Concorde memorabilia - Thanks to Geoff Ball

First day covers London to Washington 24/5/76 and return flight on 25/5/76.
G-BOAC Both ways.
The return cover was signed by Chief Concorde pilot Mike Bannister at Manchester on the flight deck on the 31/10/03 when G-BOAC came to Manchester on its last flight.

Some shots of tickets of a return flight to New York.
Also Telex reply from London on 31/10/03 showing total number of landings as 7730 for G-BOAC. (Flight number BA9020C)

More various memorabilia

Aircraft and airline memorabilia (With thanks to Manchester Airport, Ian Barrie & Roger Boden)

These heavy duty zippered plastic bags were used to carry ship’s papers (Loadsheet, Passenger and cargo manifests and Customs paperwork etc.)

Usually compiled by the Laker Airways Ops staff, items would be added by the aircraft dispatcher then the bag would be handed to the Senior Cabin crew member prior to departure. Some airlines used tin boxes or briefcases, usually with the airline logo stamped all over them.

As an example, Lufthansa adopted very thick brown leather holdalls with several compartments, stipulating that the bag must be stowed in the aircraft’s forward hold in a specific location and not given to the Cabin Crew !     

Trim calculator for the A300 Airbus. The BAC 1-11, DC10-10, 10-30 and B.707 all had a similar calculators for weight and balance. 

Laker Airways DC-10 load sheet.

Orion Airways flight schedule 1986/87.

Orion Airways tick.

Orion Airways B.737-300 sticker.

Orion Airways B.737 Load Chit. This was compiled for each flight by the handling agent and presented to the captain. 

The sticker dates back to 1980 and advertises the Horizon holidays brand along with their sister company Orion Airways. 

The Aer Lingus scarf is the 1986 version designed by Ib Jorgensen.






Before the days of computerised Departure Control Systems at check-in, this seatplan depicts the British Airways Trident Two seating layout for either 104 economy class or 8 First class & 92 Economy class seats.


As passengers checked in and were assigned a seat, the corresponding sticky label was removed from the chart and fixed to the boarding card. Simple but effective although most check in staff from that era will have experienced the awful feeling of closing the flight and being unable to reconcile the number of seats issued against the number of passengers checked in. A thorough search usually revealed the offending seat sticker attached to the staff member's sleeve or elbow!

In a marked departure from their usual ‘Blue’ style , Servisair’s Passenger Services staff were kitted out in this uniform between 1983 and 1988. 

The jacket was an attractive shade of brown, complimented by light grey houndstooth check trousers and skirt. Blouses and shirts were cream.

Pictured here are items of the female uniform including hat, scarf and brown handbag all with the Servisair badge or logo. The hat was particularly troublesome as it was designed to sit very high on the head. On windy days they could often be seen bowling across the apron with a member of staff in hot pursuit. Unthinkable in today’s world of FOD (Foreign Object Debris) prevention!




The British Caledonian Airways ticket desk was operated by a very capable, professional and friendly team and situated on the main check in hall, Level 5 opposite the check in desks in what is now Terminal One.


Standing over one metre tall, BCal's Lion Rampant was mounted on the dark blue background of the ticket desk rear wall and lit by spotlights. It presented a very striking display and was of course replicated on the tail of every BCal aircraft.


An aviation icon, the British Caledonian Lion Rampant is a fitting reminder of a truly great airline.

Taller than a house brick and heavier too, the Motorola MX360 was the state-of-the-art portable handset used by most departments at Manchester Airport through the 1970’s and 80’s.

The battery took nearly eight hours to recharge and the total weight of the handset was increased even further by the addition of a substantial leather case and harness.  If you attached it to your belt, your trousers fell down.

The beefy proportions of the 360 made it a useful tool out on the apron and amongst other things it was often employed to release the stubborn container locks in the cargo hold of Laker’s DC10 fleet.

Compared to the lightweight, digital hand-portables in use today, the MX360 is the Spruce Goose.

