London Airport - Heathrow in the 1960s & 70s
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Howard Asbridge (Narrator)
Remember where it all began? On the roof terrace at a major airport; noisy, exciting, full of variety and interest. You may have started a lifelong passion for aviation at that moment, but today’s airliners don’t really match up to those early days, do they?
Now we can take you back in time, with the help of some enthusiasts’ cine film, that has been digitally restored and matched to authentic sound. This production hasn’t been made by filming a flickering projection screen. With a specialist ‘Telecine’ conversion process, also used by the BBC and by ITV, we can digitally transfer pictures direct from the film on to digital video tape. These can then be enhanced and edited as necessary.
We start in the 1960s with Viscounts and 707s everywhere, alongside Caravelles, DC8s, Britannias, DC7s, Comets and TU104s. The earliest shot appears to be in 1963, with more from 1964.
Highlights include BEA Herald, Lufthansa C46, Ghana, Swissair and MEA CV990s, the crashed TCA DC8, Aer Lingus Carvair, CSA and CPA Britannias, British Eagle and UAA DC6s. Alitalia, Dan Air and BOAC DC7s, UAA Caravelle.
The 1970s begin with early 747s, DC10s and Tristars. We’ve still got some 707s and increasing numbers of DC8Fs, plus Concorde and the last days of the Tridents.
Highlights include Pan Am DC10 & 737, Northeast Trident, Merpati Vanguard, National 747, Libyan 727, SAA 747SP.
Overall the variety is amazing. Let’s just list the 707s: BOAC, PanAm, TWA, Air France, Lufthansa, TMA, MEA, Air Malta, El Al, PIA, Kuwait, Olympic, SAA, TAP, QANTAS, Montana [Austrian], Kenya, Air Mauritius, US Govt.
So, why not relive those memories today?
Also from this series:
Avion Video Series
- 1 The 1960s (first half)
- 1.1 Tupolev Tu-104A & Vickers 951 Vanguard
- 1.2 Vickers 808 Viscount
- 1.3 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 1.4 Convair 990A-30 Coronado
- 1.5 Handley Page HPR-7 Dart Herald 100
- 1.6 Douglas DC-6B
- 1.7 Boeing 707-436
- 1.8 Douglas DC-6A
- 1.9 Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas
- 1.10 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle IA
- 1.11 Douglas DC-8-33
- 1.12 Vickers 803 Viscount
- 1.13 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 1.14 Boeing 720-040B
- 1.15 Handley Page HPR-7 Dart Herald 100
- 1.16 Tupolev Tu-104A
- 1.17 Vickers 739A Viscount
- 1.18 Douglas DC-6B
- 1.19 Boeing 707-328
- 1.20 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 1.21 Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas
- 1.22 Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
- 1.23 Curtiss-Wright C-46D-10-CU Commando
- 1.24 Douglas C-74 Globemaster
- 1.25 Bréguet Br.763 Provence
- 1.26 Canadair CL-44D4-1
- 1.27 Douglas C-54 Skymaster
- 1.28 Vickers 701 Viscount & Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C
- 1.29 Boeing 707-331
- 1.30 Bristol 175 Britannia 324
- 1.31 Boeing 707-430
- 1.32 Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C
- 1.33 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 1.34 Convair 990A-30 Coronado
- 1.35 Douglas DC-8-54CF Jet Trader
- 1.36 Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy 222
- 1.37 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 1.38 Boeing 707-321
- 1.39 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III
- 1.40 Tupolev Tu-104A
- 1.41 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III
- 1.42 Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C
- 1.43 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 1.44 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 1.45 Boeing 707-436
- 1.46 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III
- 1.47 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 1.48 Douglas DC-8-32
- 1.49 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 1.50 Boeing 707-331
