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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10495 times:

Hi

I decided to put together a few of my pictures from my recent trips to LHR (of which there are lots, but these are what I think to be the best visits so far).

Anyway, These first 2 pictures are a bit off topic, but they are very good.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/4.jpg
3 BA Airbuses (I guess they are all A320's) in the morning sunshine, as seen from the BA T1 Terrace lounge, well worth a visit.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/9.jpg
BA 757 with the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Back on topic, these pictures are from 2 separate visits to LHR, these 2 are from the Saturday 2nd of December (2006).
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/21.jpg
JAL Cargo 747 lines up for take off on 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/1.jpg
Qantas 744 rolling down 27L.

Because of this next trip, there was on space for those 2 photos on my memory stick, as I had to delete the rest  Sad
Right, this visit was without a doubt my longest, and probably most enjoyable visit to LHR yet on the Saturday of 9th of December (2006)

I got off the bus at about 11:10am at Hatton Cross, and immediately noticed that Landings were on 27L and take offs on 27R, which is good for photography, and so made my way down to the edge of 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/12.jpg
BA 744 on approach to 27L, if you love 'heavies' and/or BA, LHR is a must. Luckily, I like both, so it's great !
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/17.jpg
2 BA 744's over at BA's minor maintenance (TBE) area near 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/23.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/24.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/25.jpg
3 stages of an AA 777 landing on 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/20.jpg
BA 777 crossing the active runway.

Well, after about 40mins of soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos, I decided to move on to the other side of the airport.
Now, being on the course to becoming an aircraft engineer, I decided to pay a visit to the main BA engineering area on the other side of Hatton cross, and so took a shortish walk down to the hanger by the 'Jurys Inn' hotel, (or TBA to those in the know such as myself). Here, there was a BA 757 (G-CPEO)parked up outside, and I decided to see what kind of photo I could get through the different type of fence they use around the engineering base.

Firstly, may I tell you, that it is very hard to get a good picture with a big lens, so stick to an ordinary camera and unfortunately, the results won't be great unless you do so.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/11.jpg
'PEO parked up outside the front side of BA engineering's TBA.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/10.jpg
A close up of the Rolls-Royce engine.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/13.jpg
Even closer look at the engine.

I then walked back to Hatton cross and caught a bus to near enough 27R, and decided to get a few shots of the take off action.

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/2.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/5.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/7.jpg
VS A340-600 holding at, taxiing onto and rolling down 27R.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/27.jpg
Air Malta A320.

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/8.jpg
BWIA A340 waiting by 27R, this time next year, this airline will no longer exist.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/16.jpg
BA 744 on 27R.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/19.jpg
The BA 744 rolls while the A340 waits.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/26.jpg
A whole load of BA 744's at T4, see what I mean about heavy/BA heaven !

Then I looked at the time, and grabbed a bite to eat at the McDonalds before heading back. Instead of catching the bus, I decided to take a walk back to Hatton cross around the main engineering area, and so I ended up, for the first time ever, taking some photos there.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/3.jpg
Notice something strange ? This BA 777 is towed into the BA engineering TBA hanger, hopefully to get a new door !!
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/15.jpg
BA 744 parked up at the engineering base.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/28.jpg
The same 744 but viewed from the side. The yellow building(s) in the background are the BA 747 hangers, although it looks like one building, it's actually 2. The nearest one is TBK while the one further away is TBJ. Almost all of BA's 747 'light' maintenance is done in those 2 hangers, while the 'heavy' engineering is done at Cardiff.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/29.jpg
The other side of TBA in the foreground, looks kind of 'menacing' don't you think ? The grey building in the far right-hand corner is TBC, where most of the engineering offices are.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/31.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/30.jpg
BA heavies parked up outside the 747 hangers, unfortunately my finger got in the way, and so that's what the white line is. But I though I'd show you this picture as it's an unusual sight.

Thanks for reading, leave any comments is you wish
Next Trip report: LHR-SEA-LHR !

wrighbrothers


Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10395 times:

Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip. Looks like you had a great day!

Thanks
Paul



Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10291 times:

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip.

I second that!  bigthumbsup 

Great report  Smile

I will be staying at the Jury's Inn in December, any idea on how close the hotel is to some spotting areas?

