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G-ALAL 2 Lockheed L.749A Constellation Ace Freighters LPL 02JUL66

Replaced an earlier scanned slide with a better version 21-Jan-15.


Oops!!! The ramp at the old Liverpool (LPL) terminal sloped away from the terminal quite sharply. This aircraft arrived from Belfast (BFS) with around 8,000kgs of cigarettes (although it was actually over 11,000kgs... but that's another story!). It was 3 tonnes overweight and also out of trim. I met it on arrival and as it stopped and they cut the engines, the nosewheel lifted about 6" off the ground before slowly settling back on the ramp. I collected the loadsheet and as I walked back to the office I was wondering what would happen when the 4 crew got off the flight deck and our 6 hulking loaders jumped on the back to start the offload. At that moment there was a sickening crunch and thud and I turned round to see it on it's tail... (click on the 'Right Arrow', or the thumbnails to see the subsequent photo's)

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Taken on July 2, 1966