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LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:49 pm

Hi

I decided to put together a few of my pictures from my recent trips to LHR (of which there are lots, but these are what I think to be the best visits so far).

Anyway, These first 2 pictures are a bit off topic, but they are very good.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/4.jpg
3 BA Airbuses (I guess they are all A320's) in the morning sunshine, as seen from the BA T1 Terrace lounge, well worth a visit.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/9.jpg
BA 757 with the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Back on topic, these pictures are from 2 separate visits to LHR, these 2 are from the Saturday 2nd of December (2006).
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/21.jpg
JAL Cargo 747 lines up for take off on 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/1.jpg
Qantas 744 rolling down 27L.

Because of this next trip, there was on space for those 2 photos on my memory stick, as I had to delete the rest  Sad
Right, this visit was without a doubt my longest, and probably most enjoyable visit to LHR yet on the Saturday of 9th of December (2006)

I got off the bus at about 11:10am at Hatton Cross, and immediately noticed that Landings were on 27L and take offs on 27R, which is good for photography, and so made my way down to the edge of 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/12.jpg
BA 744 on approach to 27L, if you love 'heavies' and/or BA, LHR is a must. Luckily, I like both, so it's great !
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/17.jpg
2 BA 744's over at BA's minor maintenance (TBE) area near 27L.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/23.jpg
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3 stages of an AA 777 landing on 27L.
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BA 777 crossing the active runway.

Well, after about 40mins of soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos, I decided to move on to the other side of the airport.
Now, being on the course to becoming an aircraft engineer, I decided to pay a visit to the main BA engineering area on the other side of Hatton cross, and so took a shortish walk down to the hanger by the 'Jurys Inn' hotel, (or TBA to those in the know such as myself). Here, there was a BA 757 (G-CPEO)parked up outside, and I decided to see what kind of photo I could get through the different type of fence they use around the engineering base.

Firstly, may I tell you, that it is very hard to get a good picture with a big lens, so stick to an ordinary camera and unfortunately, the results won't be great unless you do so.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/11.jpg
'PEO parked up outside the front side of BA engineering's TBA.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/10.jpg
A close up of the Rolls-Royce engine.
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Even closer look at the engine.

I then walked back to Hatton cross and caught a bus to near enough 27R, and decided to get a few shots of the take off action.

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/2.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/5.jpg
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VS A340-600 holding at, taxiing onto and rolling down 27R.
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Air Malta A320.

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BWIA A340 waiting by 27R, this time next year, this airline will no longer exist.
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BA 744 on 27R.
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The BA 744 rolls while the A340 waits.
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A whole load of BA 744's at T4, see what I mean about heavy/BA heaven !

Then I looked at the time, and grabbed a bite to eat at the McDonalds before heading back. Instead of catching the bus, I decided to take a walk back to Hatton cross around the main engineering area, and so I ended up, for the first time ever, taking some photos there.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/3.jpg
Notice something strange ? This BA 777 is towed into the BA engineering TBA hanger, hopefully to get a new door !!
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/15.jpg
BA 744 parked up at the engineering base.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/28.jpg
The same 744 but viewed from the side. The yellow building(s) in the background are the BA 747 hangers, although it looks like one building, it's actually 2. The nearest one is TBK while the one further away is TBJ. Almost all of BA's 747 'light' maintenance is done in those 2 hangers, while the 'heavy' engineering is done at Cardiff.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/29.jpg
The other side of TBA in the foreground, looks kind of 'menacing' don't you think ? The grey building in the far right-hand corner is TBC, where most of the engineering offices are.
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/31.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/wrightbrothers/30.jpg
BA heavies parked up outside the 747 hangers, unfortunately my finger got in the way, and so that's what the white line is. But I though I'd show you this picture as it's an unusual sight.

Thanks for reading, leave any comments is you wish
Next Trip report: LHR-SEA-LHR !

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:54 am

Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip. Looks like you had a great day!

Thanks
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip.

I second that!  bigthumbsup 

Great report  Smile

I will be staying at the Jury's Inn in December, any idea on how close the hotel is to some spotting areas?

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Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:17 am

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Cool report! It's interesting to see a 'Spotting' trip rather than a travel trip. Looks like you had a great day!

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 1:33 pm

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):

wow some great pictures there Wrigh especially the one of the Rolls Royce engine
 
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:14 pm

Thanks for your kind comments  Smile I thought i'd be good to give you something a bit different.