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9907 times:

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip. Looks like you had a great day!

 tick 

Lew


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9819 times:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):

wow some great pictures there Wrigh especially the one of the Rolls Royce engine


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9623 times:

Thanks for your kind comments  Smile I thought i'd be good to give you something a bit different.

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
I will be staying at the Jury's Inn in December, any idea on how close the hotel is to some spotting areas?

Yes, the Jury's Inn is about a 2min walk (if that) from Hatton cross (you'll walk out of the hotel, and follow the path onto the road where the BA hanger is), which in turn is very close to the 27L runway, you can't miss it, then just walk down by the fence, and choose the best place to spot, you get good shots of landings and take-offs, but if you stand underneath the yellow runway lights, you'll get a get blast of jet engine !. For photography, just poke your lens through the fence. There is the main road behind Hatton cross and there's pathways on either side of the road, this is a good place for photography.
If you want to go to the other runway, go to Hatton cross, and catch any of these buses: 285,555,556,or 557 with 'Heathrow Central' on the destination board at the front or side of the bus, and just ask for the driver to call out when you reach the visitors center (there are other stops as the bus goes round the engineering base and along 27R for a bit, so just press the bell, although you might have to do a bit of trial and error, it should be okay) once at the visitors center, there's a McDonald's opposite for something to eat.
The visitors center is closed at the moment, but it's the 3rd big grey building along on the right-hand side. Once there, just find the nearest pathway, and walk along the 2 car parks, step through a thin bit of grass, and you'll be at the main road, just cross that road, and you'll be right at the fence of 27R, again, just find the best spot and click away !
All the buses I mentioned are free to and from Hatton cross within the airport area, when you come back, catch the same buses: 285 'Kingston'
555/6/7 'Walton'
and ask for Hatton cross, it should be free.

There is another great place, which is the bridge which goes over the road by Hatton cross, you can't miss it, depending on your zoom, you'll be able to catch landings on either runways, with nothing much in the way.
Hope that helps, for more info, may I direct you to this website.
http://www.photovation.net/Spotting/SpottingLHR.htm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 4):
wow some great pictures there Wrigh especially the one of the Rolls Royce engine

Thanks  Smile

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Looks like you had a great day!

I did indeed, LHR is a great place to spot, and the police aren't usually fussy about spotters, as long as you follow your common sense, you'll be fine.

Wrightbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9499 times:

Cool pics! Can't wait for my next LHR spotting trip  Smile

User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9484 times:

Yeah Great report but i am curious about something. Do they let kids walk around among their aircraft like that? you seem very close to them engines. In this day and age that seems to be kinda dangerous.


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9318 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 7):
but i am curious about something. Do they let kids walk around among their aircraft like that? you seem very close to them engines. In this day and age that seems to be kinda dangerous.

I wasn't actually that close to the aircrafts, I was behind the airport fences, and the reason they look close up is becuase I used my camera zoom (which is a very good one to add), usually about 3.0-5.0X zoom, so it can be missleading, I was doing nothing illegal and LHR certainly don't let you near aircrafts as such, the 757 just happend to be parked up close to the fence, and I used lots of zoom. Hope this answers your question.

wrightbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9265 times:

Nice pics! I know those places very, very well.  Wink

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):
BA 757 with the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Compass Centre (not Center!) isn't being 'sold off', as it isn't owned by BA. We lease the building from the BAA, so we're merely tenants, and moving the operation from Compass Centre to Terminal 5 and Waterside.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9256 times:

Great Photos and thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9240 times:

Cool and different report.

Maybe you or some LHR regulars could answer the following question:

Where is that spot where you photograph the BWIA 340 and the QFA 744 ? I've been to Heathrow a few times to the usual locations, but never been there. It seems as a "new hot" spot, as I've seen many great shots from this location (well I think) recently over the Internet. You have to shot through the fence?

Thanks!

Alex G.-Denicourt

[Edited 2006-12-18 00:53:00]


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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9222 times:

Quoting AGD (Reply 11):
Where is that spot where you photograph the BWIA 340 and the QFA 744 ? I've been to Heathrow a few times to the usual locations, but never been there. It seems as a "new hot" spot, as I've seen many great shots from this location (well I think) recently over the Internet. You have to shot through the fence?

