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Home For The Holidays: DL LGW-CVG-FWA Return+pics

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:27 am

I made a wonderful trip home from London to my home in Fort Wayne, IN, USA, for the holidays! I left London on Monday December 19 and returned on Sunday January 8. My routing was Delta LGW-CVG-FWA return. My family and my friends in the USA were so surprised to see me come home! My mother said this was a Christmas miracle, seeing me come home!

Monday December 19, 2005
Delta flight 37 (LGW-CVG) Boeing 767-332ER N196DN seat 25A
dep. LGW 10:00am; arr. CVG 1:30pm (local)

After getting up at 5:00am, taking the tube from Russell Square to London Victoria station, and catching the Gatwick Express to LGW, I arrived at LGW North Terminal at around 7:00am. I took my blue hard Samsonite, my CPAP machine, my camera bag, and my violin up to Delta check-in and checked in for my flight. The check-in agent tried to get me to check in my violin with my big Samsonite, but I insisted on carrying it on with me. Her supervisor told her to let me take it on. I proceeded from there through security to the secure side. I spent the next two hours spotting from the Pier 6 bridge and Pier 6 itself while waiting to get on my Delta 767. It was still too dark to shoot from the bridge at first, but I saw lots of traffic this early in the morning, such as numerous Virgin 747-400s clustering around the South Terminal satellite, BA traffic, and early-arriving American airliners from Delta, AA, Continental, USAirways, etc. Eventually I proceeded to my gate (49) to wait for my plane to start boarding. There I shot some photos until I got on my plane. I even got a photo of my plane itself (DL 767-300 N196DN) when it arrived!


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Finally, boarding was called. I lined up with everyone else and boarded, and I found my seat aboard Delta 767 N196DN, which was 25A. This aircraft is one of Delta's 767-300s, still painted in the 1997 interim scheme. To my surprise, the plane was only about 60-70% full at most--I had expected a full flight, being so close to the holidays! People had entire seat blocks of 2 or 3 to themselves, and I had both seats by my window to myself. Just before departure, I shot this photo from my seat:


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As we pushed back from gate 49, I shot some beautiful photos of the BA 777-200s sitting in a row at the gates next to mine. The futuristic Pier 6 bridge formed a perfect, dramatic backdrop to the BA tails! I even saw the Chelsea Rose tail on one of the BA 777s.


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As we taxied out to LGW runway 26 for takeoff, I did some more shooting. I shot a Virgin 747-400 (G-VTOP) and a First Choice Airways 767-300 (G-OOBL).


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We finally departed LGW runway 26 into a beautiful sunny sky as clouds moved in over London. I began looking at the Sky inflight magazine, duty-free catalogue, and SkyMall catalogue, and even found a printed menu! Soon after we settled into cruise over western England and headed out over the Irish Sea on our way to the North Atlantic, I met the sweetest, cutest flight attendant! She came up to me at my seat, asked how I was doing, and even asked where I was heading (I was heading home to Fort Wayne, IN, for Christmas with my family). She asked me what I had been doing in London, and I told her I was studying at King's College London to be a doctor. She beamed! I had never met such a personable F/A before in all my years of flying! (Sorry, I have no photos of her!) I saw people stretching out across their rows of seats and going to sleep as the IFE started (it was on the bulkhead screen). The two movies were Bad News Bears and Sky High. For dinner, I had tortelloni, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad with dressing, green beans, a roll and butter, and crackers and cheese. Dessert was a fudge brownie. I drank mineral water and ginger ale with my dinner. The snack, which came later, 2 hours before landing, was a hot vegetarian pizza! Surprisingly, they even served peanuts onboard as a snack! Very unusual, because most airlines now are serving pretzels instead of peanuts. During cruise, I shot this photo from the rear of the cabin after I visited the rear lav:


