Manchester Memories..

Frequently changing photo’s from TAS Members and narrative from  Peter Hampson featuring Manchester’s 80 year’s of operations will be published here ….This month a selection from March and February through the years…

March

5th March 1976 and a beautiful British Air Ferries Carvair (G-ASDC) is seen on Fairey’s Apron. I remember taking this one as if it was yesterday .. she carried her name on her face (just under the flight deck window).. “Plain Jane”. Aaah. Photo Peter H

5th March 1976 and a beautiful British Air Ferries Carvair (G-ASDC) is seen on Fairey’s Apron. I remember taking this one as if it was yesterday .. she carried her name on her face (just under the flight deck window).. “Plain Jane”. Aaah. Photo Peter H

Lockheed Electra N8LG is pictured in the Southbay on 30th March 1979.The aircraft brought in John Denver on 29th for a concert in Manchester. The aircraft was in full VIP configuration and looked immaculate inside and out!Photo Peter H.

Lockheed Electra N8LG is pictured in the Southbay on 30th March 1979.The aircraft brought in John Denver on 29th for a concert in Manchester. The aircraft was in full VIP configuration and looked immaculate inside and out!Photo Peter H.

17th March 1996 was one of those “diversion days” which witnessed a good variety of aircraft and airlines paying us a visit from “Down south” - these included RAF Tristar ZD952 (ex British Airways G-BFCE) which arrived having diverted from Brize Norton as the Ascot 3451 from Ascension Island.

17th March 1996 was one of those “diversion days” which witnessed a good variety of aircraft and airlines paying us a visit from “Down south” - these included RAF Tristar ZD952 (ex British Airways G-BFCE) which arrived having diverted from Brize Norton as the Ascot 3451 from Ascension Island.

8th March 1977 saw the arrival for Dan Air of their 3rd ex Argentinean Avro 748 (nice to see it written on the tail). G-BEKC is seen here clearing customs on Pier B prior to going into the famous Hangar 4 later that month.Peter H

8th March 1977 saw the arrival for Dan Air of their 3rd ex Argentinean Avro 748 (nice to see it written on the tail). G-BEKC is seen here clearing customs on Pier B prior to going into the famous Hangar 4 later that month.Peter H

Manchester has done exceedingly well from football traffic over the years. This TEA Boeing 720 OO-TEB on 17th March 1976 was however a little different from the norm . It brought Anderlecht supporters in for their game against…Wrexham!. Peter H

Manchester has done exceedingly well from football traffic over the years. This TEA Boeing 720 OO-TEB on 17th March 1976 was however a little different from the norm . It brought Anderlecht supporters in for their game against…Wrexham!. Peter H

I remember getting a tad excited on seeing this at the end of Pier A. I’d just parked the Hilman Minx outside the old Meadows Air Freight building and commenced the short walk to the office in the old Tower block. Its not every day you see a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 freighter parked there me thinks? A short deviation across the apron was required.Happy days! - 16th March 1976. Photo Peter H

I remember getting a tad excited on seeing this at the end of Pier A. I’d just parked the Hilman Minx outside the old Meadows Air Freight building and commenced the short walk to the office in the old Tower block. Its not every day you see a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 freighter parked there me thinks? A short deviation across the apron was required.Happy days! - 16th March 1976. Photo Peter H

We’re going back in time with this one - Its March 1961 prior to the “new” Terminal opening. Percival Prince G-AMKY is seen parked up on the old apron. Photo Bob Thorpe.

We’re going back in time with this one - Its March 1961 prior to the “new” Terminal opening. Percival Prince G-AMKY is seen parked up on the old apron. Photo Bob Thorpe.

Another great shot from Stuart Prince who nicely captured Cathay Pacifics B747-400 B-HOX from the T1 Multi Story back in March 2000 (Yes 19 years ago!). Good to see the Virgin Sun A320 creeping into the shot in the back ground.

Another great shot from Stuart Prince who nicely captured Cathay Pacifics B747-400 B-HOX from the T1 Multi Story back in March 2000 (Yes 19 years ago!). Good to see the Virgin Sun A320 creeping into the shot in the back ground.

