- 113 Fokker F27-100 Friendship
- 114 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 115 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 116 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 117 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 118 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 119 Fokker F27-200 Friendship
- 120 Fokker F27-500 Friendship
- 121 Gloster Meteor
- 122 Grumman HU-16B Albatross
- 123 Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes 4
- 124 Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C
- 125 Hawker Siddeley HS.125
- 126 Hawker Siddeley HS.748 Series 2
- 127 Hawker Siddeley HS.748 Series 2A/226
- 128 Lockheed C-130 Hercules
- 129 Lockheed L-049D Constellation
- 130 Lockheed L-749A Constellation
- 131 Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
- 132 Lockheed L-188A Electra
- 133 Lockheed L-188A Electra
- 134 Lockheed L-188A Electra
- 135 Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar 1
- 136 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
- 137 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
- 138 Nord Aviation Nord 262A-15
- 139 Percival Prentice
- 140 Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
- 141 Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six
- 142 Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 1
- 143 Short 330-100
- 144 Short 330-100
- 145 Short 360-100
- 146 SNCAN Nord 1002 Pingouin II
- 147 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III
- 148 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 149 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle 10R
- 150 Various aircraft
- 151 Vickers 701 Viscount
- 152 Vickers 708 Viscount
- 153 Vickers 802 Viscount
- 154 Vickers 724 Viscount
- 155 Vickers 802 Viscount
- 156 Vickers 802 Viscount
- 157 Vickers 806 Viscount
- 158 Vickers 806 Viscount
- 159 Vickers 806 Viscount
- 160 Vickers 806 Viscount
- 161 Vickers 813 Viscount
- 162 Vickers 813 Viscount
- 163 Vickers 813 Viscount
- 164 Vickers 814 Viscount
- 165 Vickers 831 Viscount
- 166 Vickers 952 Vanguard
- 167 Vickers 953C Merchantman
- 168 Vickers 953C Merchantman
- 169 Vickers 953C Merchantman
- 170 Vickers 953 Vanguard
- 171 Vickers Varsity
- 172 Vickers Super VC10 Srs.1151
- 173 Vickers VC1 Viking 1
- 174 Vickers VC1 Viking 1
- 175 Vickers VC1 Viking 1
- 176 Vickers VC1 Viking 1A
- 177 Vickers VC1 Viking 1B
- 178 See also
Still wearing BEA’s livery. Must be either G-ALZR, G-ALZT, G-ALZW.
Registration G-ALFR, c/n 5210. Operated by Dan-Air from 1961 to 1973. Previously by D.Napier & Son with BEA livery for test of Napier Elan turboprop.
Reg.G-BEOZ Armstrong Whitworth A.W.650 Argosy 101 c/n 6660 of ABC-Air Bridge Carriers .
Must be G-ASKD, G-ASKG or G-ASKN.
Registration G-AOFW, c/n 10351/ATL98/12. Ex Douglas C-54 Skym aster registered in 1955 for Air Charter Ltd. Modified as ATL Carvair in 1963 and operated by British United Air Ferries until 1967 then under the name British Air Ferries until 1984.
Another unidentified Carvair of BUAF taking off.
Registration G-ASKN, c/n 3058/ATL98/13. Delivered to British United Air Ferries in 1964. Sold to Gabon in 1976.
Registration LX-IOG, c/n 10365/ATL98/05.
Avro 748 in the back ground. A F27 of Air Anglia in the foreground (listed below).
Registration G-ARAY, c/n 1535. 2nd prototype built in 1960, owned by Av.Roe & Co.Ltd til 1963 then by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd. Sold to Dan-Air Services Ltd in 1971.
In the foreground, registered G-BHFD, c/n 434, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6-310 Twin Otter of Metropolitan Airways operating for Dan-Air Link City and a Short 330 of BMA-British Midland Airways, both displayed in the list below.
Registration G-ATPL, c/n 35.
Registration G-ATPI, c/n 112.
Registration G-AWWY, c/n 185. Operated from 1969 to 1970, then from 1970 to 1974 as British Caledonian.
Registration G-AXMF, c/n 200. At Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA) .
Several “Pink” livery BAC 111 at London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW).
Registration G-AXMG, c/n 201.
Registration G-AXMJ, c/n 204.
Registration G-AXMK, c/n 205.
Registration G-AXLN, c/n 211. On lease from BMA-British Midland Airways between March and September 1973, wearing the BMA’s livery.
Registration G-AYWB, c/n 237.
Seen at Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB).
In the far background , on the right. In the foreground a Fred.Olsen Freighter DC-6 (listed below).
Registration G-BAZG, c/n 20806.
Registration G-BAZI, c/n 20808.
Registration G-BJBJ, c/n 20806.
Polar Airways Vickers Viscount in the background (listed below).
Registration N748WA, c/n 20652/211.
Registration G-ANWM, c/n 13261.
Registration G-ANWK, c/n 13259.
Registration G-ANWJ, c/n 13254.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
On the left, a Superfreighter of Cie Air Transport.