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It was a long flight, about 8 hours, making a Great Circle routing over Greenland, northeast Canada, and going southwesterly into the USA over Ohio and finally approaching CVG in northern Kentucky. In contrast to snowless, gray England, I was nearly blinded by the solid white sheet of snow blanketing Greenland, Canada, and Ohio and Kentucky in the USA. We overflew Cincinnati on a round track before making final approach to CVG, landing on runway 27. The landing was a hard one, causing one center overhead bin near my row to pop open! The weather over the majority of the North American land mass I flew over, including Cincinnati, was crystal-clear sunny skies. After a long, noisy (thrust-reverser-assisted) rollout, we left the runway and taxied in the opposite direction towards concourse B and parked at gate B7(?). As we deplaned, I took my CPAP machine and violin case down from the overhead bin and took them (along with my camera bag) down the aisle toward the door. As I passed by the center galley/lav block, the same sweet flight attendant who had charmed me earlier wished me a great Christmas and good luck in my studies in London! We all proceeded downstairs to the immigration/baggage reclaim/customs area in the basement of concourse B. I breezed through immigration and waited quite a while for my Samsonite to emerge from the carousel (on the second load, apparently). Even though I declared my new Fujifilm FinePix S5600 (the digital camera all my shots came from), I was allowed to pass right through customs. I went through security (again) after rechecking my bag through to FWA. While I waited in concourse B before taking the shuttle to concourse C (the dedicated one-story terminal for Delta Connection flights), I did some spotting from the windows, where I shot the Delta 767 (N196DN) I had gotten off, as well as a FedEx 727, special-livery Comair CRJ, and a new-livery Delta 767-300.


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Monday December 19, 2005
Delta Connection (Comair) flight 5322 (CVG-FWA) CRJ seat 8D(?)
dep. CVG 4:45pm; arr. FWA 5:25pm

Eventually I took the shuttle from concourse B to C and waited there in a central waiting area with a whole line of doors out to the ramp. About an hour later, boarding was called for all seating zones. I was the first to go through the gate and board! A very nice F/A greeted me at the top of the folding stairs. Again, this was only a half-full flight, surprisingly! We departed CVG on time and it was a quick, half-hour hop up to FWA, my hometown airport! All of Indiana was blanketed in snow. We made a smooth landing on FWA runway 32 and taxied to gate 6 (one of the four upstairs gates equipped with a jetbridge at FWA's tiny terminal). Grabbing all my carryon items, I proceeded quicly up the jetway, down the short concourse, and down to one of FWA's two baggage belts and caught my blue Samsonite after a short wait.
Seeing my younger sister's pickup truck outside, I went right outside--to the utter surprise of my mother (who had not known until that moment that I was coming home)! By the way, a FWA volunteer hostess in a green vest gave me (along with all the arriving passengers) a free locally-baked cookie in a FWA wrapper!

Here's a photo of the small check-in area of FWA, which I snapped before making the return trip three weeks later:


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Saturday January 7, 2006
Delta Connection (Comair) flight 5022 (FWA-CVG) CRJ seat 4A
dep. FWA 4:15pm, arr. CVG 5:30pm

After a lovely 3 weeks at home in Fort Wayne, IN, celebrating the holidays with my huge family, it was time to head back to London to resume my studies at King's College London (on the 9th). After driving straight to FWA from West Lafayette, IN (where Mom and I and a foster brother had spent a few days with my younger sister who had surgery that week), I parked my mom's station wagon in the FWA short-term lot, and we all went into the tiny terminal with my bags. I checked in at the Delta Connection counter with my Samsonite (after waiting a few minutes for someone to man the counter) and got my tickets for the return FWA-CVG-LGW Delta flight. FWA's terminal was so quiet with only a few passengers around (it got busier an hour or so later); I had checked in about 3 hours before my departure time. So Mom, my foster brother, and I had plenty of time to explore the small terminal before I went through security. I took my little foster brother outside to watch some planes land (and watch an American Eagle ERJ loading up at gate 8, just across the fence from us). I also showed him around the terminal, showing him a local-artists' gallery, the baggage claim, ticket counters, car rental, and shops. All too soon it was time to bid my mother farewell with a big hug before I proceeded through security to my gate (gate 7 upstairs). It was overcast outside, so I shot no photos there (other than the check-in area). Eventually I boarded my Delta (Comair) CRJ-200 and took seat 4A. It was an uneventful, short half-hour hop from FWA to CVG after departing FWA runway 23. We landed in a sunny CVG at around 5 or so in the afternoon, as the sun was setting. Our CRJ parked at concourse C, gate 10. I caught the shuttle bus to concourse B, where I did some plane-watching (and saw my Delta 767 for tonight's CVG-LGW flight, N171DN, arrive and park at gate B4, sporting Delta's 1997 interim livery, just like the one I had come in on 3 weeks earlier, N196DN). I ate a ChiliBurger Combo at the Gold Star Chili in the food court in concourse B before going to my gate (B4) to wait for my flight to LGW to board.

