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A Day Trip To MAN  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 6992 times:

A day trip to MAN

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My next trip report will take in a day trip up to MAN. It doesn't contain any flights, although it will take in an airport and a fair bit of spotting so hopefully will still provide some interest.

Nearly every summer I make a trip up to Manchester, as it is one of the most spotter friendly airports in the country. Back in the old days it used to involve flying up on either BMI or BA and a stay in the Radisson SAS (now Radisson Blu), however these days I tend to make the 3 hour odd drive as if the famous Manchester weather looks a bit dodgy, the plans can be changed fairly easily.

I'll start off with a few pictures of interest from previous visits:

2003

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I was quite disappointed to be on this one at the time as I wanted to try out the A32x - although I'm glad I got one final chance on the 737 classic now.

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View from Radisson window at approx. 7:30am

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Followed shortly after by this classic VS

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Still the only A321 I’ve been on! This one is now with Turkish Airlines.

2004

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More views from the Radisson a year later

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It was between my visits in 2003 and 2004 the Concorde moved in

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Another wet morning!

2008

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2009

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Rare visitor to MAN. VS used A343's on their service to BGI for the summer 2009 season only.

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Another Concorde visit to tick off the list

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This one was in for engine testing

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2010

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This one brought me back from MCO a few weeks previously.

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This time the Trident was open for viewing

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2011

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My first sighting of a VS A333

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From the Airport pub - not the best place for photography as there’s a lot of fences in the way

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An interesting one

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Another new exhibit at the time

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Surprise visitor

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One for Gabriel!

2012

On to this years story then. I wanted to leave early so I could catch the last few of the heavies departing for the US. Previous trips had taken around 3 to 3h30min from where I live in Surrey, round the M25, M40 and the M6 to the car park at T2 MAN.

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Well it wouldn't be a proper trip report without a legroom shot...

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...and a route map!

Off stand: 06:18
On stand:09:42


As expected after a 3-hour or so drive, I pulled into the car park at T2 Manchester. After a brief look around here, it was through the walkways to level 13 of the T1 carpark. Why not park in T1? Well then I’d have no reason to visit T2!

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T2 Arrivals

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T2 Check in – pretty quiet

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Then it was off through the skylink to the car park at T1

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Passing the Radisson Blu on the way – one of the best spotting hotels in the world?

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Taken at the station – showing just how close the hotel is to the action

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Overview of the bus station

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And some views from the car park at T1

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The now famous shot

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One for CrimsonNL

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Overview

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New tower going up – hopefully should be finished by next years visit.

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This one sat here for a good 20 minutes – the ground crew seemed to be having a few problems disconnecting the tow bar.

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VS075 heading off to Orlando MCO


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 6994 times:

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Followed by the rare MON757

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Leaving T2 pretty empty. I took this as my cue to make a move

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VS trying to create their own version of the new BA advert?

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Current tower and office block

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After about 45 minutes it was time to go and explore again. I paid a brief visit to T3 enroute to the aviation shop in the arrivals area of T1.

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T1 Check in – again pretty quiet

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I preferred the old way over to T3.

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T3 Overview

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Flybe wins the competition for having the busiest check in area at MAN today. Hardly surprising considering the amount of flights they have out of MAN these days.

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And the Aviation shop in the arrivals area of T1 – but sadly, nothing took my fancy today.

Then it was time to head down to the station and go into the city for some lunch. One of the major changes at MAN over the years is the near total elimination of all the shops landside. Another one of my favorite spotting locations was the food court that linked T1 to T3. Having not travelled from MAN since the works have been carried out I'm not totally sure if the area is still there but I'm led to believe it is? Although I’m willing to be corrected on that one.

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Back through the very hot skyway – not helped by ALL the moving walkways being out of action.

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Station view – not much happening here either!

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City of Manchester Stadium/Etihad Stadium as seen from the train – originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth games

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Piccadilly station

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One of the areas regenerated in the last few years. When I first visited the city in 1999 this was just a fairly derelict looking park with a dodgy looking ferris wheel and some 1970’s looking buildings around it



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King Street

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Manchester Cathedral

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And a quick stop at Starbucks!

Then it was time to head back to the airport… otherwise id be charged the 24 hour rate in the car park – and that wouldn’t be cheap!

