Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Boeing 707 Retrospective


Join us today as the Morris Marina points in the direction of Luton for a look back at some of the Boeing 707s that have passed through over the years. By the way while you are in the back can you listen out for a clonking from the rear axle.

We start with the United Arab Emirates executive 707 A6-HRM

British Airways G-AWHU passing through on a football charter

British Midlands G-AYVG  ex lease to PIA for Haj flight operating a charter without titles in the mid 70s

British Midland again, this time G-AZWA back from lease to Kuwait Airways for Haj flights mid 70s

Possibly the most expensive 707 used for spares. N725CA in Bangladesh Biman colours enroute to the USA for breaking arrived from Ostend for work to be done by Monarch before the transatlantic flight with an intermittent radio. There followed 10minutes of Luton Approach giving the wind speed and direction and vectors to land on 08 followed by CA replying understand runway 26, which finally ended with the controller clearing the area and giving CA permission to land on any runway he wanted CA duly landed downwind on 26 and found that Luton's 6000 feet was a bit marginal for this  and ended up with its nose hanging over the edge of the 08 turn circle with a fine view of the Vauxhall works frying its brakes in the process,it was then isolated for 2 hours to cool down before work commenced. Once repaired it departed on the correct runway 26 but as a parting gesture blew a hydraulic pipe when the wheels were retracted showering 300 brand new vauxhalls  awaiting delivery with break fluid , landing the insurance company with a bill for damaged cars for more than the plane was worth.

Templewood Aviations G-BHOY in semi Air Malta colours after lease.

As the Marina disappears into the distance down the  airport hill, we say goodbye till next time.

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