Charting the oil boom years

Charles Woodley shares an exciting timeline of aeronautical developments which saw the fortunes of Aberdeen Airport transformed thanks to the discovery of North Sea oil and gas

A Bristow Sikorsky S-61N, G-AZDC (c/n 61424), takes off from the oil rig Sea Quest in the North Sea on November 30, 1973 
David Cairns/Express/ Getty Images

In the summer of 1967 Aberdeen’s small airport at Dyce was served by infrequent flights linking the coastal city to other parts of Scotland as well as London, England. The Scottish division of British European Airways (BEA) operated a daily Vickers Viscount service to Glasgow, from where connections to Manchester and other UK points were available. For those heading even further north, there were also services to Orkney, Shetland and Wick.


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