I spent a day spotting in London Heathrow and the sun was shining. I had to wear sunscreen. It was so confusing.
Most of the pictures from my Manchester trip are placed in a folder called “pictures that would have been good if it hadn’t been raining buckets.”
While airlines are busy retiring their 747 Jumbojets, Lufthansa is doing the right thing and buying new ones. This lovely lady is just two years old. Plenty of years in service left for her.
My favourite Boeing 747, G-VROM, is living up to her name, using all four engines to dry the runway at Manchester Airport as she takes off for Orlando.
I never get tired of watching the exact moment of lift, when all wheels are free of the runway. It’s like a big swoop and then she’s airborne, climbing quickly and disappearing into the clouds.
I remain in awe of the fact that such a big airplane can actually fly.
People with a fear of flying might find D-ABYS to be a somewhat… dark registration code, especially for a long haul aircraft. Others – such as I – consider it to be truly epic.
D-ABYS is one of the new Boeing 747-800’s, almost two years old, and with the noise reducing chevrons (the tooth-pattern on the engine) also known from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Of course, when talking Jumbo Jets, noise reduction is a matter of context.
VP-BIM for vice president of the United States of America!
G-VROM departing Manchester (MAN), destination: Orlando.
(G)VROM-VROM, off she goes.
But don’t you worry, she will be back monday morning, bright and early, carrying a mixture of Americans and Brits and anyone else fancying a trip to Northern England’s rolling hills and friendly people.
She’s like a cargo aircraft, but for humans.