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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 09:34
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I remember as a callow youth being given a right b*ll*cking from a copper because me and my mate where pushing each other on a trolley up the ramp from the concourse to level 5. This was just prior to us getting in the lift and going to the op of the car park to avoid paying to go through the turnstiles!! (How many did this?)

Surprised this hasn't come up yet, but who remebers going to the "brickyard". Great spotting place, and as I liked motorbikes as well it was a double bonus!!!!
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 10:46
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Ah! Jackson's brickyard. I used to bike it to there from Stockport in the '60s. Always returned via Woodford to see if anything interesting was happening. Great for photographs if 06 was active. Styal woods seemed better for 24, just by Frankenstein's blockhouse and the Marconi 264 head.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 11:51
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I can't remember the name of the hotel, but I stayed there during my first week at SAS. Just by the road tunnel on the Wilmslow side. Later, it was famous for its "Grab a Granny" disco nights...
It was July, baking hot, and, just after 0600, with hotel room windows open, I was greeted with the early-morning "chorus" of starting B1-11s, followed by their very "stage two" departures. No chance of a lie in.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 11:52
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Do you mean the "valley lodge"
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 11:54
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Just near that big radar head (where the VOR is now) were some old dispersals, one of which had the remains of a Swordfish on it.

Remember cycling round there one day and seeing the remains of an inverted Viscount, partly covered by a tarpaulin. It had been practicing engine failures, and the crew got it wrong. It rolled inverted and I think 2 were killed.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 11:57
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Ah, the 'Grab a Granny' night at the Vally Lodge - remember them well! Also remember the old Valley Lodge, which I think burned down. The new hotel was probably built about the same time as the new Altrincham road, with the tunnels.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 12:01
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Yes, "Valley Lodge".
SSD, the Viscount was a Midland aircraft.
Yet another asymmetric training incident.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 15:23
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I remember Thursday night as "grab a stewardess" night myself. Hate to admit it in public, but I was actually a member there! The Valley Lodge wasn't a bad night out really though.



Now goes off and hangs head in shame
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 16:14
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does anyone remember a weekend when both LGW and LHR were fogged out and MAN got just about everything as tho only other div station for wide bodies and long haul was CDG, think it was prob about 15 years ago now, Ethiopian airways all lined up on b pier!!
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 18:01
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The last of the Ribbed rubber floor tiles were ripped out last summer from T1 arrivals airside. The wavy concrete awning is indeed, buried in the baggage hall. There is still a tiny bit of the original flooring in the multi storey car park lift lobbys.
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 12:55
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Anyone remember the old signs? Black on yellow..
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 13:55
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I can't remember the name of the hotel, but I stayed there during my first week at SAS. Just by the road tunnel on the Wilmslow side. Later, it was famous for its "Grab a Granny" disco nights...

Oi- do you mind, that's where I met Mrs G

You remember the square at the base of terminal "A", great place for watching a Gulf Air Tristar on approach- ah, when aircraft were really interesting.....
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 18:25
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Smile Happy Memories

I remember them well, from spending hours at the end of the International pier, watching G-ATRW doing endless circuits, G-AOBV doing pleasure trips, and no "big" planes arriving for hours on end. And a big diversion day in the 60's when a Libyan Arab Caravelle was parked in front of the terminal, BUA VC-10's about the place, and all sorts of exotica were cramming the taxiways and freight apron. Also met my first hostie at the Valley Lodge.

Now I spend my time operating 321's and 330's in and out of Ringway...not the same buzz to the place for me, or maybe I'm just a lot older. I have to say, ATC are amongst the very best, and as for security and their rules.....nada.
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Old 4th Apr 2007, 20:30
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Remember going on a "Diversion Night"...Took a friend to photograph Concorde. Except "Security" were going Bananas.....El Al was parked on B4, but B2 had an Egyptair, and B6, a Syrian Arab
Still got the photies tho'
Also remember when the Fireman [nearly] got shot. El Al had their own "Security".... and the Fireman was "birdscaring" with the Flare Gun....Bang went the gun, and "Crash" went the LandRover window as a couple of Uzis' were pointed at the poor soul The rules were changed so that the Israeli guns were on the 'plane and a few armed police were in the Tower and on the top level of the Car Park.
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Old 8th May 2007, 02:19
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Does anyone know what happened to the Venetian glass chandeliers that were removed from Terminal 1 in 2003?

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Old 7th Mar 2008, 10:58
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Originally Posted by GOLF_BRAVO_ZULU View Post
Ah! Jackson's brickyard. I used to bike it to there from Stockport in the '60s. Always returned via Woodford to see if anything interesting was happening. Great for photographs if 06 was active. Styal woods seemed better for 24, just by Frankenstein's blockhouse and the Marconi 264 head.
I think I remember Blaster Bates dropping the chimney one Sunday afternoon! Half the airport turned out to watch.
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Old 7th Mar 2008, 11:00
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Does anyone know what happened to the Venetian glass chandeliers that were removed from Terminal 1 in 2003?

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Have a look at http://www.cube.org.uk/thecity/archi...tail.asp?id=71
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Found this link...pure nostalgia

It's a wet Saturday afternoon and I've just come across this site

http://www.edendale.co.uk/MAIP/2.html

Pure unadulterated nostalgia

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Old 8th Mar 2008, 18:09
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The Romper

Was based at Manchester from 1967 to 1979. Used to drink after flights at The Romper where the landlord was a grumpy old sod by the name of Walter.
Now turned into a ghastly theme pub.
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Old 9th Mar 2008, 08:38
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Was based at Manchester from 1967 to 1979. Used to drink after flights at The Romper where the landlord was a grumpy old sod by the name of Walter.
Now turned into a ghastly theme pub.
Yes wound down from many a shift there too - nice to hear from you again Roy, last met in IOM a few years back at JT's flying party and reminisced about the old "Otter Control" days!
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