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…
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
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
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
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.
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
Every picture tells a story! A “Snowed in” British Airways Viscount G-AOYG on Manchester’s Domestic Pier “A” – January 1979.Peter H
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.
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.
A beautiful shot of Air Spain Britannia EC-BFL on a snow contaminated “old freight apron” Taken by Bob Thorpe on 6th January 1970.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Belgian Air Force 748 “CS-02” paid us a visit on 4th January 1977.Photo Peter H
Aer Turas CL44 (Swing Tail) EI-BGO strikes a typical pose on a chilly Fairey’s apron on 13th January 1992.Peter H
Here’s one I took earlier…A wonderful “short finals” shot of the Varig MD11 PP-VOQ divert on 15th January 1997. Paul Rowland
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!
“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.
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.