G-BOAA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 18 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
Hello, hopefully somebody can help. I will be going on concorde soon with a few friends and I though it would be good for them to see the baby take off over thier heads while standing at the end of the runway.
So we are going to watch tuesday's BA 001.
Is the runway resurfacing still causing concorde to only use 1 runway? And if so which 1? The 27L, R confuse me, I know them as the runway adjacent terminal 4 and the 1 adjacent terminals 1, 2. Is this just for takeoff or can concorde only use this one for landing as well.
When does the BA 002 move back to its 4 or 5pm slot?
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Re-surfacing is on 27L so it takes off on 27R/9L all the time and lands on the same runway.Tuesday is going to have Easterly winds so the best place to be on the perimeter road near the car parks and small company huts.Beware though-I stood underneath a Concorde takeoff today for the first time and its the loudest thing I've ever heard by a long way!The ground shakes quite a bit too!Glad I live so near to the airport!
G-BOAA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 18 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1262 times:
Thanks for all the info. Yes I should have mentioned airport, forgot to in my excitement, We all make mistakes. So on tuesday I beleve that she will be taking off from the runway adjacent to terminal 1 and heading in the direction of central London.
I have never seen concorde take off from this runway direction and heard that the reheats were shut down early. We will be standing right at the end of the runway, so will the reheats be turned off by the time she goes over our heads and hence the takeoff quieter? GDB, Gordon ?
Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1223 times:
As she crosses over the perimeter fence she is still under full power...just listen for the car alarms! The re-heats get turned off at what looks to be the same time as 09R departures.
It depends on what crew are flying as to how soon the turn is started. I have seen her just starting to turn as she passes overhead or having been at a good bank angle with a turn being put in right after T/O
Best place I have found for watching these T/Os is at the end of the runway, at the entrance to the staff car park next to the hire car (Budget?) entrance. You may need to park your car a litte away as sometimes the LHR jobsworthies move you on. One night for an arrival there were 10 cars of so parked there and they tried to move them on, even through Concorde as on short finals, the twat only have to wait for 30 seconds and everyone would have been gone anyway.
There are a few 1 foot high red and white road bollards things that you can stand on that allow you to look right down the runway as she lines up, departs and flies (nearly) overhead )
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
Is Concorde restricted to 09L/27R for landing as well? I'm also going down to LHR for BA001s departure on Tuesday so I might G-BOAA (the person - the plane's still grounded!) there. Do quite a few people normally gather at the end of the runway at 10.30?
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
Nice shot at the moment of 3 Concordes in the hanger opposite the A30-AC,AD and another one.Plus a 4th and 5th were on the other side of the matx base.Leaving -AA in hanger 16 and another one somewhere!Hopefully I'll be down tomorrow morning to try and get a pic of it in the turn to WOD.
Jrb44 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1068 times:
Donder10, thanks for the useful info. Presumably on completion of the ILS work the alternation sequence will be picked up as it would have been, i.e. morning takeoffs from 27R for week ending 18 August (if I've kept track properly)?
Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 21 Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
The 7th Concorde you talk about is G-BOAB. This is in storage in the hanger to the left of the main majors hanger where the 3 were on show last night. This is the hanger in Tech Block A that was not modified to handle 747 in the 80s.
G-BOAG is in the majors area surrounded by the access platforms.
I would guess G-BOAB would be moved into the majors area for her mod when G-BOAG is complete from the works that are presently on-going . It would make sence for BA to then move G-BOAA into the empy storage area to be next to the rest of the fleet, but who knows how BA management think!
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
OAB should go in for mods in December, if they are approved, they probably will be, but the penny-pinching has reached epic proportions I'm afraid.
Between OAG completing it's big Inter 3 check around Sept./Oct and hopefully OAB being returned to flight, the Majors dock will probably be used for service checks.
Currently, a small team is test fitting the new lavs/galleys to OAB, to ensure that when they are fitted to operational aircraft, it goes smoothly.
But it could well be that OAB is the first in pax service with the new lavs/galleys if the return to flight mods are approved for it, that would be about April time.
The 40 min delay on today's BA001 was caused by ATC, we understand it was military related, as the SR-71 has been retired, possibly a Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone at our cruising altitudes?
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 943 times:
I just got to the N2 staff car park about 5 mins before it took off. (car park is right by the 09L threshold) Was standing at the bus stop and was just thinking to myself that I hadn't seen anything take off in the time I was there, and thats when it started !!!.
It was just a slight muffled rumbleing noise at first, thought it was the building works behind me, but it started to get louder, and louder but I still couldn't see anything, then all of a sudden from behind the car rental buildings, out she popped, just starting to rotate, then by the time she got level with me the main wheels had just lifted, about 10-20 ft off the ground, there was a brief dip in the noise levels as those Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojets were level with me, then OH MY GOD, the ground was shaking and you could feel the vibrations through your body as she roared into the sky, with 4 reheats glowing and a trail of browny/yellowy smoke behind. Thats when the car alarms voiced their approval by giving us a chorus of their delightful tunes, and just as quickly as it started, it was over for another day.
Why don't all a/c sound like that, aeroplanes are supposed to be noisy, washing machines and fridges are supposed to be quiet.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"