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Boac VC 10 At DTW, 1970  
User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2264 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

We've had several threads over the last few months discussing British Airways' discontinuance of DTW, and the impending demise of DTW's L C Smith Terminal. I found a picture in the database that combines the two topics:


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The BOAC VC 10 is parked at the A Concourse - the rotunda, which was used by NW in 1970 and is now used by US Airways, is in the background. The gate area / customs area used by BOAC passengers is now AA baggage claim.

It's been a LONG time since cars were allowed to park on the lower level roadway; also, check out the very low fence between the parking area and the ramp - what a great place to take pictures!


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6170 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3492 times:
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BOAC service to DTW was from where? How many flights a day did BAOC fly to DTW back then?


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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2264 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

Here is my posting of BOAC / BA's history at DTW, from one of the earlier threads we've had:

BOAC added Detroit in 1956, as a stop on their London-Prestwick-Montreal-Chicago route, with Boeing 377 Stratocruisers. The BOAC annual report doesn't say whether the 377s stopped enroute Prestwick-Montreal to refuel, but I'm sure at least the westbound flights would have needed to stop at Gander.

In April, 1957, the equipment used was upgraded to DC-7C.

On April 17, 1958, the equipment was further upgraded to Bristol Britannia 312s, routed London-Montreal-Detroit-Chicago.

On September 20, 1960, the Britannias were replaced with 707-436s. In 1960, BOAC received authority to add Toronto, so the previous London-Montreal-Detroit-Chicago route was replaced with two separate flights, London-Detroit-Chicago and London-Montreal-Toronto.

Once Toronto developed enough to support nonstops to London in the mid-1960s, the routes were realigned again. The new routes from the Great Lakes to London were Detroit-Boston-London, Chicago-Montreal-London, and Toronto-London nonstop.

In October, 1965, the 707-436s were replaced with Super VC-10s, routed Detroit-Boston-London.

In 1972, the Super VC-10s were replaced with 747-136s, routed Detroit-Boston-London. DTW and BOS were BOAC's 2nd and 3rd 747 destinations in North America; DTW received BOAC 747s before even YYZ or ORD!

In the early 1970s, the route was switched to Detroit-Philadelphia-London.

In 1974, it was switched to Detroit-Washington Dulles-London

In 1985, it was switched to Detroit-Montreal Mirabel-London, the routing that was used until British Airways added Detroit-London nonstops.

I've seen pictures of 707s in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s; I don't know whether the 707s were on charter flights, or whether BOAC mixed VC-10s and 707s on the route during this time frame.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2943 times:
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Quoting WA707atMSP (Thread starter):
I found a picture in the database that combines the two topics:

Here's another shot combining the two topics:


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User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2799 times:



Quoting WA707atMSP (Thread starter):
We've had several threads over the last few months discussing British Airways' discontinuance of DTW, and the impending demise of DTW's L C Smith Terminal. I found a picture in the database that combines the two topics:



View Large View Medium

Photo © Jason McDowell



The BOAC VC 10 is parked at the A Concourse - the rotunda, which was used by NW in 1970 and is now used by US Airways, is in the background. The gate area / customs area used by BOAC passengers is now AA baggage claim.

It's been a LONG time since cars were allowed to park on the lower level roadway; also, check out the very low fence between the parking area and the ramp - what a great place to take pictures!

Most. Beautiful. Civil. Airliner. EVAHHHH!!!!!


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2782 times:



Quoting Lutfi (Reply 4):

Most. Beautiful. Civil. Airliner. EVAHHHH!!!!!

As a child, I was so fortunate to fly on BOAC's VC-10's back in the 1970's to ISB/Rawalpindi!



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2989 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2782 times:
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the first flight of my life was a VC10 from JFK to Prestwick. Very fond memories indeed.


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User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2771 times:



Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 5):
Quoting Lutfi (Reply 4):

Most. Beautiful. Civil. Airliner. EVAHHHH!!!!!

As a child, I was so fortunate to fly on BOAC's VC-10's back in the 1970's to ISB/Rawalpindi!

Heh, my first flight was age six weeks (still have the Junior Jet Club logbook) on a VC10, London-Entebbe


User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Great stuff man! Smith still looks the same Big grin

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