Aeroplane Monthly 1985-02
Personal album
Douglas C-54A Skymaster G-AOFW, formerly owned by Alitalia as I-DALV, seen at Luqa in 1960. In 1964 FW was converted into a Carvair.
Cunard Eagle Airways' Douglas DC-6A G-ARMY at Luqa on October 13, 1972.
Avro 685 York G-AGNV operated by Skyways Ltd, at Luqa in 1959. This aircraft was first owned by BOAC, named Morville, later Middlesex, but was originally TS798 for the RAF. Skyways purchased the York in 1955 and in October 1965 it was delivered to the Skyfame Museum at Staverton. There it was repainted as LV633 and is now in the Aerospace Museum at RAF Cosford.
Eagle Airways’ Vickers Viking G-AJCD at Luqa in March 1961. Initially operated by BEA and named Vizor, later re-named Lord Barnham, this Viking was purchased by Eagle in October 1954. It was later used for trooping flights, as XF633 and then XG350.
The Vickers Type 623 Viking seen at Luqa on October 4, 1961 in the livery of Tradair was originally an RAF Viking C.2 of the Queen's Flight. Tradair received three of the Flight's Vikings in 1958. One of them was subsequently registered G-APOP, seen here. In December 1962 it was bought by Channel Airways Ltd. In April 1965 'OP was finally withdrawn from service to languish at Southend.
Airspeed Ambassador G-ALZR on finals at Luqa, Malta on May 27, 1959. The unfamiliar looking engines are Rolls-Royce Tynes. The aircraft subsequently flew with BKS and Dan-Air before being damaged beyond repair at Gatwick in July 1969.