A Royal Air Force 707 AWACS aircraft flew into Heathrow a few years back, and parked alongside BA
's hangars at TBA. That evening, in the TBA Conference Room, we enjoyed a throughly interesting lecture by the Commanding Officer, especially arranged for the Royal Aeronautical Society.
They had just returned from Kosovo, where they had been operating for some time, having been originally told that it would be all over in weeks! The anecdotes flowed like the wind, and the audience comprising all airline types, were enthalled!
The cream on the cake was that we were all invited to go out on the apron to actually board the AWACS aircraft from the rear, under the radome, and made our way forwards for our guided tours. Being an ex BOAC 707 crew member, it was quite an experience to see all the complex equipment in place of seats!
Their flight crew were then dined by our organisers, before leaving for RAF Waddington the following day! The CO
mentioned that as far as he knew, he was the only pilot to land and take off at LHR
without a Commercial Pilot's Licence! Awesome, in the true sense of the word!
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!