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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dublin Movements, February 1977

Lufthansa sent in a couple of their less-common 727-100s.  Their service operated via Manchester on Saturdays and Sundays.  Similarly SAS used two of their short DC-9s, which were a rare sight in Dublin.  The French Noratlas was on one of their occasional navigation training flights - always a stirring sight and sound. The appearance of executive Convair 580 N76Y necessitated a visit after I heard "Convair 76 Yankee" on the radio that Sunday afternoon!

4 February
G-AZGG       King Air 90

6 February
D-ABIU         Boeing 727-30C             Lufthansa
G-ATPE        HS125

9 February
F-BXPT        Learjet 23

17 February
G-BEJN        RC690

18 February
SE-DBS        DC-9-21                         SAS

20 February
C-GDHA       DHC-6-300                     De Havilland Canada
D-ABEC       B737-130                        LH
G-AXFH        DH114 Heron 1B

22 February
123                 N2501 Noratlas             FM0377

25 February
SE-DBP        DC-9-21                         SAS

27 February
D-ABII            Boeing 727-30C            Lufthansa
N76Y              Convair 580                   Great Lakes Carbon
N102ML         Gulfstream II
SE-DDP         DC-9-41                         SAS

28 February
G-APSO         DH104 Dove

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dublin Movements, January 1977

Another month of slim enough pickings, but some nice visitors nonetheless.  Gulfstream C-FNOR was a regular visitor; I think owners Noranda had an interest in Tara mines.  N64696 was an ex-United 720 which still wore that carrier's basic (old) livery.  This was a re-registration from OO-VGM of Delta Air Transport. It was one of many early Boeings to linger around the Aer Lingus hangars at Dublin for months at a time.  It eventually lasted a lot longer than most of the type, as it ended up as an instructional airframe at the Geo T Baker School beside Miami Airport.  It was broken up there in 2003.

The Iberia DC-8 freighter was operating possibly the first of a series of scheduled cargo flights.  These used to arrive on a Saturday afternoon, with EC-BMV operating all flights in the series.  British Airways VC10 G-ARVM was used largely for crew training and while it mostly appeared at Shannon, on occasion Dublin or Cork were used for circuit work as well.  It shows how relatively quiet things were, that training jet traffic could be accepted in the circuit at Dublin.

1 January
G-AROI         DH104 Dove
N827GA       Gulfstream II

5 January
C-FNOR       Gulfstream II                  Noranda Mines
SE-DAT        DC-9                             SAS

6 January 
N8705T          Boeing 707-331B       TWA

N64696          Boeing 720-022

10 January
49                   Mystere 20                    French AF c/s FM0060, to Cork
9J-AEB          B707                              Zambia AW c/s QZ8024
F-BRAR         Cessna 310

15 January
D-ABEN         B737-130                     LH
EC-BMV         DC-8-55F                     IB3741/2
EI-AWY           Mu-2

16 January
D-ABKF          B727-230                     LH
G-ARVM         VC10                            BA
N4867T           DC-8-63CF                 TIA
SE-DAL          DC-9                             SAS

24 January
XX507             HS125 CC.2                 RAF c/s RR1695

Dublin Movements, November and December 1976

My records for these two months are few, so I am combining them in one post.  The star sighting for me was the French Navy C-47 on 15 December, which took me by surprise as it made an early left turn out off runway 24 towards Killiney and Vartry.  I had not known it was in and it was the first time I had seen one of these silver, white and dayglo machines.  Thankfully several more would visit before their retirement in the mid-1980s.  Aircraft "23" was originally 17223 of the US Navy, delivered in 1944.  After disposal by the French it was bought by Basler for their BT-67 turboprop programme.  As N96BF, on 16 December 1994 it crashed on takeoff at Lobito, Central African Rep. and was destroyed.

BCAL 707 G-AYSI was a rare enough vistor to Dublin. This particular machine was later sold to TAMPA Colombia as HK-2401-X but was destroyed when it crashed after an engine failure on take-off at Medellin on December 14, 1983.