Thanks!

Alex G.-Denicourt

The BWIA A340 was taken from the fence by 27R, It was actualy at the part of the fence where the road bends to the left and then becomes the big long road you might know, right by there.
As for the QF 744, that was taken through the fence at 27L, about half way along.
Yes, unfortunatly you do need to shot through the fence.

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
Compass Centre (not Center!)

D'oh !

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
isn't being 'sold off', as it isn't owned by BA. We lease the building from the BAA, so we're merely tenants, and moving the operation from Compass Centre to Terminal 5 and Waterside.

Ahhh, thanks, I think that's what I meant lol.

Wrightbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineMack8994 From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9185 times:

Thanks for posting. This is for sure a different TR... Great pics!

 thumbsup 



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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 9122 times:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 8):
I was doing nothing illegal and LHR certainly don't let you near aircrafts as such, the 757 just happend to be parked up close to the fence, and I used lots of zoom. Hope this answers your question

Yea it does. you must have a good camera. thanks for the info.



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 8575 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
Yea it does. you must have a good camera. thanks for the info.

It is actualy !, it's very good, although it's not a DSLR.

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 13):
This is for sure a different TR... Great pics

Thanks, glad you liked it

If you want me to, I'll post another one of these Trip reports next time I visit LHR.
wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26913 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7635 times:

Very nice ''spotting trip'' must do one myself. Brilliant idea.

User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7510 times:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):
the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Has it been sold yet?


FLYTUITRAVEL.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7485 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Very nice ''spotting trip'' must do one myself. Brilliant idea.

Thank you, and for the post in the other thread  Smile

Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 17):
Has it been sold yet?


FLYTUITRAVEL.

It is still in use by BA, but BA don't own it, BAA do, they lease it from them.

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7230 times:
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Great pics at LHR. It is a great place for spotting, especially if you like heavies and international carriers.
There used to be the Spectators Gallery atop the Queens Building between Terminals 2 and 3 (or 1 and 2, I don't remember which one). There was a store up there too, which sold books, DVD,s and other aviation related goods. I always enjoyed going up there when I flew in/out of LHR but I know it closed down a few years ago. Too bad, because that was my favorite place for spotting



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7247 posts, RR: 85
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7225 times:
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Fantastic TR and great pictures. I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.


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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6881 times:

That was so cool Alistair....

I love that one of the 757 engine!  cloudnine 

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

I agree, top notch =]

JG  biggrin 



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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6781 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
Fantastic TR and great pictures. I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

Thanks, I doubt any of my photos are up to A.Net standard but I enjoy taking them and I'll try uploading them to myaviation once I'm able to, they don't seem to be a ble to be sent  Sad

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 21):
That was so cool Alistair....

I love that one of the 757 engine!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

I agree, top notch =]

JG

Hey Jordan, thanks. When you come down to LHR I'll try and get you to all these places  Smile

I've been down to LHR again, so if anyone wants me to, I'll post another one of these either this weekend or sometime soon.

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Hi, nice pics. I love it when I visit LHR to connect onto other BA flights. Ims BA staff and to be honest have only been to LHR 4 or 5 times in nearly 6 years( I mostly fly through LGW ).

Everytime Im at LHR I spend my time either outside the terminal building or glued to a window in the airside part of T1/T4watching the planes take-off/land.

I really must make an effort this summer to get to LHR for some spotting.

I dont know f anyone can give me any advice on where to spot from and how to get there?


Lee



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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6475 times:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 22):
Hey Jordan, thanks. When you come down to LHR I'll try and get you to all these places

Cool Stuffs, that'd be ace!  biggrin 

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 22):
I've been down to LHR again, so if anyone wants me to, I'll post another one of these either this weekend or sometime soon.

I'd certainly love to see another one..... please and thank yous!

JG  Yeah sure



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
25 Trintocan : Wrighbrothers, that was a very interesting trip report. One about spotting rather than actually flying - now that is unique. Too bad about BW now thou
26 Flinhion757 : But after what happended last year they would never!!!!!!!
27 Post contains links and images Wrighbrothers : Hye folks, fisrtly, thanks for the comments, I haven't ignored them, secondly, my long awaited second spotting trip has now been posted, warning for d
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