gibraltar-bea-viscount

Hello,  the last few weeks have been very busy and no time at all for stamps. Lots of flying although not on this wonderful aircraft.  Very nostalgic to see this in a a set of 4 from Gibraltar, issued in 2006 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Gibraltar Airmail Services.

The plane, as no doubt you know, is a Vickers Vanguard. It was a British short/medium-range turboprop airliner introduced in 1959 by Vickers-Armstrongs, a development of their successful Viscount design.

It was introduced into service by BEA in 1960 and I remember flying it many times on the London Edinburgh route. Only 44 were built. The aircraft had very low operating costs per sear mile but with the introduction of jet aircraft they were not to see much further success. They were eventually converted to freighters and did continue to fly well into the 1990s.

One more bit of trivia for you. When the aircraft was configured with a first class cabin, that cabin was at the back of the aircraft. Very unusual I think, as first was traditionally at the front of a plane. Why at the back?  well because it was quieter there.

Enjoy your aerophilately and your flying.       Michael     cddstamps.com

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