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gingernut
26th Jan 2009, 19:57
I've always reckoned we're all somewhere on the circle.

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Some of the greatest people I've met are also the madest. And some of the madest people I've met, have been the greatest.

Now it got me thinking about the aviation industry, 'specially after I had a chat to two very friendly entusiasts at the local viewing park, who were helping this beauty from going to seed. They knew everything about her, including the date and exact time of her last landing.

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So, is there much of a difference between her previous and present custodians?

Howard Hughes
26th Jan 2009, 20:00
Well the present one's probably take better care of 'her' for a start!:ok:

Scrubbed
26th Jan 2009, 20:03
Are they making it into a McDonalds or a porno by-the-hour hotel........?

gingernut
26th Jan 2009, 20:07
No, lovingly looked after by a load of plane spotters.

CityofFlight
26th Jan 2009, 20:12
I can see why the rhetorical question, Gingernut. In these economic times, is it madness or greatness if there's little expectation for ROI.

The SSK
26th Jan 2009, 20:36
Teasels they are, very interesting plants, dipsacus fullonum. Well known for attracting butterflies and also goldfinches, the most colourful of birds. Unfortunately there aren't any goldfinches in the photo, only a clapped out old Trident in the background.

Reminds me; must replace this anorak, the wind cuts straight through it these days.

Loose rivets
26th Jan 2009, 21:07
Anyone know if they can power-up the electrics on the Trident? Would make the flight deck more interesting. Wonder what current would be needed if big things like hydraulic pumps etc., were left off.

Pitts2112
26th Jan 2009, 23:24
If the wings look a little stubby on that one, it's no optical illusion - they've been shorn. If I'm not mistaken, this was the towing trainer for BA for many years until being declared surplus to requirements in around '03 or so, dismantled, and moved to Manchester somewhere (?). The wings were clipped to keep the trainees from...errr...clipping them on stuff as they towed it around the place for practice.

Blues&twos
27th Jan 2009, 06:49
The wings were clipped to keep the trainees from...errr...clipping them on stuff as they towed it around the place for practice

There's a nasty surprise waiting for someone on his first day towing 'solo'....

Howard Hughes
27th Jan 2009, 10:40
The wings were clipped to keep the trainees from...errr...clipping them on stuff as they towed it around the place for practice.
Kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it?;)

BladePilot
27th Jan 2009, 14:46
Bugga! now I understand and to think I always blamed the guys for not opening the hangar door fully:(

Storminnorm
27th Jan 2009, 15:05
First ever flight into AMS was on board a Trident.
Probably that one.
On finals into Schiphol we got a lovely view of the
Stadion as we banked over to 90 degrees on finals.
Full Autoland? Huh!!!!

merlinxx
27th Jan 2009, 15:21
A 'GROUNDGRIPPER' in it's natural environment:E

Loose rivets
27th Jan 2009, 16:18
It were quick though, once it got up there. .92 if I remember correctly.

The SSK
27th Jan 2009, 20:07
Had some interesting rides on Tridents, including a flight deck jumpseat into LHR.

Got upgraded once to First in Madrid, but when we boarded it was a brand new Trident Three which (a) had more economy seats than the check-in people realised and (b) the rows were numbered from the back, so my seat 2b (or whatever) was way down in the depths. The fact that my boarding card was red cut no ice. Had many more upgrades but it's the one you lose out on which is the one you remember. And yes - in those days shorthaul First really was First, on BEA at least.

Hated the rear facing seats, just one row I think on the T2s but three ot four rows on the T3s.

A mate of mine who was a more regular traveller than me swore that the Tridents had far superior pressurisation (in terms of passenger comfort) to the opposition.

And finally - if you are going to preserve a Trident, why in that ghastly livery?

gingernut
27th Jan 2009, 20:43
And finally - if you are going to preserve a Trident, why in that ghastly livery?

Well, s'pose beauties in the eye of the beholder:E, I think she's fantastic. (But nostalgia plays a little part.)

Sorry about the distorted shot, got a new lens for Xmas....here's how it really looks....

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