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.”
One can never be in a bad mood, when in the presence of such a pointy nose.
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.
“Did you bring your macro?” a fellow
plane spotter aviation photographer asked me, as A Very Tiny Cessna rolled out on the tarmac. And then we snickered like idiots. Gotta love British humour.
The Citation Mustang is a nice little plane, and you can charter it. They even managed to put a lavatory in there somewhere. Now THAT is impressive.
I love the grey/white/orange livery of Thomas Cook Airlines. There’s nothing like orange engines to brighten your day.
I especially love the tiny hearts on the winglets.
The long flaps on top of the wings are called “spoilers”.
Not sure why, because they’re very entertaining to watch when they spring to upright position right after touchdown.
Especially from inside the aircraft.
It was a rainy day at Manchester Airport, and G-FBJK had a ton on fun whipping up water.
But, in the end, duty called, and she took of for the Irish airport of Knock.
One thing I noticed about the Airbus A330 is how the wheels dangle when the landing gear is extended.
No dangling feet on the A350.
Nor on the A380.
But A330? Very much dangling.
The origin of the word “dangle” is most likely Danish. Although we rarely use it anymore, now preferring “dingle”. Language is a thing of beauty.
This week’s Monday Morning Aircrafts are two trusty workhorses from Jet2. G-LSAD, a 27 year old Boeing 757 and G-DFK, just 18 years young and still going strong. With a smile on their lips and a sun on their tails, they bring travellers from Manchester to warmer skies, such as Ibiza, Tenerife, Las Palmas and Fuerteventura.
They are, quite literally, your sunshine on a cloudy day.
And the award for “Most Orange Aircraft” goes to…