Manchester Memories..

Frequently changing photo’s from TAS Members and narrative from  Peter Hampson featuring Manchester’s 80+ year’s of operation will be published here ….

Due to huge demand this section will be resuming (after a Summer break) in September / October 2019 …Your photos from Manchester in years gone by would be very welcome (preferably dated but not essential). Please send to the usual e mail :- peter@airportsol.com

In the mean time a delve into the old slide boxes has taken place so lets go on a random aviation enthusiasts “Summer holiday” with a small selection of photos published for the very first time from airports around the world:-

A good old Seaboard (Seaweed) DC8. Who would have thought? Heathrow airport in September 1974. I was Parked up along side the security fence at the time. Reminding us that things never remain the same and as enthusiasts / photographers we have to make the most of what we have at a particular time…the RVP and Manchester Southside perhaps being the points in question at this very time?

A good old Seaboard (Seaweed) DC8. Who would have thought? Heathrow airport in September 1974. I was Parked up along side the security fence at the time. Reminding us that things never remain the same and as enthusiasts / photographers we have to make the most of what we have at a particular time…the RVP and Manchester Southside perhaps being the points in question at this very time?

The famous Court line hangar and an Interconair (Ex RAF) Britannia EI-BBY parked outside . Luton Airport August 1976. On a visit to Luton only last week (August 2019) I was recalling seeing Cubana Britannias in this very same spot and driving down from MAN to catch a glimpse of the rare beasts!  A quick check with the Security Guard on the gate…“Any chance of a quick walk on the ramp for a picture of the Brit?” …Sure no problem! In fact our early coach trips got permission for a drive around the ramp at o’dark thirty in the morning.Oh yes those foggy cold Winter mornings at Luton. I remember them well..

The famous Court line hangar and an Interconair (Ex RAF) Britannia EI-BBY parked outside . Luton Airport August 1976. On a visit to Luton only last week (August 2019) I was recalling seeing Cubana Britannias in this very same spot and driving down from MAN to catch a glimpse of the rare beasts!

A quick check with the Security Guard on the gate…“Any chance of a quick walk on the ramp for a picture of the Brit?” …Sure no problem! In fact our early coach trips got permission for a drive around the ramp at o’dark thirty in the morning.Oh yes those foggy cold Winter mornings at Luton. I remember them well..

Taken from the old Spectator Terrace - The “Big Orange”, Braniff B747 N601BN at Gatwick in April 1978

Taken from the old Spectator Terrace - The “Big Orange”, Braniff B747 N601BN at Gatwick in April 1978

August 1976 and a Pan am Boeing 747SP N532PA is about to touch down at Heathrow …but just look at the BA line up on Terminal 1…

August 1976 and a Pan am Boeing 747SP N532PA is about to touch down at Heathrow …but just look at the BA line up on Terminal 1…

Air France Connie F-BHBB on the Air France maintenance area at Paris Orly in September 1968

Air France Connie F-BHBB on the Air France maintenance area at Paris Orly in September 1968

Air Anglia DAK G-ANTD outside Fields - Castle Donington (East Midlands) May 1971

Air Anglia DAK G-ANTD outside Fields - Castle Donington (East Midlands) May 1971

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 720 ET-AAH landing at Heathrow in September 1974. With a BOAC 747 classic where else but in the BOAC hangars at the rear and the “training Comet” outside…nostalgia at its best?

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 720 ET-AAH landing at Heathrow in September 1974. With a BOAC 747 classic where else but in the BOAC hangars at the rear and the “training Comet” outside…nostalgia at its best?

N309EL the famous Eli Lilly Boeing 707-323C on approach (I guess) to Liverpool Speke in March 1977.

N309EL the famous Eli Lilly Boeing 707-323C on approach (I guess) to Liverpool Speke in March 1977.

Air Senegal 748 6V-AEO undergoing pre delivery checks at Woodford in 1979.

Air Senegal 748 6V-AEO undergoing pre delivery checks at Woodford in 1979.

Another one of “Woodford’s finest” - Brazilian Air Force HS748 C-91 2510 awaits delivery September 1975.

Another one of “Woodford’s finest” - Brazilian Air Force HS748 C-91 2510 awaits delivery September 1975.

Ghana VC10 9G-ABO on short final at Heathrow June 1973.

Ghana VC10 9G-ABO on short final at Heathrow June 1973.

A great collection of classic airliners at Paris Le Bourget in June 1971.

A great collection of classic airliners at Paris Le Bourget in June 1971.

