I have wondered this for years! Maybe this forum can help solve this mystery, or prove that it was a figment of my imagination...
Around 1987-88, I was flying into LHR
. It was on approach to 27L, that I was gazing across the city landscape, when a huge object caught my eye. When I focused on it, I saw that it looked like a full-sized L-1011 sitting in the middle of some industrial estate. I was amazed. I wanted to see exactly what it was, so when I picked up my rental car, I drove off into the general direction of where I thought I saw it.
I never found it. I've flown into London many times since and have never seen that L-1011 again.
People I've asked have said that it was probably at Shepperton Studios. However, I think that plane was closer than that. Plus, I've been around the studios and they don't have a backlot big enough for something like full size airplane. I also believe that it wasn't in the same direction as Shepperton.
Does anyone know anything about this mysterious plane? Or do I need to be put in a straightjacket and hauled off for having a wild imagination? I mean come on what's next, seeing the QE2 parked outside a McDonalds in Hammersmith?
I've been a long time lurker and now a first time poster. This mystery is the catalyst for my joining Airliners.net. It's worth the $55 just to possibly get an answer here.
P.S. Does anyone know when NWA will retire their DC-9's?