28th January. A brief first visit of the year in the snow was rewarded by a
Dan Air HS748 G-BEKE & Genair Shorts SH360 G-BKZR. Both parked for the
weekend waiting for the Monday morning schedules.
Saturday 4th February G-FCAS Piper Pa27
Aztec arrived for a 2 hour stay routing from and to Tollerton.
Saturday 11th February Teesside
Aviation Society had the AGM meeting today, the highlight being a ramp tour
at Teesside and entrance into all the hangers!! But a surprise 1st
type visitor "in for some crew training" was the 3 day old Britannia Airways
Boeing 767-204 G-BKVZ!!!. Arriving in the new Britannia scheme from Luton as
(BY767A) it hit the circuit for approximately 5 hours before heading to
Manchester as (BY766). Others of interest were a couple of Genair EMB110
Bandeirante's G-BGCS & G-RVIP, Cessna 401 G-PEET which arrived from Biggin
Hill lastnight, departing back there today! Of the more interesting
residents were G-ROUS Piper PA34 Seneca, G-AZVS HS 125-3B "which is stored
in Hanger 1 and up for sale" and G-AFGM Piper J-4A Cub, it also wares the
registration N26985 and is in here for the winter months!!
Wednesday 29nd February Air UK Heralds were not a common
sight at Teesside, so with the afternoon Aberdeen-Norwich (UK205) rotation
being operated by them for a month it was the reason behind the visit!
G-BAZJ was the aircraft operating the service while Dan Air 's G-ARMW HS748
was operating (DAN816) to Amsterdam!
Tuesday 6th March One of the
highlights of the year for me "being a old prop/jet fan" was SP-LSD Ilyushin IL18,
which routed from and to Warsaw as (LOT3021/3022) with the Warsaw Philomonic
Orchestra for the start of their UK tour!
Friday 30th March Quick early
evening visit for the colourful VIP Air Falcon 10 I-CHOC! It arrived from
Val Cava & departed to Le Bourget the next morning!
Wednesday 4th April SE-IAC
Piper PA31 Navajo arrived from Edinburgh lastnight, It departed Kungsangen
mid afternoon and was the only worthy visitor.
Wednesday 11th April The annual
British Midland Airways Boeing 707 charter to Vienna produced G-BMAZ this
year!! Having missed the outbound charter on the 9th April "and also
the bonus of nice weather" i headed up for the evening arrival of the classic
jet!! It departed to Edinburgh after just an hour on the ground,
whilst also "the now regular" OY-BSD Cessna 414 routed from Esbjerg to
Glasgow some 30 minutes later.
Wednesday 18th April A dull morning
visit produced SE-IKD Be90 King Air which arrived from Goteburg/Save
yesterday! It departed mid morning to Edinburgh while a couple of Casair's
fleet "G-SATO Piper PA27 Aztec & G-WTVB Ce404 Titan" were sat waiting for
there next trip!
Thursday 3rd May Aviaco with
Douglas DC9-30's and Dan Air with Boeing 737-200's started the
Alicante/Malaga flights on a Thursday afternoon. Aviaco's EC-CGN was today's
Friday 04th May The start of Spantax
Boeing 737-200s to Palma got off to a good start as most of the flights were
to operate under darkness!! EC-DTR operated (BX767/768) mid afternoon
today! while Air UK's FK27-200 Friendship G-BHMZ operated (UK205) Aberdeen-Norwich
Monday 14th May N289K Gulf 2
arrived from Aberdeen and after a 2 hour visit headed off to Amsterdam.
Tuesday 15th May Teesside was a
busy place in the 1970s-90s for crew training, Here Dan Air's Boeing
727-100 G-BAFZ was present for 3 days battering the circuit!!!!
Saturday 19th May Busy Bee
FK27-200 Friendship LN-SUF arrived from East Midlands and departed to Bergen
as (BS301/2), while arriving on an Mod charter was Boeing 737-200 G-BGNW in
the striking new Britannia Airways Scheme.
4th June G-WWHL Be200 Super King "operating for Peregrine"
routed from and to Aberdeen as (PJ843/842).
Wednesday 13th June A busy
evening with several visitors of interest, and all nightstopping!!
