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More: BEA - British European Airways Channel Islands
More: Vickers 802 Viscount
More: Manchester - International (Ringway) (MAN / EGCC)
More: UK - England, August 1972
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G-AOHT (cn 168) 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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A visitor from Mexico posted Fri August 29, 2014:
Thanks for the excellent explanation. I understand now where the nose of the 787 comes from.

A visitor from - posted Thu December 19, 2013:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu December 12, 2013:
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

A visitor from United States posted Fri January 18, 2013:
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.

A visitor from Jamaica posted Thu November 10, 2011:
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

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat August 6, 2011:
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!!)

A visitor from - posted Sat June 18, 2011:
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.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Thu May 26, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat April 23, 2011:
Classic...will we be talking about easyjet and jet2.com at manchester in 40 years time?. I doubt it lol

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 12, 2011:
Best planes in the world!

A visitor from Denmark posted Tue September 7, 2010:
So many different planes - love that picture.
Greetings
Flemming
Denmark

A visitor from - posted Fri August 20, 2010:
Imagine the kind of inflight service one gets in those days!!! Inflight meals were something to look forward to!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu August 19, 2010:
What a truly wonderful shot that captures the golden age of aviation. I love it!

A visitor from Poland posted Tue June 22, 2010:
Seeing that with own eyes... still, I would go with the DC-8 as my favorite :) Gotta love those 4 prop engines :)

A visitor from Canada posted Wed January 13, 2010:
It's the content.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed August 12, 2009:
What a great era!!! Thanks for posting the pic. What I miss is an Interflug Tu-134,would make it perfect!

A visitor from India posted Wed August 12, 2009:
Some of the best airliners ever, All caught together !
This picture is going to stay on my desktop for a long time !!

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 9, 2009:
Wow even the first commercial jet is there!

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 9, 2009:
Wow! all the old jets, the only thing missing is a 707!

A visitor from Singapore posted Tue May 5, 2009:
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

A visitor from Spain posted Tue April 14, 2009:
Congratulations Richard. An heroic Era in one picture. Those were the days!. If only a HS Trident and a BAC 111 were also there...

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 14, 2009:

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!

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 16, 2009:
Fantastic! Never realised that the DC-8 was so much bigger than the Comet 4! The difference is striking!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon February 16, 2009:
Historic shot nice angle....any one who loves aviation will love this !....ex captain paul delmar

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun February 1, 2009:
Great every one a classic

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun December 28, 2008:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 12, 2008:
Many thanks for sharing this, pure nostalgia

A visitor from - posted Mon December 8, 2008:
Great photo... The photo of an Era!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue October 7, 2008:
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!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 23, 2008:
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.

A visitor from Finland posted Tue August 26, 2008:
What a picture, FIVE OLD GRAND FLYING MACHINES on same pic !Just enjoy the view !... Makes me dream ! Wou...

A visitor from Ireland posted Thu July 24, 2008:
Absolutely great photo documenting fascinating history of aviation.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Wed July 9, 2008:
Simply just a great line up!
Would really like to have been there.
I think that A/C

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 3, 2008:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 15, 2008:
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.

A visitor from Canada posted Sat December 8, 2007:
Great use of a telephoto lens! illustrates perfectly how such a lens compresses all elements of a picture. excellent cropping. great period shot!

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat December 8, 2007:
Many classic types together in just one photo. Historic photo.

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Wed September 19, 2007:
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!

A visitor from Colombia posted Fri September 14, 2007:
Beautiful!!! 5 classics in a single shot!

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 5, 2007:
Imagine all the noise these 5 planes would make all at once!!!
Nice representation of some great Transports here!!
Great Job Richard!!

A visitor from - posted Wed September 5, 2007:
Wow 1 great photo ,miss those classic planes especially the comet... Don ixe

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 5, 2007:
Great photo! And added bonus - a distant Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope in the upper centre!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 4, 2007:
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.

A visitor from Germany posted Tue September 4, 2007:
Wow, a photograph worth the second, third and even more looks. Just beautiful and reminding of long gone times. Well done, thank you Richard!

A visitor from Bulgaria posted Tue September 4, 2007:
Thank you for bringing back the good times - I can smell the kerosine....

A visitor from Spain posted Tue September 4, 2007:
Very welldone photos, so much classics here

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 4, 2007:
Classic Manchester shot for those of us of a certain age!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat September 1, 2007:
Love to see lots of classic planes.

A visitor from Chile posted Thu August 30, 2007:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 30, 2007:
Excellent photograph. That you could get so much information and history in to one photo is impressive.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed August 29, 2007:
Wow ! Rare pic of a common sight in early 70s. This invited me to look, compare and wonder... I just love it !

A visitor from Singapore posted Wed August 29, 2007:
Wow what a memorable picture with so many memories......LOVE IT!

Andrew
Singapore

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