Once we were approaching the airport, I noticed a MON A321 fly over… and as it was departing in this direction, this meant that they were using the 05’s for landing and departing rather than the 23’s. This pleased me as in all my previous visits, I hadn’t been able to see any action from this direction.

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Heading back to T2

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Overview of The Station and T1 car park

Then, £20 poorer, I made the short drive to the runway viewing park:

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Then I spent the next 3 or so hours taking pics of nearly everything in sight!

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You can get pretty close to the action here…

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Uh-Oh, something’s not right here…

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Luckily, this passed without much incident.

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Shame the fence got in the way of this one…

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Some ‘roadwork’s’ seemed to be going on this afternoon.

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Smokin’

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A couple of the viewing park’s residents

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One thing about MAN is that there are still quite a few smaller/private jets around too

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Hello, what’s this that’s just turned up…

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Quite like this one, makes a change from the all sky blue. Although not a patch on the livery seen earlier in this thread.

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Operating a charter for somebody I believe

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Not seen one of these before. The tail logo looks a bit MS Paint though.

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One for OA260

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One thing that I thought of was that I cant see any way that BD/BA can have so many London Shuttle’s once the merging is complete. Nearly all flights seem to be within half an hour or so of each other. Either some rescheduling needs to take place or some flights dropped.

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I wasn’t aware this one still carried this livery

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Pretty sure this one wasn’t operating the LHR shuttle as I saw it earlier in the day parked up at T1

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Again?!

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Nope, not waiting for this one.

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The ‘Emergency’ was creating a bit of a tailback.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26488 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 6914 times:

Hey James  

Loved this report . Always nice to see the spotting trips and believe it or not I have never been to that spotting park at MAN. Something still on my to do list !

Loved all the photos you took and the history behind your annual pilgrimage. Times have certainly changed.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
One for OA260

Haha thanks Ive flown on this one a few times.

Anyway thanks for a pleasant read and looking forward to the next one.

Philip  



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1668 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 6905 times:

Nice spotting trip to MAN !!!

Guess, you were the 1st to reveal Thomson's new livery (?)

It's been 10+ years since I visited MAN and should do so very shortly...thanks a lot for sharing/promoting the airport !



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User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 6890 times:

It's a trip report all right. Some nice old photos took me back a bit they did.

This isn't a critisism but the photos look a little soft, it could be the resolution you have to reduce them to to post on here. What camera were you using?


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months ago) and read 6873 times:

Did a bit of tweaking and the end got cut off:


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Turns out it was a return for the TOM 737 that had departed around half and hour previously. After the fire crew had a good look around once it had left the runway, it was followed back to stand.

And it was shortly after this my camera battery died, and I started the long journey back down South. As I mentioned earlier, this wasn’t the traditional type of TR, but hope it was of interest to at least a few people.

Normal service will be resumed in a couple of weeks!






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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months ago) and read 6860 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Loved this report .

Thanks Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Always nice to see the spotting trips and believe it or not I have never been to that spotting park at MAN. Something still on my to do list !

Not to be missed, although from what i remember its a bit of pain to get to without a car.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):
Guess, you were the 1st to reveal Thomson's new livery (?)

Im sure there were some pics on here when it was first rolled out about a month ago.

Quoting Delboy (Reply 4):
Some nice old photos took me back a bit they did.

That was the plan!

Quoting Delboy (Reply 4):
This isn't a critisism but the photos look a little soft, it could be the resolution you have to reduce them to to post on here. What camera were you using?

Yeah, id been struggling all day with getting decent pics - colours look a bit vivid for my liking too, but tried to mess with colour settings, different filters etc but didn't have much success. Its a Canon 550d. Still fairly new to the dSLR world so hopefully they should improve with experience.



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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2068 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months ago) and read 6783 times:

Great report! Was just MAN the other day, also did a trip report on it, What day was this done?


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User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months ago) and read 6764 times:

Have you got Photoshop Elements?

I use this and it helps my pictures no end, especially when they are borderline and believe me, some of mine are well borderline!


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 7):
Great report! Was just MAN the other day, also did a trip report on it, What day was this done?

This was yesterday (20/6)

Quoting Delboy (Reply 8):
Have you got Photoshop Elements?

I use this and it helps my pictures no end, especially when they are borderline and believe me, some of mine are well borderline!

Ive got the full blown photoshop, but only really use it if theres something specific I want to do with a picture.



