Aviation Photo #2044540 Vickers 953 Vanguard - BEA - British European Airways

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It's August, 1964 and it looks like evey seat is occupied on this 85-minute flight from LHR to GLA. BEA's 135-passenger 953s were all Y configured and this mid-cabin seated 77. A view out of the big 26 by 19 inch windows revealed red painted wings. Listen carefully, maybe you can even hear the Beatles singing "A Hard Day's Night" over the thrum of those big 17-foot props.
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    Dan Clark
    BEA - British European Airways
    Vickers 953 Vanguard
    Vickers Vanguard/Merchantman
    Vickers Vanguard/Merchantman
    Vickers
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    G-APEK
    In Flight
    England
    United Kingdom
    August 1964
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Photo Added: January 05, 2012

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Anonymous
5 years ago
This is a rare and much appreciated look into the cabin of a rare turboprop airliner. Well done!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Love the overhead bins. Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Retro cabin picture!! Note overhead coat racks instead of luggage compartments! Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice! I was born in August 1964! Not too different from now, not considering the missing smartphones...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice photo, but the guy with the dark sunglasses looks like D.B. Cooper!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Lovely photo! First time I have seen the inside a PAX Vanguard. Nice plane - love those old Brits!
Anonymous
5 years ago
One of the blues brothers on this flight? lol nice catch...
Anonymous
5 years ago
I flew on BEA Vanguards from LHR to JER a couple of times and I think the rear cabin behind the rear door was first class if my memort serves me well.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Dan,
Not sure about "A Hard Day's Night....but when I listen carefully I can hear the Beatles singing "Back In The USSR".
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful photo! One thing that I noticed right away is the small amount of "stuff" in the overhead rack. Compare that to today, where we travel with massive amounts of e-toys, clothing, cameras, etc, and now look at the small amount of carry-ons that these folks had.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice photo - nice journey back in time! Thanks for sharing!
Scotland, United Kingdom
3 months ago
Nice one, and of course this would have been two years before the old 'GLA' at Renfrew closed down to make way for it's successor a mile or two away at Abbotsinch, where we find GLA today. I live roughly halfway between the two and love to pretend my car is an old Viscount or Vanguard as I hurtle along the perfectly straight section of M8 motorway, built on top of the former Renfrew runway.

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