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Does Anything Special Happen At Your Airport?  
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2794 times:


I know that not all airports are just for civilian aircraft, some have other uses.

FZO is no exception, its one of the most important airports in History. The joint home of Concorde, as well as a major part in British Aerospaces former success.

Now the Airbus wings are mostly assembled here, as well as A300 cargo conversions and storage for aircaft since 9/11.



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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Well...we have a few 737s and some RJs that fly in and out of here a few times everyday...is that special?

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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Lots of military stuff at NCL, as well as the occasionl AN124, 747, 777 etc.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineNWA ARJ From United States of America, joined May 2001, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

In Fargo ND (FAR) we usually see NW DC-9's ARJ's and United Express CRJ's. But about once a month Northwest sends a 747-200 hear to do touch and goes for pilots upgrading to the 747. And we also get many NW planes when there is bad weather in Minneapolis (MSP).

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User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I think UA has some sort of maintenance base here at SFO. I can't confirm that.

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User currently offlineHSVXJ From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 229 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

All (or most) of the US made components of the International Space Station have flown out of HSV via Super Guppies. They build them here at NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center and have to take down the overhead street signs on the interstate when they truck them on down.

Other than that, it's cool to see our twice daily international 747 cargo service come in.

Oh, and the AF Concorde in Nov 1999.


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

AerLingus, you are joking, aren't you? SFO is UAs main MX base.

At my home airport, not much special happens. The occasional MK 747, Cameroon 747 departing, new 777 in storage, etc. DC-10s and L-1011s arriving for storage. The rows of widebodies that will never have the wind beneath there wings again. Pretty boring really.

Down the road is much different. Global Express and Learjets flying in and out all day. Aircraft arriving from overseas, clearing customs en-route to MZJ, aircraft on delivery stopping for fuel, 727s parked in every corner of Hamilton Aviation. Kind of sad really at Hamilton. Used to be 5 or 6 at a time in the various stages of conversion. Now it seems they are half heartedly working on 2.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlinePirate From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

We have the resident Super Constellation VH-EAG, that on occasions is parked within the Qantas Jet Base at Sydney Airport, amongst the B747s and other modern equipment. Makes for a lovely comparison of old and new, and highlights how much technology has changed over the past 45 years. Whenever it taxies past the domestic terminal into the complex, passengers awaiting their flights often have their faces 'glued' against the terminals windows enjoying this spectacle.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

It is all pretty boring at airport around me airplanes just take off and land all day! At LHR there is a pub which I go to while waiting for people, you know how stressing it is looking out for friends/family, a beer or 2 makes it much more enjoyable especially at 11:00 A.M. Big grin

User currently offlineMEPDC9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

I live in Erie PA and nothing relly special happens here its a pretty small airport but we have Mesaba SF340 but in January we'll get CRJ and US Airways is pulling jet service in early january. Very rarely we get some Spirit Airlines but i dunno if its weather or just charter. And almost every day C 130s do touch and gos. But right after the terroist attacks we had to shut down the parking lot because its was closer than 300 feet of the terminal and the had to park on the shorter runway there that was exciting. But other than that its pretty boring here.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

At ISP the Air National Guard does touch and goes with the C130......it just doesn't happen very often

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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

We get to see Dolphins swimming past the airport !!, Guess that does not happen at all major airports !!

User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Montreal-Dorval (YUL) is Air Canada's main widebody maintenance base. This is where heavy maintenance is done on their 767's, A330's, and A340's. Work is (or was) done on their DC9's and some CRJ's as well. SAS gets their 767 heavy maintenance checks done here as well.

In addition Dorval is where all non -700 and -900 CRJ's are built and test flown. Some CRJ-700's are assembled here also but most CRJ700 work has now shifted to a new factory at Mirabel airport north of the city. YUL also has the finishing centre for the Bombardier Global Express although the aircraft itself is built elsewhere.


User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

At PDX (Portland, OR) we get the occasional odd 747 doing touch and goes from Moses Lake, WA (where boeing trains 747 pilots) Kinda cool seeing an Air New Zealand 747 at PDX once in a while. We had the Concorde here in June of 1989 for a couple of days. Also the occasional Aeroflot jet transporting cargo to Russia. A couple times a week, Cargolux, Korean, and Nippon operate 747's into PDX as well. Its kinda nice seeing something other than the bland orange of Southwest or the familiar smiling Eskimo face of Alaska....Oh yeah, the Oregon Air National Guard has been flying around the clock lately with F-15's and C-130's.

