Air Pictorial 1977-05
Seen taking up its position at Gatwick on 18th March 1977, British Caledonian Airways' first McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, G-BEBM "Robert Burns - The Scottish Bard", was put into service on the airline's trunk route to West Africa on 20th March 1977. The second DC-10-30, G-BEBL "Sir Alexander Fleming - The Scottish Challenger", arrived in the U.K. on 29th April 1977 and is due to start North Atlantic charter flights on 15th May 1977. In the background are some of British Caledonian’s Boeing 707s, BAC One-Eleven Series 200s and a Series 500
Dakota 3 N9985Q, which was G-ANAD back in 1954 and has since been VR-AAI and F-OCKX, parked at Hum 8/2/77;
Danish Hunter F.51, E-419, shown at Sunderland 9/3/77 in Class B marks G-9-441, has been donated to the North East V.V.A.
Artist's impressions of two new Lockheed TriStar projects - trijet L-1011-400 and twin-engined L-1011-600
Rolled out at Wichita on 17th February 1977, the 10,000th Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35, N35VB, is seen during its first flight and is now making a nationwide tour
Jet Ranger G-BEKH in Barratt Development's distinctive livery at Newcastle 13/3/77;
Seen at Baldonnel, Dublin, on 4th March 1977, these SIAI-Marchetti SF.260Ws are the first of a batch of ten now being delivered to the Irish Air Corps
Rockwell International Shuttle Orbiter atop NASA's Boeing 747 during its first captive flight, 18th February 1977
First of six Lockheed C-130H Hercules for the Egyptian A.F., 1270 (with delivery registration SU-BAA) poses with a suitable pyramid in the background
Loading RB.211 engines at Castle Donington on 8/3/77, Trans International's L.100-30 Hercules N10ST shows the new livery adopted following the recent merger of T.I.A. and Saturn Airways.
Sloane Aviation's red, white and blue G-BEJY, first British registered Hughes 500D, at Baginton 13/3/77;
HS 748 Series 1A G-BEJD in Dan-Air service at Newcastle 10/3/77;
British Caledonian Airways' first DC-10-30, G-BEBM, after delivery touch-down at Prestwick 13/3/77 where it was named "Robert Burns - the Scottish Bard ". The second, G-BEBL, will be delivered 29/4/77 and be named "Sir Alexander Fleming - the Scottish Challenger"
Thai Airways International's first McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, temporarily N87080 but now HS-TGD, was handed over in March and will be followed this month by HS-TGE
Second of two new West German aircraft delivered through Woolsington in March was Cessna 340A D-IATV, c/n. 0272, which passed through on 24/3/77
Europe Falcon Service's Falcon 10 F-BYCC paid its first visit to Southend on 24/2/77
The Ford Motor Company's ex Brazilian Presidential One-Eleven G-BEJW crew training at Stansted 31/1/77
First visit to Birmingham of Geminair's Britannia 253 9G-ACE, diverted from Luton 9/3/77
Heron 1B 5B-CCD, ex G-APKW, at Biggin Hill 19/3/77 after its return from Cyprus;
Massey Ferguson's HS 125 Series 600B, G-MFEU, just after delivery to Baginton 8/3/77;
Full-scale mock-up of the Boeing Vertol 237 which is being developed to meet the U.S. Navy's requirement for a Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) - shipborne anti-submarine helicopter.
DLT's Short SD3-30, G-BENB, taxying out at Luton for delivery to Munster 23/2/77;
Impression of the Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm/Kawasaki BK 117
First of two new West German aircraft delivered through Woolsington in March was Baron D-IKMA, c/n. TJ-98, which night-stopped on 9/3/77.
Seen at Manching before delivery, these four Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO 105s have been supplied to C.A.A.C. of China for offshore support work. They were flown out in China Airways Boeing 707s
Sikorsky S-76 N762SA, a new twin-turbine commercial helicopter, made its first flight at West Palm Beach, Florida, on 13th March. Sikorsky have already received orders for ninety-two S-76s
Supermarine Seagull first prototype, PA143, in its original configuration in 1948. Special feature of this amphibian was its variable-incidence wing
PA143 in modified form in 1949 with central fin and rudder added and trunk extended rearwards
PA143 in its original form seen from above
Commander 112A EI-BBB of M. Hanlon (Ireland) Ltd. at Newcastle 10/3/77;