Paris Le Bourget - September 1971 and an Iberia Caravelle is dwarfed by a mighty USAF C5 Galaxy. What else can we see? A number of Caravelles,Daks, a Cyprus ? Trident and a UTA Dc8.. This was my favourite airport as it always had a few surprises in store

Paris Le Bourget - September 1971 and an Iberia Caravelle is dwarfed by a mighty USAF C5 Galaxy. What else can we see? A number of Caravelles,Daks, a Cyprus ? Trident and a UTA Dc8.. This was my favourite airport as it always had a few surprises in store

TAS Trip to Schonefeld (East Berlin as was) 1984 - a number of very familiar faces…Peter H in red jacket standing next to Paul West (Guy) and many who have taken to the sky and are now flying with the angels..Aaah such happy days…

TAS Trip to Schonefeld (East Berlin as was) 1984 - a number of very familiar faces…Peter H in red jacket standing next to Paul West (Guy) and many who have taken to the sky and are now flying with the angels..Aaah such happy days…

Manchester in the month of MAY

A classic Ringway Road shot of what was without doubt a classic aircraft. Spantax CV-990 Coronado EC-BQA just prior to touch down on Runway 24 in May 1971. Hear the noise and see the smoke from those General Electric engines which made the Coronado the fastest sub sonic airliner built. Whilst only 37 were constructed they were a firm favourite with Manchester enthusiasts as they became frequent visitors throughout the Summer season with the Spanish charter airline Spantax. Photo: Bob Thorpe.

A classic Ringway Road shot of what was without doubt a classic aircraft. Spantax CV-990 Coronado EC-BQA just prior to touch down on Runway 24 in May 1971. Hear the noise and see the smoke from those General Electric engines which made the Coronado the fastest sub sonic airliner built. Whilst only 37 were constructed they were a firm favourite with Manchester enthusiasts as they became frequent visitors throughout the Summer season with the Spanish charter airline Spantax. Photo: Bob Thorpe.

A huge thanks to Rick Skoroszewski from Brisbane,Australia for sharing this one with us! “Cyprus Airways Trident 1E 5B-DAE which I took at Ringway on 26 May 1973 (46 years ago !). I believe it was destroyed by Turkish AF at Nicosia Airport Cyprus 22nd Jul 74”…Great photo Rick and we look forward to seeing a few more from your collection..

A huge thanks to Rick Skoroszewski from Brisbane,Australia for sharing this one with us! “Cyprus Airways Trident 1E 5B-DAE which I took at Ringway on 26 May 1973 (46 years ago !). I believe it was destroyed by Turkish AF at Nicosia Airport Cyprus 22nd Jul 74”…Great photo Rick and we look forward to seeing a few more from your collection..

Anyone that was around in the late Eighties will certainly remember this aircraft which was sub chartered by the holiday company Airtours. Unfortunately, the aircraft N751PA,operated by Orion Air (USA) was, shall we say a little prone to Tech issues and as a consequence delays of 24 hrs or more became quite common. The Manchester Evening News of course picked up on this and the Nick Name of “The Flying Pig” became the talk of the town with every movement being carefully monitored! Many thanks to Stuart Prince for this “close up” from the Airport Hotel back in MAY 1989…

Anyone that was around in the late Eighties will certainly remember this aircraft which was sub chartered by the holiday company Airtours. Unfortunately, the aircraft N751PA,operated by Orion Air (USA) was, shall we say a little prone to Tech issues and as a consequence delays of 24 hrs or more became quite common. The Manchester Evening News of course picked up on this and the Nick Name of “The Flying Pig” became the talk of the town with every movement being carefully monitored! Many thanks to Stuart Prince for this “close up” from the Airport Hotel back in MAY 1989…

Now these two Covair 440’s certainly caused something of a stir on 21st May 1970 when they arrived from Stansted. N14278 and N25278 owned by an American flooring company only remained at Manchester a few hours prior to departing to Dusseldorf. Photo Bob Thorpe.

Now these two Covair 440’s certainly caused something of a stir on 21st May 1970 when they arrived from Stansted. N14278 and N25278 owned by an American flooring company only remained at Manchester a few hours prior to departing to Dusseldorf. Photo Bob Thorpe.

A great shot of KLM Dc8-63 PH-DED at the end of Pier B on 21st May 1971.Photo Bob Thorpe.

A great shot of KLM Dc8-63 PH-DED at the end of Pier B on 21st May 1971.Photo Bob Thorpe.

A number of Pan Am Boeing 727’s were based in Germany in the Seventies operating primarily connecting services to their long haul ops. N327PA is seen here at the end of Pier B in May 1973 which on this occasion - 30th May, was bringing in delegates to the Manchester “Golden Products Conference” . Thanks to Rick Skoroszewski for sharing this classic shot which looks like it was photo bombed by a Lufthansa classic B737…

A number of Pan Am Boeing 727’s were based in Germany in the Seventies operating primarily connecting services to their long haul ops. N327PA is seen here at the end of Pier B in May 1973 which on this occasion - 30th May, was bringing in delegates to the Manchester “Golden Products Conference” . Thanks to Rick Skoroszewski for sharing this classic shot which looks like it was photo bombed by a Lufthansa classic B737…

3rd May 1979.It seems like yesterday not 40 years ago that this photo was taken of Wardairs (brand new) B747-200 C-GXRD taxiing onto stand at the end of Pier C. Photo Peter H

3rd May 1979.It seems like yesterday not 40 years ago that this photo was taken of Wardairs (brand new) B747-200 C-GXRD taxiing onto stand at the end of Pier C. Photo Peter H

A big thanks to Stuart Prince for sharing with us this beautiful shot of a legendary visitor to Manchester back in May 2009. Libyan Air Cargo AN124-100 5A-DKN is seen here departing from Runway 23 Left en route to Chad on 28th May 2009.

