Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
WOOOWW!!!!!!! Is all im going to say, ive done what ive always wanted to do, be under the flight path of concorde on its final approach.
Just the sheer thrill of the noise, and the ground shaking makes it worth while.
I was up at 3am and had to walk all the way round to 06R (where the approach lights are.)
I waited for 6 hours in the freezing cold wind and sore feet, but it was worth it, there were quite a few in that area (20-40 people), but I found a nice place free of any obstructions.
Then I was told Concorde was landing on 06L, so I had to leg-it (literally) for 15 mins, to be back at 06L, I had minutes to spare before she was in sight.
'AG got closer and closer and closer, I remember the whining of the engines, then it was just like a screaming in my ears (extremely loud), ground shaking, then the noise died, and 'AG flare up above 06L for landing, upon flaring I noticed some "flash-clouds" formed on the wings, and hopefully I caught this effect on film.
Then it was back to the viewing area to get a side-on shot of her, a 1hr wait for the bus back to the terminals, another 30min walk to the threshold of 24R, to await her departing, which was also just as spectacular, as she climbed above the crowd, and made a sharp turn to the left.
Its a day ill never forget, im still tearful now lol, next time I see her will be Friday at LHR, hopefully itll be just as memorable.
I noticed a lot of you guys there with cameras and stuff, id just like to hear your storys on how the day went for you, and how you feel, now shes out of MAN (forever??.....)
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
I was at MAN. It was so cold, I stood on the Aviation Viewing Park for 5 hours waiting for her to come in. It was definately worth the wait. I loved it! I got plenty of pics, and I have to say thanks to BA for letting her park in front of the aviation viewing park for about 2 hours! I then waiting about 4 hours for her to depart. I got plenty of pictures when she took off and everyone on the mounds were clapping and cheering. I don't know how I managed to take those pictures because my eyes were just full of water .
Then there was the massive rush to get back to our cars. It was so funny. Around 1,500 just ran as fast as they could to get out of the carpark before everyone else. I can't stop myself from laughing even now .
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:
Unfortunately I wasn't there, even though I would have liked to be other commitments dictated otherwise. There's a great article about the whole day at ManchesterOnline for those of us who couldn't make it.
ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
Yesterday just showed why MAN is the best place in the UK for spotting - the aircraft was parked in front of the viewing area for all to see, special buses were laid on from the rail station to the viewing park, the Avro RJX was opened up to the public, the visitors centre had a special exhibition and there were god knows how many people there (15,000 sounds about right). The support for aviation at MAN is incredible - come rain or shine (and god it was bloody cold yesterday). A great day and I was even near the front in the 4.30 car park grand prix!!
Lets see what BAA do with the xxx,000 people due at LHR tomorrow - I bet it won't be pretty.