Thursday, 15 March 2012

Heathrow Terminal 3 Car Park In Glorious Black and White

Welcome, it's the 19th June 1973, and we have  raced along the lanes in the nearly rally prepared Mk1 Ford Cortina Estate, and wound our way to the top of terminal 3 car park  where we can wind the airband radio up to full volume and watch the comings and goings on 28 left. The 300mm is screwed onto the Zenith B and we are loaded with high quality Ilford black and white film as, if your memory is long enough  colour prints were not that good  and  slide film was a rare luxury for an operations assistant on the princely sum of £17 per week  paid by Britannia Airways.

Boeing 727-21 N323PA of Pan American used on their European services from Berlin. The Berlin corridor was a strange left over from World War 2, as up until the wall came down Berlin was still an occupied (by the UK,USA,France and Russia)city and technically still at war in the 1980's!  it required a clearance from the embassy military attache to fly up the corridor, who would reply that the USA and France had been notified and were ok, but the Russian's would be told 2 minutes before you entered the corridor which you did at your own risk and no responsibility would be accepted if they shot you down!

Lufthansa Boeing 727-30QC D-ABIU

Delta Boeing 747-132 N9899

Possibly the last visit to Heathrow for a DC7C, we see Aer Turas EI-AWG touching down, shortly afterwards the aircraft was written off at Luton when failing to select prop reverse on landing came off the 26 end of the runway  over the 20ft drop into the approach lights.

Viscount 800 G-AOHG with Channel Islands titles.

Cambrian Viscount 800 G-AOYS

BEA Cargo Merchantman G-APEJ.

LOT Ilyushin 62 SP-LAB.

And so as the Cortina winds its way back down to the car park entrance, we say goodbye to Roger and Reggie till next time.

PS. If you would like to feed the fish please left click some food into the pond.

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