17 November
OO-SKF        Rockwell 680
PH-PBX        Fokker F28                    Netherlands Govt.

21 November
OY-BLG         Learjet

26 November
G-ASDC        ATL.98 Carvair              BAF Cargo
15 December
23                  C-47A                              Aeronavale, callsign FYDQD
N888SW       Gulfstream II

17 December
G-AYSI           B707-373C                     British Caledonian c/s BR6394

23 December
G-BBAE         L-1011                             BA

24 December
G-BBAH         L-1011                             BA
N887PA          B707-321B                    Pan Am

Dublin Movements, October 1976

This month was again enlivened by some movements which would have used Shannon but for a fuellers' dispute there.  Three different Hercules appeared in my log - two Saudi C-130s and Southern Air's L-100 N9232R.  The two Dan-Air 1-11s were operating one-off charters but would in due course become regulars when the airline began a scheduled service from Gatwick.  

SFERMA Marquis F-BLLR was a Beech Baron converted to Astazou turboprop power; fourteen of these conversions were produced and in fact this example (or at least its fuselage) survives as a museum exhibit at Montelimar.  British Midland 707 G-AYBJ operated a charter for Quebecair.  BMA's 707s spent most of their careers out on lease and wore many different liveries.  US Navy Convair 141009 on the 25th was visiting in connection with the presence in Dublin Port of the USS Mount Whitney.  A visit to the vessel found two Bell UH-1Ns on board: serials 159191 and 159193.

2 October
D-ABEU        B737-130                          Lufthansa
EI-BBR          BN-2A                                Aer Arann
F-BUYR         Beech Baron
G-AWZI          Trident 3B                          BA
G-AXPU         HS125
HB-VBL         Mystere 20
N410ND        Citation 500
N403PA         B707-321B                       Pan Am
N884PA         B707-321B                       Pan Am
N9232R          L-100-30                          Southern Air

3 October
463                 C-130H                              Royal Saudi AF
C-GQBH        B707-123B                       Quebecair
D-ABFE         B737-230C                       LH
EC-CFE         B727                                  IB
EI-BBG           Rallye
G-AOHM        V802                                  BA
G-ATBH          Aero145
N424PA          B707-321B                       Pan Am
N214GP         Gulfstream II                      Gillette Corp.
N871D            Gulfstream II
OY-KGR          DC-9-41                            SAS

4 October
EI-AWS           PA-34
G-BAYT           HS125

9 October
D-ABED          B737-130                         LH
EC-BIL            DC-9                                  IB
G-AOYL          Viscount 806                     BA
G-AVFO          Trident 2                            BA
G-AVPS          PA-30

LZ-BTK            Tu-154                             Balkan

10 October
D-ABEI            B737-130                         LH
EC-CFG          B727                               IB
G-AVMR          BAC 1-11                         BA
N423PA           B707-321B                      PA
N453PA           B707-321B                      PA
N18708            B707-331B                     TW

11 October 
EI-ARS            C-54E                              Aer Turas

12 October
G-ATPL           BAC 1-11                        Dan-Air
G-ATTP           BAC 1-11                        Dan-Air

13 October
G-AWMS         HS125                            Rio Tinto Zinc
G-BCCE          HS125
I-DEME            B747-143                      Alitalia (wet-lease to Aer Lingus )
N18712            B707                              TWA
SE-DAL            DC-9                              SAS

16 October
F-BLLR             SFERMA Marquis        Air Lorient
G-BAVE            King Air 100

17 October
G-AYBJ             B707-321                      British Midland

18 October
F-BIHY               Mystere 20
G-AVFC            Trident 2                          BA
G-BCGU           Jetstream 200                Guinness

19 October
G-AVFJ            Trident 2                          BA
 9J-AEB            B707-351C                    Zambia A/W

21 October
C6-BDP            BAC 1-11                       Bahamasair
G-BBLI              Commander 500

25 October
461                   C-130H                            RSAF
141009            C-131F                            US Navy Mildenhall

28 October
OO-LFA            Learjet                            Abelag Aviation
G-BCZR             Viscount                        BMA