Memories

Some may say that this image captures the spirit of Jersey Airlines. The year: 1960. The place: Jersey. Captain Bernard Gardiner (left) and First Officer Peter Self stand alongside a Dakota, gleaming in the summer sun. The blue livery on the fuselage and the steps speaks of style. Through the open door of the aeroplane we can see the red plush of the interior trim, curtains at the windows. And the smiles on the faces of the pilots, captured in a happy snap by Jo Reader, say much about the airline they worked for and the service they gave to thousands of passengers over the years.

We owe much to Jo, who did what others were too busy to do: she captured on film all that was going on around her in one brief summer job as a stewardess for Jersey Airlines. And to her collection of evocative images we have added the personal memories of Jo herself and of Roy Spencer, then a young engineer whose job was to keep the summer fleet flying, day in and day out...