Aviation Photo #1255362 Vickers 802 Viscount - BEA - British European Airways Channel Islands

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A busy pier on a dull day at MAN with five classic types and an excellent opportunity to compare the noses of the Caravelle and Comet. It is often mentioned that Sud-Est used the Comet nose when designing the SE.210. Indeed there was co-operation leading to the noses of the first two prototypes being direct copies and those thereafter very similar including cockpit layout.
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    Richard Vandervord
    BEA - British European Airways Channel Islands
    Vickers 802 Viscount
    Vickers Viscount
    Vickers Viscount
    Vickers
    168
    G-AOHT
    Manchester - International (Ringway)
    England
    United Kingdom
    August 1972
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Photo Added: August 28, 2007

Comments (53)

Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow what a memorable picture with so many memories......LOVE IT!

Andrew
Singapore
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow ! Rare pic of a common sight in early 70s. This invited me to look, compare and wonder... I just love it !
Anonymous
9 years ago
Excellent photograph. That you could get so much information and history in to one photo is impressive.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This photo is wonderful! It´s nice too see five classics at the same type "performing in real life". Not just resting asleep in a museum. What a beautiful birds.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Love to see lots of classic planes.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Classic Manchester shot for those of us of a certain age!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very welldone photos, so much classics here
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thank you for bringing back the good times - I can smell the kerosine....
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow, a photograph worth the second, third and even more looks. Just beautiful and reminding of long gone times. Well done, thank you Richard!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This a superb capture of action along Pier B at Manchester. Even the Jodrell Bank telescope is also visible in the far distance!
The reproduction to digital is some of the best quality I've seen. Congratulations Richard.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo! And added bonus - a distant Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope in the upper centre!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow 1 great photo ,miss those classic planes especially the comet... Don ixe
Anonymous
9 years ago
Imagine all the noise these 5 planes would make all at once!!!
Nice representation of some great Transports here!!
Great Job Richard!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Beautiful!!! 5 classics in a single shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
According to the year of taken, the picture has been taken before I was born! Almost all the airplanes and airliners' names can now be seen only on history books. To me, this is a very valuable historic picture, just to remind us...those were the days my friend!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Many classic types together in just one photo. Historic photo.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great use of a telephoto lens! illustrates perfectly how such a lens compresses all elements of a picture. excellent cropping. great period shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a time capsule - a bit of everything here, UK, US, French. The VC-10 in BOAC livery has always been one of my favorites.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great picture, today this scene would be two A320s and three A330s. Where would you see 5 different types next to each eather in today´s airports.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Simply just a great line up!
Would really like to have been there.
I think that A/C
Anonymous
8 years ago
Absolutely great photo documenting fascinating history of aviation.
Anonymous
8 years ago
What a picture, FIVE OLD GRAND FLYING MACHINES on same pic !Just enjoy the view !... Makes me dream ! Wou...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic picture of "the times that are a'changing"
Turboprop, jets first generation, jets second generation, built at both sides of the pond they were made to cross.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Many thanks Richard for sharing such an interesting photograph. An image such as this FROM the 70's invokes much nostalgia for those of us IN our 70's. I suspect quite a rare line-up - very well done indeed!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great photo... The photo of an Era!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Many thanks for sharing this, pure nostalgia
Anonymous
8 years ago
Once a familiar sight from Ringway's terraces. Unusual to see a Viscount on the International pier. You can almost smell the AVTUR. Happy days.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great every one a classic
Anonymous
8 years ago
Historic shot nice angle....any one who loves aviation will love this !....ex captain paul delmar
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic! Never realised that the DC-8 was so much bigger than the Comet 4! The difference is striking!
Anonymous
8 years ago

Of all the hundreds of thousands of photos in the A.net archives, this is one of my three or four favorites. A whole era, together in one frame!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Congratulations Richard. An heroic Era in one picture. Those were the days!. If only a HS Trident and a BAC 111 were also there...
Anonymous
8 years ago
This photo brings back memories of my childhood when i used to see all these aircraft types flying over where i lived on their way to landing at paya lebar airport in singapore.especially love the vc-10
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow! all the old jets, the only thing missing is a 707!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow even the first commercial jet is there!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Some of the best airliners ever, All caught together !
This picture is going to stay on my desktop for a long time !!
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a great era!!! Thanks for posting the pic. What I miss is an Interflug Tu-134,would make it perfect!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's the content.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Seeing that with own eyes... still, I would go with the DC-8 as my favorite :) Gotta love those 4 prop engines :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a truly wonderful shot that captures the golden age of aviation. I love it!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Imagine the kind of inflight service one gets in those days!!! Inflight meals were something to look forward to!
Anonymous
6 years ago
So many different planes - love that picture.
Greetings
Flemming
Denmark
Anonymous
6 years ago
Best planes in the world!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Classic...will we be talking about easyjet and jet2.com at manchester in 40 years time?. I doubt it lol
Anonymous
5 years ago
A truely awesome picture. Had the pleasure of flying in two of the five - VC10 and 707. Would have loved to fly a Caravelle too.
Anonymous
5 years ago
In my humble opinion, just about the best photo of its type on Airliners.Net. An historically important view of an era when hostesses simply walked across the tarmac [!] and each of those beautiful aircraft attracted attention wherever they were. A delightful and nostalgic view. And the Jodrell Bank telescope in the background as well. Wow.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Excellent memories (I grew up in Manchester and was an avid spotter there from '68 to the mid-'80s: don't get back much nowadays!!)
Anonymous
5 years ago
Excellent!
Was working at MAN at this time, so, "theoretically" I might be on the photo, somewhere! Also managed to fly on each of those wonderful a/c - airlines as well ....... happy times!
MANFFSN
Anonymous
4 years ago
Five Stars without any doubt. Wow!!! I too wondered about the relationship between the two most aerodynamic "noses" in commercial aviation history; those of the Comets and the Caravelles. Thank you for explaining it (were Caravelle cockpits all black inside, like the Comets?). As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the new Boeing 787 sports a nose whose genes clearly come straight from the Comet-Caravelle collaboration. I am surprised it took so long. Now, if I could just figure out why Comets did not have swept stabilizers, especially the vertical one. Aside from that they had to have been the most beautiful (subsonic) airliners ever built. Thank you for posting such a historic photograph.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Yesss, right time/moment/the 5 aircraft,lined on best angle photoghraph's proportion
I'm impressed !
*1972 my second year as student/Photoghrapher/London
*My brother in low was one B.O.A.C managers in Brazil
*the steewert on blue uniform walking pass SAS tail,
probably towards the BOAC Vickers V10...
Great quality photo
Anonymous
3 years ago
Nice representation of aircraft flying in that late 60's era. I saw the VC-10 in Jamaica when new, and flew on the Bahamas Air Viscounts.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Thanks for the excellent explanation. I understand now where the nose of the 787 comes from.
Anonymous
1 year ago
Five classic aircrafts in one picture makes it worth 5 stars.

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