NEVER let it be said that Flypast fails to keep up with the times.
In tribute to Spain winning the World Cup on Sunday here is a picture of one of the country's Caravelles - dating from about the time when England were holders of the title!
Iberia introduced the Frenchbuilt but Rolls-Royce-engined jets on its main routes between Britain and Spain in 1961.
Adorned in the airline's attractive red and gold colour scheme, they were regular sights at Heathrow, bringing a touch of sunshine to many a grey London day.
Occasionally, at busy times, Iberia operated one of its DC-8s into Heathrow or even, on rare occasions, a Lockheed Constellation.
The Caravelles proved popular with passengers in a decade when thousands of Brits were deserting the traditional seaside holiday destination for the delights of the rapidly expanding Spanish resorts.
Iberia can trace its roots back to 1921, making it one of the world's longest-established operators, though it was not until 1940 that General Franco's new nationalist government set up an airline with that name.
In the 1950s, its network grew steadily, although its most successful routes were always those between Madrid and South America.
Now, of course, in one of the biggest deals in aviation history, Iberia has merged with British Airways.
The two financially troubled airlines announced the link-up in March this year.
Both operators will keep their individual identities but, according to British Airways chairman Willie Walsh, the merger will provide 'a strong European airline able to compete in the 21st century'.