Goomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
I was in London on September 11th watching a football match - Arsenal at Fulham. Fulham's grounds are on the approach for LHR and while watching the match I looked up and saw a 747SP on final - Probably around 3:30 PM
I couldn't make out the livery. Does anyone know who still flies the 747SP into LHR? Perhaps this was Iran Air?
Hz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1632 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2110 times:
I think that Syrian or Iran Air would operate the 747SP into Heathrow still. I saw the Syrian Air 747SP at FRA when I was there in March. One thing you could do, Goomba, is a search of 747SP and LHR in A.Net and see if there are any recent photos and who is operating them into Heathrow. Yeminia may still fly theirs commercially too.
It is one of my favorite aircraft. I remember when Saudia used to operate them for sched services on the first nonstop JED-JFK flights.
I would like to know what it would do if they put the latest and greatest technology into that airframe today, how it would perform.
Paul777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
This aircraft has also been seen on occasion at RDU. There was a post a while back as to the reason. Old age is catching up to me, and I can't seem to remember the reason. Two possibilities came to mind: someone of stature from there is attending one of the universities in the area, or getting treated at one of the area hospitals.
SOU146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
Does anybody know why in particular SP (Brazil)">VP-BAT is based in Bournemouth...?
I was lucky enough to be at Bournemouth Saturday afternoon (25th) and watch her take off, the first time I've ever see an SP fly. I'm not sure where she was heading though and yesterday whilst waiting for my train at Southampton Central I noticed a 747 fly over on approach to BOU which looked like SP (Brazil)">VP-BAT returning from whatever duties she had been carrying out.
Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 28 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
VP-BAT was parked at DAL for almost 6 months back in 1997 or 1998. Its interior was being refurbished by Associated Air Services. At that time the ownership was a holding company in the Cayman Islands.
I was at DAL when the aircraft arrived, and it was empty aside from a complete BA crew (including F/A's), which was odd.
I have a photo of it in this database, although it is primitive by today's standards.
SOU146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1387 times:
I guess its to protect the engines from the elements if they're gonna be standing for a while, a bit like putting a car in the garage overnight.
Its intresting to know that its currently back at BOH with its engine covers on having seen it depart Saturday afternoon. It used most of the runway length on takeoff (kicking up loads of spray in the process..!) which perhaps meant it was to be travelling some distance. I imagine an aircraft like that with big wings, little payload and not much fuel would not need much runway, even on BOH's relativly short runway lenght of about 6500 feet.
SOU146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
I didn't expect it to use as much runway as it did, there was not much difference to when I saw a European B742 take off bound for JFK last November.
The only way I know of any aircraft movements is by logging onto http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight (copy and paste to ur web browser) and type in EGHH, this only shows flight arrivals and not departures. I only went to BOH last weekend to see the afternoon B732 flights and the BAC 1-11's before they're turned into Coke cans. Shortly after parking up, VP-BAT taxied to the end of the runway and took off.
Amazing sight...! Unfortunalty I don't get to BOH as often as I'd like.