OO-JPI Metro routed from at to Brussels, "while two Be90 King Air's" G-BHKS
& F-BXSN routed London Heathrow to Liverpool & from and to Le Mans
respectively, also "not the best shot" but OH-AYU AA5 Cheetah arrived from
Southend on the 12th, departing back there 14th!
Friday 20th June SE-IIU Be90
King Air arrived from Angelholm, departing back there early the next
morning, while in from Birk was very smart BeJ35 Bonanza N8323D. It departed
to Prestwick after a 10 day stay!!
Tuesday 26th June Be200 Super King Air
F-BXOL arrived from Rotterdam & departed to Le Bourget the next morning,
apparently the paint scheme is meant to represent a whale!!!! "while loosing
part of the paint work" G-AYOX Viscount has now had all titles removed but
is still stored!
Friday 13th July (Two Visits)
"THE BAD NEWS!"
The day started badly with the news that Genair had
stopped operations, So Teesside lost several routes but gained another resident in the shape of
G-NICE Shorts SH330 which was in Hanger 3 on maintenance at the time!
"THE GOOD NEWS" A Dock
strike at Teessport resulted in some classic aircraft visiting Teesside over the next
several days flying out Rothmans cigarettes to Rotterdam! most doing two
return trips during the day! First in was G-APEP Merchantman, but not to be
outdone "Another Classic!" was the arrival of our first Convair CV990 on the
Spantax (BX767/8) evening flight from and to Palma!
Monday 16th July Another newly
painted Britannia Airways Boeing 737-200! G-BAZI operated the weekly midday
Palma flight today.
Tuesday 17th July Another busy
day with three classics visiting!! 2 Air Bridge Merchantman's and Heavylifts
CL44-0 Conroy. My first visit of the day was to catch up with G-APEP
Merchantman arriving from Belfast departing to Rotterdam & CL44-0 which
operated from and to Rotterdam! Then back up on the evening for G-APES
Merchantman "which arrived from Rotterdam departing to Belfast some 90
minutes later" and OY-POW Piper PA28 Cherokee routing from Esbjerg for a 5
night stay before heading to Roskilde.
Thursday 19th July I rushed up this
evening having got news of a Jetstar N917J being in! Only to see it take off
before i got to the airport! "Gutted!!" but what more than made up for it
was Jet Cargo Boeing 707 N707ZS arriving from Luton! after a nightstop it
headed out to Rotterdam the next morning with another load of cigarettes!
Sunday 22nd July "The dock
strike was over" but not before another Boeing 707 graced the ramp at
Teesside!!!!!! TF-VLJ of Eagle Air arrived from Luton to operate to and from
Rotterdam for several days shifting the back log of cigarettes.
British Midland's FK27-200 Friendship G-BMAW was on the weekly Jersey
service. G-BHXI BN2 Islander was in for from Dundee, leaving the next
morning to North Denes while G-BFJR Cessna 337 routed from Coningsby to
Sunday 5th August Another smart new colour scheme at
Teesside in 84!! British Air Ferries new livery was seen at Teesside for the
first time when Viscount G-AOYR arrived on the 3rd from Aberdeen. Named
"Viscount Aberdeen" the aircraft departed back there late evening, While on
one of British Midland's Heathrow service was Viscount G-BFZL.
Saturday 15th September SE-DDW
Mu300 Diamond was a first type visit at Teesside! The aircraft routed from
Malmo on the 12th, departing back there late afternoon. British Midland's
Viscount G-BAPF was on the afternoon's Heathrow service.
Monday 17th September Not a lot
in today so just shot TF-VLJ Boeing 707 "Which has now got Eagle Air titles
applied" and the resident Casair Cessna 404 G-PATT.
Monday 8th November RAF BAe125
ZE395 operated from and to Northolt and was the only worthy visitor on this
short mornings visit.
Saturday 15th December
Operating on British Midland' (BMA332/333) Heathrow service was KLM's
Douglas DC9-15 PH-DNC.
Friday 28th December
Spacegrand Aviation DHC,6 Twin Otters are becoming a common site on the
Belfast service of late! G-BGMD operated today's rotation in the murk!!!!