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Topic: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Pawsleykat
Posted 2007-06-24 20:34:58 and read 7897 times.

Well, after reading Wrighbrother's spotting report LHR Photo 'trip' Report. , I decided to do one of my own considering that Virgin Atlantic were to be starting services from Glasgow to Orlando MCO yesterday (Saturday 23rd June 2007). So, without further adu, here's my 'spotting trip' report.
I got to Crash Gate 3, about one mile from the terminal building, at 9ish o'clock.... and started snapping

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA006.jpg
Bmibaby were the first airline to arrive after I got to my spotting place at Crash gate 3 =]

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA007.jpg
followed by a BACON ERJ-145 for take off

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA011.jpg
one of my other highlights for the day, a US 757 with winglets,  cloudnine 

Glasgow regulars, EZY A319 and GSM 737-700
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA012.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA013.jpg

I saw this cute little Loganair Saab 340 taxiing for take off, with a new addition to the rear fuselage; Air Discounts Scheme
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA016.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA017.jpg
GSM 737-700.. I love the way I've caught the light on this  Silly

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA022.jpg
The cute little Gulfstream that was sitting infront of us, rumour had it that Branson was going to fly this to Heathrow, but it wasn't true,  Sad

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA024.jpg
then the ex-Ba Connect DHC-8 passed by,now FlyBe's, another highlight of the day

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA027.jpg
another GLA regular, BA 320  Smile

Air Berlin B737, I was surprised to see this instead of the usual Fokker 100
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA033.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA035.jpg
that earlier BMIbaby going back to BHX

Woo, good omen, the new GSM 767-300, from Neos
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA041.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA047.jpg
Flybe DHC-8-400 on final and GSM 757-200 taxiing for take-off, to YHM I believe

I love the motion blur on this one, although the pic isn't so great;
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA053.jpg
EuroCypria B737-800 from LCA

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA056.jpg
more 757's with winglets  eyepopping , just gotta love them.... Continental taxiing for departure to EWR, just an hour and 15 minutes late,  Silly

and even more, US to PHL
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA068.jpg

G-MIDL with a new logo
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA082.jpg

MYT 763 to CUN or SFB, I forget which one... someone did say tho
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/VirginAtlanticInauguralGLA087.jpg

A little off topic, but I was testing my camera during a really quiet bit, and so took a pic of my yellow a.net bag,  Silly
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1380.jpg

and then the wind sock, showing us that all was clear and we didn't need to make a frantic dash to the other runway, lol,
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1381.jpg

and now, to the point again, here's another highlight of the day... maybe it should be named "highlight day", lol
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1392.jpg,
the hybrid BE / BA ERJ-145

I saw lights in the sky, which must have been about 6 or so miles away, and thought to myself, "This is EK or Zoom", then I saw this familiar sillouete in the sky;
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1393.jpg
I love the way the B77Ws just seem to hang in the sky,

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1396.jpg
almost down

is it me or does this one look like a pic from a.net??
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1397.jpg


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Photo © Stewart Andrew



GSM's newest 737-800 over the threshold
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1402.jpg

The VS aircraft was due to land at Glasgow at 12:30, just an hour and 10 minutes before it was due out again... 12:30 came and went and everyone started to get anxious... At 12:45, a light appeared in the sky, and one of the spotters, Dave, said, this must be First Choice... I looked through his binoculars (he's kindly said before that I could when I wanted to) and stated
"That's a four engines jet folks, this is it", and everyone looked thru their binoculars or camera lenses, and sure, enough, just a few minutes later, that familiar 747 sillouete appeared on the skyline to be seen without the aid of a longer lens... Slowly but surely she came down, the sound was just  cloudnine , but I had been standing there for 3 hours and 50 minutes.  Wow!

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1411.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1412.jpg
and then in black and white,
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1413.jpg

Sorry there are no pics of the gear touching down, I really had to see it for myself first, lol

And afterwards, nothing seemed to compete with the 747, size wise anyways.
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1415.jpg
A tiny twin-snotter on it's way to Barra

my third attempt at catching the smoke from touch down, and it's quite good i think
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1416.jpg


VS and EK together, both Boeing and both the largest a/c at GLA now

At 14:10, just 10 minutes late, VS071 to MCO pushed back and taxied up to the runway, passing us en route;



passing right infront of us, Ladybird's passengers look at us

the mid-section, 70mm is too much to fit a 744 into the frame completly, and I couldn't change to my 18-55mm lens in time.


and finally the tail section;
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1448.jpg

She continued the taxi to runway 23, just take a look at all the grass flying up behind the wheels
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l270/Jambofan/IMG_1449.jpg
Have you heard of GLA's new approach to cutting the grass?


big versus wee

and now, a three parter of her accelerating down the runway




V1, Rotate!!!