Saturday January 7-Sunday January 8, 2006
Delta flight 36 (CVG-LGW) Boeing 767-332ER N171DN seat 31A
dep. CVG 7:00pm; arr. LGW 7:55am (+1) (local)

It was dark outside now. The flight boarded by zone (I was in zone 8). Eventually I got on and found my seat (31A). The plane seemed full this time; I had a seatmate who sounded British when he spoke to me when I first met him. Upon getting loaded, our plane (a 767 with the 1997 interim livery) pushed back from gate B4 and taxied out to CVG runway 18L and made a pretty quick, timely departure from 18L. I saw the city lights below, looking like jewels set against a pitch-black earth and sky. I did see a full moon. As we ascended to cruise altitude, I saw more cities below lit up like jewels. Once again, surprisingly, I met the same sweet F/A who had met me on the LGW-CVG flight 3 weeks earlier! She told me it was nice to see me again, after she had had me on the previous (LGW-CVG) flight! She was the one who served me my dinner and breakfast for this flight, as she had done so for me previously for dinner and snack. Dinner tonight was beef in some brown sauce, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables, along with a Caesar salad, a wrap-like roll and crackers with a triangle of cheese, and a chocolate brownie. Again peanuts were the snack! I also drank ginger ale and mineral water. When I visited the rear lavatory, I took this shot of our 767's cabin with the "natural light" setting on my digital camera:


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The movie was--again--Sky High! I read the January Sky magazine as well as a John Grisham book (The Broker) that one of my 6 brothers had given me, before I took 2 Benadryl capsules (on the advice of my younger sister) and tried to sleep (I took my BAHA--Bone Anchored Hearing Aid--off and put it in its tiny case). I got a fitful sleep, although the two Benadryls did help! It was hard to sleep in my coach seat, although it helped a little bit to lean against my window and squirm around every so often. About 8 hours later, we made landfall over western England (it was still dark outside, although a thin blue line to the east heralded a coming sunrise). I saw the cities of Exeter and Plymouth below as jewels. Soon we were over London, making a wide 180-degree turn to our final approach to LGW runway 8. We finally landed on LGW runway 8, after seeming to come in really low over some wide expanses of rural land below. After rolling out on runway 8, we taxied up to our North Terminal gate (after a short wait on the parallel taxiway for our gate to open up), which was 46 or 48. After deplaning with my 3 carryon items, I found myself walking along one long corridor after another (following the length of the North Terminal's southern pier to the central terminal building). I passed quickly through HM Immigration (after a lady checked my UK Entry Clearance stamp in my US passport and asked me what I was studying), collected my blue Samsonite fairly quickly at baggage reclaim, and breezed through a deserted-looking green channel at HM Customs. I caught the Gatwick Express back to London Victoria--and went straight to church that morning after arriving back at my residence hall! I did manage to get a couple of hours of sleep later that afternoon, due to my jet lag.

It was such a wonderful, enjoyable holiday trip back to my home in the States!
It was especially a wonderful surprise to all my family at home (as well as to my church family, who were surprised to see me in church, playing "Silent Night" in church on my guitar while they sang along!). This is one Christmas I will always remember, as will everyone else at home!