Manufactured by the Exchange Telegraph Company, this ticker-tape system was in use at Manchester until around 1984.  The only means of communicating imminent aircraft arrivals to the various departments was through this machine.

ATC would telephone Manchester Airport’s ‘Marshalling Control’ room (Located in the fish tank above gate Seven on B Pier) and give details of the next aircraft on final approach.  The staff in Marshalling Control used a large keyboard contraption to transmit this information to various airport departments and the operations rooms of the two handling agents at that time, British Airways and Servisair.  The ticker tape messages were simple, usually something like ‘BA5497 FINALS’ and ‘LANDED 18:03’.  Changes to parking stands were also communicated using Extel.

Before the introduction of the airport’s own Operations Database in 1984, both British Airways and Servisair used their own basic flight information systems.  These were managed from their individual operations rooms and listed their handled flights on separate arrival and departure pages.  When the Extel machine burst into life, the staff in the ops room would read the tape and flash the message either ‘finals’ or ‘landed’ on the screen alongside the relevant flight number. These information screens were also installed in the offices of the catering company, fuellers, HM Customs etc.  The Servisair Arrivals and Departure Information system, affectionately known as ‘SADI’ was also used for staff-friendly messages and on winter mornings often displayed such gems as ‘TRA 387M lights on, Area 3’.  This would usually send the embarrassed member of staff running back to the car park to switch their car lights off!

On busy diversion days, SADI page 3 (Which was usually a second page of arrivals) was cleared and became the Diversion Channel.  Staff knew they were in for a hectic and interesting day when they saw the message ‘Diversion Channel 3 in operation’ flashing on the arrivals screen.   

Below is an extract from the Extel tape from the morning of 8th December 1981.

A bit of mix and match going on here.  The British Airways shirt as worn by female staff in 1985, designed by Roland Klein and the uniform issue handbag from the 1977 uniform, designed by Baccarat Weatherall.

One of the many signs that graced the roads en route to Manchester Airport in the 1960’s. This example was located on Ringway road.   





Rescued during the construction of Terminal 3, this sign was above the entrance to the old British Airways Cargo building which previously stood on the site adjacent to Central Road.

A BEA European timetable valid from 18 August 1957-5 October 1957.

Britannia Airways in-flight magazine from around 1970/71. Featuring technical details on their fleet of Boeing 707 and 737 aircraft.

BEA in-flight magazine from June 1962. 

The three shots above feature, from February 1972, British Airways engineers’ aircraft  data and drill book for the British Airtours Boeing 707 fleet.

This sign was located on the wall at the far end of tower corridor on the ground floor of the original 1962 control tower block.  It remained there well into the 1980’s many years after BEA had become British Airways, the Ministry of Aviation had developed into the CAA and the GPO had become British Telecom!

All of the office doors carried perspex placards in the same font as this sign denoting the office number.  


This cap dates back to the 1970's - 80's when the aviation industry was still very 'formal'. Worn by Manchester Airport Security personnel, it complemented the dark blue military style tunic and staff who had seen service in HM armed forces were allowed to wear their medal ribbons.


The cap badge is a stylised 'winged' version of the coat of arms granted to Manchester Borough in 1842. (The title of 'city' was not granted until 1853)


The Shield: red with three gold bands drawn diagonally across to the right hand side.

The Chief (the top segment): shows a ship at sea in full sail. This is a reference to the city's trading base.

The Crest: Depicts a terrestrial globe, signifying Manchester's world trade.

This was the very last aircraft allocation message from Novair. (Ceased trading the following day)

This message was sent from the airline’s Ops room every evening and detailed the aircraft and crews allocated to the next day’s flights.

This was also the very last aircraft allocation message from Orion Airways. (Absorbed into Britannia Airways)

This message was sent from the airline’s Ops room every evening and detailed the aircraft and crews allocated to the next day’s flights.

More to come.....