Old Photographs of
Liverpool: Speke Airport (now John Lennon Airport)
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As this picture of the author's mother (and grandmother, in the immediate foreground) shows, the airport at this time was popular among Liverpool families as a venue for a 'day out'- especially on a Sunday when the pubs were shut and there was "nothing else to do". I certainly loved it- that's my back end behind my mother, the rest of me hanging eagerly over the rail and watching a DC3 arriving at the terminal.
Below we see a Lockheed Super Constellation, known as a 'Connie', being refuelled with the River Mersey behind.
Reader Hamish West has kindly sent us this link to an interesting website about these aircraft and tells us that the Super Constellation was- and is-"a very distinctive and beautiful aeroplane, it meets the test of 'If it looks right, it usually is right'... according to my father, an RAF and airline pilot, it was one of the nicest aeroplanes he had ever flown".
|Reader David Manning however, wrote the following,
"Just a minor point, but the aircraft labelled a 'Super Constellation' is in fact a 'Constellation'. It is a type that you either loved or loathed. I was resident at Luton at the time they were operated by Euravia as in the photo, and I loathed the things. The Bristol Britannias which replaced them- Euravia becoming Britannia Airways at the same time- were much nicer aircraft.
In itself , the photo is interesting in that I do not recall a reference to Euravia operating from Speke. I wonder if it was a SkyTours flight?
The Dakota on the photo above, with you hanging over the railings, looks remarkably line a British Midland Airways one. Again I believe fairly unusual at Speke. My first flight was in one of these, and it put me off for life. Luckily I still love aircraft and avaitation."
Liverpool is one of the UK's oldest operational airports, first thought of as an idea in 1928 with scheduled flights commencing in 1930 and an 'official' opening ceremony some 3 years later on 1st July 1933.
• Some new photographs of this splendid building and its surroundings, taken by the author in February 2011, may be seen here...
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