SmithAir747
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:40 am

Great report - great pics too!
Out of interest, how are you finding London? You like it or hating it!
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:48 am

Hey Francis,

What a great trip report! It reminded me of my year at Cambridge. How is everything going at London-- what are you studying? Great pics as well.
Good luck with med school!
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:58 am

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 1):
Out of interest, how are you finding London? You like it or hating it!



Quoting CharlesMD (Reply 2):
How is everything going at London-- what are you studying?

I'm really enjoying London--although I do miss all my friend & family at home in America.

It's actually my 2nd year at King's College London. I am studying to become a research doctor--in the area of craniofacial development and craniofacial anomalies. Since I have a rare genetic disorder involving severe craniofacial deformities, I have a very deep interest in finding out the genetic/molecular reasons for malformations of the craniofacial skeleton. Over here in the UK, there are significant advances being made in finding out what genes cause craniofacial deformities and how they cause them. The gene for my syndrome was found over here!

I'm also involved in music over here--as a pianist, especially, in my College musical society. I have also been teaching myself violin--on a GREEN violin, at that! I left my guitar at home (I had enough luggage as it was).

I have been making friends here--both inside and outside the university. I have made friends with some LHR planespotters, some music-shop people, etc.
I finally found a church over here in London that I like--small and friendly!

So I'm making the most of my time here. It will be a few more years before I get my medical research degree.

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:02 am

Francis,

Glad you made it home for Christmas  Smile I'm glad to see you got home and enjoyed yourself  Smile

Nice trip report also  Wink

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:02 am

Thanks a lot for the very detailed report, reading it and watching the pictures was a pleasure!

I can imagine very well that your family was happy that you flew home for the holidays, there is nothing better than spending Christmas with the family, especially when you are living abroad!

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:11 am

Wow, it looks like you had a great trip.... decent food and you got to see the incredible Bruce Campbell starring in Sky High!  Wink

Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:41 am

Wow, it sounds like you are having a great time in London, Francis. Are you a second year undergrad or a second year PhD student? I have to say my time in the UK was some of the best years of my life!
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:20 am

Great report. Thanks for sharing..
how far is CVG from Fort Wayne ?
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:40 am

Great report, thanks for sharing,

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:08 am

Also out of curiosity, are a lot of British on the DL flights or is it more PAX coming from America to the UK for a vacation?
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:29 pm

Great report!!! That seats definitely DO NOT look very confy. Were they? I am a huge DL fan, but flying long-haul on such "old looking" seats, with old IFE. I don´t know. Well, anyways, great report and thanks for sharing.
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:58 pm

Is this a 1 year exchange program with a US university? I noticed that US airlines often serve chocolate brownies in coach. I think it's because they are cheaper than other deserts. I never liked them.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:05 pm

Great Trip Report - even better trip I'm sure. I like the pictures too . . .

Thanks for sharing your holiday trip!
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:02 pm

Quoting CharlesMD (Reply 7):
Are you a second year undergrad or a second year PhD student?

I'm a 2nd-year undergrad, although I have a BS and MS from Purdue University. I'm using this 3-year programme as a stepping stone towards a PhD/similar medical-research-doctor degree, specialising in genetic/molecular research into rare craniofacial birth defects and embryonic craniofacial development.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 8):
how far is CVG from Fort Wayne ?

CVG is only a half-hour flight from FWA. It takes 2-1/2 hours to drive from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis, and about 1-1/2 to 2 hours from Indianapolis to Cincinnati by road. But you can fly FWA-CVG on Delta Connection (Comair), a CRJ-200, in only a half-hour!

Quoting FLAIRPORT (Reply 10):
are a lot of British on the DL flights or is it more PAX coming from America to the UK for a vacation?

I don't really know the statistics on the passengers who fly the DL LGW-CVG or CVG-LGW flights. There seemed to be more Americans than Brits onboard, though.

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 11):
That seats definitely DO NOT look very confy. Were they? I am a huge DL fan, but flying long-haul on such "old looking" seats, with old IFE.