Registration G-APAU, c/n 13256.
In the background, another Superfreighter from Cie Air Transport.
Some unidentified ones.
Registration F-BKBG, c/n 13211. Ex Silver City Airways, entered service with Cie Air Transport in 1961.
New name Britannia Airways was given to the company Eurovia when it acquired the Bristol Britannia type for replacement of their Constellations. The one displayed is registered G-ANBF, c/n 12907 and wears the 1966-1970 livery.
Registration G-ANCF, c/n 12922.
Registration G-AOVG, c/n 13238.
Registration G-AOVN, c/n 13422.
Registration G-AOVM, c/n 13421.
Registration EI-BGO, c/n 9.
Registration G-BRED, c/n 37.
In the background, registration too blury. The yellow plane in the foreground is a Scottish Aviation Twinpion (listed below).
Another one in Red/White livery in the right.
Two planes in the foreground.
In the background is the Boeing 737-275 listed above.
Registration CF-HGQ, c/n 17262358.
The plane in the foreground.
In the background is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain listed below.
The plane in the foreground. Registration G-BHTV, c/n 310R-1874.
In the background, Avro 748 already listed above.
The plane in the foreground. Registration G-BHNI, c/n 404-0644.
In the foreground, a DHC-6 Twin Otter listed below.
The plane in the foreground.
In the background, Boeing 737 and Avro Vulvan already listed above.
The plane in the foreground. Registration G-AZHG, c/n 421B-00107.
In the background, Douglas DC-7 listed below.
Registration OO-UVG, c/n 349.
Registration EC-BQA, c/n 30-10-36.
In the background, a Douglas DC-3.
Registration N4894V, c/n 387.
Registration G-AJGS, c/n W1001. Built in 1947.
Reg.G-AROV, c/n 06460.
Another Comet 4C from Dan-Air London.
In the background a Comet 4B from Dan-Air London.
Registration G-AOZN, c/n 14005. Operated by Silver City Airways between 1957 and 1959.
Registration CF-CUB, c/n 12711. Livery from unknown company , N.T.C.L. Maybe Northern Transportation Company Limited?
Registration OO-SCB, c/n 15916/32664. Operated by the DGAC/Bestuur der Luchtvaart (Belgian Civil Aviation Authority ) from 1951 to 1975.
Registration G-AMSV, c/n 32820/16072.
Registration LN-RTA, c/n 4327.
Registration G-AOBN, c/n 11711. At Liverpool Speke Airport (LPL/EGGP), named Liverpool John Lennon Airport since 2001.
Registration PH-SCC, c/n 19458.
Registration CF-RTB, c/n 13803.
Registration G-AMPZ, c/n 16124/32872.
A Vickers Viking of Invicta on the left, which is listed below.
In the background left, unidentified AF livery. The logo of British company Air Freight doesn’t match, and it’s not sure the company operated this aircraft (only DC-3/C-47 it seems…)
Registration G-ASPM, c/n 10543.
A Vickers Vanguard of BEA in the background (listed below).
Registration PH-MAE, c/n 10538.
Registration CF-JRW, c/n 42983.
Registration OD-AED, c/n 42920.
In the background.
Registration D-ACAB, c/n 10563. Ex US Navy airplane, operated by TF between 1967 to 1972.
In the foreground a Vickers Viscount or British Air Service (listed below).
Registration LN-FON, c/n 45521/1007. Built in 1958 for United Air Lines, then sold to Fred. Olsen Freighter in 1967.
Registration OH-KDC, 44169/437 . Ex Kar-Air, sold to private owner Yvonne A.Culbertson. The airplane crashed at Antwerpen-Deurne Airport (ANR) on the 2nd of January 1974.
Registration OO-VGK, 45506/1002 . DAT’s DC-6 in white/red stripe livery.
Red fin-white/red fuselage livery.
Another DAT’s Douglas DC-6 with red fin-white/red fuselage livery.
Registration HB-IBS, c/n 45531/1015.
Registration EI-ATU, c/n 45185/820. Delivered new to KLM as PH-DSF in 1957, converted to freighter in 1960, and acquired by Aer Turas in early 1969. Sold to Affretair as TR-LNY in April, 1970.
Another one at Liverpool Speke Airport (LPL/EGGP), Liverpool John Lennon Airport nowadays.
Registration EC-BZQ, c/n 45426/49. Ex Eastern Air Lines N8605. Here at Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA). In the foreground, two Bristol 175 Britannia 312 of Air Spain, already listed above.
Landing behind an unidentified Douglas airplane , DC-4 or DC-6.
Landing behind an unidentified Douglas airplane , DC-4 or DC-6.
Vickers Viking of Airwork Ltd in the foreground ( listed below).
Registration F-BYAP, c/n 10113.
Registration EI-AKE, c/n 10110. Nice first livery version.
Registration G-BAKL, c/n 10293.
Registration G-BMAW, c/n 10212.
Same place than the one displayed with the F27 from Uni Air International (see above).
