As has already been mentioned, 2 VC
-25's took off from LHR
What has not been mentioned (or I have missed it) is that they caused huge delays to the rest of the airlines and passengers who were unfortunate enough to be flying out of LHR
At the time they were due to go, 09R was in use for take-off, but they made the a/c that had already pushed go to 09L for takeoff and effectively shut down 1 runway to allow the 2 VC
-25's to depart, about 20 minutes apart !!.
The result of the single runway operation has had huge knock on effects for the airlines, probably resulting in a few missed connections here and there too, which the airlines will have to fork out for out of their own pockets and it wasn't even their fault.
When I left work today there were 40 minute start up delays for a/c already at LHR
. I hate to think of the slot's for shorthaul a/c inbound to LHR
, but I can guess they were just as bad too.
When they came in the other night, it didn't cause too much of a problem as it wasn't as busy at that time of day, but today they want out at one of the busiest times on the busiest day of the week !!!.
What stoopid idiot decided on letting them fly into LHR
Flying into Brize Norton or Mildenhall would have been a much better option for the cowboy's security and would have had less of an impact on the rest of the free world !!. It would have just meant a slightly longer helicopter ride for him.
Just spoken to someone at the airport about 30mins ago and it's only just getting back to "normal" - and all for 1 guy !!!.
The US Government should be made to pay out for all the extra expenses that the airlines at LHR
suffered today as a result - but that won't ever happen, an already struggling industry just has to deal with it !!!.
(Co-incidentally whilst I'm writing this, I'm watching a documentary about AF1 on National Geographic !!!).
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"