Southend Airport – Channel Air Bridge to Ostend

Here are three more photographs from my father’s collection of slides, taken in 1961.

The first shows the departure area for Channel Air Bridge, which specialised in flying cars and their passengers from Southend airport to Rotterdam, Calais or as in my father’s case, Ostend.

Southend Airport, late 1950s. Channel Air Bridge DeparturesThe second is a photograph of the Bristol 170 Superfreighter 32, G-AOUV, that flew the Southend to Ostend route at this time. The cars were loaded on and off through the nose of the aircraft.

Aircraft G-AOUVThe final photograph is of my father’s Triumph TR2 being unloaded from the aircraft in Ostend, en-route to Italy.

Aircraft G-AOUV and TR2Flying in 1961 seems to have been rather more civilised than it is today!


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