A big thanks to Stuart Prince for sharing with us this beautiful shot of a legendary visitor to Manchester back in May 2009. Libyan Air Cargo AN124-100 5A-DKN is seen here departing from Runway 23 Left en route to Chad on 28th May 2009.

Overseas National were pretty frequent visitors to Manchester during the seventies with their Dc8’s. N863F - Dc8-63 was captured taxiing out for a Runway 24 departure by Eric Wright on 31st May 1970 The aircraft on this -occasion was routing Frankfurt - Manchester - Mexico City

Overseas National were pretty frequent visitors to Manchester during the seventies with their Dc8’s. N863F - Dc8-63 was captured taxiing out for a Runway 24 departure by Eric Wright on 31st May 1970 The aircraft on this -occasion was routing Frankfurt - Manchester - Mexico City

9th May 1967 will remembered as the day the Beach Boys DC7 N774R came to play. Photo Bob Thorpe.

9th May 1967 will remembered as the day the Beach Boys DC7 N774R came to play. Photo Bob Thorpe.

What could be described as a typical shot from Manchester in the mid seventies of a Fred Olsen Electra (LN-FOG) awaiting the onload of freight to Copenhagen.Parked on the domestic Pier with a British Airways BAC 1-11-500 taxiing out for a Runway 24 departure. Note the Fred Olsen Electra crew steps ..I some how don’t think Health and Safety would allow that today?But in May 1975 things were a little different! Photo: Peter H

What could be described as a typical shot from Manchester in the mid seventies of a Fred Olsen Electra (LN-FOG) awaiting the onload of freight to Copenhagen.Parked on the domestic Pier with a British Airways BAC 1-11-500 taxiing out for a Runway 24 departure. Note the Fred Olsen Electra crew steps ..I some how don’t think Health and Safety would allow that today?But in May 1975 things were a little different! Photo: Peter H

Oh how times change? A day to remember in the history of Manchester Airport was of course 28th May 2003. The Aviation Viewing Park (as it was then known) was turned into a Spotters Paradise… Open top buses,ladders against the fence,even a special “airside” viewing area was created for photographers in front of the buses. The day the UEFA Champions League Final came to town was, and still is, Manchester’s busiest day! Photo: Rick Ward.

Oh how times change? A day to remember in the history of Manchester Airport was of course 28th May 2003. The Aviation Viewing Park (as it was then known) was turned into a Spotters Paradise… Open top buses,ladders against the fence,even a special “airside” viewing area was created for photographers in front of the buses. The day the UEFA Champions League Final came to town was, and still is, Manchester’s busiest day! Photo: Rick Ward.

The day Milan came to Manchester - 28th May 2003. We will double park the visiting A320’s and put any of our own day stoppers on maintenance aprons…Remember the rule is “once there in - there in!”

The day Milan came to Manchester - 28th May 2003. We will double park the visiting A320’s and put any of our own day stoppers on maintenance aprons…Remember the rule is “once there in - there in!”

Another beauty arriving for the Champions League final on 28th May 2003. For anyone that was there (and a lot of you were) you will no doubt recall a lot of “First Class” aircraft marshalling with aircraft being turned and parked on Taxiways and into non conventional parking spots. Dutch Bird B757-200 was probably one of the most tricky to park but “A1 Marshaller” Steve Tutty just did the business to perfection and won the gold star for marshalling on the day!. Photo: Paul Rowland.

Another beauty arriving for the Champions League final on 28th May 2003. For anyone that was there (and a lot of you were) you will no doubt recall a lot of “First Class” aircraft marshalling with aircraft being turned and parked on Taxiways and into non conventional parking spots. Dutch Bird B757-200 was probably one of the most tricky to park but “A1 Marshaller” Steve Tutty just did the business to perfection and won the gold star for marshalling on the day!. Photo: Paul Rowland.

I think its fair to say that Gulfstream One’s were pretty rare birds at Manchester but those registered in Sao Tome were well as rare as…26th May 1991. Photo Peter H

I think its fair to say that Gulfstream One’s were pretty rare birds at Manchester but those registered in Sao Tome were well as rare as…26th May 1991. Photo Peter H

Air Hong Kong B747-200F B-HME was nicely captured on finals to MAN by Paul Rowland on 18th May 1998.

Air Hong Kong B747-200F B-HME was nicely captured on finals to MAN by Paul Rowland on 18th May 1998.

KTHY Cyprus Turkish Airlines operated charter flights into Manchester in May 2003. B737-800 TC-MAO is seen here just pulling onto stand on Pier C. The aircraft is still flying today with Yakutia Airlines (Russia). Many thanks to Steve Ashworth for sharing.