I'm a very small, skeletally-thin individual, so I had no problem fitting in the seats. However, just like most coach seats, the DL 767 coach seats get kind of hard on my bony bottom. I have always had trouble sleeping in these seats ever since I started flying transatlantic coach--on any airline! I try leaning against the window and contorting into other positions, but I only get a fitful sleep, if any, on transatlantics.

As for IFE, it doesn't matter to me at all! Since I have no ears, what good are the headphones anyway? I just watch the pictures on the screen without any sound; I read more than I watch. The old IFE on Delta reminds me of my flights on old aircraft--such as the AA and US 767s I've flown before or the ancient TWA 747 I took to Spain once. I've also experienced the new-style IFE on 777s and A330s, and I like the choice. But IFE doesn't determine what airline I fly, since without ears, I can't hear it anyway!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 12):
Is this a 1 year exchange program with a US university?

No, this is a full 3-year programme at King's College London (Univ. of London).
This is no exchange with any US university. I found this college all on my own, through the UK university application system, UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) http://www.ucas.co.uk . To find out more about King's College London, here's their URL: http://www.kcl.ac.uk . I'm going here because of their world-renowned research programmes, including the one I'm after--craniofacial development (they have such a department on campus, at Guy's Hospital).

I'm glad you're enjoying my report about my great holiday trip!

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:51 pm

Oh, I just remembered I forgot to mention the turbulence on the DL CVG-LGW 767 flight!

For most of the journey from CVG-LGW, the Delta 767 was continually buffeted by moderate(?) turbulence, necessitating that the seatbelt light stay on for most of the flight. I got up to use the rear lav, with the floor rolling and shaking under my feet in the aisle and in the lav. I took the photo of the cabin lit up at night; it's a bit blurry when you look more closely at it--because of the turbulence, I had to brace myself against a lav unit to shoot that photo.

The turbulence finally settled down as we got close to the British Isles.

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Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:21 am

Smithair yes enjoyed your report especially as London to Cincinati is a very unusual route. In the old days all the European flights were from New York. And that was it.
I assume this is like an Undergraduate school? In the US they go to medical school after they get their BA / BS which is a waste of 4 years.
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:27 am

Francis: Enjoyed the report - good pictures. I'm glad you had a great few weeks home with the family, too.
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:36 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 14):
I'm a very small, skeletally-thin individual, so I had no problem fitting in the seats. However, just like most coach seats, the DL 767 coach seats get kind of hard on my bony bottom.

Francis...take your "bony bottom"  Wink to the travel store and the camping store before your next trip and buy two things.

One...that soft and compressible neck pillow which doesn't have to be used as a neck pillow, I have used them up against the window when resting.

Two...a compressible, self inflating camp pillow that you can sit on and it will lend some extra support.

Both of these items are lightweight and easily compressed into your carry on without taking up too much space or adding too much weight. You can also
wear a woolen sweater that you remove for the flight and place on the seat under the camp pillow as additional padding. This should help your situation on the flights.

I know about these things because I suffer from noacetol and for my entire life I have had to find various ways of alleviating this pain, as the noacetol relief pills don't really work. Sound out the word if you don't get it...  Wink
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:33 am

Dear Francis !!!!

I had a blast reading your trip-report...
I wish I could have seen the expressions on your family's faces....  Wink  Wink

Be glad that you didn' t fly Lufthansa...I heard they are terrible....  Wink  Wink  Wink  Wink



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Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:47 am

Quoting Bully707 (Reply 19):
Be glad that you didn' t fly Lufthansa...I heard they are terrible....

They're not. LH is a great airline.
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:20 am

Nice report. Just out of interest, when i tried to go onto the pier 6 bridge (exactly a week before that), there were two escalators going up, and the only ones going down were on the other side of some glass panel which i assume leads to the arrivals hall. Just wondering how you got down  Wink?

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Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:27 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 20):
Quoting Bully707 (Reply 19):
Be glad that you didn' t fly Lufthansa...I heard they are terrible....

They're not. LH is a great airline.