28th March 1986 and “one of our own” - Avro 748 V2-LAA is seen clearing customs at the end of Pier B. Peter H

28th March 1986 and “one of our own” - Avro 748 V2-LAA is seen clearing customs at the end of Pier B. Peter H

15th March 1975. EAS Vanguards were relatively rare visitors to MAN and when they did arrive were usually associated with Rugby or Football flights. F-BTOV is seen here in the Southbay having arrived earlier with supporters for the England v France rugby match taking place in Leeds. Photo Peter H

15th March 1975. EAS Vanguards were relatively rare visitors to MAN and when they did arrive were usually associated with Rugby or Football flights. F-BTOV is seen here in the Southbay having arrived earlier with supporters for the England v France rugby match taking place in Leeds. Photo Peter H

A very murky 10th March 1970 saw German Air Force Transall 5006 paying us a visit.Photo Bob Thorpe

A very murky 10th March 1970 saw German Air Force Transall 5006 paying us a visit.Photo Bob Thorpe

4th March 1970 turned into being a classic in bound diversion day for Manchester due to heavy snow in the South of England. Probably the pick of 25 aircraft which diverted in was this Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 707 LV-ISC - seen here on Pier B. A huge thanks to Eric Wright for sharing this wonderful memory. In these days the chemical Urea (don’t ask!) was spread on the aprons as an exceedingly effective de-icer…as you can see!

4th March 1970 turned into being a classic in bound diversion day for Manchester due to heavy snow in the South of England. Probably the pick of 25 aircraft which diverted in was this Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 707 LV-ISC - seen here on Pier B. A huge thanks to Eric Wright for sharing this wonderful memory. In these days the chemical Urea (don’t ask!) was spread on the aprons as an exceedingly effective de-icer…as you can see!

Another from 4th March ‘70 saw Swissair Dc9 HB-IFT put in an appearance. However, a real aircraft line up had started to materialise in the Southbay including a United Arab Airlines Comet (one of two that day),SAS Dc9,Austrian Airlines Caravelle and an MEA CV990 (unfortunately just out of the picture). Photo Eric Wright.

Another from 4th March ‘70 saw Swissair Dc9 HB-IFT put in an appearance. However, a real aircraft line up had started to materialise in the Southbay including a United Arab Airlines Comet (one of two that day),SAS Dc9,Austrian Airlines Caravelle and an MEA CV990 (unfortunately just out of the picture). Photo Eric Wright.

I’m delighted that Eric Wright had a further delve into his photo files having read my comments above and came up with this shot. In his own words - not the clearest of photos.However, it truly captured the moment of an Austrian Airlines Caravelle, MEA Convair 990, Alitalia Dc9 and United Arab Airlines Comet diversions gathered together at Manchester on 4th March 1970.

I’m delighted that Eric Wright had a further delve into his photo files having read my comments above and came up with this shot. In his own words - not the clearest of photos.However, it truly captured the moment of an Austrian Airlines Caravelle, MEA Convair 990, Alitalia Dc9 and United Arab Airlines Comet diversions gathered together at Manchester on 4th March 1970.

AFREK Bristol Britannia G-BDUR languishes in the South bay on 2nd March 1977. Photo - Peter H

AFREK Bristol Britannia G-BDUR languishes in the South bay on 2nd March 1977. Photo - Peter H

Over the years the Canadian Military have occasionally “popped up” at Manchester with various aircraft types. A310 serial 15003 is seen here being towed onto T2. The aircraft arrived from Ottawa on 1st March 1997 and departed the following day to Dubai. Photo Stuart Prince.

Over the years the Canadian Military have occasionally “popped up” at Manchester with various aircraft types. A310 serial 15003 is seen here being towed onto T2. The aircraft arrived from Ottawa on 1st March 1997 and departed the following day to Dubai. Photo Stuart Prince.

Dan Air Viscount G-ARIR is seen on finals to Runway 24 whilst some threatening clouds start to mass above.March 1977. Peter H.

