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Manchester Airport - Then & Now

Old 16th Mar 2008, 17:40
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Remember in the mid 70's we used to collect goods from the BA freight depot, on the old road to the left of the terminal building as you looked at it. We used to have to drive the truck to the "airside" apron, remember once being b***ocked cos I'd left my truck in a position so planes couldn't get past, on their taxi to the runway!
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Old 16th Mar 2008, 18:06
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http://www.edendale.co.uk/MAIP/2.html Conspicuous by their absence:

BIA, Air UK, KLM UK, Manx. If I'm right, both BIA and Manx operated MAN- IOM. Air UK certainly did, and MAN - AMS, later operated by the (renamed) KLM UK.
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Old 16th Mar 2008, 21:44
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The internal entrance to the terraces is still there, its a pair of double doors behind the sunglasses shop, it leads up to the covered observation area which is now enclosed and is home to the "The Airport Tour Centre" a business owned and operated by "The Aviation Society". This society can trace its ancestry back to the remnant membership of PB Enterprises, which was disbanded. TAS as its known locally also owns and runs the 2 aviation stores at the airport and has a membership of about 1500. Its is always on the lookout for new members, if you are interested see

www.tasmanchester.com

The society and its business interests are directly responsible for introducing thousands of people of all ages to the world of aviation.
To bring this up to date, last Friday (14/03/08) was the last day of operation of the TAS Tour Centre in T1. Redevelopment of T1 will subsume it, and all tour ops are moving across to the AVP. Everything past check-in in T1 will become 'airside', and therefore not accessable if you are not travelling.

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Old 7th Apr 2008, 04:54
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Here's a photo taken by my father inside Terminal 1 at Manchester in 1980, with those famous chandeliers:

http://myaviation.net/search/photo_s...666&size=large

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Old 11th Apr 2008, 20:31
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Hi Guys, what a brilliant thread this is, don't know why I missed it before.

Me and my mates went to the airport at every opportunity we could afford to in the early 70's. From Rochdale we used to bus it 3 or 4 times a month on the "Trans Lancs Express" No 400 operated by S.E.L.N.E.C. We once cycled there, I think it was 27 miles and on a new years day, it was freezing.
I remember we used to buy a monthly timetable that we used to scramble over to see if there was anything interesting due in the next 4 weeks or so.
I recall seeing the first visit of a 747, it was a Pan-Am 747-136 IIRC reg N652PA .
It was a great place then 35 years ago for us youngsters as keen spotters at the end of the Intl pier.

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Old 11th Apr 2008, 22:00
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I "think" that the first B747 in Manch was a BOAC one. I remember the photo in flight...of all the ants around the nest [Spectators hanging over the end of pier B]
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 19:48
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Hi chiglet

You may be correct and I'm not going to argue the point with you, I just remember the Buzz at the time about this arrival and also the huge numbers of people there.

Hey those were good days, used to see

Comets
737 classics
727
720
707
DC8
DC9
DC10
VC10
L1011 (once) Eastern
1-11
Caravelle
Viscount
Vanguard
Herald
HS 146?

Tu104a (once) Aeroflot
Tu134

Many more that don't come directly to mind and the obvious that I have missed.

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Old 12th Apr 2008, 20:06
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A couple of old scanned in piccys of the apron


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Old 12th Apr 2008, 20:45
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Hi west lakes

Nostagia hey! hahahaha
Look how busy the apron is.

Did someone climb up a floodlight pole for the second pic, I dont remember any other structures on the piers being higher than normal view point.

Thanks for the pics.

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Old 12th Apr 2008, 20:46
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You missed....
DC3 Aer Lingus
BR31 Monarch and others
TU154 Aeroflop
IL62 Tarom
FK27 Aer Lingus
FK28 Air France
A300 Laker
HS114 Jersey Airways
DC4M2 British Midland
DC6 Overseas
L1049 Lufthansa
My first visit was Easter Sunday 1951. All we saw was a BEA Viking. I've worked in ATC [at MAN] since October 1970 and I'worked out that I have seen [approx] 4900000 a/c movements.....
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 21:05
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Hi chiglet

You're right, as I said I probably am missing a few types.

I can recall Tu 154 but not Aeroflot maybe Balkan.... is this right?
Also do recall Tarom but honestly dont remember Il-62.

Never got to see an Airbus at Man but do recall seeing the Super Guppy which used to haul the A300 wings.

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That's not Hughie I'm-so-funny-on-the-R/T (RTF for you new boys) Green's bloody Skymaster is it?

chiglet, were you Tower (and/or approach) or Preston RADAR?
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Old 13th Apr 2008, 15:33
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Tower...then PATCRU...then Toewr/Runway Controller...then FBU/Tower/MACC....then Tower...now MACC.
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If I recall (long time ago!!) the photo was taken on top of the terminal in the viewing area which at that time had two levels, even then the access to the piers was closed IIRC

Some more: -








Slight thread parallel, the a/c and company was probably seen at Manchester, I've probably just been on it (or just about to get on it) but I have no idea where it was taken (Possibly BPL, IOM or DUB though) any ideas please?

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Old 13th Apr 2008, 18:18
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In Aug 1978 I flew out of MAN as a spotty youf with Aeroflot and I'm fairly sure it was a TU 154. The trip was to Leningrad (as was) and I guess it was some sort of special charter because it was arranged through my dad's union for 'Freinds of the USSR'.

I remember the crew set thrust against brakes for the take off roll. I don't know if this was for performance reasons or just showing off but to me it was exciting stuff. Then I got politely told off by a hostie for taking my camera out of its bag

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Old 13th Apr 2008, 19:42
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The BUA Herald is I believe at IOM Ronaldsway, the Tower behind is quite distinctive.

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Old 13th Apr 2008, 19:52
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Hi west lakes,

Some more great pics, thanks. That VC10 is some mean aircraft.

Sorry I can't help with the location of the HP Herald.
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Thanks, was definately not BPL (too hilly in background!!)

Only flights I did as a youngster were BPL - IOM twice (once in a DC3) and BPL - DUB
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Ah, the TU154. AUG 91 I flew into Manch in a TAROM machine. It didnít look the best maintained aeroplane in the world but I was impressed with the approach on to Rwy 06. It was a gin clear day via Blue 1, as I think it still was, and routed Millbrook, Woodford (XM603 looked good in the morning sunlight) and South of Knutsford. I think it must have been a visual approach from the way we were being poled around the Cheshire countryside. From about 1500 feet, the traffic on the M56 looked remarkably close to the wing tip. I think the TU154 would have made a good bomber!

chiglet. Sometime between NOV 71 and JAN 73, we probably met, depending on watches.
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Old 13th Apr 2008, 21:58
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Herald definitely at IOM.
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