Aviation Photo #0924731 Lockheed L-1011-385-1-15 TriStar 200 - British Airtours

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This is a typical early 1980s scene at Gatwick, from the long-closed superb viewing deck. Tristars from British Airtours and TWA, DC 10s from Laker and British Caledonian and Boeing 747s from Cathay Pacific and Braniff are at the terminal. Dan Air BAC 1-11 and Boeing 727 can be seen as can a Scimitar Airlines Boeing 707
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    Mick Bajcar
    British Airtours
    Lockheed L-1011-385-1-15 TriStar 200
    Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
    Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
    Lockheed
    193N-1211
    G-BHBP
    London - Gatwick
    England
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 1981
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Photo Added: September 19, 2005

Comments (38)

Anonymous
11 years ago
What a historical photo. very important to keep. worth of thousand words in this picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yes indeed worth keeping. It's great seeing how the liveries have changed over the years, and in some cases vanished.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A great historic shot, bringing back real memories of my spotting as a kid!

The B707 is the back with the S is Scimitar airlines, a cargo carrier I seem to remember.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yeah and its about time the idiots brought back that Viewing Terrace!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hey, thanks for posting that!! Brings back loads of memories for me! Such a shame about the viewing deck at LGW - I used to spend hours up there...even when I was supposed to be at school miles away in Battersea!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thanks for posting this photo.

I remember the 'Great Pumpkins' from going to pick up relatives at D/FW.

Very interesting to see so many liveries in one view.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good to see the great days of Gatwick.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks very impressive to me who is born in 1976. I love those old pictures! Good Job.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo, and why does the Cathay Pacific have a Union Jack flag on it?
Anonymous
11 years ago
I remember standing on the same viewing deck in around the 80's with my uncle who is plane mad. This is a real represention of Gatwick in the 80's.
Glad you found this photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cathay Pacific have the Union flag, becaus e Hong Kong was British in the 1980's ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Shots like this is why I check this site daily. I love 70's and 80's shots with Old Giants and scenery. Perfect..
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a great historical snapshot. So many great names that are no longer with us. This shot reminds us all that Air Travel is littered with great names.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The good old days!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fabulous! Cathay flew from Hong Kong, which was a British Dependent Territory (part of the UK, in other words) until 1997 when it was handed back to China.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Bravo, Mick,Slice of history! In the 60s and early 70s you could walk right out on the piers and use standard lens cameras! This was the later, higher viewing deck? Cathay Pacific had a Union Jack because Hong Kong was a British Colony, the flag was quietly removed in the run-up to the hand-back to China
Anonymous
11 years ago
Visitor from Cananda . Hong kong " belonged to the UK till the late 90's , when it was " handed over " to China".
I Believe , looking back, this was the time when Cathay changed it's colours.
Anonymous
11 years ago
When i see this photograph,i go to good 80's
Anonymous
11 years ago
Blast from the past! Reminds me of my childhood years when aviation amazed me so much even more than it does today. Thanks for sharing :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hi Mick, nice photo from my childhood spotting days!! Brought back some happy memories.

Incidentally, the a/c with the "S" is a Scimitar 707 - they had a couple of 707s and went bust in 1983.

Neil
Anonymous
11 years ago
I do like these old-school shots a lot - especially if a Braniff a/c is captured on the pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Big Jet Tail Heaven!! -- look at that hardworking Branniff 747. they sure clocked up the airtime.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice classic shot. I love how "Big Orange" sticks out like a sore thumb.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love long lens shots which condense the image. Stumbling across this shot took me right back to being aprehended by the LGW Police for being rather too close to the runway-entranced via the approach radar on Charlwood Road-PW
Anonymous
10 years ago
Yes all the names of yore... including the old Esso before it became Exxon... and Freddie Laker RIP... there was something about that epoch tho... shabbiness of the planes reminds me of how wild those post-deregulation years were... I came in on a PanAm Clipper a year later for a summer at Oxford
Anonymous
10 years ago
It deserves 5 stars because of its historical value. Please keep similar pics coming!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The good old days!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Happy memories!. Historical interest as shot confirms that whilst N610BN was painted in the Ultra scheme, the cream accent stripes were apparently never applied to this airliner
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo of gatwick just how i remembered it from my childhood..my nan worked for Laker and my granddad at B-Cal so i was lucky as i spent most of my spare time on school holidays airside as security was different then...how i miss those days watching the big orange take off!! such a shame that spectator's was closed!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
What a lovely old ladies orgy!
Anonymous
6 years ago
All the old flyboys of the past wonderful bring a tear to my eye when think about it
Anonymous
6 years ago
Must have been great times!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice angle. Love it!
Anonymous
5 years ago
British flag on Cathay Pacific tail?
Anonymous
5 years ago
To the visitor who posted on December 12, 2010: Yes, that's a British flag on the Cathay 742 tail. Believe it or not, Hong Kong was once part of the British empire, and within easy memory of some of us old people.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Cathay Pacific is still a British company, part of the Swire group
Anonymous
4 years ago
Aaaaah, the good old days. Lovely capture.
Anonymous
7 months ago
Classic! Reminds me of my childhood when I went with mother to pick up or drop dad at airport.

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