- 1.51 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4B
- 1.52 Lockheed L-188C Electra
- 1.53 Vickers 708 Viscount
- 1.54 Douglas DC-8-54CF Jet Trader
- 1.55 Douglas DC-4-1009
- 1.56 Vickers 802 Viscount
- 1.57 Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
- 1.58 Douglas DC-8-32
- 1.59 Bristol 175 Britannia 318
- 1.60 Ilyushin Il-18B
- 1.61 Boeing 707-328
- 2 The 1960s (second half)
- 2.1 Bristol 175 Britannia 102
- 2.2 Douglas DC-7B(F)
- 2.3 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 2.4 Vickers VC10 Srs 1101
- 2.5 Boeing 727-30
- 2.6 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-R
- 2.7 Douglas DC-8-43
- 2.8 Vickers 701 Viscount
- 2.9 Curtiss-Wright C-46D Commando
- 2.10 Vickers 808 Viscount
- 2.11 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 2.12 Bristol 175 Britannia 314
- 2.13 Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
- 2.14 Douglas DC-6B
- 2.15 Vickers 837 Viscount
- 2.16 Boeing 707-437
- 2.17 Convair 990A Coronado
- 2.18 Vickers 814 Viscount
- 2.19 Boeing 707-138B
- 2.20 Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C
- 2.21 Vickers 759D Viscount
- 2.22 Boeing 707-344
- 2.23 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
- 2.24 Vickers 814 Viscount
- 2.25 Bristol 175 Britannia 102
- 2.26 Boeing 707-430
- 2.27 Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C & Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VI-N
- 2.28 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
- 2.29 BAC 111-304AX One-Eleven
- 2.30 Boeing 707-436
- 2.31 Various Aircraft
- 2.32 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle 10B3 Super B
- 2.33 BAC 111-304AX One-Eleven
- 2.34 Vickers VC10 Srs 1101
- 3 The 1970s (first half)
The 1960s (first half)
In the background at London Heathrow Airport in the early 60's.
Registration EI-ALG, c/n 312. First flew on February 1958 as 805 version, delivered to Eagle Airways Ltd as G-APDX on March 1958, exported to Bermuda's subsidiary of Eagle on February 1959 as VR-BAY. Sold to Aer Lingus on February 1960 and converted to 808 Standard. Wfu on October 1969. Scrapped in 1972.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
In the background is a Vickers 951 Vanguard from BEA.
The same seen another day.
Wearing the Blue Tail Twin Stripe livery of the era 1955-1966.
Tail fin of Vickers 951 Vanguard registered G-APEI, c/n 712 in the foreground. Delivered to BEA on July 1961. Transfered to British Airways on April 1974. Sold to Merpati Nusantara Airlines on March 1975 as PK-MVD.IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).
Registration CCCP-42460, c/n 06601902.
Unidentified aircraft in the background.
Two military Douglas C-124 Globemaster II parked in the background, and a quadrijet to the right.
Swissair's quadrijet and unidentified aircraft in the background.
Registration N9890Z, c/n 33111. Ex-USAAF as 44-77715, sold to Capitol Airways on October 1961, then to Lufthansa on March 1964. Back to Capitol Airways on July 1969, sold to Jonathan Logan Inc on August 1969,then Butte Knitting Mills on October 1969, Carolina Aircraft Corp on April 1971, Ed Cantrell on July 1971, The American National Banko on December 1971, Clarks Aerial Service on July 1972, Brownfield Aerial Inc on October 1977, Onyx Aviation Inc on March 1978, Advance Aviation Inc on July 1978, Gulf Aircraft Sales Inc on April 1979.Last owner Pedro A Garcia on April 1979, scrapped.
Either HP-385, or HP-367 depending on the date of the picture. The first (HP-385) crashed in Marseille-Marignane on October 1963. To the left, a Boeing 707-344 of South African Airways/Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens.
Wearing the nice Twin Globes livery used for TWA's fleet between 1962 and 1975.
Lockheed L-188C Electra of KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines in the foreground. Viscount and Vanguard of BEA to the left in the far background.