Climbing away


and that was it.... 11 months of waiting, I first heard about this in July 2006, and it was over in 30 seconds... I was really pissed off that they didn't do the water cannon salute,  Sad

So, now that Virgin were away, I stayed for another half hour until my battery died, but atleast I managed to get the EK going out



I love how I've caught the rotating BE Dash 8 in the right of the frame

and with such ease, EK026 to Dubai gets airborne and I tried to get a pic of the gear going up but the battery died just before I did so,  Sad

Well, I do hope you've enjoyed this, and it's my first one of the sort, so be kind,  Silly
Btw folks, I noticed that some of the pics are small, I do apologize, sorry.

Next trip report will be EDI-LHR-EDI on BA/BD 12/7/07  biggrin 

JG  Yeah sure

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Wrighbrothers
Posted 2007-06-24 20:46:38 and read 7874 times.

Great stuff Jordan, glad my report was of some help, inspiration etc hehe.

Hopefully the 744's and heavies will roll in at LHR when you come down, they usually do although you might be overwhelmed by the number of landings compared to GLA  Wink As I say, you'll love LHR...

Wrighbrothers

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Nickbbu
Posted 2007-06-24 22:00:52 and read 7771 times.

Such a cool report! I love the comments!

But let’s not forget, I was too behind this idea with ”Spotting Trip Report”, which reminded Wrightbrothers that he had such a TR, then he posted it once more on my thread, and now, you came up with a great spotting report!

Maybe others would follow too, to see many more spotting TRs.

Nick

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Pawsleykat
Posted 2007-06-24 22:44:25 and read 7708 times.

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 1):
Great stuff Jordan, glad my report was of some help, inspiration etc hehe.

No problem,  Smile

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 1):
As I say, you'll love LHR...

I'm sure I will

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 2):
I love the comments!

Thanks, I thought they were good too,  Silly

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 2):
Maybe others would follow too, to see many more spotting TRs.

Now, that would be good  Smile

JG

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: OA260
Posted 2007-06-24 22:46:29 and read 7706 times.

Brilliant report thanks for sharing. I love ''spotting'' TR's, keep them comming .

OA260

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: BA777
Posted 2007-06-24 23:24:42 and read 7653 times.

Good report!! Liked the pics too!

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2007-06-24 23:52:53 and read 7624 times.

Nice spotting report, thanks for posting the pictures.

I've flown ina nd out of GLA quite a lot in the past few months, cleared the entire GSM fleet, now they have more planes!  Sad

Rgds

Mark

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Buck3y3nut
Posted 2007-06-25 16:00:15 and read 7366 times.

excellent trip report. Too bad I'm in CMH and don't get to see any heavies at all. The heaviest I've seen is a 757. but these types of TRs are fun to read Big grin

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Ndebele
Posted 2007-06-26 06:53:09 and read 7136 times.

Nice pics, thanks for sharing.

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: GLAGAZ
Posted 2007-06-27 22:50:24 and read 6914 times.

Very cool report and pics paws.

Great to finally see VS at GLA, sadly I missed the first flight as I was in Magaluf.

Just a wee note about Air Berlin...Fokkers are now unsual visitors with 737's and A32X series aircraft being the norm.

Gaz

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Sevenair
Posted 2007-06-28 17:17:45 and read 6765 times.

I love the GSM/Neos cs. I was on that very plane last week and it was fantastic! The cabin was really comfy, and the crew were lush - I think Neos went to some catwalk in Milan and said 'come work for us' - all hot to trot  Smile

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Gkirk
Posted 2007-06-30 16:04:10 and read 6482 times.

Ye would have been better off going to see the AN225 at Prestwick  Wink

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Pawsleykat
Posted 2007-07-01 01:20:02 and read 6415 times.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 11):
Ye would have been better off going to see the AN225 at Prestwick

I would have gone had it not been for this wee thing called school... we need to go, it's illegal or something not to  Wink

JG  Yeah sure

Topic: RE: GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight
Username: Comeflywithme
Posted 2007-09-06 00:07:32 and read 5952 times.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 11):
Ye would have been better off going to see the AN225 at Prestwick

Mmmmmmm typical.


Pawsleykat - Great picture report, well done.


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