KTHY Cyprus Turkish Airlines operated charter flights into Manchester in May 2003. B737-800 TC-MAO is seen here just pulling onto stand on Pier C. The aircraft is still flying today with Yakutia Airlines (Russia). Many thanks to Steve Ashworth for sharing.

Emery World wide not only had a huge office complex and warehouse at Manchester but also operated daily freight services with their fleet of Dc8’s. N997CF is seen here departing on Runway 06 on 23rd May 1992. Photo: Stuart Prince.

Emery World wide not only had a huge office complex and warehouse at Manchester but also operated daily freight services with their fleet of Dc8’s. N997CF is seen here departing on Runway 06 on 23rd May 1992. Photo: Stuart Prince.

A double dose of Empress (CP Air) with two classic wide bodies of the eighties (B747 and Dc10) parked on Pier C in May 1982. Note just 3 Spectators on top of the Pier admiring the view! Photo: Peter H

A double dose of Empress (CP Air) with two classic wide bodies of the eighties (B747 and Dc10) parked on Pier C in May 1982. Note just 3 Spectators on top of the Pier admiring the view! Photo: Peter H

Inter European B757-200 G-OAHK brings back memories for many….as will the “Budgie” corner behind the Airport Fire Station! Photo : Stuart Prince May 1992.

Inter European B757-200 G-OAHK brings back memories for many….as will the “Budgie” corner behind the Airport Fire Station! Photo : Stuart Prince May 1992.

Two Trans Atlantic charters - Wardair’s B727-100 CF-FUN and Boeing 707 G-AWWD of Caledonian / BUA representing the Manchester’s pure jet era back in May 1971.

Two Trans Atlantic charters - Wardair’s B727-100 CF-FUN and Boeing 707 G-AWWD of Caledonian / BUA representing the Manchester’s pure jet era back in May 1971.

8th May 1975 and Pacific Western Boeing 707-138 C-FPWV takes of fuel on Pier B whilst a Cessna “clears Customs” behind on Stand 2..Photo : Peter H

8th May 1975 and Pacific Western Boeing 707-138 C-FPWV takes of fuel on Pier B whilst a Cessna “clears Customs” behind on Stand 2..Photo : Peter H

My Travel Dc10- 30 G-BYDA is seen taxiing in to MAN on 20th May 2004. This particular Dc10 was certainly well travelled having started life with Singapore Airlines back in 1978 as 9V-SDA. It then served with 9 different operators around the world - My Travel being the last. The aircraft was eventually scrapped at Kemble in June 2005. Thank you to Steve Ashworth for sharing the photo which was taken from the Aviation Viewing Park 15 years ago.

My Travel Dc10- 30 G-BYDA is seen taxiing in to MAN on 20th May 2004. This particular Dc10 was certainly well travelled having started life with Singapore Airlines back in 1978 as 9V-SDA. It then served with 9 different operators around the world - My Travel being the last. The aircraft was eventually scrapped at Kemble in June 2005. Thank you to Steve Ashworth for sharing the photo which was taken from the Aviation Viewing Park 15 years ago.

Continental’s very colourful B777-200 N77014 NYC2000 Livery (by Peter Max) was a popular sight for some at MAN in May 2004. Photo: Stuart Prince.

Continental’s very colourful B777-200 N77014 NYC2000 Livery (by Peter Max) was a popular sight for some at MAN in May 2004. Photo: Stuart Prince.

Airtours operated Air New Zealand B747-200 ZK-NZZ on flights from Manchester.Captured by Denis Norman from the T1 Multi Story Car Park on 2nd May 1998.

Airtours operated Air New Zealand B747-200 ZK-NZZ on flights from Manchester.Captured by Denis Norman from the T1 Multi Story Car Park on 2nd May 1998.

A great shot from Paul Rowland of bmi / Star Alliance A330-200 G-WWBD just prior to touch down on Runway 23 Right on 9th May 2005.

A great shot from Paul Rowland of bmi / Star Alliance A330-200 G-WWBD just prior to touch down on Runway 23 Right on 9th May 2005.

Air France B727-200 F-BPJS is on the move along the West side of Pier B for the morning departure to Paris in May 1981. Photo; Peter H

Air France B727-200 F-BPJS is on the move along the West side of Pier B for the morning departure to Paris in May 1981. Photo; Peter H

19th May 1978 was the day when Braniff “blue” Dc8-51 N813BN visited us on a US Forces Trooping flight. It was returning troops to Texas following a NATO Exchange exercise with some of our boys from Weeton Barracks near Preston. Photo Peter H

19th May 1978 was the day when Braniff “blue” Dc8-51 N813BN visited us on a US Forces Trooping flight. It was returning troops to Texas following a NATO Exchange exercise with some of our boys from Weeton Barracks near Preston. Photo Peter H

XX143 an RAF Jaguar T-2 positioned into Manchester for its display at Barton (Airshow).Peter H 12th May 1984. This particular aircraft crashed into the sea off Lossiemouth on 18th September 1996 following a fuel tank failure on departure. Both crew fortunately ejected safely.