Dan Air Viscount G-ARIR is seen on finals to Runway 24 whilst some threatening clouds start to mass above.March 1977. Peter H.

A classic shot by Stuart Prince taken from the famous “Joe’s Field”. Seen landing on 9th March 1988 is Polar Air Cargo B747F N853FT.

A classic shot by Stuart Prince taken from the famous “Joe’s Field”. Seen landing on 9th March 1988 is Polar Air Cargo B747F N853FT.

TMA Boeing 707 freighter OD-AFX is being watched closely by the local constabulary whilst being loaded on Faireys Apron.15th March 1973. Bob Thorpe.

TMA Boeing 707 freighter OD-AFX is being watched closely by the local constabulary whilst being loaded on Faireys Apron.15th March 1973. Bob Thorpe.

It’s another one of those quick snaps from the office window in the old Tower Block. Sterling B727-200 OY-SBF is the subject matter on this occasion.Peter H- March 1986.

It’s another one of those quick snaps from the office window in the old Tower Block. Sterling B727-200 OY-SBF is the subject matter on this occasion.Peter H- March 1986.

A great shot from Stuart Prince which really does capture a moment in time at MAN.Packing those diversions in, B747’s,American Airlines and even a BAC 1-11 creeping in on the photo! The main subject is of course the MD11 N1763 but whats taking place in the back ground is just as interesting…17th March 1999.Super shot from the T1 Multi Story…oh dear 20 years ago!

A great shot from Stuart Prince which really does capture a moment in time at MAN.Packing those diversions in, B747’s,American Airlines and even a BAC 1-11 creeping in on the photo! The main subject is of course the MD11 N1763 but whats taking place in the back ground is just as interesting…17th March 1999.Super shot from the T1 Multi Story…oh dear 20 years ago!

How to brighten up your day? Jamaican DC8-62 6Y-JII diverts in from Heathrow on 7th March 1977.Photo Peter H

How to brighten up your day? Jamaican DC8-62 6Y-JII diverts in from Heathrow on 7th March 1977.Photo Peter H

National Airlines Dc10-30 N83NA takes on fuel at the end of Pier B following a divert from London Heathrow on 7th March 1977.Peter H

National Airlines Dc10-30 N83NA takes on fuel at the end of Pier B following a divert from London Heathrow on 7th March 1977.Peter H

A superb shot from Stuart Prince of the Laker Airways Dc10 - 30 N833LA departing off Runway 24 on 24th March 1996. The shot was taken from “the original Aviation Viewing Park” at the Southside on the former Brickworks site.

A superb shot from Stuart Prince of the Laker Airways Dc10 - 30 N833LA departing off Runway 24 on 24th March 1996. The shot was taken from “the original Aviation Viewing Park” at the Southside on the former Brickworks site.

One from March 1999 (3rd) . As Airfield Manager at the time it was my remit to maximise capacity with movements and aircraft parking to drive the aviation income up.  Similar to now we were entering into an exciting phase of airport expansion - Runway,Terminal,Taxiways and Stands!  BA were disposing of their Dc10’s - we did a deal with them and parked them all (5) on just 2.5 stands (innovative parking).Various other deals were done and what seemed like the Tri Stars of the world homed in on Manchester following another little negotiation with Air Atlanta (Iceland) and other similar companies. Whilst I was getting to grips with aircraft storage one of my good colleagues in the Airports Commercial dept thought we should try and focus on Hajj Pilgrim flights tapping into that market - we did.. and along came many new (and interesting) movements such as the Egyptair B747-300 SU-GAM above.Happy days!

One from March 1999 (3rd) . As Airfield Manager at the time it was my remit to maximise capacity with movements and aircraft parking to drive the aviation income up.

Similar to now we were entering into an exciting phase of airport expansion - Runway,Terminal,Taxiways and Stands!

