41 Vintage Pictures Of Heathrow Airport That Show Air Travel Was Once A Stylish Affair

This is what flying looked like when it was still cool.

Heathrow’s Terminal 2 is reopening on June 4 this year after being completely demolished in 2009.


It was first opened, as the Europa Building at what was then known as London Airport, in 1955 by a young Queen Elizabeth II. In the years that followed the airport counted plenty of glamorous passengers among its clientele.

1. Seating in the Europa building, now called Terminal 2, 1950s.

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2. The Heathrow Air Traffic Control Tower, 1955.

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3. Entrance to public post office, 1955.

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4. Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at Heathrow, 1956.

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5. Restaurant and cafeteria, 1950s.

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6. Fortes Duty Free shop, 1950s.

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7. Marilyn Monroe with her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, 1956.

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8. Fortes snack bar, 1950s.

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9. Fortes snack bar, 1950s.

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10. Cocktail bar, 1950s.

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11. Fortes Grill and Griddle restaurant, 1950s.

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12. Fortes Grill and Griddle restaurant, 1950s.

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13. Elizabeth Taylor and husband, film producer Mike Todd, arriving at Heathrow, 1958.

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14. Britannic Bar, 1950s.

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15. Britannic Bar, 1950s.

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16. Airside, restaurant seating area overlooking apron, 1950s.

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17. Lord Anthony Moynihan, 3rd Baron Moynihan, is greeted on arrival at Heathrow by ‘Miss Calypso of 1957’ Julia Martin, 1957.

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18. Airside, restaurant seating area overlooking apron, 1950s.

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19. Fortes Grill and Griddle restaurant, 1950s.

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20. American opera singer Maria Callas, 1958.

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21. Airside restaurant seating area, 1950s.

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22. Central restaurant prep area, 1950s.

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23. Aircraft catering, 1950s.

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24. Main approach to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, 1960s.

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25. Members of the British Olympic team prepare to board a BEA Viscount for their flight to Rome, 1960.

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26. Aerial view of central terminal buildings, 1960s.

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27. Piers at Terminal 2, 1960s.

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28. Tony Hancock at Heathrow with his first wife Cicely Romanis, 1961.

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29. Flight arrivals information board, 1965.

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30. Departures hall, 1965.

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31. Cliff Richard leaves Heathrow for the United States for an appearance on a TV show, 1963.

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32. British model Twiggy boarding a TWA plane at Heathrow Airport, 1960s.

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33. Audrey Hepburn, 1964.

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34. Dusty Springfield jets off for a holiday in Rio de Janeiro, 1965.

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35. Brigitte Bardot, 1966.

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36. Terminal 2 forecourt at night, 1960s.

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37. Jimi Hendrix, 1970.

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38. Hugh Hefner, publisher Playboy magazine, aboard his private DC 9 jetliner with ‘Bunny Girls’, 1970.

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39. Actress Jane Seymour leaving Heathrow Airport to resume filming of the new James Bond film, ‘Live & Let Die’, in Jamaica, 1972.

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40. Departures hall, 1980s.

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41. Terminal 2 forecourt, 1980s.

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