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Heathrow before the Europa terminal and Queens building

Old 8th Mar 2021, 19:38
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Originally Posted by MarkB1 View Post
VHF Supplies?
That's it.....

I've been trying to remember what it was called for years and years. For about 4 years I used to drive past that junction every morning on way to work, and often used to sit at the lights looking over to where it was and trying to remember what it was called.
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Old 8th Mar 2021, 19:48
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Heathrow before the Europa Terminal and Queens Building

In 1948 on the 81 bus towards Slough on the Bath Road, whilst on way the the ATC gliding School at Langley, Heathrow had Yorks, Lancastrians and the odd Halifax. Lots of mud and cement mixers.

In Sept. 1951 with 26 other RAF trainees on a BOAC coach from Victoria, we shivered in the tents before boarding a brand new Stratocruiser to Montreal via Keflavik. Still lots of mud and cement mixers.

Rather surprised and the lack of progress over the intervening ears although things picked up in the mid '50's.
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Old 8th Mar 2021, 19:56
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Bought my first Airband Radio in VHF Supplies many years ago.
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Old 8th Mar 2021, 21:45
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Originally Posted by PAXboy View Post
DRUK. As you are a venerable poster, I shall refrain from saying [email protected]! We were approaching from IOM and, somewhere near the usual Wenbley point of turning on to the Eastbound circuit, the flight deck announced we would see an unusual view of LHR but not to be worried as it also meant we would arrive early! As far as I recall, it was then in from the North East on to 23 [?]
Sorry! Though I've been called worse.

The last movement on 23 (23L) was a landing by a South African Airways 747 on 27th October 2002. Even in those days, using 23 (in strong south-westerly winds) was a PITA because it meant that the stands at the end of the T2 piers weren't able to be used at the same time.

There was an airside roadway crossing the runway which I used to take advantage of whenever I had a need to get from the CTA to the BA East Base (just discernable in the photo below). The spoilsports used to close it on the rare occasions when 05R/23L was in use, but even with no landings it was still fun crossing the inner and outer ring taxiways, giving way to aircraft taxying past if necessary.


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Old 9th Mar 2021, 02:14
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Most interesting. I did not realise that 23L functioned so long. It could certainly have been used by the Manx 146 which took over from the Viscounts and started operations in December 1987. I remember it well as, by chance I was on the innaugural rotation of G-MIMA (I think it was) from LHR.

The aircraft was officially launching on the Friday evening rotation and there was to be the usual razzamatazz, I learnt. I had booked on the lunch time rotation to see my mother for the weekend and found myself with a small group of others being given champagne as the lunch time was a proving flight for the evening and the photographers. We could have popped in and out on 05R/23L with ease, especially as we usually went from gate 12 (or 14?) at the end of the long pier - this done for inspection and isolation of pax as IOM was a known staging point from Northern Ireland.