BA were disposing of their Dc10’s - we did a deal with them and parked them all (5) on just 2.5 stands (innovative parking).Various other deals were done and what seemed like the Tri Stars of the world homed in on Manchester following another little negotiation with Air Atlanta (Iceland) and other similar companies. Whilst I was getting to grips with aircraft storage one of my good colleagues in the Airports Commercial dept thought we should try and focus on Hajj Pilgrim flights tapping into that market - we did.. and along came many new (and interesting) movements such as the Egyptair B747-300 SU-GAM above.Happy days!

Yes, its another on of those airlines which operated the Hajj flights from MAN. On this occasion it was Algerian A310 7T-VJF operating at the time for Royal Jordanian.Seen here departing T2 on 28th March 1997. Photo - Stuart Prince.

Yes, its another on of those airlines which operated the Hajj flights from MAN. On this occasion it was Algerian A310 7T-VJF operating at the time for Royal Jordanian.Seen here departing T2 on 28th March 1997. Photo - Stuart Prince.

Aaah yes! The infamous Air Ops TriStar P4-JAB (Originally built for TWA). One of those wonderful aeroplanes I could probably write a book about…The aircraft was with us for storage “for a couple of weeks” which ended up being a couple of years!! It spent a lot of time in what became known as “The Hampson Air Park” named after yours truly as a bit of a mickey take from the Airport CEO having gained something of a reputation for welcoming to MAN a number of aircraft for storage.(Making good use of the apron,its an airport after all! I said) However, this beauty became something of a bad debtor as its ownership changed and we thought it would eventually have to be scrapped on site. However, to our surprise all debts were paid and the time had come to say goodbye. 22nd March 1999 was the date and we even greeted its American crew personally on the ramp just to wave it on its way. They boarded the aircraft for its ferry flight. I think it was off to Roswell, one of the “Bone Yards” in New Mexico?. A couple of kicks of the tyres and a huge wet start later it was on its way. Myself,other members of the Airfield Ops Team,the Airport Fire Service all gathered in anticipation to watch the departure and hopefully breath a sigh of relief. The L1011 slowly moved down 24 gathering momentum and finally became airborne, probably due to the curvature of the earth?? Next,you guessed it… a full emergency was declared…and here she is returning to base,nicely captured by Stuart Prince, on two (not three) engines!! Many meetings followed with the boys from CAA Airworthiness and various aircraft engineers.Fortunately, she eventually did make it to Roswell.. but what a lot of paperwork!

Aaah yes! The infamous Air Ops TriStar P4-JAB (Originally built for TWA). One of those wonderful aeroplanes I could probably write a book about…The aircraft was with us for storage “for a couple of weeks” which ended up being a couple of years!! It spent a lot of time in what became known as “The Hampson Air Park” named after yours truly as a bit of a mickey take from the Airport CEO having gained something of a reputation for welcoming to MAN a number of aircraft for storage.(Making good use of the apron,its an airport after all! I said) However, this beauty became something of a bad debtor as its ownership changed and we thought it would eventually have to be scrapped on site. However, to our surprise all debts were paid and the time had come to say goodbye. 22nd March 1999 was the date and we even greeted its American crew personally on the ramp just to wave it on its way. They boarded the aircraft for its ferry flight. I think it was off to Roswell, one of the “Bone Yards” in New Mexico?. A couple of kicks of the tyres and a huge wet start later it was on its way. Myself,other members of the Airfield Ops Team,the Airport Fire Service all gathered in anticipation to watch the departure and hopefully breath a sigh of relief. The L1011 slowly moved down 24 gathering momentum and finally became airborne, probably due to the curvature of the earth?? Next,you guessed it… a full emergency was declared…and here she is returning to base,nicely captured by Stuart Prince, on two (not three) engines!! Many meetings followed with the boys from CAA Airworthiness and various aircraft engineers.Fortunately, she eventually did make it to Roswell.. but what a lot of paperwork!

What could be described a a typical Manchester scene at the time? BEA Vanguard G-APEA is the only aircraft to be seen on Pier A in March 1967. Photo Bob Thorpe

What could be described a a typical Manchester scene at the time? BEA Vanguard G-APEA is the only aircraft to be seen on Pier A in March 1967. Photo Bob Thorpe

February

Kar-air operated their beautiful Dc6 Swing tail freighter OH-KDA on regular services into Manchester on behalf of Finnair. She is pictured here on the old freight apron in February 1978.Peter H.

