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Virgin Atlantic 747 In Tampa 3/26/05  
User currently offlineL104me From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 105 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

Today at around 3:20pm, I was driving by TPA and noticed a Virgin Atlantic 747-200 parked at the F Concourse. I'm not sure why it was here, but two fire units were parked behind the aircraft. I looked on FlyteComm and FlightArrivals.com and did not see anything showing it landing. I know the 200's are used for the Manchester to Orlando flight, so it may have been a weather diversion. The weather is Tampa was ok, but who knows!

Does anyone know what was up?

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User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

No idea why it was there but I thought VS had just got rid of all of its 742?? I thought they had been sold to Russia but 1 may be going to a home in the US?????

User currently offlineSongStar From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5000 times:

Landed right in front of my flight from bos to tpa today....due to severe turbulence over northern fla today we were 1 1/2 hrs late....the virgin flight diverted to tpa due to weather in the mco area



User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4749 times:
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It'll be G-VSSS (still operating ex-MAN for the next 5 weeks, give or take tech/weather problems).

Today's VS76 into MAN was in reality VS50 which operated MCO-MAN-LGW (with the MAN-LGW sector being VS50).

User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4718 times:

Quoting L104me (Thread starter):
due to severe turbulence over northern fla today we were 1 1/2 hrs late....the virgin flight diverted to tpa due to weather in the mco area

My relatives were lucky then....they were on VS027 from LGW yesterday, and I followed their flight on www.fboweb.com. They flew to Charleston, SC, and then made a turn back to the NE and flew for about 20-30 miles I think, turned back to the SW towards MCO, and ended up continuing towards MCO. I thought perhaps they would have diverted to either CLT or possibly ATL. I knew that weather was really bad, as my parents who are vacationing down there were driving south on I-95 and it was stopped cold. They ended up taking an alternate route to MCO, and got there just in time to meet VS027.

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