I've just got home after two days at LHR
! Here is my personal very long account of the weekend...
Spotting/photography during the day was good - big thanks to Leezyjet for driving us around the airfield, and to Tesco so MYT332 could buy 24 beers and 707cmf could get some cheesecake to take back to Elbonia.
The evening could have gone wrong because of issues with the dinner booking (yes, we need a friendly word Pe@rson!), but top geezer Ben stepped in and saved the day! We had a couple of rounds of drinks at The Green Man, then everyone (with a couple of exceptions!) headed back to the hotel for dinner. AvianceGirlUK dropped Jkw777 anda very drunk MYT332 at the hotel and then went home. I had some supersonic business to attend to with some friends from ConcordeSST.com in The Green Man.
We all met again at around midnight by TBA - the old BA
Concorde hangar where Concorde G-BOAA (with no wings or tail) was waiting on her truck. AvianceGirlUK and I were luckily able to get some seats in a warm car - four people in the back of a Focus was not too comfortable, but at least it was dry! Unfortunately everyone else got soaked. MYT332 had the bright idea of coming out into a downpour wearing only a shirt.
At around 2am Concorde started moving. I was interviewed by the BBC and ended up on the BBC1 Breakfast News and BBC News 24 bulletins throughout the day! We followed Concorde for half an hour before starting to head back to the hotel. Most people were getting the bus back but poor GBOAF and AvianceGirlUK somehow ended up with me in my friend's car speeding across West London, trying to beat G-BOAA to the A4
/A30 junction! Thankfully Concorde was traveling slightly slower than Mach 2 so we managed to beat it to the junction by the petrol station. A supersonic airliner crossing the road at 3am was a very interesting sight!
I got back to the hotel at 3.30am and had a good night's sleep until 9am. I woke up to a beautiful clear morning and a British Airways Boeing 747-436 taking off.
After a nice big unhealthy breakfast at McDonald's, Trekster and I went down to Myrtle Avenue at the end of 27L to join the rest of the group. I stayed there until the afternoon when I went to a ConcordeSST.com meet at The Green Man. Ben popped in - unfortunately we discussing some rather boring admin stuff, but hopefully you weren't too bored there. I think you'll like the special edition BA
News my mate Mark gave you! I left the pub at 9.30pm and I was home within an hour or so.
A few pics from Saturday night...
Left to right: Me, UTA_Flyinghigh, UTAette, JTW, MYT, 707cmf.
Far right: Aviationfreak.
Left to right: Trekster, RJ100.
Top bloke Ben!