XX143 an RAF Jaguar T-2 positioned into Manchester for its display at Barton (Airshow).Peter H 12th May 1984. This particular aircraft crashed into the sea off Lossiemouth on 18th September 1996 following a fuel tank failure on departure. Both crew fortunately ejected safely.

PIA 747’s became very frequent visitors to Manchester. AP-BFY is seen here on 05 Right 13 years ago. 8th May 2006. Photo: Paul Rowland.

PIA 747’s became very frequent visitors to Manchester. AP-BFY is seen here on 05 Right 13 years ago. 8th May 2006. Photo: Paul Rowland.

State of Qatar A340-200 A7-HHK was certainly a rare visitor to Manchester. She is seen here lining up for departure back to London Heathrow on 6th May 1997. Photo: Stuart Prince.

State of Qatar A340-200 A7-HHK was certainly a rare visitor to Manchester. She is seen here lining up for departure back to London Heathrow on 6th May 1997. Photo: Stuart Prince.

14th May 2008 was another one of those famous “football days” at Manchester. The UEFA Cup final was held at the Etihad stadium and brought teams from Glasgow (Rangers) and St Petersburg (Zenit)…The latter of course providing the greater interest for the aviation enthusiast. Many thanks to Jim Fairbrother for sharing with us some of his memories from the day including this fine shot of YAK 42 RA-42395.

14th May 2008 was another one of those famous “football days” at Manchester. The UEFA Cup final was held at the Etihad stadium and brought teams from Glasgow (Rangers) and St Petersburg (Zenit)…The latter of course providing the greater interest for the aviation enthusiast. Many thanks to Jim Fairbrother for sharing with us some of his memories from the day including this fine shot of YAK 42 RA-42395.

Challenger 300 C-GWWW was one of several executive jets connected to the UEFA Cup final on 14th May 2008. Photo: Jim Fairbrother.

Challenger 300 C-GWWW was one of several executive jets connected to the UEFA Cup final on 14th May 2008. Photo: Jim Fairbrother.

A fine shot of Iberia B727-200 EC-GCK (Note dual registration) on 24th May 1996. This particular aircraft was last reported as operating for Nigerian airline Albarka Air as 5N-IMM in November 2001 although is believed to have been scrapped at Lagos shortly afterwards. Photo:Paul Rowland

A fine shot of Iberia B727-200 EC-GCK (Note dual registration) on 24th May 1996. This particular aircraft was last reported as operating for Nigerian airline Albarka Air as 5N-IMM in November 2001 although is believed to have been scrapped at Lagos shortly afterwards. Photo:Paul Rowland

G-BYAA Britannia B767-200 departing on Runway 24 in basic Aruba colours in May 1992. Photo Stuart Prince.

G-BYAA Britannia B767-200 departing on Runway 24 in basic Aruba colours in May 1992. Photo Stuart Prince.

Interflug aircraft were always something special in Manchester. 3rd May 1987 gave us this TU 134 DDR-SDE. which is seen here taxiing to stand at the end of Pier B. Photo Peter H

Interflug aircraft were always something special in Manchester. 3rd May 1987 gave us this TU 134 DDR-SDE. which is seen here taxiing to stand at the end of Pier B. Photo Peter H

Delta commenced L1011 ops to Atlanta on the DL064/5 in May 1992. N1739D is nicely captured departing on runway 24 from the South side viewing park by Stuart Prince ..

Delta commenced L1011 ops to Atlanta on the DL064/5 in May 1992. N1739D is nicely captured departing on runway 24 from the South side viewing park by Stuart Prince ..

CSA TU134A OK-EFK landing on Runway 06 in May1994. TAS operated an “Aviation weekend” trip to Prague - departing Manchester on a CSA TU134 then flying on a number of pre organised flights such as a YAK 40, AN 2, Zlin, and Moravia… A very memorable weekend! Photo Peter H

CSA TU134A OK-EFK landing on Runway 06 in May1994. TAS operated an “Aviation weekend” trip to Prague - departing Manchester on a CSA TU134 then flying on a number of pre organised flights such as a YAK 40, AN 2, Zlin, and Moravia… A very memorable weekend! Photo Peter H

Certainly a Sun Country Dc10-10 (N573SC) was not the most common of visitors to MAN . However, in a previous life with Laker Airways G-AZZC most certainly was! Here she is operating a sub charter for Excalibur (remember them?) on 18th May 1996. Photo with thanks to Stuart Prince.

Certainly a Sun Country Dc10-10 (N573SC) was not the most common of visitors to MAN . However, in a previous life with Laker Airways G-AZZC most certainly was! Here she is operating a sub charter for Excalibur (remember them?) on 18th May 1996. Photo with thanks to Stuart Prince.

Cyprus Airways 1958 vintage Boeing 707-123 5B-DAK taxiing onto stand on Pier C in May 1979. Photo Peter H

Cyprus Airways 1958 vintage Boeing 707-123 5B-DAK taxiing onto stand on Pier C in May 1979. Photo Peter H

Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AKO looks good on Pier B with a Laker BAC 1-11 in the South Bay and new BEA Super 1-11 division aircraft just to the rear on Runway 24. Bob Thorpe May 1969.

Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AKO looks good on Pier B with a Laker BAC 1-11 in the South Bay and new BEA Super 1-11 division aircraft just to the rear on Runway 24. Bob Thorpe May 1969.

MANCHESTER IN THE MONTH OF APRIL

We start our look back at April over the years with a fine shot from Bob Thorpe of a British United Airways (BUA) Bristol Britannia landing over Runway works (06) on 10th April 1968. As they say every picture tells a story and we can certainly see from this shot that times have changed in the 51 years since it was taken.Indeed,Aerodrome operations,safety and control of works are somewhat different today…I wonder if they did a risk assessment?

We start our look back at April over the years with a fine shot from Bob Thorpe of a British United Airways (BUA) Bristol Britannia landing over Runway works (06) on 10th April 1968. As they say every picture tells a story and we can certainly see from this shot that times have changed in the 51 years since it was taken.Indeed,Aerodrome operations,safety and control of works are somewhat different today…I wonder if they did a risk assessment?

I think we all love a classic shot of a Dakota! Here’s a beauty from 8th April 1971 submitted from the Eric Wright collection. Dutch carrier Moormanair were occasional visitors to Manchester . DC3 PH-MOA strikes a typical pose on the East side of Pier B.

I think we all love a classic shot of a Dakota! Here’s a beauty from 8th April 1971 submitted from the Eric Wright collection. Dutch carrier Moormanair were occasional visitors to Manchester . DC3 PH-MOA strikes a typical pose on the East side of Pier B.

A wonderful shot of an Aer Lingus Boeing 707 EI-ANV taken from the top of the Pier B terraces by Eric Wright in April 1971

A wonderful shot of an Aer Lingus Boeing 707 EI-ANV taken from the top of the Pier B terraces by Eric Wright in April 1971

Quite a rare shot of a Bavaria BAC 1-11400 at Manchester with thanks to Eric Wright. D-ALLI is seen here parked on a somewhat “contaminated” stand on Pier B -11th April 1971.

Quite a rare shot of a Bavaria BAC 1-11400 at Manchester with thanks to Eric Wright. D-ALLI is seen here parked on a somewhat “contaminated” stand on Pier B -11th April 1971.

Probably one of the highlights of 1973 and certainly a movement which was talked about for some time by the enthusiast community! …25th April 1973 saw Alitalia B747-200 I-DEMU arrive to take Juventus fans home following their European Cup game against Derby County.The aircraft had arrived with the inbound fans into London Heathrow prior to positioning up for the departure from Manchester!!.  Interestingly, I-DEMU went on to have something of a colourful life with several carriers including becoming G-VGIN (Scarlet Lady) with Virgin Atlantic in 1986. Her final years were spent with Nigerian carrier KABO Air as 5N-EEE operating out of Lagos.She was finally retired after 36 years in commercial operation to the Mojave desert (California) in 2007.

Probably one of the highlights of 1973 and certainly a movement which was talked about for some time by the enthusiast community! …25th April 1973 saw Alitalia B747-200 I-DEMU arrive to take Juventus fans home following their European Cup game against Derby County.The aircraft had arrived with the inbound fans into London Heathrow prior to positioning up for the departure from Manchester!!.

Interestingly, I-DEMU went on to have something of a colourful life with several carriers including becoming G-VGIN (Scarlet Lady) with Virgin Atlantic in 1986. Her final years were spent with Nigerian carrier KABO Air as 5N-EEE operating out of Lagos.She was finally retired after 36 years in commercial operation to the Mojave desert (California) in 2007.

I’ve given up counting how many hotels there are nowadays (2019) around Manchester Airport.Well, in April 1966 it was pretty easy as there was only one. I’m not counting the Airport Pub although in those days it did actually offer a couple of rooms out on the top floor and I remember the landlady serving tea and toast to keen spotters as they watched the night freight flights from the corner room. Over the years (like they do) the hotel pictured has changed names and ownership several times.I think today its called the Crowne Plaza (Thank you Google!) in my day I remember it as the Excelsior. But we have here a wonderful photo it time by Bob Thorpe showing how different the skyline has changed since the photo was taken 53 years ago. It’s worth pointing out the former “RAF Barrack block” in the bottom right hand corner and what was the Airport Directors house in the left…perk of the job in those days!

I’ve given up counting how many hotels there are nowadays (2019) around Manchester Airport.Well, in April 1966 it was pretty easy as there was only one. I’m not counting the Airport Pub although in those days it did actually offer a couple of rooms out on the top floor and I remember the landlady serving tea and toast to keen spotters as they watched the night freight flights from the corner room. Over the years (like they do) the hotel pictured has changed names and ownership several times.I think today its called the Crowne Plaza (Thank you Google!) in my day I remember it as the Excelsior. But we have here a wonderful photo it time by Bob Thorpe showing how different the skyline has changed since the photo was taken 53 years ago. It’s worth pointing out the former “RAF Barrack block” in the bottom right hand corner and what was the Airport Directors house in the left…perk of the job in those days!

