Paul Filmer’s archive series continues with a selection of images from Heathrow Airport in 1988.
This is last installment of my Heathrow archive. I was becoming even more selective on what I shot, as I was becoming disinterested unfortunately. Luckily I seemed to have a sense that there were still some aircraft around that I should shoot all the same.
Here we see a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 707-300C A20-623 parked up at the British Airways maintenance ramps. This airframe flew for British Caledonian (BCAL) as G-BDKE, and also served with QANTAS, Ontario Worldair and Woldways Canada before going to the RAAF. After a long period of service with the RAAF between 1983 and 2011, she was bought by Omega Air in the USA as N623RH.
Okada Air Boeing 707-300C 5N-AOQ is another ex-BCAL machine, formerly registered as G-AXRS. This aircraft was written off while being operated by International Air Tours Cargo as 5N-VRG, when it overran the runway at Ostend at high speed with a hydraulic failure on 14 November 1998.
Falcon 50 YI-ALD was operated by Iraqi Airways and later served with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force and after with Saha Air as EP-TFI. It was just a shame she wasn’t painted in Iraqi Airways scheme, like many other airframes were at the time.
Boeing 707-300B N707KS, operated here by Skyways International Aviation, ended up in Angola operated by the Government as D2-MAN, and was withdrawn from use at Luanda.
Royal Saudi Air Force VC-130H was quite a frequent visitor to the UK, and is seen here caught on a rare sunny day on the cargo ramp.
Another Boeing 707, this time belonging to the Coastal States Gas Corporation, again parked at the cargo base. We used to get a lot of odd one-off visitors here – I only wish I’d taken my camera to work more often.
Last is my only decent photo of Concorde 102 G-BOAF, which coincidently was the airframe that I flew to New York on the same year, just before I left my job at British Airways.
After I left the airline and left the UK, I didn’t shoot again at Heathrow until well into the digital age.