DC-7C Freighter "Adriatic Sea" taxies out from the KLM Cargo sheds on Heathrow North along the taxiway that is now the Northern perimeter road. KLM were attached to the cosy Northside, their passenger operation only moved to Heathrow central when the long-haul airlines moved over around 1963, then the Freight operation moved Southside to the new Cargo Terminal in 1969, the 50th year of this great Airline.
PH-DCM had KLM livery on the port side and Viasa on the right side. It also flew Philippine Airlines services into Sydney. It is not known if this photo was the weekly KLM service to Sydney or one of the PAL services that switched to a KLM flight number at Singapore. KLM services out of Sydney stopped at Manila in 1969, as they had done since the days of the Super Constellation. By 1971 the need for speed saw KLM's now twice weekly DC-8-63 service go directly to Singapore. -DCM became YV-C-VIG with Viasa in 1974.
PH-DCK sporting PAL stickers for the service to Manila, then Singapore where it became a KLM flight to Amsterdam. It was leased to Viasa as YV-132C in 1976. While on lease to Viasa was sold to International Air Leases.
Perhaps bringing to mind the KLM retro B738 which remains in the diagonal tail stripe scheme, here's a bit of DC-9 nostalgia. This one, delivered in 7.68, went to Evergreen as N945F in 2.89; dismantling began at Marana in 2004 but she was still largely extant for a few more years
After her first 14 years spent with KLM as "Sir Isaac Newton", this DC-8 was sold to Viasa in 1975. Although bought by Aeronaves del Peru in 1984, she remained in store at Opa-locka as was broken up next year. We take for granted nowadays a choice of views to shoot thanks to zoom lenses, but it occurs to me that the angle here was forced by my old fixed 200mm