Photos of Balair Douglas DC-6B Aircraft HB IBS from 1979 to 1981
Photos of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS
My aircraft photos taken in 1979-85 include the wonderful Balair Douglas DC-6B HB IBS, (1979-81). The highlight was a flight on 7 Aug 1981, with a few minutes in the cockpit climbing out from Norwich. I am now updating the site to widescreen 1600 x 900 format, including larger photos and some historic documentation very kindly provided by Alex Hedayat, son of the Captain of HB-IBS.


Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on it's stand  at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th November 1979 as a Tradewinds CL 44 turboprop aircraft taxis past the DC-6B and a Laker Airways Boeing 707 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on it's stand at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th November 1979 as a Tradewinds CL 44 turboprop aircraft taxis past the DC-6B and a Laker Airways Boeing 707. This and the next two photos are my first of HB-IBS are are from 35mm slides.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at London, Gatwick Airport,  taxiing out towards runway 26L past a Dan Air Comet 4C and a British Midland Vickers Viscount aon 25th November 1979 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at London, Gatwick Airport, taxiing out towards runway 26L past a Dan Air Comet 4C and a British Midland Vickers Viscount on 25th November 1979. These three 35mm shots were taken in dreadfully dull weather. But they are my first of HB-IBS and include some other great aircraft, so I have kept them in this collection.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS starting it's take off run on runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport, on 25th November 1979 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS starting it's take off run on runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport, on a very dull and murky 25th November 1979.


Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS over the  threshold of runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport during the last moments of the flight from Basle  on 13th January 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS over the threshold of runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport arriving from Basle on 13th January 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980.




Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS turning onto runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport prior to take off on 13th January 1980.


Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS waiting take off clearance on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 13th January 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS waiting take off clearance on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 13th January 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 2nd March 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 2nd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 2nd March 1980 Closer view of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 2nd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd March 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing down to runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport and past the DC-3, Dakotas of Eastern Airways and Air Atlantique on 23rd March 1980 Piston engines galore! Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing down to runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport and past the DC-3, Dakotas of Eastern Airways and Air Atlantique on 23rd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing down to runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport and past the DC-3, Dakotas of Eastern Airways and Air Atlantique on 23rd March 1980 Closer view of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing down to runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport and past the DC-3, Dakotas of Eastern Airways and Air Atlantique on 23rd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd March 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd March 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08L at London, Gatwick Airport on 1st May 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08L at London, Gatwick Airport on 1st May 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS touching down onto runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS touching down onto runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS touching down onto runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980
Close up of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS touching down onto runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS in flight not long after take off from London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS in flight not long after take off from London, Gatwick Airport on 26th May 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 19th June 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 19th June 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 19th June 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 19th June1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 20th June 1980
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at
London, Gatwick Airport on 20th June 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd June 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport on 23rd June 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS crossing the threshold of runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS crossing the threshold of runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing towards runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing towards runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th july 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th july 1980 Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport on 25th July 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport 28th August 1980
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach to runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport 28th August 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London Gatwick Airport on 28th August 1980
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS just after take off from runway 26L at London Gatwick Airport on 28th August 1980.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.



Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London,
Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS coming into land on runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.









Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS preparing to turn onto runway 08R for take off at London, Gatwick, Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS preparing to turn onto runway 08R for take off at London, Gatwick, Airport in 1980/81.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taking off from runway 08R at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81.


Notes of Captain H Hedayat, the Captain of Balair DC-6B aircraft HB IBS
Now for the first of the historic documentation very kindly provided by Alex Hedayat, son of the Captain of HB-IBS. These are some of the personal notes used by his father, Captain H Hedayat, who used to Captain this wonderful aircraft. To me the contents of the notes reveal a very high level of professionalism amongst the crews of IBS and I am proud to be able to include them here.


Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Appropriately after seeing those notes, it's time we took a flight in HB IBS. He she is at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating
an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating
an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich Airport prior to operating an aviation enthusiasts flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on it's take off roll at Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B
aircraft HB IBS on it's take off roll at Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS soon after take off from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B
aircraft HB IBS soon after take off from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport
on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Close up photo in cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport
on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Close up photo in cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport
on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Cockpit of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS climbing out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it climbs out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B
aircraft HB IBS as it climbs out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it climbs out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
A closer look at those wonderful port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS roaring away as it climbs out from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of the cabin inside Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
The cabin inside Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS after take off from
Norwich Airport on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it flies above Norwich  on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
Another look at those lovely port wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it flies above Norwich on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo of starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it flies above Norwich on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981
And another look at the starboard wing Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engines of
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS as it flies above Norwich on an enthusiasts charter flight on 7 August 1981.










Photo a young and slim Bryan Benn, your webmaster, in front of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich after enjoying that wonderful avaiation enthusiasts charter flight on 7th August 1981
A young and slim Bryan Benn, your webmaster, in front of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS at Norwich after enjoying that wonderful avaiation enthusiasts charter flight on 7th August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing towards the runway of Norwich Airport prior to taking off with the second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS taxiing towards the runway of Norwich Airport prior to taking off with the second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach at Norwich Airport when landing  with the second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach at Norwich Airport when landing with the second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981.










Photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach at Norwich Airport when landing  with the second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981
Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS on final approach at Norwich Airport when landing with the
second of two aviation enthusiasts charter flights on 7th August 1981.










A farewell photo of Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS heading into the evening sky after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81
Farewell HB IBS. Balair Douglas DC-6B aircraft HB IBS heading into the evening sky after take off from runway 26L at London, Gatwick Airport in 1980/81. This historic aircraft was sold to Canada as C-GIBS in around 1982 as tanker, (spray/fire) aircraft , and was last reported in service in 2008, and stored out of service in 2010.
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