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Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 5:59 pm


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Is this viewing park still open? is it REALLY that close to the planes?? It looks like those people are about to get a haircut courtesy of the 747 wing!

Are there other great photos taken from this spot?

Since that plane must be on a taxiway, then when it is on the runway a little further away then that must be great for photos, right?


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 6:41 pm

Hi Bruce,

yes that's the place you can shot from. The Viewing Park is still open.


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 6:48 pm

Caaalisse I have to go there ! Now is FR having a massive seat sale soon ?!?
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 8:16 pm

Just now I believe UTA_Flyinghigh, else you can fly Aer Lingus to MAN for pretty cheap.
Find some pictures of MAN from the 28th May 2003 and see what the viewing park was like then  Big grin
Even the police are running a scheme which involves the photographers and spotters reporting any weird things going on to them. All in all, MAN is a great airport for photography and spotters.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 8:26 pm

Do you get good light conditions at the parking´s terrace?

If i do not remember bad, there are other good spots at MAN, and that makes the airport a very nice one.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Tue Jan 06, 2004 8:48 pm

The AVP as Tobi says is still open, and is a credit to the folks at MAN (both the authorities and the Manchester Aviation Society)

It has great facilities such as raised 'Bump's from which you can see over the fence, toilets, an enthusiasts shop, refreshments, plus the added bonus of having the last ever Avro RJ on hand to enjoy and soon will have a Hangar to contain their Concorde.  Wow!

As with anything in life, nothing is ever perfect. My only critique (and I have to concede there's not a lot they could do about it) is that it is set on the North side of the runways facing south so there's going to be a lot of backlighting.

As mentioned, there are other spots around the airport and of course there's the excellent relations between the enthusiasts and the security folks.

Here's one of my shots from the AVP:

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Bruce,

It looks close mate but really there's plenty of clearance! No point of the wing ever extends over the fence (as long as the pilot can steer his aircraft!)  Wink/being sarcastic

This was also taken from the AVP:

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:35 am

Last time I went there was on the 22nd of October (the day Concorde came to visit.) I've been before - and I have to say if you want to get close to the aircraft, go to MAN. It is brilliant, I took some GREAT photos (but still didn't get any accepted onto a.net  Smile/happy/getting dizzy) I will definitely be going back soon. Here is a site about it:

http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/spottinguide.htm

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:12 am

Its a great viewing area - really impressed !

heres a selection of 4 pics that i have taken from the "hump" that is shown in the first photo of this thread, these gives a few ideas of possibilities that you may grab at MAN.





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Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:44 am

Nice Shots Ryan!

You just can't beat Manchester on a Sunny day eh?

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:48 am

Just to let you know, my picture featured above was not shot from the viewing park but out of our cockpit during taxi. Could be a direct line of sight though,


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:08 am

Rez

I could not agree more with you, I wish i lived closer because the day i took those shots in summer it was at least 85 degrees!

The viewing park caters for all your needs on a day like that.

I cant wait for a re-visit.

A question :- Now the concorde sits up that way , does it in anyway get in the way of photographing any of the traffic, i hope it doesnt impede!

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:12 am

Ryan,

Concorde was only placed on display there temporarily over the week of 100 years of flight. Its due to go on display on a purpose built runway area near where the 146 currently sits in the viewing park.

Since everyone else is posting pictures...


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:16 am

I can't wait till I go there!!! 18 Days  Big grin

I have been told that the grass mound is so close to the planes, that you get warmed by a fresh battering of jet blast which is ideal when its freezing out Big grin

Nice shots guys.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:06 am

well, that is on my list of "must-see" places. it is probably much less expensive than a trip to SXM.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:23 am

Oh Bruce... if Only we could guarantee you SXM weather!!  Wow!

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:05 pm

What kind of lens MM do you use...