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
I will be staying at the Jury's Inn in December, any idea on how close the hotel is to some spotting areas?

Yes, the Jury's Inn is about a 2min walk (if that) from Hatton cross (you'll walk out of the hotel, and follow the path onto the road where the BA hanger is), which in turn is very close to the 27L runway, you can't miss it, then just walk down by the fence, and choose the best place to spot, you get good shots of landings and take-offs, but if you stand underneath the yellow runway lights, you'll get a get blast of jet engine !. For photography, just poke your lens through the fence. There is the main road behind Hatton cross and there's pathways on either side of the road, this is a good place for photography.
If you want to go to the other runway, go to Hatton cross, and catch any of these buses: 285,555,556,or 557 with 'Heathrow Central' on the destination board at the front or side of the bus, and just ask for the driver to call out when you reach the visitors center (there are other stops as the bus goes round the engineering base and along 27R for a bit, so just press the bell, although you might have to do a bit of trial and error, it should be okay) once at the visitors center, there's a McDonald's opposite for something to eat.
The visitors center is closed at the moment, but it's the 3rd big grey building along on the right-hand side. Once there, just find the nearest pathway, and walk along the 2 car parks, step through a thin bit of grass, and you'll be at the main road, just cross that road, and you'll be right at the fence of 27R, again, just find the best spot and click away !
All the buses I mentioned are free to and from Hatton cross within the airport area, when you come back, catch the same buses: 285 'Kingston'
555/6/7 'Walton'
and ask for Hatton cross, it should be free.

There is another great place, which is the bridge which goes over the road by Hatton cross, you can't miss it, depending on your zoom, you'll be able to catch landings on either runways, with nothing much in the way.
Hope that helps, for more info, may I direct you to this website.
http://www.photovation.net/Spotting/SpottingLHR.htm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 4):
wow some great pictures there Wrigh especially the one of the Rolls Royce engine

Thanks  Smile

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
Looks like you had a great day!

I did indeed, LHR is a great place to spot, and the police aren't usually fussy about spotters, as long as you follow your common sense, you'll be fine.

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:11 am

Cool pics! Can't wait for my next LHR spotting trip  Smile
 
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:41 am

Yeah Great report but i am curious about something. Do they let kids walk around among their aircraft like that? you seem very close to them engines. In this day and age that seems to be kinda dangerous.
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 7):
but i am curious about something. Do they let kids walk around among their aircraft like that? you seem very close to them engines. In this day and age that seems to be kinda dangerous.

I wasn't actually that close to the aircrafts, I was behind the airport fences, and the reason they look close up is becuase I used my camera zoom (which is a very good one to add), usually about 3.0-5.0X zoom, so it can be missleading, I was doing nothing illegal and LHR certainly don't let you near aircrafts as such, the 757 just happend to be parked up close to the fence, and I used lots of zoom. Hope this answers your question.

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:20 am

Nice pics! I know those places very, very well.  Wink

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):
BA 757 with the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Compass Centre (not Center!) isn't being 'sold off', as it isn't owned by BA. We lease the building from the BAA, so we're merely tenants, and moving the operation from Compass Centre to Terminal 5 and Waterside.
 
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:32 am

Great Photos and thanks for sharing.
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:51 am

Cool and different report.

Maybe you or some LHR regulars could answer the following question:

Where is that spot where you photograph the BWIA 340 and the QFA 744 ? I've been to Heathrow a few times to the usual locations, but never been there. It seems as a "new hot" spot, as I've seen many great shots from this location (well I think) recently over the Internet. You have to shot through the fence?

Thanks!

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:03 am

Quoting AGD (Reply 11):
Where is that spot where you photograph the BWIA 340 and the QFA 744 ? I've been to Heathrow a few times to the usual locations, but never been there. It seems as a "new hot" spot, as I've seen many great shots from this location (well I think) recently over the Internet. You have to shot through the fence?

Thanks!

Alex G.-Denicourt

The BWIA A340 was taken from the fence by 27R, It was actualy at the part of the fence where the road bends to the left and then becomes the big long road you might know, right by there.
As for the QF 744, that was taken through the fence at 27L, about half way along.
Yes, unfortunatly you do need to shot through the fence.

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
Compass Centre (not Center!)

D'oh !

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
isn't being 'sold off', as it isn't owned by BA. We lease the building from the BAA, so we're merely tenants, and moving the operation from Compass Centre to Terminal 5 and Waterside.