Kar-air operated their beautiful Dc6 Swing tail freighter OH-KDA on regular services into Manchester on behalf of Finnair. She is pictured here on the old freight apron in February 1978.Peter H.

“Are you sure this is the only thing we have boss …for the whole Apron?”  Snow clearing at Manchester 1979. Peter H

“Are you sure this is the only thing we have boss …for the whole Apron?”

Snow clearing at Manchester 1979. Peter H

Balair Dc4 HB-ILD looks grand at the end of Pier A in a Winter Scene shot on 14th February 1969 by Bob Thorpe. A Viscount and tail of an Argosy can be seen to the right of the Dc4 nose.

Balair Dc4 HB-ILD looks grand at the end of Pier A in a Winter Scene shot on 14th February 1969 by Bob Thorpe. A Viscount and tail of an Argosy can be seen to the right of the Dc4 nose.

Ghana Airways Vc10 9G-ABO diverted into Manchester from Heathrow on 15th February 1977. Peter H

Ghana Airways Vc10 9G-ABO diverted into Manchester from Heathrow on 15th February 1977. Peter H

Capturing the moment….A fine shot by Bob Thorpe of a LOT AN12 SP-LZB on 14th February 1969.

Capturing the moment….A fine shot by Bob Thorpe of a LOT AN12 SP-LZB on 14th February 1969.

All Cargo Airlines Bristol Britannia 5Y-AYR looks splendid on the “old freight apron” on 13th February 1979.Peter H

All Cargo Airlines Bristol Britannia 5Y-AYR looks splendid on the “old freight apron” on 13th February 1979.Peter H

2nd February 1978 saw a very rare visit from an Air Alsace VFW-Fokker 614 registration F-GATG. Photo Peter H.

2nd February 1978 saw a very rare visit from an Air Alsace VFW-Fokker 614 registration F-GATG. Photo Peter H.

Following attention in the Dan Air Hangar (No4) former Oman Air Force Viscount 3D-ACN basks in the Manchester sunshine on Fairey’s apron, prior to delivery to its new owner in Swaziland. February 1979. Peter Hampson

Following attention in the Dan Air Hangar (No4) former Oman Air Force Viscount 3D-ACN basks in the Manchester sunshine on Fairey’s apron, prior to delivery to its new owner in Swaziland. February 1979. Peter Hampson

Autair BAC 1-11-400 G-AVGP is captured from the old spectators terrace (Pier B) by Bob Thorpe in February 1969. As we look out to the West the former approach lighting for Runway 02/20 can be seen.

Autair BAC 1-11-400 G-AVGP is captured from the old spectators terrace (Pier B) by Bob Thorpe in February 1969. As we look out to the West the former approach lighting for Runway 02/20 can be seen.

19th February 1979 saw a visit by this Flying Tigers (One of the best airline names ever?) Dc8-63AF N788FT. Peter H

19th February 1979 saw a visit by this Flying Tigers (One of the best airline names ever?) Dc8-63AF N788FT. Peter H

What could be described as a very typical East Side of Pier B photo from February 1975. British Airways BAC-111’’s galore! Peter Hampson.

What could be described as a very typical East Side of Pier B photo from February 1975. British Airways BAC-111’’s galore! Peter Hampson.

A classic pose yet rare shot of an RAF Andover (XS605) at Manchester on 13th February 1979. Peter H

A classic pose yet rare shot of an RAF Andover (XS605) at Manchester on 13th February 1979. Peter H

AirNew Zealand Dc10-30 ZK-NZQ diverted in from Heathrow on 7th February 1979.Peter H

AirNew Zealand Dc10-30 ZK-NZQ diverted in from Heathrow on 7th February 1979.Peter H

23rd February 1989 and the “Baghdad Bomber” as it became known (Iraqi IL76 YI-ANI) taxies out for departure. In the back ground the massive FLS Hangar starts to take shape. Peter H

