Just got back from a trip. Met up with fellow user MYT332 and spent Saturday at MAN.
Saturday 24th January 2004
Departure: 7:00 a.m. Actual Departure: 7.05 a.m.
Arrival: 8:15 a.m. Actual Arrival: 8:01 a.m.
Flight Number: BA2902
Photo © T Silgrim
Photo © Gerry Hill
I left my house at 4.30 a.m. for the drive from Southampton to London Gatwick. The weather was great and it was still pitch black when we left. I was pretty nervous as this was my 1st solo flight.
I arrived at LGW at about 5:45 a.m. and checked straight in. I only had my hand luggage with me so that was quite handy. Cleared security and proceeded to gate 55. It was a bit of an old looking/feeling gate. We boarded our plane, G-GBTB, and I was seated in 13A. I love the blue leather seats in the 737, these were real comfy. We pushed back and had the safety procedures given to us. The Captain came on the P/A, and the Co-Pilot was called Steven Gerrard This made me giggle to myself. I carried out a quick head count, 13 pax including myself on this BBJI mean 737!!
I was now beginning to feel the "buzz". We taxied towards 26L, which seemed to take a while (Maybe I was just anxious). With-out pause after lining up, full power, lag, then zoom! This baby can move, I had my Sony DV Camcorder with me, on the video you hear me say "F**k me" as this happened Within seconds we were airborne. I had this weird sensation upon rotation, it soon passed. We climbed and leveled of at FL240 and the F/A's came around with the breakfast. It was real good to get something like that to fill me up.
It seemed like no time at all had passed then the Captain came on the P/A again, "Hope you are all enjoying your breakfast, we are flying over BHX as we speak and we will begin our descent quite soon, the weather in MAN is looking pretty good and the temperature is around 5 degrees. I will speak to you again when we are on the ground and it looks like we are ahead of schedule, ok thanks, goodbye"
The Fasten Seatbelt sign came back on and we started a descent. It really didn't take as long as I expected, then "Cabin crew 10 minutes to landing" Before I knew it we were on finals on 24R.
Touch down, a smooth cushioned landing followed by some hopping along the runway with reverse thrusters and airbrakes deployed. Taxied to our gate, engines off. Result
In-flight pics were taken with my camcorder as I was making movies, but I now wish that I used the DSLR I apologise for the crap quality.
A few minutes after take off.
Banking to the right with the nice orange sky in view.
Cabin view on this empty 737-436.
A few random in-flight pics now
We started to make a descent at this time. Some great effects created from the early rising sun
On finals for 24R
Touch down!! A smooth cushioned landing followed by a bumpy slow down.
Past the Aviation viewing park.
Just pulling up to our gate. End of flight
Spotting at MAN:
Manchester has a number of spotting facilities, we ventured out into the muddy fields to get runway 24L 06R views. I was wearing a pair of black (No Grip) loafers, black trousers, my best shirt, a sweatshirt and my sailing coat. It was safe so say that MYT332/Alex didn't make it clear to me that we would get a bit messy
You live and learn Next time i will be going a little bit casual. We then went to the Aviation viewing park and visited the "mounds". I have never seen anything like it, the picture taking ability was amazing. We left the viewing park and caught the bus to T1. We went to the car park level 13 -which was full of spotters! It reminded me of LGW a little bit.
We left the car park and went to the The Airport Pub. It was great seeing planes that close again, the flight crews kept waving and looking over at us, it was great! Seeing a few 747's up that close just made the day By then it was getting cold and we both had enough so we made a move back to his house (Which is very nice ) A "Meet the Parents" time too
Sunday 25th January 2004
Departure: 16:40 p.m. Actual Departure: 16.43 p.m.
Arrival: 17:40 p.m. Actual Arrival: 17.33 p.m.
Flight Number: BA2909
Photo © Andreas Stoeckl
Photo © Andy Graf - VAP
A very very busy flight. I don't think that there was one spare seat on this plane.
I sat in... Wait for it... Seat 25A, right at the back. I asked for a seat by the wing, I think she mis-heard and thought i said behind! Oh well, it wasn't all that bad. Was sat next to a nice attractive blonde girl
It wasn't a bad flight all in all. I was a bit clumsy... I knocked over my can of coca cola Oops I was no longer Mr Cool!!! I had a chicken tikka masala before I went with alex's family so i was too full to eat their offerings on board. I wish I did as on the way home from LGW i started getting peckish
Anyway, it was a nice flight and we had crosswinds on finals which made it interesting! We touched down and departed via the stairs which was cool.
Push back time!
Climbing out of 24L.
Nearly there We hit about FL190 on this leg! Super altitude!!!
Banking hard to the left.
I didn't really get and decent images from the landing so we skipped a part !
Here's my ride parked up after we landed! We took the stairs. Kinda cool.
If anyone would like any further info, please do not hesitate to ask me.
Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed it.
[Edited 2004-01-26 16:43:55]