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Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 2:46 am

The local news paper, the eagle, is reporting that a British Airways 777 is going to be landing at Easterwood Airport.

I was wondering if one of you people who takes pictures of planes at Easterwood, was going to be out taking pictures when that plane arrived. i was wondering, because i would go down there and take them myself, because it's my home airport and i just have that home airport pride, but i'm 4 hours away.

If one of you were to take a picture, i was wondering if I could get a copy of it just for my own person.

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 4:07 am

A B777 at CLL...sure he won't fly to IAH than puddle jump it to C.S.?

When is this suppose to happen? I'm only 90 minutes away.

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 4:25 am

Yeah, dead serious it's a 777. The eagle, http://theeagle.com, confirms that the airport manager at Easterwood Airport is preparing for the arrival of the 777.

The article says that Blair is supposed to arrive in the morning.

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 4:42 am

I find that amazing!! The main runway at that airport is only 7000' long. It is also paved in asphalt if I am correct. They usually do not have any thing larger that a ERJ145 from Continental Express. I wish I could be there to witness it.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 4:54 am

What is he doing there?
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 5:17 am

A lightly loaded 777 should be able to blast off of 7,000ft like a rocket. They'd probably stop at a bigger airport to fuel up for the trip back to England.
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 5:20 am

The aggie rag is not exactly known for its accuracy in reporting. Even if it is true, i sense and aggie joke brewing.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 5:56 am

You can get more info about the airport at

http://www.tamu.edu/easterwoodairport/

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 6:33 am

He was supposed to go into Waco (CNW, or ACT) but the Aggie air traffic controllers vectored him to the wrong airport...

(Sorry TxAgKuwait--just couldn't resist the opportunity....)  Big grin
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 7:20 am

Wow this is pretty interesting if true. A BA 777 at college station, who would've thought? Hopefully someone gets some good photos.
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:03 am

I received the following message from the College Station Airport just now:


We will be taking photographs and they should be posted on our website afterwards. It may take a few days to update the website.

Kim Sutphen
Assistant Director for Airport Administration
Easterwood Airport
Texas A&M University
979/845-5103

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:33 am

I believe Blair is going to the US to discuss the situation in the Middle East with Mr.Bush.

Regards, and enjoy our 777!  Big grin
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:56 am

I'm telling my parents to go, they live in Navasota. My stepdad used to work for Eastern and he might be able to get a good picture...

kind regards,

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:59 am

Yes, enjoy the 777. It is quite a marvelous aircraft to both spot and to fly on. Does anyone know if it will be a VII series or a YMM series aircraft?

Jeff
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 9:04 am

Can someone tell me where college station is?

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Thu Apr 04, 2002 9:14 am

Its about 75 miles NNW of IAH, Houston, Texas.

Its main purpose in life is to be the home city of Texas A&M University. It also has the George Bush (the elder) Presidential library and Museum, which hosts lectures by various dignitaries throughout the year.

kind regards,

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 6:44 pm

When exactly is the aircraft arriving at CLL? I want to see it.

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:05 pm

I believe Mr.Blair departs the UK today (Friday), so expect an arrival in the afternoon/early evening.

The choice of airfield probably has something to do with the fact that Bush & Blair are meeting up at the Crawford ranch.

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:36 pm

I'll be there on sunday morning, so I'll try to snag some good pics. Does anyone know the precise time?

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:48 pm

Whatever happens; I can't miss this...

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 11:00 pm

When Pres Bush visits Crawford, he usually lands at Gray AAF at Ft Hood, I believe its a 11,000 rwy, and then helicopters to Crawford. Its has much more security available with two Army divisions. Why on earth would Blair go out of his way to inconvience himself? Britt-Aggie?

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 11:26 pm

Yeah, I'm out here. I was sick yesterday with allergies but am better today. Since CLL is current known for hating spotters, I am going to be out @ Research Park.

This map shows where I'm going to be. The black X is a good area to see aircraft approaching IF the wind is not from the right direction. Sometimes they take off over Research Park instead but I believe it is only if there is a north wind.


If he is landing tomorrow, I'll go try to see it. Sunday is suppose to be very bad weather so it doesn't sound to spotter friendly.

"I received the following message from the College Station Airport just now:

We will be taking photographs and they should be posted on our website afterwards. It may take a few days to update the website.

