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Weekend In London-Countdown To Concorde, LHR-JFK  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6819 times:
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Well, here I am in London (checkin mail at an internet cafe in Leicester Square) and yesterday's weather was simply serendipity! It was beautiful, sunny and hot! I spent most of the day in Kensington Gardens.

This is a trip report in Progress!!!  Big thumbs up Hope you like this different angle that I am taking...

My trip begins in JFK on April 4, 2003. Many of you may recall how I tried and failed twice already to get onto one of BA's hotline fares. When I secured this one, I thought I would be OK, but I almost got a final scare at KFH when they could not find my ticket in their reservations. After boing ferried from one counter to an office then back, they got me ticketed.

BA 174
I would be seated in seat 29K on G-BNLN (thanks to Colin for a wonderful image; sorry we missed each other!).


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I opted to travel in World Traveler Plus (my first trip on BA) and was pleasantly surprised. My seat was just on the rear aspect of the starboard wing and I was seated right behind the bulkseat seat. Now, since there was only ONE of these seats in front of me, I had unlimited foot space and the pax in front of me even told me to prop my feet up on what was, in reality, his armrest.

The benefits of WT+ were that the seats are wider and go back in pitch a decent amount and a leg rest pops out as well. I also got a nice Personal TV with some video games in it (I played some blackjack) and over a dozen movies to choose from. Among them, I cycled between, 'catch me if you can' and 'two weeks notice'(parts of which aired in my town).

We were due to take off at 6pm but by the time we pushed back, we were 13 in line and took off around 630pm. We waited in queue and finally turned onto runway 4L and in mid turn, the Capt. spooled up and the roar began.

A short moment later, we were climbing up through NY's overcast sky, heading northwest and began our right hand turn that would bring us to cruise along the northshore of Long Island and then out over the Atlantic.

well, that is it for now. my time is up on this station and I am off to the Oxford -Cambridge race to meet with Ben. more to come....  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Thanks for the report Mirrodie and have fun!

Regards, SN-A330




I would rather be flying...
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

Can't wait for the good bit...the BA001 return leg

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6389 times:
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OK, Flight BA 174 Continued....(sorry about the above typos)

I am on BNLN, waiting as plane #13 in Queue for the planes departing on runway 4 L. So, yes, we were late.

Finally, our 744 spools up and we start turning onto the runway and without stopping, we were at full throttle, hustling down 4L underneath a blanket of heavy clouds.

After a few very loud bumps on the runway, we lifted off and I keep looking east out my window as Long Island (LI) fell away from us. We quickly pierced the clouds and BNLN began banking starboard. My Airline Map showed us turning south to cruise along the south shore of LI. (This is a relatively normal flight path for European bound planes from JFK and in fact is very similar to the path that TWA 800 took.)

A few London Dry Gin and Tonics later, and I was watching "two weeks Notice" and "Catch me if you can" and playing video games on the PTV. This was all in a colossal effort to get me sleeping. I did end up sleeping a little bit on the flight.

Food time. The FA says to me, "would you like Delightful Chicken or Fantastic Beef?" Talking no interest in this bloke's attempt to humor us, I chose the salty chicken breast.

It was a chicken breast in a salty tomato like sauce with green beans and stuffing.

There was a small side salad as well. All I ate was its tomatoes and cucumbers. Then I was a dense apple pie like dessert, which was a very nice ending.  Big thumbs up

After now having 2 more glasses of red wine, I slept about 2 hours until a light breakfast was served. It was yogurt, and a roll. How exciting, eh?  Insane

The overall flight was nice but here is my one bone with ALL flights that I had had to date in wither coach or coach plus:

For Northwest, American, Southwest, Qantas and British Airways (airlines I flown in last 5 years), there is NEVER enough padding for my butt.  Pissed I swear! I am not being funny!

I mean, I have a big butt to begin with and no matter what, the area near my tailbone (cocyx) always gets annoyed on those longer flights and all I try to do is keep adding more blankets and pillows to sit on.

