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Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)  
User currently offlineHole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

The local news paper, the eagle, is reporting that a British Airways 777 is going to be landing at Easterwood Airport.

I was wondering if one of you people who takes pictures of planes at Easterwood, was going to be out taking pictures when that plane arrived. i was wondering, because i would go down there and take them myself, because it's my home airport and i just have that home airport pride, but i'm 4 hours away.

If one of you were to take a picture, i was wondering if I could get a copy of it just for my own person.

live forever and stay beautiful,
hole_courtney


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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

A B777 at CLL...sure he won't fly to IAH than puddle jump it to C.S.?

When is this suppose to happen? I'm only 90 minutes away.

B757300, are you out there?


User currently offlineHole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Yeah, dead serious it's a 777. The eagle, http://theeagle.com, confirms that the airport manager at Easterwood Airport is preparing for the arrival of the 777.

The article says that Blair is supposed to arrive in the morning.

live forever and stay beautiful,
hole_courtney



"[He] knew everything about literature, except how to enjoy it." - Yossarian, Catch 22
User currently offlineJA54123 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

I find that amazing!! The main runway at that airport is only 7000' long. It is also paved in asphalt if I am correct. They usually do not have any thing larger that a ERJ145 from Continental Express. I wish I could be there to witness it.


You wouldn't understand, it's a Texas Thang!
User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

What is he doing there?

User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

A lightly loaded 777 should be able to blast off of 7,000ft like a rocket. They'd probably stop at a bigger airport to fuel up for the trip back to England.

User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

The aggie rag is not exactly known for its accuracy in reporting. Even if it is true, i sense and aggie joke brewing.


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User currently offlineJA54123 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

You can get more info about the airport at

http://www.tamu.edu/easterwoodairport/

JA54123



You wouldn't understand, it's a Texas Thang!
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

He was supposed to go into Waco (CNW, or ACT) but the Aggie air traffic controllers vectored him to the wrong airport...

(Sorry TxAgKuwait--just couldn't resist the opportunity....)  Big grin


User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Wow this is pretty interesting if true. A BA 777 at college station, who would've thought? Hopefully someone gets some good photos.

User currently offlineJA54123 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

I received the following message from the College Station Airport just now:


We will be taking photographs and they should be posted on our website afterwards. It may take a few days to update the website.

Kim Sutphen
Assistant Director for Airport Administration
Easterwood Airport
Texas A&M University
979/845-5103




You wouldn't understand, it's a Texas Thang!
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

I believe Blair is going to the US to discuss the situation in the Middle East with Mr.Bush.

Regards, and enjoy our 777!  Big grin


User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

I'm telling my parents to go, they live in Navasota. My stepdad used to work for Eastern and he might be able to get a good picture...

kind regards,

RogueTrader


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Yes, enjoy the 777. It is quite a marvelous aircraft to both spot and to fly on. Does anyone know if it will be a VII series or a YMM series aircraft?

Jeff


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2928 times:
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Can someone tell me where college station is?

Arsenal@LHR



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User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

Its about 75 miles NNW of IAH, Houston, Texas.

Its main purpose in life is to be the home city of Texas A&M University. It also has the George Bush (the elder) Presidential library and Museum, which hosts lectures by various dignitaries throughout the year.

kind regards,

RT


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

When exactly is the aircraft arriving at CLL? I want to see it.




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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

I believe Mr.Blair departs the UK today (Friday), so expect an arrival in the afternoon/early evening.

The choice of airfield probably has something to do with the fact that Bush & Blair are meeting up at the Crawford ranch.

Regards


User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

I'll be there on sunday morning, so I'll try to snag some good pics. Does anyone know the precise time?

Alex '01


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

Whatever happens; I can't miss this...

Jeremy '02



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

When Pres Bush visits Crawford, he usually lands at Gray AAF at Ft Hood, I believe its a 11,000 rwy, and then helicopters to Crawford. Its has much more security available with two Army divisions. Why on earth would Blair go out of his way to inconvience himself? Britt-Aggie?

