JezUK77 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 35 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3692 times:
I've just joined airliners.net after a good few years browsing the photos and forums on here. A great place and a big thanks for all those involved and contribute to a fantastic source of information!
I have a couple of questions for those concerned!
I arrived at work this morning (just outside north-west of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) at around 8:25am and I was alerted by a friend that she could see a low flying jet above us! At a guess, it looked like a 747 at around 9000 feet! It had look about it but now I am not so sure! It was heading to a easterly/south-easterly direction.
Can anyone tell me by visual, if not sound, the difference between a 747 and an A340? Also, would there have been any 747s taking off from BHX around just after 8am on a Thursday?
I did not have my camera with me to take a photo so it's just a memory now.
Can anyone help?
(Wellingborough is probably at a guess around 60 miles from BHX. I am not 100% sure!)
JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
PIA used 747s to BHX in the late 90s/early 00s but there are no current scheduled or charter services operated by the aircraft. 747Fs have been known to visit BHX (Atlas Air were regular) but these freight services stopped a while back. There is even less chance of what you saw being an A340.
It is possible, I suppose, that the XL.com/Air Atlanta 747-300 could have been assigned to BHX that day, but I very much doubt it.
The aircraft was either from/going to somewhere else or your eyes were deceiving you.
JezUK77 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3597 times:
Thanks guys! Interesting info!
How about EMA or STN?
I naturally assumed BHX because a couple of years, the flight paths were changed which saw more departures and arrivals in/out of BHX flying over my area!
I'll give you another example, approximately 3:20pm today, I saw a plane heading towards BHX over Wellingborough obviously below 10000 feet and moving quite fast (I know there is a speed restriction below 10000 feet). From the shape of it looked like a F100 or F70. This of course could have been a BMI flight from AMS or BRU inbound to either BHX or EMA!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11502 posts, RR: 62 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3313 times:
BHX really needs to get a longer runway before it can accept regular 747 movements again, its relatively short for such a type. There are also occasional 747 visitors early in the morning if LHR or LGW are shut by fog, the divert into BHX and then carry on down to their destination when the weather has cleared.
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JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3282 times:
BHX can handle 747s and has done so many times in the past, although fully-loaded examples are a different matter. PIA and Atlas Air were regulars in the late '90s/early '00s, and some of last years Hajj flights were operated by SV 744s. The Corsair flight was a special charter (can't remember what exactly).
During the G8 summit (held in Birmingham a few years back), the two Japan Air Defence 744s were handled simultaneously, along with USAF 1, an IL-62, IL-96, a couple of DC-10s and a TriStar. Of course many smaller craft were also present. Needless to say, apron space was at a premium that day........
As for 777s, BHX has no problems handling those, however they must attend certain stands. Both EK and AI have daily 777 flights into BHX, with good loads too.