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Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:58 pm

Taxing by the big Virgin hangar at LHR, I noticed a strange looking airplane mockup (no wings). It appeared to have the no. 2 engine of an old DC-10, while the nose more closely resembled a 747. If I can recall, it was green - the color of planes before paint is applied. I guess it's probably used for some sort of training purpose...emergency/fire rescue training? Any info would be helpful. I'm sure you LHR regulars know exactly what I'm talking about...

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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:16 pm

Its an emergency services fire trainer. There is a similar design at Gatwick aslo.

Tried looking for a picture but couldnt find one.
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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:19 pm

Bit of a crappy picture, but you get the idea!

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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:34 pm

MAN also has one; it can be seen from the level 13 observation deck; though I don't think it is used. the fire service tend to use the training ground on the far side of 24R usually
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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:40 pm

As mentioned above, the airframe is for firecrew training. I once saw an edition of the show Airport were a firecrew from the Caribbean was being trained by the Heathrow fire services. Having flown into London, Heathrow airport several times, I know the airframe you are refering to.
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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:40 pm

... yes, it was constructed to provide fire crews with every type of cabin/engine combination, which is why it looks so strange! There is no longer any fire training sign in front of it (there used to be, before it was moved to make way for the Virgin hanger), so it must be quite alarming for less savvy passengers!

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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:49 am

It is not a real airframe however, nor part of.
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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:49 am

Is there any more photos, info etc

Also is there any good photos of fire training, fire engines from around the world, on, or

Thanks for the help.

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RE: Aircraft Mockup At LHR?

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:32 am

Try to google:
airport fire simulator
You will get a lot of links. Do not forget to make use of the Google picture search. You will be rewarded  Smile

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