LOT IL62M SP-LBC takes on fuel from the Esso Bowser at the end of Pier B.April 1981 - Photo Peter H.

LOT IL62M SP-LBC takes on fuel from the Esso Bowser at the end of Pier B.April 1981 - Photo Peter H.

Another “classic” from the Eric Wright collection. Alitalia Caravelle I-DABE prepares to Taxi from Pier B on 10th April 1970.

Another “classic” from the Eric Wright collection. Alitalia Caravelle I-DABE prepares to Taxi from Pier B on 10th April 1970.

A beautiful photo taken by Bob Thorpe of a KAR-AIR DC6B OH-KDB (note the window curtains) on 4th April 1966. It looks like one of those new British United BAC1-11’s is just creeping in on the photo as well. Now where’s that new Pier going?

A beautiful photo taken by Bob Thorpe of a KAR-AIR DC6B OH-KDB (note the window curtains) on 4th April 1966. It looks like one of those new British United BAC1-11’s is just creeping in on the photo as well. Now where’s that new Pier going?

A Seaboard World Dc8 54CF N8783R arrived from Frankfurt on the evening of 10th April 1973. She is pictured here in the Southbay on 10th prior to departing to Nairobi via Athens with a load of fertiliser. Photo Bob Thorpe.

A Seaboard World Dc8 54CF N8783R arrived from Frankfurt on the evening of 10th April 1973. She is pictured here in the Southbay on 10th prior to departing to Nairobi via Athens with a load of fertiliser. Photo Bob Thorpe.

Former BEA and Cambrian Viscount G-AMOG is seen here at Manchester in BOAC livery on 21st April 1972. Viscount C/N 007 first flew in February 1953 and following years of service with our flag carrier she was initially preserved at RAF Cosford prior to being donated by British Airways to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune,Scotland which is where she still resides today. Photo Bob Thorpe.

Former BEA and Cambrian Viscount G-AMOG is seen here at Manchester in BOAC livery on 21st April 1972. Viscount C/N 007 first flew in February 1953 and following years of service with our flag carrier she was initially preserved at RAF Cosford prior to being donated by British Airways to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune,Scotland which is where she still resides today. Photo Bob Thorpe.

Nor-fly’s Convair 440’s were quite a common site in the South Bay at Manchester in the Seventies. LN-KLV is seen here on a pleasant Spring afternoon in April 1978 parked next to one of Dan Air’s finest Comets. Photo Peter H

Nor-fly’s Convair 440’s were quite a common site in the South Bay at Manchester in the Seventies. LN-KLV is seen here on a pleasant Spring afternoon in April 1978 parked next to one of Dan Air’s finest Comets. Photo Peter H

A classic shot of a Saturn Herc N11ST taken on the old freight apron on 15th April 1975.The aircraft arrived from Milan and departed to Sofia. Photo Peter H

A classic shot of a Saturn Herc N11ST taken on the old freight apron on 15th April 1975.The aircraft arrived from Milan and departed to Sofia. Photo Peter H

Emirates A310 A6-EKL is seen here being pushed back from T2 on 22nd April 1993. Note that the SAS Radisson hotel is no where to be seen but an Emirate’s Hot Air Balloon marks the spot!. Photo Peter H

Emirates A310 A6-EKL is seen here being pushed back from T2 on 22nd April 1993. Note that the SAS Radisson hotel is no where to be seen but an Emirate’s Hot Air Balloon marks the spot!. Photo Peter H

Air Botswana Avro 748 A2-ABB is seen here outside of Dan Air’s Hangar 4 in April 1976. My apologies for doing a bit of photo bombing on the photo…goodness me… Get your hair cut young man!!

Air Botswana Avro 748 A2-ABB is seen here outside of Dan Air’s Hangar 4 in April 1976. My apologies for doing a bit of photo bombing on the photo…goodness me… Get your hair cut young man!!

Dan Air (formerly British Eagle) BAC1-11- 300 G-ATPL cuts a fine site on the West side of Pier B in April 1971. Oh just look at that flat prime development land out towards the North West…I bet that will come in useful in the future? Photo Bob Thorpe.

Dan Air (formerly British Eagle) BAC1-11- 300 G-ATPL cuts a fine site on the West side of Pier B in April 1971. Oh just look at that flat prime development land out towards the North West…I bet that will come in useful in the future? Photo Bob Thorpe.

SATA Caravelle HB-ICO is standing proudly in the South bay on 12th April 1972.Photo Bob Thorpe.

SATA Caravelle HB-ICO is standing proudly in the South bay on 12th April 1972.Photo Bob Thorpe.

