London Luton Airport, A Bird's Eye View

The Skies Over Luton

Sky above Luton
Sky above Luton | Source

Happy Birthday to Luton Airport 75 and still going strong

Luton Airport celebrate 75 years today 16/07/2013
Luton Airport celebrate 75 years today 16/07/2013
Luton Rugby Club
Luton Rugby Club | Source
Stockwood Park Luton
Stockwood Park Luton | Source

This is a small tribute to Luton airport. For those of you who have never heard of Luton, it is a town in Bedfordshire England. Luton was famous for hat making and is currently home to the Luton Town Football Club, a football team who once beat the mighty Arsenal at Wembley in a cup final.

Luton was also home to a large Vauxhall Motors factory, the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still situated in Luton town.

Luton Airport was opened in 1938, just before the second World War, and served as a base for the Royal Air Force. It was reverted back to the local council after the war.

Previously known as Luton International Airport, it is currently the fourth largest airport serving the London area.

Luton saw 9.5 million passengers passed through its airport in 2011, making Luton the fifth busiest airport in the UK.

Airlines flying from Luton are Easy Jet, Monarch Airlines, Thompson Airways and Ryanair. The majority of routes are within Europe, with some charter and scheduled routes to North Africa and Asia.

Luton became Famous in 1976, when Campari made a TV ad. featuring the Luton model and actress Loraine Chase. The actress played a Cockney girl being romanced by an upper crust charmer, he famously asked if she was truly wafted from paradise, she replied. "No Luton Airport" A very successful Ad campaign for Campari. The ads. were written by Vernon Howe, the master mind behind the 'Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach' advertisement campaign and many more.

Luton became infamous when on the back of the Campari ads. a four- piece all girl band called Cats, had a hit single with..... "Luton Airport"

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Easy Jet ECO Jet
Easy Jet ECO Jet | Source
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Pretty Bird over Luton

Nimbly she dances

Gliding high amidst the clouds

Her plumage of steel




Arriving and Departing

Traversing the sky

From exotic foreign land

Human migrating

 Jet Lands at Luton Airport
Jet Lands at Luton Airport | Source

Back Home to Luton Airport

To Luton she drifts

With a soft decline she lands-

Gravity defied

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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

That's a bit like saying you moved next door to the pub and lost interest in drinking. Maybe with all that travelling your taste for faraway places became jaded. Sounds like you needed a rest from it. With my luck, if I moved to near Stansted I'd find I had to take planes from Gatwick or Heathrow!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Frank, thank you for dropping in, it's good to know I'm taking Luton to masses. :).


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I too have never heard of Luton or its airport.. but you opened eyes.. and the poetry...Justifying! good hub.. no great hub!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Imkern, I grew up in Bedfordshire only a few miles from Luton, I have recently moved from St Albans, Hertfordshire, a few miles down the road. And is now living in Luton. I got the idea for the poem while tidying the garden and was interupted by an airplane coming in to land. I was amazed at how quiet it was and how like a bird, as it defied gravity with so many souls an board. Now you know all about Luton, your education is complete. :) Many thanks for the visit, always love to see you.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Jo, I've never heard of Luton, or it's airport!

This tribute leaves me wondering as to your specific connection to Luton airport, if any - OR - if you just pulled it...'out of thin air'...lol(sorry)

Well done, in either case, my friend..

voting and sharing forward..


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Alan, I've traveled all over the place for years. At one time, it was rather like hopping on a bus, but now that I've moved a few minutes from the airport I seem to have lost the traveling bug. That's life I guess. :). Thank you for stopping by, maybe I'll even see you in Luton airport one day. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jamie, thank you so much for stopping by and for enjoying this. I had fun putting it together. Best wishes to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thank you Kashmir, always nice to see you.

Best wishes.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Gypsy, glad I was able to show you somewhere new. The next time you have a conversation with a Brit. you can tell them all about Luton Airport :). Thank you for taking a look.

Best wishes to you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing. Never knew there was a Luton or a Luton Airport. Enjoyed.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What an Educational and most Interesting History lesson on Luton Airport. I too had never heard of it, but now I'm so Glad I did!

I Loved your Poem, kind of a Tribute in its self to it. I felt like I was along for the Smooth Ride.

Voted Up & Interesting as well as Beautiful, Jamie.


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

'Were you truly wafted here from Paradise?'

'No, Luton Airport'.

Killer lines!

Nice Hub on Luton. I've spent many an hour at Luton Airport, waiting for family. Mind you, I could do without the long slog up the A10, round the M25 and up the M1. I keep having nightmares about taking son/daughter and missing the turn off the M25/M1. I breathe out again when I get them right!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great review of Luton and awesome poem, well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Eddy, thank you for stopping by, always a pleasure. My best to you.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Irish, thank you. Very much appreciated.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Mhatter, Like most places, Luton have good and bad points I grew up in Bedfordshire just a few miles away from Luton. I travelled a lot, living in many different places, we moved to Luton recently. So I found the research personally interesting. Thank for stopping by, my best to you.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub;so well informed and photos are beautiful. A vote up here without a doubt.

Eddy.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I so enjoy your hubs that take me through many areas of your part of the globe. Very interesting all the way around.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow! Luton must be good to inspire you so. Thanks


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Wetnose, So glad you've enjoyed it, always good to see you.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Interesting history. I love the pic of the tree and the beautiful sky that the planes fly through.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Billy Buc, you are many things, but ignorance certainly isn't one of them. I'm sure there are a few Brits. Who couldn't tell you where Luton is. :). Thank you for the support as always.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jamie, good to see you, thanks for stopping by.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wow, Jo, thanks for the education. I have never heard of Luton, but then you have to understand that we Yanks are pretty ignorant when it comes to the rest of the world. :)

This was very interesting, and I always love your poetry. Good job Jo!


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Very nice. Jamie

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