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Airliner Collection

From the iconic Douglas DC-3 to the sleek Airbus A380, explore the fascinating world of airliners

Background imageAirliner Collection: Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889

Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889
Airbus A380 in flight. The A380 is the worlds largest passenger airliner and, due to its size, many airports have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it

Background imageAirliner Collection: Liverpool Speke Airport - A BEA Pionair

Liverpool Speke Airport - A BEA Pionair - Douglas C-47 Dakota 3 G-AGNK. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageAirliner Collection: Douglas DC-3

Douglas DC-3
Bea British European Airways Pionair Douglas Dc-3 Flying Date: 1940s

Background imageAirliner Collection: Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota

Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota
Airmen Maintaining a Douglas Dc-3 / C-47 Dakota at the Headquarters of the USAFe 85th Air Depot-Wing Date: 1949

Background imageAirliner Collection: BAC 1-11

BAC 1-11
Bea BAC 1-11 Super One-Eleven Airliner Flying over Southern England above Cumulus Cloud Date: 1968

Background imageAirliner Collection: Aerospatiale BAC Concorde

Aerospatiale BAC Concorde
Concorde 002 Prototype Roll-Out Ceremony Seen from Roof of the Brabazon Hangars Date: 1968

Background imageAirliner Collection: Bristol B-175 Britannia 102

Bristol B-175 Britannia 102
A Boac Bristol B-175 Britannia 102 Parked (Msn 12904) Date: 1950s

Background imageAirliner Collection: Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota

Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota
Douglas Dc-3 / C-47 Dakotas Being Loaded at the Headquarters of the USAFe 85th Air Depot-Wing Date: 1945

Background imageAirliner Collection: Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS (1894-1955)

Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS (1894-1955)
Major Frank Bernard Halford, CBE, FRAeS, 1894-1955, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society 1951 to 1952, in front of the prototype de Havilland Comet airliner. Date: 1955

Background imageAirliner Collection: Halford, Whittle, de Havilland and Walker

Halford, Whittle, de Havilland and Walker
From left: Major Frank Halford, Sir Frank Whittle, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and C.C. Walker in front of the first prototype de Havilland Comet airliner

Background imageAirliner Collection: Douglas DC-3 (PH-ALU) of KLM at Shoreham, 1940

Douglas DC-3 (PH-ALU) of KLM at Shoreham, 1940
A Douglas DC-3 in Dutch markings on the apron at Shoreham Airport, 1940

Background imageAirliner Collection: Bristol Brabazon JLP01_08_070272

Bristol Brabazon JLP01_08_070272
FILTON AIRFIELD, SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE. The Bristol Brabazon G-AGPW on the runway at Filton Airfield. The first prototype of the Bristol Brabazon, designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company

Background imageAirliner Collection: British Caledonian Airways air hostess Angela Booth, 23, of Norton near Stockton

British Caledonian Airways air hostess Angela Booth, 23, of Norton near Stockton. 27/08/1979

Background imageAirliner Collection: Vickers Viscount

Vickers Viscount
Bea British European Airways Vickers Viscount Airliner Parked with an Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-104B Taxiing and the Hunting Hangar Behind Date: 1950s

Background imageAirliner Collection: Britains Brabazon I passenger aircraft by G. H. Davis

Britains Brabazon I passenger aircraft by G. H. Davis
A Leviathan of the skies: Britains Brabazon I airliner, designed to carry 72 long-distance passengers. A mammoth aerial express able to cover the England-Australia route in 48 hours

Background imageAirliner Collection: McDonnell Douglas YF4H-1 Phantom pre-production

McDonnell Douglas YF4H-1 Phantom pre-production
Mcdonnell Douglas Yf4H-1 Phantom Pre-Production Model Which Set an Absolute World Speed Record at 1606Mph in 1961 Flown by Lt Col Robert B Robinson Date: 1961

Background imageAirliner Collection: Boeing 314 Clipper

Boeing 314 Clipper
Pan American Airways System Paa, Boeing 314 Clipper Fleet Number 18 Flying Date: 1939

Background imageAirliner Collection: de Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth

de Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth
Hillmans Airways de Havilland Dh-83 Fox Moth Taxiing at Maylands Date: 1934

Background imageAirliner Collection: A Boeing B-17 converted to an airliner by Saab for SILA

A Boeing B-17 converted to an airliner by Saab for SILA on its transatlantic services under the designation F-17

Background imageAirliner Collection: Comet airliner (first in service). BOAC

Comet airliner (first in service). BOAC. c.1949 Date: circa 1949

Background imageAirliner Collection: British Airways stewardesses show off a classic and elegant new uniform designed by top

British Airways stewardesses show off a classic and elegant new uniform designed by top British fashion house Baccarat. The new uniforms were to be in full service by 1978. 24/05/1977

Background imageAirliner Collection: Avro 618 Ten / X / 10

Avro 618 Ten / X / 10
Pilot Charles Kingsford-Smith and His Avro 618 Ten, Named Southern Star Unloading at Croydon after the First Flight from Australia with Christmas Post / Mail 16th December 1931 Date: 1931

Background imageAirliner Collection: de Havilland DH-115 Vampire T-22

de Havilland DH-115 Vampire T-22
RAF de Havilland Dh-100 Vampire Date: 1950s

Background imageAirliner Collection: de Havilland DH-115 Vampire T-11

de Havilland DH-115 Vampire T-11
RAF de Havilland Dh-115 Vampire T.11 Trainers flying in formation Date: 1954