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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2603 times:

EWR, Newark, NJ, has a wide variety of domestic and international flights, many from East European nations. It also boasts many freight facilities, along with the older jets they attract (especially super DC-8s). Several An-124s have made a cameo appearance. We also have a variety of business aircraft, from the itsy-bitsy all the way to a 757, and I have seen the Forbes aircraft more than once.

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User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Very little in the way of special happens at CLE. Supposedly, NASA brings their KC-135 here for a few weeks out of the year for astronaut training over Lake Erie*(read below if you want to know more about astronaut training), and the Middle Eastern Sheiks and Emirs and etc. come here for the Cleveland Clinic, and they always bring their jumbo jets (A340s, 747s, etc.), and occaisionally, the C-130 based at Youngstown will visit CLE for unknown reasons.

You would think that the first munincipal airport in the United States would be more special, instead it's very bland.

As for astronaut training, this is what happens. The trainees are put in the KC-135, nicknamed the "Vomit Comet," and are flown to about 45,000 feet, I believe. They fly over Lake Erie, and put the aircraft into a 0 G situation, where the trainees are weightless. They are then monitored for their response to an environmant without gravity. It's called the Vomit Comet because most newbies throw up on this flight.

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2593 times:

YES, it does!!

I couldn't believe it the other day! I was looking skyward towards the airport, and guess what I saw??!!

It was like nothing I'd ever seen before!

It was huge! Very long and wide, and made of metal I think! It had some kind of writing on the side of it too! I think (but I was so shocked I'm not exactly sure) it said.....United Airlines! I know this sounds like something from the next century; but it was real!! And the noise it gave off! Very loud and high pitched....sounded like.....well, I know you'll all call me a fool.....but it sounded like JET engines!

And another odd thing ..... This large metal, whining object had kind of a .... ummm ... for lack of a better word .... Hump, near the nose!

Damndest thing I ever saw!

 Big grin Big grin Smile Smile

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2592 times:

COS shares the runways with Peterson AFB which is full of all sorts of military aircraft. Mainly C-130s.

NASA runs High altitude tests at COS using 757s and 777s.

In DEN, we occasionally get an AN-124. Also, DEN is where NASA is going to build the new launch pad to launch rockets and future spacecraft into space.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2586 times:

NO, Dammit!!

Nothing ever happens at AGI (Afghan International Airport).

Of course, I'm in a cave most of the day....So don't get out spotting too much. ........

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

User currently offlineBraniff Place From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 1125 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

These are some highlights from my airport Brisbane (BNE) international

01FEB90 British Airways TriStar Royal Flight G-BHBO
British Airways Lockheed L-1011 TriStar G-BHBO "The Morning Jewel Rose" transited Brisbane with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II en route to the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, N.Z. The aircraft returned from N.Z. on 16FEB90 en route to London, again with Her Majesty on board.

01DEC90 First Compass Service VH-YMK
Airbus A300 VH-YMK departed for SYD at 0749. This aeroplane was delivered ex SIN on 19NOV.

22DEC91 Ilyushin Il-76 Visited CCCP-76822
The aircraft arrived to collect Compass' spare A300 engine.

08AUG92 Last de Havilland Comet XV814
Comet 4 XV814 (ex G-APDF of BOAC) operated by the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough visited BNE as part of a round-world "farewell" flight.

08OCT92 Ilyushin Il-18 Visited LZ-BEA
The aircraft operated by Balkan arrived from DRW with a load of explosives. Believed to have been the first visit of this type to BNE.

07NOV95 Tupolev Tu-154M visited RA-85759
The aircraft was positioning a replacement ships crew to N.Z. Believed to have been the first of type for BNE

12SEP95 Opening of New International Terminal VH-EBW
First arrival was Qantas Boeing 747-338 VH-EBW operating QF52 from SIN arriving at 0450. QF52 became the first departure when it left for SYD at 0645.

13APR98 Last China Southern Airlines Service B-2565
The last service for China Southern was CZ325/CZ326 CAN/BNE/CAN operated by Boeing 767-31B B-2565.
One of many very sad dates at Brisbane airport

27OCT97 First Regular Scheduled Mandarin Airlines Service B-1880
The SYD/BNE/TPE service was operated by Boeing 747SP B-1880.

01JUL98 First Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 9V-SRA
Operated SQ235/SQ236 SIN/BNE/SIN.
I was on this flight!

