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Boing 707 lands at RAF Northolt

Pan American Boing 707 lands at RAF Northolt by mistake.

On October 25th 1960 a Pan American (Pan-Am) Boing 707 jet with 41 passengers and crew on board landed at RAF Northolt by mistake! 

The approaches to Heathrow and Northolt were similar in that each approach, when heading over London, had before them and very large and similar in appearance gosometers. The pilot is seems saw the gasometer and then beyond it the runway and assume it was Heathrow, when the gasometer was in Harrow. The Heathrow approach has a gasometer in Hounslow.

In order to try to prevent the same thing happening again on the Harrow gasometer it large letters the letters NO (for Northolt) were painted on it and on the one in Houslow LH (for Heathrow).

There were fears that the runway at Northolt would not be long enough to get the plane airborne again but with a light fuel load it subsequently took off and made the short journey to Heathrow.

Pan American 707 at RAF Northolt
Pan American 707 leaves Northolt

The pictures above are copyright to the George Trussell Collection.

Permission has kindly been given to use them here.


Did you know that there are actually five web sites in the Ruislip Online group when Ickenham Online is taken in to account..

Brief details are show below. Some of the web sites are very large!

So, as well as the one you are looking now which is mainly historical pieces below are some other web sites about Ruislip that may interest you.

Ruislip In Pictures

Ruislip In Pictures
Pictures. Hundreds of them. Old pictures. Old adverts. Old buildings, in fact old everything and just a few more up to date ones. A veritable cornucopia of pictures.


Main Ruislip site

Ruislip Village Winter Scene

Up to date information about Ruislip and the area. Plus sections with suggested walks and even why houses are so expensive. Not forgetting the spies and USAF South Ruislip, so some history too.



Ruislip Lido from the dam

Ruislip's premier attraction and so important it gets a web site all to itself.

Everything from the history from years back to struggling to park today. It is all here.

Some classic pictures from years gone by.



Ickenham Pump

We also run the community web site for Ickenham. Loads of old pictures and some more up to date one plus details of all that Ickenham has to offer.
Details of all the pubs and more is just one click away.