23rd February 1989 and the “Baghdad Bomber” as it became known (Iraqi IL76 YI-ANI) taxies out for departure. In the back ground the massive FLS Hangar starts to take shape. Peter H

Norwegian CAA HS748 LN-FOM paid a visit to Dan Air’s Hangar 4 in February 1985. Peter H

Norwegian CAA HS748 LN-FOM paid a visit to Dan Air’s Hangar 4 in February 1985. Peter H

United Airlines B747-200 N159UA (ex QANTAS VH-EBK) diverted into Manchester from Heathrow on 28th February 1996 due to low viz at Heathrow. Many thanks to Stuart Prince for sharing with us.

United Airlines B747-200 N159UA (ex QANTAS VH-EBK) diverted into Manchester from Heathrow on 28th February 1996 due to low viz at Heathrow. Many thanks to Stuart Prince for sharing with us.

A bit of self indulgence on this one….Parked in front of the Gulfstream 2 N401M is my very first car. A Hilman Minx registration JNC474F, known as The “Jeanie Minx”. Those were the days when if you had an airport pass you could drive your car through the Security check point round the peri track and take a nice photo or two on Fairey’s Apron. Many of my good old friends will remember the car as it was well and truly hammered on “Spotting trips” throughout the length and breadth of the country (as you did in those days)…Aaaah Husbands Bosworth, Castle Don, Leicester East, Panshangar, Luton …here we come!! Despite the pose I never did get to fly in a Gulfstream…Dream on… Peter H. February 1977.

A bit of self indulgence on this one….Parked in front of the Gulfstream 2 N401M is my very first car. A Hilman Minx registration JNC474F, known as The “Jeanie Minx”. Those were the days when if you had an airport pass you could drive your car through the Security check point round the peri track and take a nice photo or two on Fairey’s Apron. Many of my good old friends will remember the car as it was well and truly hammered on “Spotting trips” throughout the length and breadth of the country (as you did in those days)…Aaaah Husbands Bosworth, Castle Don, Leicester East, Panshangar, Luton …here we come!! Despite the pose I never did get to fly in a Gulfstream…Dream on… Peter H. February 1977.

It wasn’t too unusual to see an exotic registered HS 125 pass through Manchester on route from / to Harwarden in the Seventies. This Zaire registered example certainly raised a few eyebrows when it called in to clear customs on 5th February 1975.Peter H

It wasn’t too unusual to see an exotic registered HS 125 pass through Manchester on route from / to Harwarden in the Seventies. This Zaire registered example certainly raised a few eyebrows when it called in to clear customs on 5th February 1975.Peter H

Over the years aircraft being delivered via MAN have featured prominently. Sometimes due to the Aircraft Engineering companies which have been based at the airport and sometimes as was the case of this former Kuwait Air Force Caribou, due to its convenient geographical location when an aircraft develops a technical fault en route.C-GVYZ arrived on 22nd February 1979 and remained with us until “fixed” on 4th March when it left for its new owners in Quebec. Peter H

Over the years aircraft being delivered via MAN have featured prominently. Sometimes due to the Aircraft Engineering companies which have been based at the airport and sometimes as was the case of this former Kuwait Air Force Caribou, due to its convenient geographical location when an aircraft develops a technical fault en route.C-GVYZ arrived on 22nd February 1979 and remained with us until “fixed” on 4th March when it left for its new owners in Quebec. Peter H

26th February 1969 saw this beautiful IL18 OK-PAG of Czechoslovakian Airlines calling in on a football charter.Hubert Parrish.

26th February 1969 saw this beautiful IL18 OK-PAG of Czechoslovakian Airlines calling in on a football charter.Hubert Parrish.

Dan Air (Hangar 4) had a contract to contract to carry out 3rd Party maintenance on the Cyprus Airways BAC 1-11 Feet.The aircraft registrations became the curse of spotters as they were hidden almost beneath the engines on the lower fuselage. BAC 1-11 537 5B-DAH is seen here (complete with hush kits!!) parked in the South bay in February 1979. Oh dear looks like a sweeper is required for the FOD on the apron..tut tut! Peter H.

