Paul Filmer’s London Heathrow Airport retrospective series continues as he looks back at 1986.
CAAC Boeing 707-300B, at the time a very rare visitor to the UK, is still operational with the Israel Defense Force as a EC-707 serial 260.
HS121-3B Trident G-AWZK was kept by British Airways as a ground trainer for quite some time, and was the only Trident to be painted in the Landor colour scheme, although the black and white image does it no justice. It’s currently displayed at the Manchester Airport Viewing Park.
Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434 / G-ASJV is still flying in the UK with the Old Flying Machine Company, and is seen here in front of a British Airways Boeing 747-100 in one of the maintenance areas.
HS121-3B Trident G-AWZI is seen here at the old Bealine Maintenance Base, and is said to have been a test case for new Royal Jordanian colours that were never taken up. The colour was dark green with gold cheatline, and in certain conditions looked black.
C-47B N1305M is seen here parked at the British Airways Cargo Base after arriving unexpectedly on 24 March 1986. It departed the next day for its final resting place where it’s preserved at the Berlin Memorial at Rhein-Main, Germany.
British Airways L-1011-200 Tristar G-BHBM was later converted to a freighter for American International Airways and was last seen withdrawn from use at Kavaia, Greece.
Jamahiriya Air Transport Boeing 707-300C 5A-DIX is seen here at the Cargo Base and was eventually broken up in Cairo, Egypt in November 2009, after later serving with Libyan Arab Airlines and finally National Overseas Airline of Egypt.
Iraqi Air Force Il-76MD YI-ALR is seen here in the snow, and was the only Il-76 I saw at Heathrow this year.
HS748-2A G-BGMO is seen here after being delivered from Euroair Transport and before entering service with British Airways. She later served with JEA, Euroair and Mount Cook of New Zealand before returning to the UK with Emerald Airways. She was sold to Bangladesh operator Easy Fly Express in 2008 as S2-AAX.
Interflug Il-18V DDR-STH is seen here about to depart 28R.
The Forbes Magazine Boeing 727 was a regular visitor during this period.