I remember when I was young, we were in a BY 732 that was landing in a thunderstorm. (This was in the days before the extension opened.), we were all over the place on the approach and slammed down hard. There was so much spray coming out that you couldn't see anything out of the windows. Inside that aircraft it was silent, until my dad shouts out at the top of his voice "Don't worry, there is a cemetry at the end of the runway !". How embarrased was I !!. When we finally came to a stop, everyone started to clap (it was a charter after all
I love riding into LBA on the Jseat. When I used to work for Bmi and fly home, I used to try and get in as much as possible. Those LBA pilots really slam them a/c down and use full brakes to stop intime for the last turnoff onto the apron, without having to go all the way to the loop. Leaves you hanging in the harness - great fun
I used to hate working there sometimes though, especially in the winter. The should re-name it Leeds/Bradford International Coach Station in the winter months !!.
Remember once seeing a Jersey European SH360 hovering above the airport. It took off on 27 and was airborne before it got level with the terminal building. It shot up to about 300ft and just sat there, the wind was so strong that we coached the pax to the a/c and had to bring the coach in at right angles to the a/c so the door was right next to the steps. Myself and my supervisor had to physically hold every passenger by both arms to aid them to stand upright to board the a/c, I've never skydived but after that day I can imagine what it feels like and we didn't even leave the ground !!. When it was airborne, it must have taken about 5-10 mins to clear the airfield boundry. Everyone was out on the ramp watching it, the Fire service were ready to just incase. I'll never forget that one
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"