Several hours spent on Newcastle's terminal roof
before heading home via
Sunderland (Usworth) Airfield)
Newcastle Sunday 05th February
Not the best of days at Newcastle, But on
the British Airways Shuttle Services to Heathrow were Trident 3 G-AWZV and
later G-AVMO BAC 1-11-500, Air Atlantique C47 Dakota G-AMCA "which was on the
mail run all week"& Dan Air BAC 1-11 G-ATPL were both locked up all day
Airways Ce421 Goldern Eagle G-BRIT arrived with some crew for their next
Sunderland (Usworth) Sunday 05th February
The German Ce172 was the only worthy visitor, so just had a wonder round
& shot some of the residents which included the local Parachute Centres
Ce207 Skywaggon G-AYTJ.
Carlisle 17-18th March) My first visit to Edinburgh to
co inside with the Five Nations rugby, (Scotland v France), then over to
Glasgow later in the day and down to Prestwick for an over night stay and
back home via Carlisle the next day)
Edinburgh Saturday 17th March)
An early production Airbus A300, several Caravelle's, numerous biz and not
to forget the Edinburgh schedules made the early morning start worth while!
Stayed here until the French invasion stopped round 2pm then headed cross
country to Glasgow!
Glasgow Saturday 17th March
The light was just started to fade, so we had a quick look around with only
Loganair's DHC6 Twin Otter G-BHXG and British Airways HS748 G-BCOE to note
Prestwick Sunday 18th March
After a much needed lie in we headed down to the Airport where we seen the
arrival of an Air Canada Cargo DC8-63! A couple of months later this was
converted to a 73! Also N610US Boeing 747-100 of Northwest Airlines was in
after another transatlantic crossing.
(Newcastle May & June)
Two visits up to Newcastle but
unfortuatly both in bad weather!
Saturday 05th May
The start of the Newcastle summer
season on a Saturday brought in two JAT Boeing 727-200s, Iberia A300 Airbus,
Aviaco DC9 and Balkan TU154 plus the usual Dan Air, Orion Airways and Britannia Airways
etc, Of which G-BKHF Boeing 737-200 was one of
a couple on today's visit!
Sunday 10th June Don't
get many Boeing 707s in the north east of the UK, This Nigeria Airways
machine "5N-ABJ" was operating some Relief/Money flight!!
(Southampton & RAF Cosford
Airshow 16th June) My first flight on a Dakota!!!
Southampton Saturday 16th June.
Headed down to Southampton via London on the overnight bus for what would be
my first taste of flying on a Dakota! Not much of interest on arrival at
Southampton apart from "my lift" Dakota G-AMSV and an Air UK Shorts SH330
RAF Cosford Airshow Saturday
16th June. After an hours flight onboard G-AMSV "and
heading rite over Fairford" we landed at RAF Cosford. The Airshow
traffic/display wasn't that appealing to me not a being a military aircraft
fan, but getting shots of the Britannia and VC10 in the museum, and a flight
on a Dakota was the real reason for visiting Cosford.
(Newcastle 23rd June)
Newcastle Saturday 23rd June
Newcastle had a short series of Aeroflot TU134/TU154s charters brining in Russian
miners children for a visit to the North East of the UK! Some fights doubled
up with one type of each aircraft visiting, but a sole TU134 CCCP-65717 was
on today's flight! There was another soviet type however today in the shape
of Balkan Airlines TU154B-2 LZ-BTU on a the weekly summer charter! Others of
note were Metropolitan SH330 G-BGNA, Dan Air BAe146-100 G-BKMN & Nissan's
Falcon 20 G-BGOP, which was visiting with regards to Nissan buying
Sunderland Airfield and building their car plant on it!
(Manchester 4th July)
Manchester Wednesday 4th July
A full day at Manchester heading home via Leeds Bradford! Highlight for me
was seeing the massive Guppy arrive and depart and Guernsey Airlines
(A week trip down the south of
the UK, Visiting London Heathrow, Luton, Elstree, Booker, Fairoaks & London
London Heathrow Sunday 12th
August. Several hours were spent at the end of Heathrow's
Runways 27L & 27R. Nice to shoot some Tridents! Just wish I'd have taken
more of them!!!!!
Luton Monday 13th August
A quick visit round the perimiter at Luton produced the following! most are
residents with Nigerian HS 125 in for maintenance?
Elstree Monday 13th August Ex
National Airways BN2-111 Trislander G-BEVU was a surprise aircraft at
Elstree, while GA7 Cougar N713G was waiting for the British registration to
be painted on!
Booker Tuesday 14th August The
only worthy aircraft of interest was this Robinson R22 SE-HOA which was
heading onto the British Register.
Fairoaks Tuesday 14th August.
Not the most welcoming of airfields, but some nice inmates never the less!!
Fairoaks is always worth a visit from now on as this was my first visit!
G-RIGS Aerostar and Commanders G-IBLL & G-IOOO are residents while N3126W
Skyvan was ex Angolan and seemed to be passing through??
Wednesday/Thursday 15th/16th August Two days at Heathrow
spent on the Queens Building, The highlight for me being N790FA Boeing
707-100 and Fords BAC 1-11 G-BEJM "which i think diverted in from
Stansted due to fog?"
London Gatwick Friday 17th
August Not a lot in London Gatwick but N58GG Ce 551
Citation and the ex Philippines Government BAC 1-11 RP-C1 were the
highlights along with an Aviogenex Tupolev TU134 YU-AJD.
Newcastle Sunday 2nd September
Another visit to catch the Aeroflot charters, CCCP-65652 Tupolev TU134
and CCCP-85491 Tupolev TU154 where joined by a British trijet in the shape
of British Airways Trident 2 G-AVFL. Keeping the classic theme going was
G-AMPO Dakota "devoid of titles, while N1UL Ce 501 Citation "which was in
for a week" and AA's Ce 441 Conquest G-BHLP were the executive aircraft of
(Farnborough SBAC Airshow 8th
Farnborough (SBAC) International
Airshow Saturday 8th September. First Visit to the
Farnborough Airshow. Another long day but for me worth the effort to see
some of the days most modern aircraft in the static or getting thrown around
(Newcastle 6th October)
Newcastle Saturday 6th October.
The last in a short series of Aeroflot flights resulted in me heading up to
Newcastle for Tupolev TU154 CCCP-85397, while G-BGYJ Boeing 737-200 was on
another holiday flight for Britannia Airways!
(London Heathrow 1st December)
London Heathrow Saturday 1st
December. Last trip of the year saw four of us head down to London
Heathrow for the day from the north east of the UK on board the overnight
National Express coach!! New British Airways Boeing 737-200 G-BKYA "in
experimental colours", LN-FOG Electra of Fred Olsen's & Olympic Boeing 747
SX-OAC were the highlights of otherwise a dull and very long cold day!!!