50 years is a long time to be flying and still many of them being used as freighters. I used a BA 747 to ship equipment from India via London to Mexico City. The only plane large enough! Thanks Pedro!No more 747’s from BA..
“Amid grey clouds and rain in west London, British Airways' last two Heathrow-based Boeing 747s have made their final flights, after the airline brought forward their retirement because of the downturn in air travel during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Fantastic it was a fab old building and we had some lovely time plane spotting in the 50's 60'sA few images from a 1960s airport brochure. Viv.
The main concourse
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First floor restaurant, viewing terrace and spacious bar in the International terminal building
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Duty Meteorological Observer taking temperature readings in the instrument enclosure.
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The brochure front cover
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I flew from the old terminal a few times in the 1970s and early 1980s but most of my international flights in those days I made by driving to Heathrow. The new terminal openned in 1984 and since then all my flights have been from Birmingham except for a couple from Gatwick.Vivienne, MY late Wife and I actually flew from the old/original airport in the late 70's to Tunisia, no airbridges then you had to walk to the aircraft a Boeing 727 I think. I don't know when the new part opened, perhaps some one will enlighten me. Eric
Excellent video,brought back so many memories of my plane spotting days at Elmdon.Much appreciated.Morning everyone
Firstly thanks for the add to this wonderful forum.
Following on from the Austin Aero works thread we thought you may like to watch the attached video about the Elmdon Airport Terminal.
Both Gary and myself have an interest in the 1940s time period, with Gary also being a big band vocalist.
We put this video together to show a little of the history and published it to coincide with the anniversary of the opening.
Travel back in time with Gary and enjoy the terminal in all it's magnificence.