A newly built camouflaged Warwick C.III departs from RAF Ringway's main runway, then only 4200 feet long, on delivery to an RAF Transport Command squadron. It is flown by a based pilot of No. 14 Ferry Pool, Air Transport Auxiliary. Image obtained from an ATA pilot over 40 years ago.
Hatfield-built Dove 1 on a photo sortie with a full load of DH's lady employees. Handed over to Airways (India) Ltd on 7 January 1948, but lost when crashed into Mt Urbanu 40 miles from Rome whilst on its delivery flight. From DH 60 years ago.
This Argus was operated by Manchester (Barton) based Photair Ltd from June 1948 until closure of the firm late that year. It was used on aerial photography and pleasure flying activities from Barton and Ringway. Ex UC-61A 41-38860 and RAF EV796. Obtained from Photair 60 years ago.
The first CL44 built for the civil market. Used by Canadair for tests and demonstrations following its first flight on 16 November 1960. Sold to Loftleidir in May 1965 as TF-LLH. Obtained from Canadair 50 years ago.
Served Air France 1948 until 1960. Modified later to L-749A and fitted out as 65-seater for European services. To SGAC in SAR configuration with call sign F-SSFP. Scrapped in 1973. From Air France 60 years ago.
Colonial Airlines were based in New York and acquired its first Skymasters in 1946 to serve their long overwater route to Bermuda. "Skycruiser Bermuda" was bought on 29 May 1947 and served Colonial until their merger into Eastern Air Lines on 1 June 1956. Sold to Independent as G-APCW on 11 August 1957. Obtained from Douglas 60 years ago.
This was the prototype DH.89, first flying from Hatfield on 17 April 1934 with DH's E.4 test markings. Sold to Switzerland as CH-287 and HB-ARA from November 1934. Bought by Swissair in March 1937 and re-registered HB-APA on 19 April 1948. Sold in 1954. Last flew in 1960 and sadly burnt in 1965. From Swissair 60 years ago.
This 049 Constellation was delivered to TWA on 19 February 1946 and was later named "Star of Tripoli". Converted from first class to coach in 1953. Total time at May 1959 41,203 hours. Sold to Las Vegas Hacienda in May 1961. From TWA 60 years ago.