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Old 12th Oct 2008, 16:14
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Ahhhh, the "Joint Board", Green and 'Off White'...North Western "Express", sorry, "Limited Stop" ...Manchester-Glossop....
Sorry, but this is a Manchester Airport thread......
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Old 22nd Oct 2008, 14:00
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Slightly Off-topic

Could anybody help me out with some old copies of ''WINGED-WORDS''
Due to a very nasty ex-wife I am looking for some tour logs.
I know these would have reproduced in the magazine.
Dates I require are 1977-1979.
Can collect or pay postage.

Sorry its not strictly to do with MAN but dont know where else to ask.


Many thanks
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Old 25th Oct 2008, 15:28
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They had strange red buses with long bench seats upstairs, the passageway being down the offside windows. Very awkward if you were 'trapped' in a window seat. Half a dozen people would have to move to let you out.
Point of triv mephisto; they were 'strange' for a reason - to get under bridges other double deckers couldn't.

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Old 27th Oct 2008, 12:14
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Mark,
If you have no joy with Winged Words, let me know which tours you want and i'll look up my own logs as probably did most in those years.

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Old 28th Oct 2008, 22:32
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Lost logs

David

Thanks for the reply.
The logs I am desperate for are the following PB Enterprises coach tours...

LHR & BIGGIN HILL 29/01/1977
LHR & BIGGIN HILL 14/05/1977 (Also called at LTN & STS)
GREENHAM COMMON 26/06/1977 (Think it also called on THRUXTON &
BOH)
HEATHROW 22/07/1978
MILDENHALL 27/0/1978
FARNBOROUGH 10/09/1978 (Also called on BLACKBUSHE & LHR)
GREENHAM COMMON 24/06/1979 (Also called at LHR & LTN)


Had on luck getting hold of any back Winged Words so if you have any of these tour logs that would be great.

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Old 30th Oct 2008, 10:27
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The chandeliers will shine again.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Airport's iconic lights to shine
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Old 31st Oct 2008, 20:16
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Ah, that photo of the chandeliers in T1, with all the airline logos on the plaques around the top of the walls as well! How stylish airports were back then, and how permanent were the airlines.

Today, airport terminals are soul-less shopping centres with all the charm of a paper cup. Whatever happened to 'style'?
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Old 31st Oct 2008, 22:50
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Whatever happened to 'style'?
I think that it went out of the window, along with "Manners" and "Respect"
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 18:20
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The chandeliers will shine again.
Good to hear but sad they can't find a spot for them at the airport..
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 00:00
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I found this thread by accident and had to register to say hi!

I was a spotty spotter from 67 to 74. Sometimes behind the hedge at the Airport Hotel (APH), facing the A/c turning for Runway 24. Mostly I was on the terraces or on the Pier roofs...but it was usually windy on there so was in the Central glass house. I remember them building the "Jumbo pier", I also seem to remember it too had a roof that was open to the public (For a short while anyway).
I used to hang about with some lads from Huddersfield, one of them was deaf. There was also a fella called Phil Lines? Two brothers called Steve and Geoff Ball. Geoff died in 74ish, Steve worked at Woodrord. A little fella, came on a motorbike, ? Theobald? He started running coach trips.
A chap caled Peter B Hardy, he penned a book called "Guide to Aerodromes in Britain", which included the most odd places where A/c were stored. Still have a copy somewhere. A lad called Dave McCartney? Any of these ringing bells?

Who remembers January 4th 1972? All London was fogged and M/c got a massive amount of diversions until it was full and had to refuse any more. There was even a DC8 and two 707's on the South side, on the taxiway for the light jobs.
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 11:14
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I remember that one DC8 used reverse thrust to "back out" of 28/10... no tow bar
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 11:23
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Hi

Re your post

I Think there must have been 2 Geoff Balls beacuase the 1 i know had his retirment party at the ship Inn in Styal las Year (Looked pretty alive to me)

You must have been there in the days of MAD HARRY/BURMA BESS

I Cant think of any more names but there are still a few of them around

I Thing the Kirbys are still around but into Hot Air Balloning now

Do you remember Brian(Gammy)Lewis ? I know he died some time ago.



If you think of any more let me know



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Old 4th Jan 2009, 11:37
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Thumbs up Archive pictures of EGCC

Manchester City Council

The above link will take you to Manchester Libraries Archive where you can input Manchester Airport and sit for hours looking at real memories! Another good link is

Airliners.net | Airplanes - Aviation - Aircraft- Aircraft Photos & News

make your way to the search feature and enter Manchester Airport from year to year. Many shots in colour on here and totally evocative reading. Let me know your findings all.