Dave
Continental Express Airlines


User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

Yeah, I'm out here. I was sick yesterday with allergies but am better today. Since CLL is current known for hating spotters, I am going to be out @ Research Park.

This map shows where I'm going to be. The black X is a good area to see aircraft approaching IF the wind is not from the right direction. Sometimes they take off over Research Park instead but I believe it is only if there is a north wind.


If he is landing tomorrow, I'll go try to see it. Sunday is suppose to be very bad weather so it doesn't sound to spotter friendly.

"I received the following message from the College Station Airport just now:

We will be taking photographs and they should be posted on our website afterwards. It may take a few days to update the website.

Kim Sutphen
Assistant Director for Airport Administration
Easterwood Airport
Texas A&M University
979/845-5103"


That is the bit*h that has been giving me grief over photography. According to her, all photography @ airports is illegal under FAA law.



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User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

Here is the article from The Eagle (Or as I call it, The Buzzard)

Bush Center to host British Prime Minister Blair

By LAURA HIPP
Eagle Staff Writer


British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be in College Station on Sunday to speak at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

Texas A&M will roll out the maroon carpet for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is scheduled to speak Sunday at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

Blair will discuss U.S. and British involvement in Afghanistan following a visit with President Bush at his Crawford ranch, said Roman Popadiuk, executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. The leaders are meeting this weekend in Central Texas.

Blair’s speech is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the university. There also will be a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Blair’s trip to College Station could be canceled if British officials decide he should return to England. The country is in a mourning period after Queen Mother Elizabeth died Saturday.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the Singing Cadets and the Ross Volunteers, which are the Texas governor’s honor guard, may welcome Blair upon his arrival. Those celebrations also are tentative because of the queen mother’s death.

Easterwood Airport is making preparations for a British Airways Boeing 777 to arrive Sunday morning. Blair is arriving from Crawford by helicopter and will leave for England after his speech.

John Happ, director of Easterwood Airport, said the 777 will be the largest plane ever to land at the facility. British Airways has determined that the Easterwood runway can withstand the weight of the aircraft, he said.

“We’re extremely excited to host Mr. Blair,” Happ said.

Popadiuk said Blair was invited to College Station by former President George Bush. Blair will tour the museum before speaking to the public.

Tighter security measures are in effect, and no handbags, backpacks, cameras or other personal belongings will be allowed in the conference center.

Blair became prime minister in 1997, and was re-elected last year. He will arrive in the United States as criticism from several European countries and some British has begun to build over President Bush’s desire to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq as part of the war on terrorism.

The topic is sure to be discussed when the two leaders meet in Crawford this weekend, said R.J.Q. Adams, a Texas A&M history professor.

“There are concerns among America’s friends about the events since September,” Adams said. “By and large, response throughout the world has been really supportive. Who has been closer to America than Britain?”

Despite small strains of criticism, the bond between the countries continues to hold, Adams said.

The relationship between Blair and the president appears to be positive and crosses party ideology, Adams said. Blair’s Labor Party is similar to the Democratic Party in the United States.



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

I called up the Montgomery County FSS today to ask about any NOTAMs that might be in place for Tony Blair's visit, and the briefer told me that he was here today but that he's gone already. Is this true, and if so, will he still be at CLL on Sunday?


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User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

All wrong information go see post:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/785904/

Not at College Station it's at TSTC-Waco Airport (CNW).