Always good to see and hear a VC10!! The Royal Air Force paid us a visit on 16th April 1975 with XV103.Photo: Peter H

Always good to see and hear a VC10!! The Royal Air Force paid us a visit on 16th April 1975 with XV103.Photo: Peter H

A pair of Tornado’s (ZE639 and ZE809) look good next to a Britannia B737 - 200 parked on the West Apron. They diverted into Manchester due to fog back at base on 24th April 1990 .Photo Peter H

A pair of Tornado’s (ZE639 and ZE809) look good next to a Britannia B737 - 200 parked on the West Apron. They diverted into Manchester due to fog back at base on 24th April 1990 .Photo Peter H

A few diversions from Heathrow on 1st April 1990 including Air Mauritius B767-300 3B-NAL. Photo Peter H

A few diversions from Heathrow on 1st April 1990 including Air Mauritius B767-300 3B-NAL. Photo Peter H

Yak 42 CCCP-42544 is captured by Stuart Prince approaching MAN on 11th April 1992. This was not only the aircraft’s first visit to MAN but also the first visit of a YAK 42 to the UK!

Yak 42 CCCP-42544 is captured by Stuart Prince approaching MAN on 11th April 1992. This was not only the aircraft’s first visit to MAN but also the first visit of a YAK 42 to the UK!

Comets and Caravelles at Manchester..what more could you ask for? This photo from Bob Thorpe captures a superb period representing airliners with power and style - April 1971…. I remember it well.

Comets and Caravelles at Manchester..what more could you ask for? This photo from Bob Thorpe captures a superb period representing airliners with power and style - April 1971…. I remember it well.

14th April 1970 and the days Cargolux operated CL44’s! TF-LLI a swing tail freighter is seen here on the old freight apron (now Terminal 3) at MAN having arrived from St Johns via Stockholm.Unfortunately, she had a pretty chequered history having travelled the world and in the process been involved in several accidents over its years.Having plied her trade for several operators in Europe,US,Africa and South America she was to end her days whilst operating for LASA in Columbia in 1986. Photo Bob Thorpe.

14th April 1970 and the days Cargolux operated CL44’s! TF-LLI a swing tail freighter is seen here on the old freight apron (now Terminal 3) at MAN having arrived from St Johns via Stockholm.Unfortunately, she had a pretty chequered history having travelled the world and in the process been involved in several accidents over its years.Having plied her trade for several operators in Europe,US,Africa and South America she was to end her days whilst operating for LASA in Columbia in 1986. Photo Bob Thorpe.

TAP Boeing 727-200 CS-TBS is seen here on Stand 21 Pier C in April 1976. Photo Peter H

TAP Boeing 727-200 CS-TBS is seen here on Stand 21 Pier C in April 1976. Photo Peter H

An interesting photo taken just 17 years ago (5th April 2002) looking towards the T2 aprons from the top of the T1 Multi Story Car park. How things change…not a single one of the airlines pictured (7) are still flying today! Many thanks to Steve Ashworth for sharing.

An interesting photo taken just 17 years ago (5th April 2002) looking towards the T2 aprons from the top of the T1 Multi Story Car park. How things change…not a single one of the airlines pictured (7) are still flying today! Many thanks to Steve Ashworth for sharing.

3rd April 1999 and Saudia operated a Hajj flight with the MD 11 N273WA. Photo: Stuart Prince

3rd April 1999 and Saudia operated a Hajj flight with the MD 11 N273WA. Photo: Stuart Prince

G-AWNF a Boeing 747 “Classic” basks in the Manchester sun at the end of Pier C - April 1990 . Photo Peter H

G-AWNF a Boeing 747 “Classic” basks in the Manchester sun at the end of Pier C - April 1990 . Photo Peter H

Martinair B747F PH-MCN operated a freight charter for Rolls Royce to Abu Dhabi on 26th April 1993.Photo - taken by Stuart Prince from the old South side Viewing Park.

Martinair B747F PH-MCN operated a freight charter for Rolls Royce to Abu Dhabi on 26th April 1993.Photo - taken by Stuart Prince from the old South side Viewing Park.

Further photographs from April will appear here soon.If you have any photo’s taken in April at Manchester over the years which you would like to share - Please send (preferably with date) to peter@airportsol.com

All photos published will be duly credited.

manchester in the month of 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

Zambia Airways Dc8-43 9J-ABR is seen parked in the South bay on 21st March 1974. Photo Peter Hampson.

Zambia Airways Dc8-43 9J-ABR is seen parked in the South bay on 21st March 1974. Photo Peter Hampson.

Our sincere thanks to Eric Wright for sharing with us this excellent shot of a TMA Boeing 707-320 N7096 taken from the top of the old spectators terrace on Pier A…48 years ago this week - 27th March 1971…

Our sincere thanks to Eric Wright for sharing with us this excellent shot of a TMA Boeing 707-320 N7096 taken from the top of the old spectators terrace on Pier A…48 years ago this week - 27th March 1971…

Cambrian / British Air Services Viscount G-AMOP is looking good on Pier A - March 1969 .Peter H

Cambrian / British Air Services Viscount G-AMOP is looking good on Pier A - March 1969 .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.

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

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

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