Thursday, 27 October 2011

The last Comets


Make sure your wearing your thermals, and bring a flask of hot tea. Its January 1981 the temperature is just above freezing and there are heavy snow showers forecast, but this is an opportunity not to be missed, we all had our last flight on a Dan Air Comet last month courtesy of Ian Allan travel, and now is our last chance to photograph the remains of the Dan Air fleet before the scrap merchant wields the cutting wheel over them. The heater is running full blast in the Vauxhall Chevette so lets head off to Lasham before the snow gets worse.

Set against a snow filled sky G-BDIX


G-BDIW which operated the last enthusiasts flights

The fate awaiting the remainder, an unidentified cockpit

Dan Air's Boeing 707 G-AXTG being dismantled for spare parts

An unusual Boeing 737 in for maintenance wearing a taped on registration F-GCGR in the colours of Linhas Aereas De Angola

Another Boeing 707 being made into spare parts Scimitar's G-BFZF

At this point we unfortunately make a hurried exit as nephew Reggie having assured us he was  on good terms with the hangar foreman and we could  photograph the aircraft inside, gets us thrown out of the Dan Air Maintenance area. So we warm up the Chevette and say farewell to  Lasham fast disappearing  into the gathering dusk and blowing snow.

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