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User currently offlinemainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

Excellent James, thank you. MAN is always good to pass a little time, or even a day when you've travelled so far. May I suggest you park your car next time at Heald Green, Gatley or East Didsbury stations and get a local train to the airport.......every 30 mins off peak service.

I'm pretty sure BA and BD schedules will be harmonised or reduced in time. Don't forget that BA 737s are going to Gatwick (I'm sure you know this!) and some BD 320s are operating for LH to FRA.

The food court between T1 and T3 is now gone and I'm not sure precisely how the area has been incorporated into the new terminal layouts. I always thought it was better when the two terminals were linked and also when there were shops to wander round before security. But, MAN discovered that passengers preferred to get security out of the way as soon as possible, and that they preferred to be cynically directed through aisles and aisles of retail shite, before arriving at their gates. Terminal 1 is dreadful for this. The last time I passed through T1, just 3 weeks ago, my fellow traveller said that "this makes me even more determined NOT to buy anything" !


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

Excellent, some really nice shots there!
A pity though you didn't fly up  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Another one of my favorite spotting locations was the food court that linked T1 to T3

I know, it's gone   I once spent a few hours there waiting for a friend, then a couple of years ago, the only time I ever flew into / out of MAN, it was gone!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Not seen one of these before. The tail logo looks a bit MS Paint though.

That will be the one operated by Suckling Airways to operate MAN-NWI and some others, see my report from Corfu to see it at NWI  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suckling_Airways

Thanks

signol



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3021 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6147 times:

Very nice report James, even if you didn't fly anywhere! Some great retro photos there!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
One for Gabriel!

Thanks! Shame it wasn't "Newcastle"

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Leaving T2 pretty empty. I took this as my cue to make a move

Looks very barren

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Not seen one of these before. The tail logo looks a bit MS Paint though.

Ha, yeah, doesn't look quite right. Reminds me of this one:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...d=87c9b5f824469b5608d542e573309fde

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I wasn’t aware this one still carried this livery

Yeah, I saw that in BHD last week

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Pretty sure this one wasn’t operating the LHR shuttle as I saw it earlier in the day parked up at T1

Probably doing the FRA or MUC run for LH



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

Hey, J.,

good to see a couple of pictures from MAN back in the days.
And also good to follow it´s actual appearance, well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 10):
May I suggest you park your car next time at Heald Green, Gatley or East Didsbury stations and get a local train to the airport.......every 30 mins off peak service.

Yeah, i did see somewhere that this was possible... old habits really! And the fact that MAN is pretty much straight off the motorway and into the car park.

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 10):
The food court between T1 and T3 is now gone and I'm not sure precisely how the area has been incorporated into the new terminal layouts. I always thought it was better when the two terminals were linked and also when there were shops to wander round before security. But, MAN discovered that passengers preferred to get security out of the way as soon as possible, and that they preferred to be cynically directed through aisles and aisles of retail shite, before arriving at their gates. Terminal 1 is dreadful for this. The last time I passed through T1, just 3 weeks ago, my fellow traveller said that "this makes me even more determined NOT to buy anything" !

Thats a shame. I was under the impression that everything was how it was back in the day apart from security being moved forward a bit. I remember back in 1999 - i very first caught a glimpse of the short lived Virgin Sun from there while waiting for my BD flight back to LHR on one of their old 735's.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):
A pity though you didn't fly up

I might fly up again one day...

Quoting signol (Reply 11):
That will be the one operated by Suckling Airways to operate MAN-NWI and some others

Yeah i figured it was probably one of their franchises. Although my initial thoughts were that it was a Loganair. It what only when i saw the pics on the screen when i got home i saw it said Suckling Airways on the side.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Very nice report James

Thanks Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Thanks! Shame it wasn't "Newcastle"

The 328 that was landing with all the fire service around it was NCL. That was about the best pic i caught of it though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Looks very barren

Certainly was - quietist I've ever seen it. Infact, the UA 757 had only arrived about 10 minutes earlier.



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5713 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):

Thanks Markus.

Just a shame i couldn't find any of my pics from 1999 for a bit more of a retro feel!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5127 times:
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Hi J.

Nice report, great spotting pictures throughout the years and of your latest visit, thanks for sharing.

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Thanks Brendan - shame you couldn't pay a visit to the runway visitor park when you went to MAN. Well worth a visit.


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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

Hi James,

Very nice report! Some really nice spotting pictures, and especially like the pictures from the past. Thanks a lot for posting.

Regards,

Win


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