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 7:50 pm

Sorry Paul... who are you asking?
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:03 pm

talking about being close to the planes, check this out:




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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:16 pm

ciao peter,

where are this pics from? VIE or INN I guess ......

thx vm

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:25 pm

VIE??? ha thats a good one  Smile
and it isnt INN either but its right in between those 2 cities
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:43 pm

Wow, this is really close. I would have to buy a new lens to take photos from this spot. If it's neither Innsbruck nor Vienna it must be either Graz or Salzburg (more likely) ... Am I right? Big grin

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:58 pm

Guys, guys, guys  Sad

What's all this about going to the view park.  Nuts

Its fine for getting close, but its not much good for photographers - well, at least not in comparison to the banks on the south side.

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Please go to MAN, its a great place, but for photographers with a little bit more work other public locations around the airport will deliver far better results than the view park will.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:38 pm

Hi all

Might get to MAN this year..........but not telling anyone when  Wink/being sarcastic

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Ahhh... the Southside.... now we're talking!  Big thumbs up


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:35 pm

Guys,
is it possible to park the car at the South Side or is it a long walk from the main car parks?
 
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:21 am

@Peter: Is that your dodgy Skoda in the foreground?
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:25 am

Donder,

There are places to park, but it's an awfully tight squeeze down some of the country lanes that lead to the south side. It is a VERY long walk from the main car parks!

Anyone know of a map highlighting the locations? I did a satellite photo effort a while back, just thinking about updating it with a bit more info... or dare I say it a web page onthe subject!

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:49 am

@Kingwide: indeed it is  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:50 am

I thought Peter drives an Audi ....
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:59 am

I think the ultimate spotting trip would be MAN-LHR-AMS could probably do all in a week.... now if i only had the money  Sad

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:46 pm

Cheers Rez.Any public transport near it either?
 
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Fri Jan 09, 2004 10:14 pm

I'm sorry mate I only ever use a car so have no idea about buses.

I think there's a bus that goes along the main road under the two runways. Once you've come out of the tunnel, basically get off as quick as you can, head to the roundabout and go up the hill to your left. This will take you to the bank on the southside of the main runway.

There are loads of other locations along the southside but I only know how to get there by car... and even then I couldn't describe it to you.

Sorry I can't help much more! I would have referred you to Ringwayreports but for some odd reason they make no mention whatsoever (that I could see anyway) about viewing and photography locations on the southside... almost like they don't want you going there!

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:44 am

At the Customs building in JFK, before 9/11, you would get right up against Runway 22R, now it's impossible...it's heavily policed and tarps went up against the fence.


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Sun Jan 11, 2004 8:11 pm

Where exactly is this viewing park in relations to the terminal building? Is this on the opposite side of the rwy?

GKirk, thought you were from Scotland (Eastriggs)...  Smile

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Sun Jan 11, 2004 8:27 pm

Thomas,

Have a look at this page on Ringwayreports

The AVP is the Green spot, and if you click on it you should get a pop-up telling you how to get there.... actually the AVP is not where the Green spot is but further along the taxiway towards the airport, but that's just splitting hairs!

Like I say, very odd that they have no reference to the photo opportunities to be had on the southside! Apart from the bits where roads get in the way there's a raised bank the full length of runway 24L/06R.

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Mon Jan 12, 2004 1:38 am

The AVP is a good 20minute trek from T2.
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Mon Jan 12, 2004 2:42 am

Delta717, I know the area you talk of and have actually visited semi-frequently. My most frequest visit was about a month ago, and the palce was still open and no cops got in my way.

The trick is to go on weekends  Big grin

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RE: Manchester - WOW

Fri Jan 16, 2004 11:14 am

When I have been at MAN I have hit the roof or..........


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RE: Manchester - WOW

Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:41 pm

Delta717-

Regarding my photo that you plugged, I took that photo out of an AA 757 while waiting for departure from 22R, but the customs building is in that general area.

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Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:27 am

Thom@s, I usually end up flying from MAN nowadays because its cheaper than NCL or GLA flights. I'm in Iraq just now, because I'm exporting oil by taxi to Svalbard  Big grin
The cafe in T1 overlooking the ramp is pretty good as well, but you would shoot through glass,
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RE: Manchester - WOW

Mon Jan 19, 2004 2:33 am

This is the photo I was looking for. It is very old, but it shows off the pub beer garden wonderfully. The grey concrete that you can see through the fence is the start of 24R.


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