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London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:55 am

Hi folks,

I found a small batch of color images of Gatwick's terminal, taken in 1958, after the completion of Stage I of modern Gatwick. I also added a rare color aerial from 1965, taken after the completion of the Stage II expansion.

You can find it here: https://www.airporthistory.org/blue-concourse/london-gatwick-rare-color-images-from-the-late-1950s

What I found interesting is that there are already quite a few shops and restaurants for those days!

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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:54 am

great share ! thanks a lot.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:58 pm

Looks like LGW has grown a bit since then. :expressionless:
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:04 pm

Nice photos. If I'm not mistaken, once upon a time spectators were allowed along the top of the pier.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:21 pm

That is pretty interesting. Thanks for the share! It is funny how the same look and feel stayed the same for the next 50 years for most airports, at least in Europe.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:25 pm

Thank you for sharing. Really cool to see how things have changed. I didn't see any HVAC systems on the roof?
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:27 pm

Very cool. Thanks for posting!
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:26 pm

CranfordBoy wrote:
Nice photos. If I'm not mistaken, once upon a time spectators were allowed along the top of the pier.

Yes I used to visit LGW in 1964-66 era, and have been out on the pier. We also used to cycle round the perimeter track to the BUA and Mortons hangars and walk round inside them!! No fences in those days.
Except for BUA there was not much else to see, a movement every 30 mins.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:51 pm

GlobalAirways wrote:
Thank you for sharing. Really cool to see how things have changed. I didn't see any HVAC systems on the roof?

In 1958.
In East Sussex.
 
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:11 pm

Except for BUA there was not much else to see, a movement every 30 mins.


Busier than now though....
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:19 pm

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:25 pm

My first flight from LGW was 19 Sep 1959 on G-AORG, DH 114 Heron 2 of Jersey Airlines. How exciting aged 10 to be invited to sit in the right hand cockpit seat on the way home to Jersey ! Then a year later it was the same route on a BEA viscount 701, G-ANHF, and a year after that in August ‘61 in the other direction on my first Handley-Page Herald 101, G-APWB. Oh the wonderful wine of those RR Dart engines...
 
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:32 pm

Great post and photos. Thanks so much for sharing these!
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:37 pm

AY104 wrote:
Great post and photos. Thanks so much for sharing these!


Sure thing!

For the London fans here, I have multi-part photo specials and full histories planned for all the LON airports with many rare and never seen before images. I won't post everything here. The moderators already have been VERY nice to me allowing me to post some of my material here. Make sure you sign up to the newsletter to know when new stuff goes online. You can do that here: https://mailchi.mp/9e7347d14c2b/airporthistory
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:01 am

Thank you for posting these - really very nice images. It's amazing to comprehend just how much LGW has changed.

Out of purely self indulgent interest, do you have any images looking North, towards Redhill aerodrome? Just wondering if our house would be visible back then, as we look over LGW.
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:26 am

PlymSpotter wrote:
Thank you for posting these - really very nice images. It's amazing to comprehend just how much LGW has changed.

Out of purely self indulgent interest, do you have any images looking North, towards Redhill aerodrome? Just wondering if our house would be visible back then, as we look over LGW.


Self indulgence is what I'm all about. :-) I have many views looking north, and from different decades. Can you give me a better idea of where your house is? Then I can try to find a suitable image.
 
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Re: London Gatwick: Rare color images from 1958

Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:20 am

CranfordBoy wrote:
Nice photos. If I'm not mistaken, once upon a time spectators were allowed along the top of the pier.


Yes we were. If I could remember where I put my photos from that vantage point I would post them here.
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