With the insignia of RNAY Sydenham featuring the red hand of Ulster, this Sea Vixen was decommissioned in 3.84 and sent to the fire school at RAF Catterick where it was burnt out by 1988. On 28.1.63 while serving with 893 NAS, it was one of four hit by XJ585 during a night landing accident aboard HMS Centaur, but was repairable.
Only the second 707 ever to visit Southend, little did we know what an important part of the scene they'd become there 20 years or so later. Just six months old at the time of this shot, this late-build machine stayed with Nigeria Airways throughout its life until w/o in a crash after take-off from Lagos on 20.12.94
Here displaying UNHCR titles and well known during her time with Aer Turas between 1969 and 1977, this C-54 is now preserved in USAAF colours with its original serial of 44-9063 at Frankfurt Rhein-Main
A nice line of classics, typical of Southend in the Seventies. SE-FTI didn't last long as such and went on to Merpati, EAS and back to Merpati again. Next is G-BAMX looking as though it is badly corroded - broken up a year later. Then ex-EPA Carvair CF-EPW and Aer Turas DC-4 EI-ARS with UN High Commissioner for Refugees titles