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Date 12 July 1961 10:00

Gagarin arrives at Ringway airport, Manchester


Location Manchester

Gagarin arrives at Ringway Airport, Manchester in a BEA Viscount Turboprop airliner.  Arriving in Manchester in the pouring rain, he is driven to the Union Headquarters in Moss Side. Seeing the crowds lining the streets to greet him, he asks for the top of the car to be taken down, saying, “If all those people are getting wet to welcome me, surely the least I can do is get wet too!” (Source: Voice of Russia)

The Bentley S II, HJ Mulliner Drop Head Coupe, chassis no B300CU, is also on loan from the Rolls Royce Motorcar Division in Crewe, Cheshire.  (Source: Davide Bassoli, Rolls Royce & Bentley historian)



London Daily Press and Hulton/Getty image Archive

Voice of Russia


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