Dan Air (Hangar 4) had a contract to contract to carry out 3rd Party maintenance on the Cyprus Airways BAC 1-11 Feet.The aircraft registrations became the curse of spotters as they were hidden almost beneath the engines on the lower fuselage. BAC 1-11 537 5B-DAH is seen here (complete with hush kits!!) parked in the South bay in February 1979. Oh dear looks like a sweeper is required for the FOD on the apron..tut tut! Peter H.

Photographed in February 1983 outside of Dan Air’s Hangar 4 (by me) but not noted on the slide prior to scanning was details of what the Viscount actually was? As we can see it’s been stripped of its colours ready for painting. If you think you know let me know (peter@airportsol.com) in the mean time I will do a bit of research. However, the photo brought a wry smile to my face thinking about how Health and Safety / Environmental regulations have changed in the last 30 + years!! Peter H

Photographed in February 1983 outside of Dan Air’s Hangar 4 (by me) but not noted on the slide prior to scanning was details of what the Viscount actually was? As we can see it’s been stripped of its colours ready for painting. If you think you know let me know (peter@airportsol.com) in the mean time I will do a bit of research. However, the photo brought a wry smile to my face thinking about how Health and Safety / Environmental regulations have changed in the last 30 + years!! Peter H

February 1975. Fairey’s apron and the Fairey Hangar (No1) with a Philippine Government Herc RP100 parked up awaiting its next load of Bridge Parts from Heaton Chapel That apron and that hangar certainly saw a few unusual aircraft over the years! Peter H

February 1975. Fairey’s apron and the Fairey Hangar (No1) with a Philippine Government Herc RP100 parked up awaiting its next load of Bridge Parts from Heaton Chapel That apron and that hangar certainly saw a few unusual aircraft over the years! Peter H

Over the years there have been many rare aircraft emerge from a hangar at Manchester having received a paint job.However, this one ranks right up there as one of the most unusual.16th February 1979 was the date when this Shorts Skyvan emerged from Dan Airs Hangar 4.The aircraft had arrived in primer on 2nd Feb and here she is two weeks later getting ready to depart on delivery to the Botswana Defence Force!! Peter H.

Over the years there have been many rare aircraft emerge from a hangar at Manchester having received a paint job.However, this one ranks right up there as one of the most unusual.16th February 1979 was the date when this Shorts Skyvan emerged from Dan Airs Hangar 4.The aircraft had arrived in primer on 2nd Feb and here she is two weeks later getting ready to depart on delivery to the Botswana Defence Force!! Peter H.

This Alaskan Herc N9232R diverted into Manchester with a “Technical problem” whilst en route from Thule (Canada) to Cambridge on 7th February 1975. A Dan Air Comet in the South bay and some of the vehicles / ancillary equipment help date the photo. Another one of those registrations (black on err black?) at the rear of the aircraft that had the spotters at the time asking plenty of questions!! Peter H

This Alaskan Herc N9232R diverted into Manchester with a “Technical problem” whilst en route from Thule (Canada) to Cambridge on 7th February 1975. A Dan Air Comet in the South bay and some of the vehicles / ancillary equipment help date the photo. Another one of those registrations (black on err black?) at the rear of the aircraft that had the spotters at the time asking plenty of questions!! Peter H

Iberworld A330-300 EC-IJH was captured taxiing out for departure by Steve Ashworth on 28th February 2003

Iberworld A330-300 EC-IJH was captured taxiing out for departure by Steve Ashworth on 28th February 2003

TC-FLG an A300 Airbus B4 leased to Sudan Airways from Fly Air Turkey and still wearing the colours of its former owner - Japan Air System. The ageing lady is captured here on approach to MAN on 24th February 2004 by Steve Ashworth. The aircraft was withdrawn from use just a few months later after 24 years service.

TC-FLG an A300 Airbus B4 leased to Sudan Airways from Fly Air Turkey and still wearing the colours of its former owner - Japan Air System. The ageing lady is captured here on approach to MAN on 24th February 2004 by Steve Ashworth. The aircraft was withdrawn from use just a few months later after 24 years service.