Ahhh, thanks, I think that's what I meant lol.

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:10 am

Thanks for posting. This is for sure a different TR... Great pics!

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:55 pm

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 8):
I was doing nothing illegal and LHR certainly don't let you near aircrafts as such, the 757 just happend to be parked up close to the fence, and I used lots of zoom. Hope this answers your question

Yea it does. you must have a good camera. thanks for the info.
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
Yea it does. you must have a good camera. thanks for the info.

It is actualy !, it's very good, although it's not a DSLR.

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 13):
This is for sure a different TR... Great pics

Thanks, glad you liked it

If you want me to, I'll post another one of these Trip reports next time I visit LHR.
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:28 am

Very nice ''spotting trip'' must do one myself. Brilliant idea.
 
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:11 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):
the Compass center in the background, this building is being sold off in the move towards T5.

Has it been sold yet?


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Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Very nice ''spotting trip'' must do one myself. Brilliant idea.

Thank you, and for the post in the other thread  Smile

Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 17):
Has it been sold yet?


FLYTUITRAVEL.

It is still in use by BA, but BA don't own it, BAA do, they lease it from them.

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:44 pm

Great pics at LHR. It is a great place for spotting, especially if you like heavies and international carriers.
There used to be the Spectators Gallery atop the Queens Building between Terminals 2 and 3 (or 1 and 2, I don't remember which one). There was a store up there too, which sold books, DVD,s and other aviation related goods. I always enjoyed going up there when I flew in/out of LHR but I know it closed down a few years ago. Too bad, because that was my favorite place for spotting
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:50 pm

Fantastic TR and great pictures. I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.


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Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:39 am

That was so cool Alistair....

I love that one of the 757 engine!  cloudnine 

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

I agree, top notch =]

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:16 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
Fantastic TR and great pictures. I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

Thanks, I doubt any of my photos are up to A.Net standard but I enjoy taking them and I'll try uploading them to myaviation once I'm able to, they don't seem to be a ble to be sent  Sad

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 21):
That was so cool Alistair....

I love that one of the 757 engine!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 20):
I'd submit a few of them to Anet for sure.

I agree, top notch =]

JG

Hey Jordan, thanks. When you come down to LHR I'll try and get you to all these places  Smile

I've been down to LHR again, so if anyone wants me to, I'll post another one of these either this weekend or sometime soon.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:46 am

Hi, nice pics. I love it when I visit LHR to connect onto other BA flights. Ims BA staff and to be honest have only been to LHR 4 or 5 times in nearly 6 years( I mostly fly through LGW ).

Everytime Im at LHR I spend my time either outside the terminal building or glued to a window in the airside part of T1/T4watching the planes take-off/land.

I really must make an effort this summer to get to LHR for some spotting.

I dont know f anyone can give me any advice on where to spot from and how to get there?


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Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:43 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 22):
Hey Jordan, thanks. When you come down to LHR I'll try and get you to all these places

Cool Stuffs, that'd be ace!  biggrin 

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 22):
I've been down to LHR again, so if anyone wants me to, I'll post another one of these either this weekend or sometime soon.

I'd certainly love to see another one..... please and thank yous!

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Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:39 am

Wrighbrothers, that was a very interesting trip report. One about spotting rather than actually flying - now that is unique. Too bad about BW now though, they are no more and their successor Caribbean Airlines dropped LHR on 1 May 2007. Now the POS route is served by BA from LGW via BGI. Some memories there...

Thanks again.

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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:12 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 8):
certainly don't let you near aircrafts as such

But after what happended last year they would never!!!!!!!
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RE: LHR Photo 'trip' Report.

Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:11 pm

Hye folks, fisrtly, thanks for the comments, I haven't ignored them, secondly, my long awaited second spotting trip has now been posted, warning for dail up folk, it's long and with lots of pictures: LHR Spotting Trip Report (by Wrighbrothers Jul 20 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 23):
I dont know f anyone can give me any advice on where to spot from and how to get there?

I could certainly give you some help. Look at reply 5 first, and make sure that if you're flying from termianl 1,2 or 3, go to the central bus station (it'll be sign posted on the over head notice boards) and then catch any of the the buses mentioned in reply 5 and say Hatton cross, you can't miss Hatton cross since the buses have to go into Hatton Cross and there's dead give away of a huge sign on the building saying 'Hatton Cross'.

Need anymore info, just ask  Smile
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