Hence the smilies....!!!
It was supposed to be a joke....  Smile  Smile  Smile


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Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:27 pm

Hey Francis, that's cool that you had such a great trip home. Your mom must have been so pleased to see you. What an adventure you are having, going to school in London. I regret that I never did some kind of overseas study.

Thanks for the trip report!!
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:59 pm

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 21):
Nice report. Just out of interest, when i tried to go onto the pier 6 bridge (exactly a week before that), there were two escalators going up, and the only ones going down were on the other side of some glass panel which i assume leads to the arrivals hall. Just wondering how you got down ?

I used the lifts (at both ends of the skybridge) to get up and down. I took a lift up to the bridge from the main part of the North Terminal, and the lift at the other end to get down to Pier 6. I did the reverse going back to the main building. I only used one side of the bridge--the side where you can see all the terminals from. The escalators will trap you into going places you don't want to go! The bridge gives you the BEST vantage point for seeing almost the entire airport! Plus, it gives a dramatic backdrop for photos if you include it in your photos.

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Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:29 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 24):
I used the lifts (at both ends of the skybridge) to get up and down. I took a lift up to the bridge from the main part of the North Terminal, and the lift at the other end to get down to Pier 6. I did the reverse going back to the main building. I only used one side of the bridge--the side where you can see all the terminals from. The escalators will trap you into going places you don't want to go! The bridge gives you the BEST vantage point for seeing almost the entire airport! Plus, it gives a dramatic backdrop for photos if you include it in your photos.

Oh, i see, thanks a lot! I don't remember seeing any lifts (although i didn't really look), where were they? Next time i'm in the north terminal i'll go up.

I take it the other side of the bridge (looking towards the maintenance areas) is segregated off for arrivals, no?
 
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:59 am

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 25):
Oh, i see, thanks a lot! I don't remember seeing any lifts (although i didn't really look), where were they? Next time i'm in the north terminal i'll go up.

I take it the other side of the bridge (looking towards the maintenance areas) is segregated off for arrivals, no?

When entering the bridge from the North Terminal main building, you can find the lifts to your left somewhere just before the escalator. Just look a bit harder, they'll reveal themselves. No one seems to have a problem with people being up there; both times I've been up there the airport staff just walks by.

The other side of the bridge (looking towards the maintenance area) is most likely segregated for arrivals; there is a glass wall between the two "lanes". The escalator going down from that side into the main terminal building plunges farther below the level from which you entered the bridge from the terminal in the first place (the escalator thus goes down to the floor where HM Immigration and Customs are).

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Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:57 pm

Nice report and very nice pictures. How are you liking your FinePix S5600? I've been thinking of upgrading my E510 and have been happy with Fujifilm.
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Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:27 am

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 27):
Nice report and very nice pictures. How are you liking your FinePix S5600? I've been thinking of upgrading my E510 and have been happy with Fujifilm.

I'm really enjoying my new FinePix S5600. I bought it online here in London in mid-November and have used it for spotting at LHR and other kinds of photography since then. It really saves money on film and processing!

I would have loved to get a DSLR, but being a student, DSLR's are way beyond my reach financially (so are lenses). Maybe in a few years, when I get established in my medical research career!

I used my new camera for the trip home, and all the photos in my trip report came from this camera. It has 5.1MP resolution and a 10x optical zoom. I can even get decent 8x10 prints off it! I recently made 8x10 prints of the BA 777 tails & LGW bridge photo in this trip report, as well as of a photo I took of UAE 747SP A6-SMR when it came to LHR in December. It has settings for auto, portrait, natural light, high speed photography, etc., and you can set aperture or shutter priority, and many other settings that you would expect on a good film or digital SLR.

There are reviews online for the Fuji FinePix S5600, and some very good online retailers for it (I got mine from UK Digital Cameras website, http://www.ukdigitalcameras.co.uk ). I only paid £214.99 total (shipping was free).

Good luck in upgrading to your next camera! If you want an affordable digital camera with many of the features you find on an SLR, I recommend the Fuji FinePix S5600. Get the best you can afford, anyway!

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