C'mon, you plane makers! Forget about pitch! Pamper my pooper!  Big grin


Finally, we began our descent into LHR. I awoke to the beauty of Britain's patchwork quilt of farms and properties. I kept my eye on the southern sky and spied 3 flights that just left LHR and seemed to be heading back west.

The sky was clear with some light clouds that would late give way to a very warm day in London. As we approached the piano keys at LHR, I began to already pray for my return home!

We landed on 27R and taxied past a large line up of BA 777's near terminal 4. These were not at any gate but were aligned in the apron, just chillin.

It was now Saturday April 5, 0700hrs.

Time spent waiting until Tuesday's outbound BA001 flight

Saturday -I met an AArmy pilot in Customs who happened to also be in my hotel. Also a NYer, we spent the day taking in London by foot. Saw the changing of the guard,etc. I walked from my hotel in Kensington Gardens to the London Eye and then back to the hotel!  Innocent

-Back at the hotel by 2 pm, we went our separate ways. I took a shower and went out again, this time with my camera+journal. It was unseasonably hot in London! I was sweating while walking around in a t-shirt and getting a tan....in Kensington Gardens! Making small talk with locals relaxing in the park, just chillin in London with my journal and camera in hand.

Sunday- I was supposed to go to Speaker's Corner but forgot and instead went to London Bridge. Took in more sights. Then went to Camden street and mingled. It was barely noon and I was having a burger and beer , conversing with locals in THE ELEPHANT'S HEAD BAR.
Then took the tube to Hammersmith where I met Ben a proud airliners.net member!. As I have said, this trip was planned and fell through twice. So it was serendipity that when I finally got to go to London, the race was the same weekend! And it was apparently the best and closest ever!

After the race, Ben and I had a drink at the Fox and the Trout (right Ben?) Some older British ladies began flirting with us after we asked them to take this photo.  Big thumbs up

Ben and I made plans to meet tomorrow. On to Leiscester Square to meet Barcode, another proud airliners.net member!

-I was late meeting Barcode, so I ran full throttle up the stairs out of the underground so I would not miss her. (meanwhile, I just had a few beers with Ben). Long story short, Barcode meets Mirrodie after he runs up and then bends over in dire breathing pain as the lactic acid mixes fury with the alcohol he just consumed. Embarrassment I was panting for a good 20 minutes. Made a great first impression on her (impression of a beached whale's lasts gasps for air, that is.)

We had a drink in a cafe then headed to SOHO (my first time). Had another drink (more alcohol as I stopped panting). After an hour, Barcode had to go. I couldn't go with her b/c, um, well, I wasn't anatomically prepared  Wink/being sarcastic (but I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANTED TO GO!)  Love Would have been my first time too!
-walked past Leicester Square to find that it was opening night for a new Rowan Atkins film. So I saw him walk out at the end of the premiere. ate greek that night and slept.

Monday-woke up to ride British Airways "London Eye" at 0900hrs then met up with VC-10. He drove past the BA and Virgin Hangars at LHR where I saw BOAC waiting for me tomorrow! Then we decided to see the RAF Hendon Museum and that was just AWESOME.  Wow! (I can't thank you enough!) the highlight for me was seeing the Vulcan (HUGE is an understatement) and video of the Vulcans taking off.  Wow! It was awesome to finally meet another crew member and have a good time.

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VC-10 couldn't join us for the rest of the evening. I went to Paddington and met GDB! What a great guy and we love the same movie! (Sexy NutsBeast). Thank you so much GDB for the book and the gift! We were both laughing, drinking, eating and BSing for 3 hours until Ben showed up to ruin it all! LOL The 3 of us cackled a while, exchanging stories about flying and women and what not. good times! too bad it ended early as I wanted some sleep for the next day...I-I

photos to follow....

How is it going so far? Any details I should add before I venture forth, besides the return flight??