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair in the very far background.
Good Fortune name worn by G-ARKA (1961-1969) and G-ARKB (1963-1969). The E is missing on the tail fin.
Registration D-ABOF, c/n 17721/162. Delivered to Lufthansa on October 1960. Leased to Condor Flugdienst on March 1977. Sold to Geminair as 9G-ACK on August 1977, then Air Trans Ltd as N90498 on July 1981. Sold to Bata International the same year and month as 3C-ABI. Ended at Bornemouth (EGHH/BOH) as EL-AJC in 1983 for fire training. Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Surrounded by two Viscount of BEA.
Wearing The winged arrow livery.
Again, either HB-ICA or HB-ICE already seen above, from Swissair on lease to Ghana Airways.
Some Comet 4B of BEA in the background, and an unidentified turboprop airliner behind the Coronado, a Vanguard or L-188 Electra?
Registration CF-TJM, c/n 46653/178. Crash of Flight 861 on the 6 Nov 1963 at LHR substantially damaged in runway overshot after an aborted take-off. Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Unidentified name, too small and blurry.
Tail fin of Vickers 951 Vanguard registered G-APEI, c/n 712 in the foreground already listed above, and seen in other films IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).
DC-3 to the right in the background.
Unidentified name, too small and blurry.
Registration OO-SRC, c/n 66. Delivered to SABENA on December 1961, leased to Sobelair on April 1971. Sold to Catair on April 1976, then to Europe Aero Service on April 1978. Wfu at Perpignan (PGF/LFMP) in 1984.
Registration N8733, c/n 20062/785. Delivered new to TWA in April 1969 and operated until September 1983. Then with Worldwide Airlines until May 1986, then stored at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson (DMA,KDMA).
To the left, we can guess an Aer Lingus's Viscount tail fin, and a BEA's Vanguard. In the very far background, a batch of airplanes that might be some Bristol Britannias and one Vickers Viscount of British Eagle.
Registration N8782R, c/n 45667/185. Delivered new to Trans Caribbean Airways on June 1963. Transferred to American Airlines fleet on March 1971 when the merge of the company into American Airlines. Leased to Seaboard World Airlines on June 1972 and operated until January 1975. Immediatly sold to IAS Cargo International Aviation Service as G-BDHA, sold and merged into British Cargo Airlines on August 1979. Bought as HI-426 by Agro Air Associates in November 1983 and leased by Aeromar Cargo, then transferred after merge with Aerochago SA on February 1986. Return to Agro Air Associates on June 1998, re-registered HI-426CA on April 1989. Leased to Alas de Transporte Internacional on August 1990. Returned to Agro Air Associates as N426FB on June 1991, then leased to Fine Air on September 1992. Transferred to Arrow Air after merge on February 2001. Stored at Roswell Air Center Airport(KROW), New Mexico USA in April 2001. Broken up.
Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle in the background.
Registration HA-MOF, c/n 183006301. Delivered new on June 1963 as Il-18B, converted to Il-18V on March 1969. Destroyed in a ground accident with a truck in November 1977 at Bucharest Otopeni (OTP/LROP).
Two BEA's Viscounts in the background.
The 1960s (second half)
Blue tail fin from 1966-70 era.
BAC One-Eleven in the background.
Registration G-ATAB, c/n 45361/876. Originally delivered in September 1957 as a standard DC-7B to United Air Lines, registered N6348C named Mainliner Akron - Canton. It only served as a passenger aircraft for 3 years and was converted to DC-7B(F) standard with two main-deck cargo doors in December 1960. Sold to Trans World Leasing Ltd in January 1965, re-registered G-ATAB and leased to Trans Meridian Flying Service. It was returned to Trans World Leasing in March 1966 and leased to Dan-Air London in April 1966. Dan-Air bought it in December 1966 and it continued in service until it was retired at their engineering base at Lasham, Hants, UK, in June 1969. It was broken up there in August 1973.
