Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13086 posts, RR: 33 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1844 times:
I was out at Dublin Airport today, dropping my brother and his wife off for their holiday to Sardinia and afterwards - me being me - went around to the side of the airport, where there are good viewing opportunities (Irish weather permitting!) ...
At about 4pm, the only regular 747 operation still serving Dublin took off ... and although it's something I've seen many times, it still grabs me. What a marvellous sight. What intrigued me too is that for this one aircraft, cars stopped on the road and people got out to look. After 40 years, the old 74' still draws the crowds (ok, this was a relatively new 747, being an AF 747-400BCF, but let's not splittez les hairs).
The A380 may be newer, fatter, uglier, but the 747 is still the greatest of them all ...
EICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2267 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1727 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter): At about 4pm, the only regular 747 operation still serving Dublin took off
Ive only seen it twice myself in the 5 or 6 months its flying to DUB. First time was around March not long after it started if flying here & the second time was in May. Was out in the Curragh near Newbridge & saw it on its way in to land on 10. Now if only we still had the SQ cargo 747 still fly here, imagine having 2 old jumbo's parked beside each other
EI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1700 times:
I used to really enjoy seeing the AF 747 pass through SNN on a Saturday afternoon, although then it was mainly the -200 , a far nicer sight IMO. I always chose my time spotting down there carefully so that I would see it, it was one of the highlights of the day, unless of course something even more special paid a visit! Then of course the service was moved to DUB...pity but luckily 747's continue to remain a common enough sight at SNN these days.
Qantas787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1670 times:
Different part of the world but still relevant. Regular parked line up during the day at SYD. Virgin 346, Singapore 388, United 744 and Etihad 345, a great combo of new aircraft with the old girl in between, and it loses NOTHING to the johnny come latelies. Go the 744!
Smeg From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1645 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter): went around to the side of the airport, where there are good viewing opportunities
Glad to see that they still have those bays on the perimeter road. Had many a spot and a snooze there.
Quoting Qantas787 (Reply 3): Different part of the world but still relevant. Regular parked line up during the day at SYD. Virgin 346, Singapore 388, United 744 and Etihad 345, a great combo of new aircraft with the old girl in between, and it loses NOTHING to the johnny come latelies. Go the 744!
Couldn't agree more. Old Queenie certainly does not lose out to the young pups and upstarts.
Funny but when you are at the airport, look at the kids. They all want to travel on and are quick to point out the 747. To them it is the one and only "real" aircraft.
The majority of people who travel on long haul still assume that they are on a good old Jumbo, regardless of the type of a/c that they are on. (non A.Nutters of course!!)
I dont think that there will ever be the like of her again.