Background imageAirliner Collection: Vickers VC-1 Viking airliner

Vickers VC-1 Viking airliner
Bea Vickers Vc-1 Viking Airliner Two Passenger Eating Lunch Date: 1947

Background imageAirliner Collection: Touchdown for the last time for Northeasts former BOAC Bristol Britannia 102 G-ANBK

Touchdown for the last time for Northeasts former BOAC Bristol Britannia 102 G-ANBK at Newcastle Airport. The aircraft was eventually broken up there in March 1972. 31/12/1971

Background imageAirliner Collection: BEA - European Class Aeroplane

BEA - European Class Aeroplane
BEA - " European" Class Aeroplane. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageAirliner Collection: Photograph of a Handley Page H. P. 42

Photograph of a Handley Page H. P. 42
Photograph of a Handley Page H.P.42, a British four-engine biplane airliner used by Imperial Airways. Dated 20th Century

Background imageAirliner Collection: Avro 563 Andover G-EBKW

Avro 563 Andover G-EBKW (msn 5097), The fourth Andover, built as a civil airliner, of Imperial Airways, during route proving trials. Date: 1925

Background imageAirliner Collection: Focke-Wulf S.1

Focke-Wulf S.1, a trainer derived from the Focke-Wulf A.16 airliner Date: circa 1925

Background imageAirliner Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Qantas jumbo jet. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 18 March 2007. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageAirliner Collection: Overhead

Overhead
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: New Day

New Day
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: Winter Mood

Winter Mood
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: Over the Storm

Over the Storm
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: Overhead X

Overhead X
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: London Sky I

London Sky I
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageAirliner Collection: Playboy Editor and Publisher Hugh Hefner arrives at Heathrow Airport in his private

Playboy Editor and Publisher Hugh Hefner arrives at Heathrow Airport in his private DC9-30 jet, the " Big Bunny" during a grand tour of his empire

Background imageAirliner Collection: Air France stewardesses Karen Brown (left) and Sarah Asch prepare for the inaugural

Air France stewardesses Karen Brown (left) and Sarah Asch prepare for the inaugural Newcastle to Paris flight. 26/10/1996

Background imageAirliner Collection: Gill Stokoe, 30, senior stewardess onboard a British Airways Trident airliner at

Gill Stokoe, 30, senior stewardess onboard a British Airways Trident airliner at Newcastle Airport on the 25th anniversary of the regular route between Newcastle and London. 15/05/1978

Background imageAirliner Collection: Servisair check in desk staff show off their new uniforms

Servisair check in desk staff show off their new uniforms. Servisair were the handling agents for British Caledonian Airways who operated from Newcastle Airport to Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Glasgow

Background imageAirliner Collection: Sam Hurst of Hebburn who flew on Concorde for the first time at Newcastle Airport

Sam Hurst of Hebburn who flew on Concorde for the first time at Newcastle Airport. 28th August, 1996

Background imageAirliner Collection: A British Airways Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet at Newcastle Airport

A British Airways Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet at Newcastle Airport. The aircraft had landed after being diverted from Heathrow due to fog

Background imageAirliner Collection: Passengers sit inside the massive interior of the Boeing 747. 12 / 01 / 1970

Passengers sit inside the massive interior of the Boeing 747. 12 / 01 / 1970
Passengers sit inside the massive interior of the Boeing 747. 12/01/1970

Background imageAirliner Collection: Ilyushin IL-12

Ilyushin IL-12

Background imageAirliner Collection: Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident Super 3B-140

Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident Super 3B-140
First-Flight Take-Off of the Hawker Siddeley Hs-121 Trident Super 3B-140 Most Powerful Variant of the Trident Family with a Photographer in the Foreground Date: 1975

Background imageAirliner Collection: Fairchild YA-10B Thunderbolt II / 2

Fairchild YA-10B Thunderbolt II / 2
Fairchild Ya-10B Thunderbolt II / 2 Used for Testing the Night Vision Sensors Date: 1980s

Background imageAirliner Collection: BAC X-11

BAC X-11
Artists Impression of the BAC X-11 A Stretched, Modified and Upgraded Version of the BAC 1-11 Possibly Powered by Cfmi Cfm56 Turbofan Engine - Project-Cancelled in 1971 Date: 1960s



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From the iconic Douglas DC-3 to the sleek Airbus A380, explore the fascinating world of airliners. The Douglas DC-3, also known as C-47 Dakota, revolutionized air travel with its reliability and versatility. It paved the way for future innovations like the BAC 1-11 and Aerospatiale BAC Concorde, pushing boundaries in speed and luxury. Witnessing an Airbus A380 gracefully soaring through the skies is a sight to behold - a true marvel of engineering. Let's not forget about Bristol B-175 Britannia 102, another gem that left its mark on aviation history. Behind these incredible machines were visionaries like Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS, whose contributions shaped modern aircraft engines alongside Whittle, de Havilland, and Walker. And who could overlook the glamorous era of Pan American Airlines Flying Clipper and Lockheed Constellation? These flying giants carried passengers across oceans with style. It's not just about technology; people played a crucial role too. Meet Angela Booth, a British Caledonian Airways air hostess who brought warmth and hospitality to every flight she served on at just 23 years old. Looking back at historical moments captured forever in photographs: KLM's Douglas DC-3 (PH-ALU) at Shoreham in 1940 or their Lockheed Super Constellation - The Flying Dutchman circa 1951 - we are reminded of how far we've come in aviation. Airliners have transformed our world by connecting continents and bringing people together like never before. They embody human ingenuity and our insatiable desire to conquer new horizons.