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 February and January through the years…

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

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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A classic shot by Bob Thorpe of a “BOAC Bong” (Boeing 707) G-APFO with the sound of pure jets screaming over the Ringway Road roof tops just prior to landing on 24 in January 1966.

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A beautiful shot of Air Spain Britannia EC-BFL on a snow contaminated “old freight apron” Taken by Bob Thorpe on 6th January 1970.

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One of those photos where the activities going on around the aircraft – a TMA (Lebanon) Dc6 OD-AEG are almost as interesting as the main subject matter. Hubert Parrish captured the Dc6 on the old freight apron at Ringway on 22nd January 1964.

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Another one of those shots from “the old office window” on the 7th Floor of the Tower block. A visit by an East German (Interflug) aircraft always brought a little excitement to the day. On this occasion TU134A DDR-SCX is seen taxying onto Pier B – 2nd January 1985. Photo Peter H

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12th January 1992 became one of those memorable diversion days as United decided to divert its European “connecting” B727-200 operations into MAN from a fog bound Heathrow. This shot shows Pier B playing host to two United 727’s and an Iberia 727 thrown in for good measure! Photo Peter H

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Swissair B747 “Classic” HB-IGB is pushed back from Pier C on 19th January 1978. The aircraft wasn’t technically a diversion …more of a relief flight! Following dense fog at Heathrow the previous day Swissair decided to upgrade their scheduled SR842 to Manchester and operate a B747 taking stranded pax from  Zurich (who couldn’t get to Heathrow) on the evening MAN scheduled flight then road the pax to Heathrow. This certainly set the “jungle drums” going amongst the spotting community at the time with many visits to the Multi Story car park overnight! Photo Peter H.

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Industrial action by Lorry Drivers throughout the country affected imports by sea freight (blockade of Ports) in January 1979.As a consequence there were a number of Air Freight charters or carriers utilising larger aircraft.30th JAN saw SAS using DC8 – 62CF SE-DBI. Photo Peter H

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A real beauty of a landing shot by Paul Rowland which captured VARIG MD11 PP-VOQ making a grand TOUCH DOWN onto Runway 24 upon diverting from Heathrow on 15th January 1997.

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Belgian Air Force 748 “CS-02” paid us a visit on 4th January 1977.Photo Peter H

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Aer Turas CL44 (Swing Tail) EI-BGO strikes a typical pose on a chilly Fairey’s apron on 13th January 1992.Peter H

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Here’s one I took earlier…A wonderful “short finals” shot of the Varig MD11 PP-VOQ divert on 15th January 1997. Paul Rowland

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A classic Manchester shot with plenty of Manchester Memories from Stuart Prince taken on 4th  January 1994.The prime subject matter is the first visit of an A340 (Virgin’s G-VAEL) into MAN. However, as we often say in these shots the back ground is often as important as the prime subject!

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“Morning Manchester Golf Alpha Victor Mike Mike”…”Mike, Mike pass your message”….Words I remember so well as a young boy listening to my air band radio. BEA 1-11-500 G-AVMM had been delivered to Manchester as part of the new BAC Super 1-11 division. Painted in perhaps not the most inspiring of colours schemes but enabled the aircraft to be operated on domestic services within Germany. Mike Mike is pictured here on the Domestic Pier at Manchester in January 1969.Photo Bob Thorpe.

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A big thank you to Eric Wright for sharing this image of a QANTAS Boeing 707 VH-EAF which he took from the top of Pier B on a famous Heathrow diversion day back on 4th January 1971.

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