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GLA 'spotting Trip' Report - VS First Flight  
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9392 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

Bmibaby were the first airline to arrive after I got to my spotting place at Crash gate 3 =]

followed by a BACON ERJ-145 for take off

one of my other highlights for the day, a US 757 with winglets,  cloudnine 

Glasgow regulars, EZY A319 and GSM 737-700

I saw this cute little Loganair Saab 340 taxiing for take off, with a new addition to the rear fuselage; Air Discounts Scheme

GSM 737-700.. I love the way I've caught the light on this  Silly

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

then the ex-Ba Connect DHC-8 passed by,now FlyBe's, another highlight of the day

another GLA regular, BA 320  Smile

Air Berlin B737, I was surprised to see this instead of the usual Fokker 100

that earlier BMIbaby going back to BHX

Woo, good omen, the new GSM 767-300, from Neos

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;
EuroCypria B737-800 from LCA

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

G-MIDL with a new logo

MYT 763 to CUN or SFB, I forget which one... someone did say tho

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

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,

and now, to the point again, here's another highlight of the day... maybe it should be named "highlight day", lol
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;
I love the way the B77Ws just seem to hang in the sky,

almost down

is it me or does this one look like a pic from a.net??

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GSM's newest 737-800 over the threshold

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!

and then in black and white,

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.
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

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;

She continued the taxi to runway 23, just take a look at all the grass flying up behind the wheels
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

First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9369 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...


Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineNickbbu From Romania, joined Jan 2007, 185 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9266 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.


Romanian Spotters Forum Administrator
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 9203 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


First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30083 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 9201 times:

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


User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2192 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9148 times:

Good report!! Liked the pics too!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9119 times:
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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



User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8861 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

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8631 times:

Nice pics, thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1988 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 8409 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.


Neutrality means that u don't really care cos the struggle goes on even when ur not there, blind and unaware
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8260 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

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

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

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 7910 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

First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineComeflywithme From Argentina, joined Sep 2006, 265 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 7447 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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