Retro-Heathrow… planes from the past

Heathrow aircraft have been inspiring photographers for decades, so we decided to take a look at some “retro” and old liveries thanks to Tony Best. Enjoy!

A shot of Cyprus Airways 5B-DAK Boeing 707 taken from the Queens Building in 1982. Check out Tony's other Cyrpus Airways pic on our Instagram feed as well. Source: Tony Best

A shot of Cyprus Airways 5B-DAK Boeing 707 taken from the Queens Building in 1982. Check out Tony’s other Cyrpus Airways pic on our Instagram feed as well. Source: Tony Best

Tony Best has been taking photos at Heathrow since the 1970′s and is a contributor to the Airliners.net forum. Tony recently attended the View Heathrow AvGeek opportunity we held in T4 and we asked him to share with us some of his favourite historical pics from the airport.

This colourful Caribbean is the Air Jamaica Airbus A310 N837AB from 1998. Source: Tony Best

This colourful Caribbean is the Air Jamaica Airbus A310 N837AB from 1998. Source: Tony Best

This British Midlands Viscount G-BFZL photo is of a take off in1984. Source: Tony Best

This British Midlands Viscount G-BFZL photo is of a landing in 1984. Source: Tony Best

 

The country's favourite British Airways and their Tri-Star L1011-200 G-BGBC is the subject of this photo taken from the old T2 carpark. Source: Tony Best

The country’s favourite British Airways and their Tri-Star L1011-200 G-BGBC is the subject of this photo taken from the old T2 carpark. Source: Tony Best

A lesser remember airline these days but still beautiful, this Air UK Herald G-APWE was photo was taken in 1982. Source: Tony Best

A lesser remembered airline these days but still beautiful, this Air UK Herald G-APWE was photo was taken in 1982. Source: Tony Best

Taken during the middle of a snow storm landing in 1984, this is the Tunis Air Boeing 7272-200 TS-JHV. Source: Tony Best

Taken during the middle of a snow storm landing in 1984, this is the Tunis Air Boeing 7272-200 TS-JHV. Source: Tony Best

The Egypt Air Boeing 707 SU-APE - another classic retro livery. Source: Tony Best

The Egypt Air Boeing 707 SU-APE – another classic retro livery. Source: Tony Best

This livery was a rare sight aimed at helping the South African bid for the 1996 Olympics (which ultimately was awarded to Atlanta). This is the Boeing 747-300 ZS-SAJ 2002. Source: Tony Best

This livery was a rare sight aimed at helping the South African bid for the 1996 Olympics (which ultimately was awarded to Atlanta). This is the Boeing 747-300 ZS-SAJ 2002. Source: Tony Best

...and saving the best till last - Concorde. This stunning shot of Concorde G-Boag taking off alongside a bird was taken in 2003. Source: Tony Best

…and saving the best till last – Concorde. This stunning shot of Concorde G-Boag taking off alongside a bird was taken in 2003. Source: Tony Best

A big thank you to Tony Best for sharing this stunning selection of snaps with us.

Next week we’ll be sharing Tony’s memories of his photography passion at Heathrow and how things have changed for aviation enthusiasts since the 1970′s.

If you’ve got your own classic Heathrow pics we’d love to see them. Tweet them to us @yourHeathrow or tag us on Instagram (@heathrow_airport).


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