Kcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1432 times:
Like nothing I've ever seen before, a large, 4 engined a/c, at CLE. The aircraft was no other than an A340!! I'm unsure of the airline, but by the c/s, it looked like AirLanka. I took a lot of pics, so when I figure out a website with free pic. hosting and free linking to other sites, I'll post them. One other person, redngold, was there to see it.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
I will try to get closer to that plane today. The color scheme is thick brown stripe along the fuselage over white base paint. There was some sort of foreign language (probably Arabic) title near the front of the a/c. That's what I saw passing by on the highway; I'll try to do a discreet walk-by tonight.
What you're looking at is the A340 belonging to the Qatar Emiri Flight...and it's not the first visit to Hopkins for this jet.
I live in Florida now, but lived in CLE three years ago when this aircraft came sliding out of a grey winter sky one afternoon. From my vantage point at the bus turnaround parking lot along Brookpark Rd. I at first thought I was being treated to the spectacle of a rare (now nigh impossible) 707 visit. But as the ship rolled to a taxi pace I realized it was a larger newer A340.
My first hint that it wasn't just any old jetliner was the amount of Cleveland Police motorcycle and patrol car units guarding otherwise unimpressive intersections. At a red light I rolled down the window and took a shot at inquiring what was up with one of Cleveland's finest, but his only response was "who wants to know?", so I thought I'd leave it at that.
The aircraft's VIPs are bound for the Cleveland Clinic and its' world-class cardio-care facilities. I believe it's the Emir himself, flying in on a jet with a specially equipped operating room aboard in case his health turns ugly in flight.
You might be interested to know that this Airbus most likely flew in with the Emir...and his personal herd of goats! There's actually a special pen for them on the roof of the hospital where they provide His Excellency with only the finest fresh goat's milk.
And finally, the visit three years ago was a major operation...the Emir was in residence for several months, during which the flower shop down the street made something like $350,000 off of supplying arrainged-to-order fresh flowers every day. A LOT OF THEM.
Best wishes to His Excellency.....and looks like you guys have yourself a big ol' Airbus to keep the CO 73's company.
Kcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1215 times:
Are there any good spots to see the plane if it'd still here, which it probably is since the explanation of the Emir's health by Heavymetal. I was thinking of going to the parking garage, but then they charge you for 30 min. if you're there for 10. So, if His Excellency is here till at least the end of the month, I could probably coax my parents into taking me to the parking garage, or the windows on the East Side of Concourse A. Let me know if there are any free viewing areas that are close to the plane, without being arrested.
SouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1207 times:
I live in Cleveland, on the east side, and Heavymetal is exactly right. FOX 8 at 10PM had a story about him benig here for treatment. I am flying CLE to IAH tomorrow (today) and I hope to see the A/C when I go. It will be nice to see something different then 737's, DC-9's, RJ's, and Turbo's.