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80s Airliners

Scan 2-1427.jpgIn previous posts I have talked about the program I am going through the scan all of my old negatives and transparencies.  It is a far speedier process than I used to use but it is still pretty time consuming and I am about a third of the way through the collection.  It will depend on how many rainy weekend days I get as to how quickly I go through them.  Something I am discovering as I go is that I have a variety of shots I had completely forgotten about.  Over the years I have gone through the sheets of negatives from various aviation events that I wanted shots from.  I was pretty familiar with what was there.  What I hadn’t realized was that my old film days would often include two or three shots of an aviation topic in amongst a bunch of other shots.

Scan 2-1433.jpgI have been coming across all sorts of shots, both civil and military that I had forgotten about.  The majority of them are airliners, some of which are types now out of service and occasionally airlines that don’t exist anymore.  Old 747-100s, some early Airbuses, 727 and 737-200, the occasional Ilyushin and even a Shorts Belfast show up.  Needless to say there are some appearances by Concorde too.

Scan 2-1202.jpgA combination of poor technique, less than ideal conditions and some less than pristine negatives means that these shots are not going to be gracing the walls any time soon.  However, they are an interesting reminder of things that have gone.  I wish I had more comprehensive coverage of the time but I actually didn’t take that many pictures at that time.  A tad disappointing but I can’t change it now.

The Early Emirates

Scan 2-1349.jpgIf you were to ask someone to name one of the dominant global airlines these days, it wouldn’t be long before the name Emirates came up.  The rapid growth and large fleet of wide-bodies makes Emirate a familiar sight around the world.  It is easy to forget that is was not always thus.  I first saw Emirates in 1988.  At the time, I had a small book of airliners around the world and it listed the planes that were potentially going to be seen in the UK.  It didn’t include short haul jets from the opposite side of the world but it did have something that could conceivably be seen.  At the time, Emirates were listed as having one A300 and two A310s.  A far cry from what they have now.

They used to fly in to Gatwick with the A310s.  While working for the CAA, I got to spend a bunch of time under the approach to Gatwick recording noise levels of the passing jets.  I did manage to get the occasional shot too!  Here is a scan of a slightly rough negative of an Emirates A310 passing the middle marker.  This plane would now be considered a bit too small for their regular operations!