21JUL98 Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 Vandalised B-HIE
Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 B-HIE, which arrived in BNE for storage on 23MAY98, was sprayed with graffiti. Several days later, police arrested a man and a youth. The aircraft departed for HAECO's China base on 03AUG98, the graffiti having been successfully removed.

28OCT00 Last British Airways service G-CIVW
British Airways operated their last service from Brisbane with Boeing 747-436 G-CIVW which operated the BA16 to Singapore and London. The flight was under the command of Captain Arthur Cobley and the Cabin Service Director was Herbert Wolsey. As the aircraft pushed back, a lone piper played and a group of airport workers who had been associated with British Airways over the years sang "Auld Lang Syne". (British Airways began regular operations to Brisbane in 1963 with Comets). Fire tenders provided the traditional water salute as the aeroplane cleared the international apron. The day marked the end of an era for British Airways' long-serving and much respected Airport Manager, Guy Mauger, who will be remembered for his sense of history and sense of occasion.


User currently offline2000first From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

AN124's are regular visitors to BFS to take parts manufactured at Shorts, all the way to Canada for the RJ's!

There is also an ex-BA Trident that sits at the far end of the airport and is used for fire traing!  Sad

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

Well let's see.....every few years a large jet takes off and crashes within an hour of take off.

July 1996 - TWA 800 (JFK-CDG) B747-100
Aug 1998 - Swissair 111 (JFK-GVA) MD-11
Oct 1999 - Egyptair 990 (JFK-cAI) B767-300
Nov 2001 - American 587 (JFK-DOM) A300-600

Also, let's not forget, the Concorde crash was a chartered flight, on its way from CDG to JFK.

Pan Am 103 was operating FRA-LHR-JFK....

and back in the 1980's we had a few, and fortunately, not fatal accidents....

An SAS DC10 overshot the runway and ended up nose down in Jamaica Bay.

A TWA L1011 crashed and burned on take off for San Francisco.


Korean Air Lines flight 007, shot down in 1983 by Soviet MiG's originated at JFK and flew JFK-ANC-SEL.

Yikes! JFK Airport.

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Well here at KDAB we have about 10 airline flights (fewer is better), most of our traffic comes from ERAU. As far as special stuff 9/12 I got to watch on TV a bomb squad checking out an airplane, then I looked out the window and say the exact same guy. Well get 3 mins ago we have 4 USAF F-15s take off, quite loud.

A couple of weeks ago we hosted an airshow, we had the Thunderbirds, USAF F-15 Demo Team, Patty, Sean, and a few others.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7561 posts, RR: 76
Reply 24, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

In Jakarta, I have the pleasure of visiting 2 airports with certain unique activities.

CGK, Jakarta Intl. is where Garuda Maintenance facility is located, ad we get all sorts of visitors, some regular some not...
- In the last 12 months, we saw the departure of VH-OZX Global Air 747SP to the Comoros after years of residence.
- A few Kabo Air 747s get checks and mods done, into CGK in BA c/s, out as Kabo... MAGIC!  Smile Some come back for more maintenance.
- More on Kabo, we have 2 dormant Kabo 727s too.
- Various 737s come in and out of the facility, all sorts of rare and exotic airlines.
- An AN124 comes in at least once a year and parks right next to the terminal acces road!  Smile
- How can I forget the Hajj flights !  Smile
- FedEx pilots call "we're rolling 25R, Yeeehaaa" to the tower!
- A FedEx A310 had problems with his flight controls on approach and ended up having arguments with the ATC because they didn't understand what he declared.

HLM, Halim Perdanakusuna Airbase (old Intl. Airport) is a site for some interesting activities. Despite the regular Deraya Air Shorts service to Bandung, Pelita does regular charters for Exxon. We get heaps of General Aviation. Some notables:
- Visiting heads of states use this airport, AF1 has been here (707), heaps of other government aircraft.
- There's a permanently detached USAF King Air based here, which EVERYONE is interested about... and it's not locked away at the airbase!
- A BAC 111 of Indonesian air transport wakes everyone up with a few km radius when it flies in the morning!
- Some airlift and cargo companies fly from here. Manunggal Air carried out humanitarian aid flights to East Timor and West New Guinea from here with their Transalls a while back.
- This is where the Indonesian Air Force 707 reside! If the BAC111 wakes up people, this one drives people nuts... they just end up watching it do circuits instead...

Voila, some things you get in boring old Jakarta...


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