Happy New Year

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Old 4th Jan 2009, 12:30
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I remember when I first started spotting and the black rubber tiles,Chandaliers,etc.the little information desk near WHSmith,we used to go around the offices in T1 the likes of Laker, B Cal,etc and such and ask if they had any spare baggage tags,stickers,etc and generally got some.Taking my bike up the travelators in the car park up to level 13,before it had security fencing around it or walking down their piers or in the glass house,that was a good place because there were toilets and a cafe behind it. One of the strange things was that Pier 'C' was shut by security (it had it's own gate) when the EL AL arrived. I still have 1 or 2 of the tokens for the turnstiles for the piers. I take my kids now and they don't believe that you could get that close to an aircraft by walking down the piers and that there was no 'real'security fencing. I have to show them pictures when they ask,so they see how different it has become.
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 21:28
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Chiglet....
I thought I was the only one who saw that reversing lark with the DC8!
Later in life, as I became an Engineer and worked in the Aero/Defence game I became convinced that it didn't actually reverse with RT only. So, we could be both right or both mad!
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Yes, you are so correct! It was Gammy that died in 74ish. Apols to Geoff Ball for assuming his premature demise!

Don't remember Mad Harry or Burma Bess.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 07:52
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Hi

Thanks for your reply

Mad Harry (phillip Billington) not a spotter but would always be around

Burma Bess Big Girl again not a spotter but she had some phycoligical problem again came on the Bus from Chorlton and was always there

Do you Remember Michael Ewens(Bonehead) Big Lad and spotter had a Bubble Car ???

Martin Driver ?? Strange Bloke

Terry Priest at one time he was Chairman of the Aviation Society that formed at the Airport

Who was the un-kemp little fellow who used to paint Plastic Aircraft Kits by hand in different Airline Coulor Schemes

Dave Lomax (The Bullocks Coach Driver) ??


Dave Hams ?? worked for KLM in Cargo I think he is still at the Airport working in the Cargo Centre somewhere.

Macca McClean I think he is still with Selwyns driving on the Airport

And not forgetting Sargeant Harry Walton(Every spotters Nightmare


Still see as I said Geoff Ball on occasions (Now retired) He still keeps in touch with a few of the Old Lads from those days

I Started worked at Northern Exec in 1972 and was made redundant last year after 35 years when Ocean Sky took over.

All the Original staff except about 2 which worked before the takeover have been made redundant or got rid of,The Russians brought there own people in to organise what was a perfectly good Organisation and as expected did not do a Good Job.
There are some very good people at Ocean Sky however there are not


Those were the good old days when you could vertually go anywhere apart from the Concourse when Harry Walton was on duty



Fond memories

Let me know if you remember any more blasts from the past



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Old 6th Jan 2009, 00:02
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Learjet50,
nope...don't remember Harry, Bess or anyone with a BubbleCar.
Martin Driver, yep remember him.
I remember the Av. society starting, but not the name of Terry Priest.
I do remember Dave Lomax.
And of course "Walton"!

Other names have now sprung to my mind...
Paul Caine, lived in Wythenshawe.
Jack Duffield, as well as a spotter he was something to do with a footy club - Macc or Droylsden. He worked in the offices between Airport Hotel and the original roundabout.
Peter Boardman, the lad with Robin Day type spectacles and damaged fingers.
Doug and Clig Pearson.
A tall lad from Styal, bit of a hippy, always bought "Flight" magazine whereas we all bought Air Pictorial. He had a scope rather than Bins.
David Bird.
Steven Swift.
Do you remember a bloke called Wallace Gandy? I think that was his name. Very tall, specatacles. He had a White Fiat 128 with a reg. something like GED 33L.

As for the Ball brothers, I remember Steve more than Geoff. Steve worked at Woodford and would tell us which 748's were on flight trials, they were all on "G" construction numbers but we allowed ourselves to cop the first Registration. Like we were ever going to see a Columbian 748 in it's natural habitat :-)
I remember going to a few "Do's" in the Rendesvous suite. I presume that has long gone now.
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 08:31
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Hi

Thanks for your reply the other names dont ring a bell but I m sure I would know them if I saw them

Do you still go to the Airport Still Spotting ??



Take care


Regards


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Old 6th Jan 2009, 16:59
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No, I live a long way off now. But I have been in Aerospace Defence all my working life.
I stopped "Spotting" in about 1974.
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