We all keep up with the latest airlines, aircraft types and colour schemes as part of our hobby, but wasn’t it more interesting in the past?
It may be rose-tinted spectacles through which we look back, but you can certainly agree that there was much more variety in aircraft types and the colour schemes of airlines.
In the 1970s there were still many piston airliners plying their trade alongside early generation jet airliners.
Then by the 1980s there were lots of small leisure airlines trying to make the most of the holiday charter boom, particularly in Europe.
In my new book, Lost Airline Colours of Europe, the glory days of airlines and aircraft that could be seen in the past are presented in full colour. In some cases they are airlines no longer with us, whilst in others we see airlines that are still with us today but look very different.
Here’s a selection of pictures showing why spotting was more interesting in the 1970s and 80s.
Which airlines do you miss the most? Leave a comment below.
Through full colour archive photographs this book traces many of the schemes which were familiar across Europe, including national carriers, leisure airlines from the holiday charter boom, and regional airlines feeding our smaller airports. Many airlines in these pages have now been lost forever, and others continue in a completely revised scheme. Available now.