Kim Sutphen
Assistant Director for Airport Administration
Easterwood Airport
Texas A&M University
979/845-5103"


That is the bit*h that has been giving me grief over photography. According to her, all photography @ airports is illegal under FAA law.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Fri Apr 05, 2002 11:41 pm

Here is the article from The Eagle (Or as I call it, The Buzzard)

Bush Center to host British Prime Minister Blair

By LAURA HIPP
Eagle Staff Writer


British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be in College Station on Sunday to speak at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

Texas A&M will roll out the maroon carpet for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is scheduled to speak Sunday at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

Blair will discuss U.S. and British involvement in Afghanistan following a visit with President Bush at his Crawford ranch, said Roman Popadiuk, executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. The leaders are meeting this weekend in Central Texas.

Blair’s speech is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the university. There also will be a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Blair’s trip to College Station could be canceled if British officials decide he should return to England. The country is in a mourning period after Queen Mother Elizabeth died Saturday.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the Singing Cadets and the Ross Volunteers, which are the Texas governor’s honor guard, may welcome Blair upon his arrival. Those celebrations also are tentative because of the queen mother’s death.

Easterwood Airport is making preparations for a British Airways Boeing 777 to arrive Sunday morning. Blair is arriving from Crawford by helicopter and will leave for England after his speech.

John Happ, director of Easterwood Airport, said the 777 will be the largest plane ever to land at the facility. British Airways has determined that the Easterwood runway can withstand the weight of the aircraft, he said.

“We’re extremely excited to host Mr. Blair,” Happ said.

Popadiuk said Blair was invited to College Station by former President George Bush. Blair will tour the museum before speaking to the public.

Tighter security measures are in effect, and no handbags, backpacks, cameras or other personal belongings will be allowed in the conference center.

Blair became prime minister in 1997, and was re-elected last year. He will arrive in the United States as criticism from several European countries and some British has begun to build over President Bush’s desire to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq as part of the war on terrorism.

The topic is sure to be discussed when the two leaders meet in Crawford this weekend, said R.J.Q. Adams, a Texas A&M history professor.

“There are concerns among America’s friends about the events since September,” Adams said. “By and large, response throughout the world has been really supportive. Who has been closer to America than Britain?”

Despite small strains of criticism, the bond between the countries continues to hold, Adams said.

The relationship between Blair and the president appears to be positive and crosses party ideology, Adams said. Blair’s Labor Party is similar to the Democratic Party in the United States.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sat Apr 06, 2002 12:43 pm

I called up the Montgomery County FSS today to ask about any NOTAMs that might be in place for Tony Blair's visit, and the briefer told me that he was here today but that he's gone already. Is this true, and if so, will he still be at CLL on Sunday?
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sat Apr 06, 2002 2:22 pm

All wrong information go see post:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/785904/

Not at College Station it's at TSTC-Waco Airport (CNW).

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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 9:28 am

Okay, anyone know what the deal is? Is the 777 coming to CLL tomorrow tomorrow, or not?
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 11:56 am

Big777jet, obviously the plan was to re-position the BA 777 to CLL from CNW, while Blair takes a helicopter to CLL from Crawford, so Blair didn't have to take a helicopter back to Waco. Just because you've shown the BA 777 to land at CNW on Friday doesn't mean it is still there, or that it will be there on Sunday. The article clearly states this to happen: "Easterwood Airport is making preparations for a British Airways Boeing 777 to arrive Sunday morning. Blair is arriving from Crawford by helicopter and will leave for England after his speech."
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 12:32 pm

Do we have any idea as to the specific time it is coming in? I sure would love to see it, several years ago I missed Air Force One so to see that big bird at EasterEgg would be nice. I'll be out there tomorrow just let me know when....

J
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 6:27 pm

I'll probably be out there by the "old" Texas A&M Flying Club clubhouse. It's rather secluded and I doubt most people know about it and what a great view it has. Any idea about where it will be parked? Will the airport be closed to private aircraft? I hope security doesn't drive away spotters.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 6:28 pm

By the way, what "preparations" are being made for a 777 to land at CLL?
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 10:39 pm

I'm continuing to monitor Flight Explorer to see when a 777 is heading this way. So far, no success. If anyone knows the time it will be here (or if it's still coming) please let us know. Thanks.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Sun Apr 07, 2002 11:51 pm

The old flying club, are you talking about the area near the GA terminal or down there where the flight school is?
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:02 am