1st February 1976. These were the days when the airport would earn its money from “landing fees”. Income from Car parking and Shopping was minimal ...Charging the passengers?… “its the airlines that do that - we charge the airlines” I was told! So when a call came in enquiring if an airline could “bash the circuit” for a few hours it was welcomed with open arms. (Noise what noise?) At the time Gulf Air would spend days at the airport crew training with their new “Super Quiet” L1011 Tristars . G-BDCW went on to become A4O-TW and certainly brought the airport a bob or two as it dunked its dunlops doing touch and go’s…aah happy days!! Peter H

1st February 1976. These were the days when the airport would earn its money from “landing fees”. Income from Car parking and Shopping was minimal ...Charging the passengers?… “its the airlines that do that - we charge the airlines” I was told! So when a call came in enquiring if an airline could “bash the circuit” for a few hours it was welcomed with open arms. (Noise what noise?) At the time Gulf Air would spend days at the airport crew training with their new “Super Quiet” L1011 Tristars . G-BDCW went on to become A4O-TW and certainly brought the airport a bob or two as it dunked its dunlops doing touch and go’s…aah happy days!! Peter H

january

Lets start January with a vintage shot of a beautiful vintage jet aircraft (one of my personal favourites). Captured taxying along the East side of Pier B complete with parachute braking system is Air France Caravelle F-BJTS on 3rd January 1979 (40 years ago). Something tells me the breaking coefficient on the runway was a bit “iffy” at the time hence the use of a little extra support? Don’t think health and safety would probably allow the stands and taxiways to remain operational in such conditions these days (at MAN). In fact, if I remember rightly the Ground Handling Trade Unions were flexing their muscles throughout the freezing conditions that week too? (Way above me at the time). However, the following photos capture the evidence and it was all hands to the deck to try and keep the airport operational and safe. I worked in the Tower Block at the time and remember “volunteering” with other office staff clearing snow with a shovel trying to keep the passenger walkways clear along Pier B. My camera was never far from my side but guess then I never realised I would be showing the photos to fellow enthusiasts 40 years later via the Internet!!! What???

Snow…what snow? “Air France 962 the taxiways are reported as being a little slippy – please taxi with caution”. Peter H

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4th January 1979 saw the very first B727 executive jet visit Manchester when the Flour Corporations N4002M arrived just after mid day. I don’t believe it was a diversion as I seem to remember hoping that it wouldn’t be diverted away due to the adverse conditions at MAN. The aircraft “got in” from Bangor and parked on a semi cleared stand at the end of Pier B. Bucket loads of a chemical called UREA (now banned) were used to de ice the area at the rear steps…didn’t want one of the VIPs to slip as they were welcomed to Manchester. Peter H

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2nd January 1979 …for obvious reasons the airport was closed for most of the day today! This Swiss registered HS125 almost looks at home at the end of Pier B. These were the days when Manchester had very little snow clearing equipment and that which it had was far from reliable….Peter H

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Following several days of almost continuous snow and ice conditions the aprons by 5th January 1979 were very icy with compacted snow. Seen below a Sudan Airways Boeing 707-123 ST-AHG (leased to Air Malta) struggles to push back from Pier C.

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A somewhat “rutted” Pier C apron made life difficult for handling aircraft in January 1979.The Manchester blue skies were somewhat deceptive as the day time temperatures failed to rise above freezing. Britannia B737-200 G-BFVA  prepares for a departure from the end of Pier C. Photo Peter H

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Every picture tells a story! A “Snowed in” British Airways Viscount G-AOYG on Manchester’s Domestic Pier “A” – January 1979.Peter H

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January 1985.British Caledonian had a diversion policy in place which meant they would divert direct to Manchester often off loading pax, arranging transport and onward connections asap . It wasn’t uncommon in the mid eighties to see a number of BCAL DC10’s on Pier B, although 4 in a row was quite a rare catch! Peter H 10th January 1985.

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