Registration G-BMAE, c/n 10256.
At Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB). A British Aerospace Bae-3102 Jetstream 31 on the left.
Registration F-BUFE, c/n 10243. Orange/Yellow/white livery.
Green/Light green/white livery. F27 of Anglia in the foreground already listed above.
Nord 262 of Rousseau Aviation in the foreground (listed below).
Undistinctive registration, different than the one listed below if we compare the length of the name to the Bremen of PH-KFI.
Registration PH-KFI, c/n 10603.
AtAeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA).Search And Rescue Albatros of the Spain air force were based at this airport in the early 1970s.
Handley Page H.P.81 Hermes 4
Rare airplane. The first on the site.
Registration G-ARPR, c/n 2119.
On the right. Belgium Air Force?
Registration N7777G, c/n 2553. Ex KLM’s Constellation. This aircraft is now preserved in the Science Museum collection at Wroughton, wearing TWA colours. In 1983 Aces High were considering restoring this one-time KLM Connie to airworthy condition. In the end it was dismantled and transported by surface to England.
Registration G-BAAB, c/n 193K-1032. At London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW).
Registration EC-BIN, c/n 47089. At Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA).
Registration EC-BIP, c/n 47091.
Registration JU-AHP, c/n 47473.
Registration F-BSTN, c/n 48.
In the background the ‘s already listed above.
In the background the Vickers Varsity listed below.
A in the far background.
Several Aztecs in different places.
In the background , the Douglas DC-4-1009 of Eldorado Aviation already listed above.
In the foreground. The taking off airplane in the background is the Invicta’s Douglas C-54B Skymaster already listed above.
A closer view of it.
Maybe the same, going to take off in the background. Invicta’s Douglas C-54B Skymaster on the left.
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 1
Registration G-APHY, c/n 508. From Flight One, still wit JFA livery.
Registration: G-BJFK, c/n SH3077.
In the backgrown, the Avro Vulcan B.2 listed above.
Registration: G-BEEO, c/n SH3006.
Registration: G-BMAJ, c/n SH3611.
At Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA). The Grumman HU-16B Albatross of the SAR- Ejército del aire listed above, taxiing in the background.
In the foreground, theDe Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide listed above.
Still at Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca/Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca Airport(PMI/LEPA) with the same Grumman HU-16B Albatross in the background. On the left theMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 of Iberia listed above.
Registration G-AMOL, c/n 25.
Registration G-AOHR, c/n 166.
Registration G-BDRC, c/n 52.
A Lockheed L-049D Constellation of Euravia already listed above.
Registration G-AOYH, c/n 311 in ex BKS Air Transport livery. Delivered new to BEA in 1956. Sold to BKS Air Transport in 1968, member of British Air Services Group. In 1969 the airline was renamed British Air Services wearing the liveries of the different members of the group. It will transferred to Northeast Airlines in November 1970.
Taxiing in front of the Douglas R5D-3 Skymaster of TF-Transportflug Cargo already listed above.
Registration G-AOYJ, c/n 259. Blue fin , red/White fuselage livery of the late 60’s.
Registration G-AOYN, c/n 263. In its splendid livery designed for BAS Group by the consultant Eccleston+Glossop Associates Ltd of London. This new livery was operative in November 1971.
F27 of Air Anglia in the foreground.
Already listed above, the Nord 262 of Rousseau Aviation in the foreground.
Registration G-AZLP, c/n 346.
Registration G-BAPE, c/n 341. An ex Lufthansa Viscount. Wearing non-standard BMA’s livery, after a lease to Intra Airways during 1977-1979 period. In the background on the right, a Boeing 707. The scene is at East Midlands Airport – Castle Donnington Nottinghma/Leicester/Derby (EMA/EGNX).
Registration CF-TKA/902, c/n 725. At Farnbourough (FAB/EGLF) 1960 Airshow.
Registration G-APEJ, c/n 713. An ex British Airwas Cargo aircraft, still wearing the colour. Delivered to BEA as Vanguard in 1961, then modified as 953C Merchantman in 1974 to cargo purpose for the new British Airways Cargo division. Sold to ABC in 1979 and then to Hunting Cargo Airlines in operation until 1996.
Registration G-APEK, c/n 714. She has exactly the same history than G-APEJ right above, except she wears the white/dark blue former British Airways colour.
An Invicta’s Douglas C-54 Skymaster on the right.
In the background, rather rare Vickers Varsity. The plane in the foreground is the Nord Aviation Nord 262 listed above.
Registration G-AGRT, c/n 111. Withdrawn from use on may 1958, after a single year under Eagle Airways colour. Another one on the left from Orion Airways (1956).
Registration G-AHOY, c/n 128.
Registration G-AHOW, c/n 124.
Registration G-AHOS, c/n 119. From former Orion Airways (1956-160), not to confuse with Orion Airways.
Registration G-AJFT, c/n 238. Delivered in 1949 to Airwork Ltd, on use until 1960, then sold to Air Safaris.