The 777 arrived last Friday, apparently. It is out there right now; I missed it landing. I have some photos of it sitting on RWY 4/22. Some were from the McKenzie Terminal, others were from near UFS. I'll be back out there to watch it take off this afternoon. The old flying club house is right off the end of 4/22 on the north end of the airport. But I think I'm going to watch it take off from the approach end of 34 off that road that goes to the Nuclear Science Center.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:04 am

Just talked to Easterwood Avionics,the aircraft is already here, apparently has been here since yesterday, I am not sure when he is "leavin on jet plane,and don't know when he'll be back again." Happy spotting, I am headed out, probably out to the General Aviation area and Research Park.
J
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:53 am

I'm told that he motercading it in from Crawford rather than taking the helicopter; probably because the weather is a little crummy today. Anyway, he's giving his speech at 1:30, and I'm fairly sure he's heading back to the U.K. right afterwards, so I'll be going back out to Easterwood around 2:00 to wait. That big beast really looks outta place down here. I saw a towing vehicle being brought in on a truck this morning; the'll probably back it straight out RWY 4 and then up 16. Things may be delayed though, because the weather is supposed to be really bad this afternoon.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:54 am

I'm going to try to be out @ Research Park but since the wind today is from the SE, it will take off away from Research Park.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:57 am

Anyone know where it will be heading for fuel?
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:58 am

Someone said IAD but it could be any airport on the East Coast or even an Air Force base.
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jamesag96
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 3:36 am

I figured I'd try to watch from UFS, was told that he is leaving at approx. 3 this afternoon, though you may be right about the road out by the Nuclear Science Center, earlier there was quite a CSPD presence so I don't know what all will be available. I'll be in a grey Sierra so if you see me it would be nice to say hello.

J
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:10 am

I had to leave a little early since it started raining and I didn't want my camera to get wet. I got some nice pictures from Research Park. I'll get them off to be developed tomorrow and maybe one will be good enough to upload.

I took these two with a POS Kodak digital camera. You can tell the quality is fairly low but oh well.


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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:21 am

Excellent photos so far-thanks for sharing them with us.

Two questions- 1/ where is the 777 getting it's power from-APU or GPU?-the starboard nav light is still on.

2/ Has a special interior been fitted, or just the usual pax layout?

Regards
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:26 am

I'm guessing it is getting power from the APU since it is sitting @ the end of the runway. I never saw it taxi under its own power, it was being hauled around by a tractor. The pictures I took with my SLR camera should be much better and show it being towed around the runway.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 7:52 am

BA 9104 departed KCLL at 4:22 pm cst and is due at EGLL at 12:59 am cst. No refueling stops...
 
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 7:54 am

Hey, it was really great meeting all of you out there. I'll have a link for the video I took posted later this evening. I'll also be posting some still shots when they are developed.
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Hole_Courtney
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 8:13 am

Thanks for the few pictures. I wished that i could have been there.

thanks for all the replys to my original post. any links that you have promised are greatly appreciated!

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b757300
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 8:36 am

I wish I had known where everyone else was going to be. I would have joined ya'll. Oh well, always next time.

Also, did anyone else notice a lot of security? I only saw one cop car and one person who looked like a "secret service" type.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:49 pm

Yeah there was security, we were told by Secret Service to make our way back to the Flight School building and not hang around on the tarmac taking pictures. However, when Blair came in with his motorcade we were allowed up to the taxi-way, where we waited under a cessna 172 for what seemed forever. Finally he unleashed the hounds and rather quietly used about half the runway available to rotate and we lost him at about 1200ft. Truth be told a little anti-climatic, but when are we going to see a bird like that again?

Nice to meet you guys, I look forward to seeing your pictures.

James
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Tue Apr 09, 2002 11:28 am

Okay, as promised, here is a link to the video of Tony Blair's takeoff from Easterwood "International" Airport. It's rather large (about 11MB).

http://sq-16.tamu.edu/777.htm

Enjoy.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Tue Apr 09, 2002 11:35 am

Sweet.

O.K. since it didn't accept "sweet" as it is too short I shall try this again:

Sweet.
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RE: Tony Blair Visits College Station (CLL)

Tue Apr 09, 2002 12:00 pm

I love the "commentary". It made me laugh after a hard day. I just wish I had been there to see it take off.
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