Unusual Turquoise livery, adapted in 1966. Changed later to standard red cheat line livery. Nicknamed Torrey Canyon because of problems with leaking oil.
Unidentified airliner in the far background on the right.
Unidentified airliner in the far background.
Tail fin of Vickers 953 Vanguard from BEA in the foreground registered G-APEP c/n 719. Delivered in December 1961 christenized Superb. Converted as Vickers 953C Merchantman in 1971. Transferred to British Airways fleet on April 1974. Sold to Air Bridge Carriers in 1982 then to Hunting Cargo Airlines on August 1992. Wfu in October 1996. Stored at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge (EGLB).
Already met on this site: IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing) as Vickers 953C Merchantman
Vanguard G-APEP from BEA already seen above in the foreground.IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing) as Vickers 953C Merchantman
In V-JET livery (1961-71).
Registration TF-ISN, c/n 140. Delivered November 1956 to Hunting-Clan Air Transport. Sold to Icelandair-Flugfélag Íslands on March 1957. Wfu on May 1970 in Reykjavik.
Trident 1C and Viscount of BEA in the background.
Registration HB-IFB, c/n 45732. Delivered to Swissair in August 1966. Sold to FAA-Federal Aviation Administration in August 1968 as N119, re-registered N29 in 1975. Wfu for a while in October 1993, stored at Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma City (KOKC/OKC). Sold to US Department of Justice on June 1994 registered N813TL.
Registration G-ANBE, c/n 12906. Delivered new to B.O.A.C on March 1956. Sold to Britannia Airways on January 1966. Scrapped at London Luton (EGGW/LTN) on July 1972.
Two British Eagle's variants in the background.
Small caps letters adopted on the usual livery in 1967.
G-ANBE already listed above in the foreground.
Registration G-ATPJ, c/n 033. Delivered on June 1966 to British Eagle International Airlines. Leased to SAS from May 1967 to March 1968, then to KLM until September 1968. Sold to Dan-Air London on March 1970. Went to Chili as CC-CYF on lease to Chilean airline LADECO between November 1990 to November 1994. Stored at Museo Nacional de Aeronautica de Chile then at Santiago-Los Cerillos airport (SCTI/ULC). Partially dismantled by November 1999.
G-ANBE Britannia already listed above in the foreground.
1 - Boeing 707-436 of BOAC-British Overseas Airways Corporation.
2 - Boeing 707-321 of Pan American World Airways.
3 - Douglas DC-8-30 of Pan American World Airways.
4 - Douglas DC-8-53 of JAL-Japan Air Lines.
De Havilland DH106 Comet 4 of Aerolíneas Argentinas in the foreground.
Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C of BEA-British European Airways, Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2 and Boeing 707 in the far background.
The 1970s (first half)
Wearing Golden Speedbird livery.
Registration G-ARVE, c/n 807. Delivered on October 1964. Transfered to British Airways fleet in April 1974, but stored at London Airport - Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) and scrapped in October of the same year.
Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C of Northeast Airlines (UK) to the right in the background.
Registration G-AXRN c/n129. First flight in November 1969 as Britten-Norman Ltd, sold to Humber Airways in February 1970. Leased to Ellerman Lines Ltd from January to December 1973. Sold to Fairey Britten-Norman Air Services in March 1975. Sent to Canada in April 1976 as C-GGYY and operated by BC Yukon Air Service. Sold to RAM Air Charter Ltd in November 1982, then Buffalo Airways in December 1982, Page Flight Services Ltd in December 1985, Western Arctic Air in October 1989, Aklak Air in May 1990, Arctic Wings And Rotors Ltd in April 1993. Sent to USA as N555DM for Wilfredo Velez. Last owner with Vieques Aviation Management Corp. in July 2010. Wfu nowadays.
Same Vickers VC10 Srs 1101 listed above taxiing in the background.