Big777jet




25 Jhooper : Okay, anyone know what the deal is? Is the 777 coming to CLL tomorrow tomorrow, or not?
26 Clipper471 : Big777jet, obviously the plan was to re-position the BA 777 to CLL from CNW, while Blair takes a helicopter to CLL from Crawford, so Blair didn't have
27 Jamesag96 : Do we have any idea as to the specific time it is coming in? I sure would love to see it, several years ago I missed Air Force One so to see that big
28 Jhooper : I'll probably be out there by the "old" Texas A&M Flying Club clubhouse. It's rather secluded and I doubt most people know about it and what a great v
29 Jhooper : By the way, what "preparations" are being made for a 777 to land at CLL?
30 Jhooper : I'm continuing to monitor Flight Explorer to see when a 777 is heading this way. So far, no success. If anyone knows the time it will be here (or if i
31 Jamesag96 : The old flying club, are you talking about the area near the GA terminal or down there where the flight school is?
32 Jhooper : The 777 arrived last Friday, apparently. It is out there right now; I missed it landing. I have some photos of it sitting on RWY 4/22. Some were from
33 Jamesag96 : Just talked to Easterwood Avionics,the aircraft is already here, apparently has been here since yesterday, I am not sure when he is "leavin on jet pla
34 Jhooper : I'm told that he motercading it in from Crawford rather than taking the helicopter; probably because the weather is a little crummy today. Anyway, he'
35 B757300 : I'm going to try to be out @ Research Park but since the wind today is from the SE, it will take off away from Research Park.
36 Jhooper : Anyone know where it will be heading for fuel?
37 B757300 : Someone said IAD but it could be any airport on the East Coast or even an Air Force base.
38 Jamesag96 : I figured I'd try to watch from UFS, was told that he is leaving at approx. 3 this afternoon, though you may be right about the road out by the Nuclea
39 Post contains images B757300 : I had to leave a little early since it started raining and I didn't want my camera to get wet. I got some nice pictures from Research Park. I'll get t
40 Capt.Picard : Excellent photos so far-thanks for sharing them with us. Two questions- 1/ where is the 777 getting it's power from-APU or GPU?-the starboard nav ligh
41 B757300 : I'm guessing it is getting power from the APU since it is sitting @ the end of the runway. I never saw it taxi under its own power, it was being haule
42 Lparky : BA 9104 departed KCLL at 4:22 pm cst and is due at EGLL at 12:59 am cst. No refueling stops...
43 Jhooper : Hey, it was really great meeting all of you out there. I'll have a link for the video I took posted later this evening. I'll also be posting some stil
44 Hole_courtney : Thanks for the few pictures. I wished that i could have been there. thanks for all the replys to my original post. any links that you have promised ar
45 B757300 : I wish I had known where everyone else was going to be. I would have joined ya'll. Oh well, always next time. Also, did anyone else notice a lot of se
46 Jamesag96 : Yeah there was security, we were told by Secret Service to make our way back to the Flight School building and not hang around on the tarmac taking pi
47 Post contains links Jhooper : Okay, as promised, here is a link to the video of Tony Blair's takeoff from Easterwood "International" Airport. It's rather large (about 11MB). http:/
48 Jamesag96 : Sweet. O.K. since it didn't accept "sweet" as it is too short I shall try this again: Sweet.
49 B757300 : I love the "commentary". It made me laugh after a hard day. I just wish I had been there to see it take off.
50 Jhooper : From my video, the registration number appears to be G-YMMO
51 Post contains images Serge : *kicks sh*t out of self* I had the video dowloaded 95% and accidently hit enter while reaching for some water! I have a POS 33,600 connection so now I
52 JonPaulGeoRngo : Nice. Is it supposed to be "squashed" horizontally.
53 Serge : Oops... What I meant to say was I accidently hit enter and it cancelled the download. Probably had you guys confused there for a moment. ...Serge BTW.
54 Post contains images Serge : Nice... Finally it downloaded.. Shame the weather was so crappy! I hope some of your photos turn out good and can get accepted into the d/b. later, im
55 Jhooper : I'm working on making the file a little smaller for slow connection users.
56 Jhooper : JonPaulGeoRngo, it will appear squished if you use QuickTime. Try viewing it in Windows Media Player; should look normal. I've posted a smaller REAL f
57 Jamesag96 : You know it is rare when you hear your voice, and it never sounds like you think it does does it? I'll be sending you a five spot. J
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