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

Mirrodie, we can't see the pictures!

And what about the Concorde return?



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6282 times:
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Awesome trip report, can't wait for BA 001.

Your pics aren't working  Sad



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6279 times:

Great report so far. Can't wait for BA001.

What I miss most about Concorde is when it came for the Grand National - it flew directly over my house.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6230 times:
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OK, guys, I think I need your help (I'm an idiot) the pics come up on my home computer but do not come up at work. weird????

hlep me out? thanks. I have them on a yahoo web page.



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6191 times:
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Here, Cambridge and Oxford battle it out as Ben and I freeze outside.



Barcode and I enjoying Capucchinos and Lattes.



GDB, Ben and I enjoying a few drinks. Notice how Ben can't keep us with us.  Wink/being sarcastic





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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6179 times:
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Are you sure that's not Tony Blair in the last picture?

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6173 times:
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Over 500 people viewed this and only 5 responded???

If so few responded to this trip report, then what is the impetus for me to want to post the 001 leg?


(vc-10, did you mean 'happy' or the man in the middle?)

[Edited 2003-04-11 05:34:50]


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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6171 times:
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.....Man in the middle......

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

Over 500 people viewed this and only 5 responded???
We are all waiting for the Concorde part of the trip report. Pictures are good though.





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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13194 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6140 times:

Well I for one am waiting for the TR, having seen G-BOACs spectacular 09L departure.
It's not the replies that count, just the quality of the TR, so far so good, now for the main event.
(But really, take your time and make it that extra bit special!)


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5991 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6145 times:

Nice TR, although I must say I was just looking at it for the pictures  Laugh out loud

... I see you got to meet quite a few A.net "celebreties" Big grin

... and for some reason, I imagined that you looked quite different (goes for quite a few of them - like, I knew that you have to have a big head to work on Concorde, but GDB just takes it away  Big thumbs up)


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6103 times:
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bloody hell!

Ben, Blair really DOES resemble you!!

good call vc-10!!





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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6103 times:

More like a mixture of Bush and Blair.
Blairs face with Bushes ears  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6080 times:
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Yeah, Ben is a remarkable Blair look-a-like.



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3165 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

I was on BA 001 on the 9th. Is that the same day you took the flight?


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6023 times:
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Nope, I flew on the 8th. coincidence though, we almost missed each other.


stuill working on that TR.

[Edited 2003-04-12 02:55:14]


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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3165 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

Correction: We didn't "almost" miss each other. We DID miss each other!


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6010 times:
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True, but if we WERE on the same flight, we STILL would have missed each other! LOL

I am still toiling on the TR. give me the weekend. love ,mirrodie



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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5990 times:

No! No weekend!

you must post NOW!  Smile

My poor old man's heart can't handle the suspense!

Steve


User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

Dude, what's with the shades in that pic ... hehe .... didn't turn out bad though ... considering I'd been up all night at work and was red eyed and looking decidely tired when we met ....

And can we please see the report for BA001 ... I'm going to have to make dow with living voraciously through others experiences on the speedbird now it's being retired .... unless some miracle occurs and I find a few grand to spare soon ...

So ... details please ...


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5824 times:
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Barcode, you eyes looked as lovely as ever!  Wink/being sarcastic I was just having some fun with photoshop since i just got it.

I am about 1/2 through with the BA 001 leg of my report.

I am working hard on it and look forward to feedback.

I promise, its coming soon.

mirrodie



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25 Post contains images Ben : Yeah hurry up, Mirrodie! I look like Tony Blair?? I dont know, but Tony Blair is a wanker, and that's where we differ Oh, and if it looks like I can't
26 Mirrodie : Ben, nect time we got to go to "church" as well as to the corner on sunday AM!! OK, stay tuned, I should have it done within the next 2 hours. My typi
27 Mirrodie : The job is done. Please see "the Concorde Experience" for part 2 of this trip. regards, mirrodie
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