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The building of London Airport (Heathrow)
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Rick
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:07 pm    Post subject: The building of London Airport (Heathrow) Reply with quote

There's some excellent footage in this film, not just of aircraft but of lorries, diggers and crawlers ...

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-london-airport-1949-online

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of interesting vehicles, I know everything has to start from somewhere but its hard to imagine the size of the place now.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I went there once when the huts and tents were the terminal alongside the A4.
later cycling there to plane watch from the top of the Queens Building in the central area.
Strange, that it had 6 runaways and now they need a third.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking forward to seeing that film, but us "foreigners" aren't allowed to see it!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Found it on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qnuutCjoAk
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Mr Penman,

I thoroughly enjoyed the early days of Heathrow.

Did you notice the couple doing the concrete compression testing? No shields on the machine, no safety glasses, rolled up sleeves. Wow! Occ. Health and Safety would have kittens nowadays!

As Rick commented, the aircraft and machinery was well worth watching.

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