It turned out to be the only time I've been on a new a/c for a route but did find myself on the innaugral rotation of a new route once - but that did not involve EGLL.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 03:55
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Several memories from me. Old school mate of mine used to work at VHF supplies. My wife and family lived opposite VHF supplies Upper Sutton Lane. I worked for British Eagle 1966-68. Walking down passed the hangers from the ops huts to the admin building and witnessed BOAC 707 WE landing with engine fire ran out to the aircraft with a bunch of Eagle engineers to help pax onto the grass verge next to the RWY.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 04:18
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I did not realise that 23L functioned so long.
23L ? April 1974, on the final leg of my check flight to be promoted to Captain, Bahrain to London, I was cleared for a visual approach to runway 05R ! This was not a plot organised by the Training Captain, he was as surprised as I was. Visual Approach in a 707 ? Rwy. 05 R ? Never ever landed on that runway, or anything other than the 10/28's but at least it was daylight. All happened, and as I applied the brakes and shut down, the Training Captain extended his hand and said " Congratulations, CAPTAIN XXXX " Success.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 07:36
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Originally Posted by goldox View Post
Bought my first Airband Radio in VHF Supplies many years ago.
Me too.
I was stationed at West Drayton so I took a trip down to the Bath Road late 1969 after a morning duty to buy my first airband radio; also bought a kit for a 1/72 scale Islander but could never figure out how to build it as it was vacform and I was used to 'standard' Airfix and Frog plastic kits.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 08:28
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I am not sure of the year, probably 56/7, but the only thing I can remember about a day trip to Heathrow was a line of Constellations. I first saw them, gleaming in the sunshine, when we were about a mile away. When we were taken past them I could see that they were covered in green mould and were obviously awaiting disposal. The visit was part of an ATC camp which was either at Andover or Benson.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 12:35
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Originally Posted by goldox View Post
Bought my first Airband Radio in VHF Supplies many years ago.
I used to sneak out of school at lunchtime through a gap in the fence and cross the great west rd to visit VHF Supplies. I remember an airband scanner was always on and tuned into Heathrow App and TWR. There was also a list of interesting movements at Heathrow (and others?) on the wall that was constantly updated. Used to get excited when the latest edition of World Airline Fleets arrived.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 13:56
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ExSp33db1rd Great story! So you declined the suggestion and asked for a '28'??
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 16:02
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Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd View Post
23L ? April 1974, on the final leg of my check flight to be promoted to Captain, Bahrain to London, I was cleared for a visual approach to runway 05R ! This was not a plot organised by the Training Captain, he was as surprised as I was. Visual Approach in a 707 ? Rwy. 05 R ? Never ever landed on that runway, or anything other than the 10/28's but at least it was daylight.
Didn't the BOAC accident 707 in 1968 (engine fell off) make a tight visual onto 05R ?
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 16:24
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Yes it did - and not the easiest runway to land on.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 16:47
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I used to visit in the early-mid 1980s the large office building (non-aviation) Heathrow House on the A4 at Cranford. Inbound to 28R were pretty close and low on the A4 side of the building, but rooms further back gave a westward view of anyone on finals for 23L. Not a lot, but suddenly they would start passing by at close intervals, often for just a couple of hours, then stop again. The same company used to have another place by Wembley Stadium, and if 23 was in use they used to pass right over there as well.

I am convinced that one morning there at that time I saw a Northwest 747 passing by for 28R, which I worked out at length was a subcharter substitute for Malaysian coming in from Kuala Lumpur, but have never found any more to substantiate that. No documented lease, nor can I see any reason why Northwest would do it. Alternatives could be a Gatwick diversion ? White House press charter ? Any offers ?
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 18:13
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Real memory lane for me this thread,
Yes the White horse in Longford was ancient and a real picture postcard English pub , door way was tiny and you had to stoop if much over 5 ft tall. Ostrich in Colnbrook was even older I think.

landings on 05R were rare to say the least although i was on a Trident 3 Faro LHR returning from my honeymoon on the only time in probably 200 landings at LHR i have clocked up as pax. Very strange sort of massively upscaled GA type approach flying overhead LHR then a big sweeping base leg to take us back south of Staines and then back for a visual or 'talk down approach-extremely strong and extremely cold NE winds. I used to listen to the talk downs on my Airband on the rare occasions in use, very interesting . If I recall the approach controller handled the aircraft until 'report crossing the Thames at Laleham , sort of outer marker and then pilots told to change frequency and 'not to respond to further instructions as controller began a stream of slightly high on the glide , on the glidepath etc etc or turn left 5 degrees , two miles to touchdown etc ending very abruptly with half a mile from touchdown on glidepath on localiser check wheels down and locked approach completed out . Fascinating .

As to BOAC 707 accident I watched that happen, sitting on my wall in Stanwell with a friend a small boy (i was a bigger boy just) -said to us look that plane is on fire and we both thought it was sunlight glinting on the fuselage as it was early evening but were horrified to see flames and smoke streaming from it and as it disappeared from view (it would have been only about 100ft) at that point waited until an inevitable huge pall of black smoke welled up from the direction of the eastern end of LHR . Pretty shocking site that i can see in my minds eye today.

As for the relationship between the man who caught and probably tortured Guy Fawkes was Sir Thomas Knyvett , He was given lands in what would have been the south western part of LHR and Stanwell village. A Lord Knyvetts Close is there to this day and he has what is for a small country church (albeit one with a very tall spire) quite a substantial memorial inside the church itself. The Church, with the rather un Anglican name of St Mary the Virgin dates from the 12th Century and is a grade 1 listed building. Readily visible from LHR it also has a strange twisted spire and was where I got married. Only a few hundred meters from 27L anyone on the left hand side of a departure from that runway gets a striking view of the lovely old building. It also had a beautiful Georgian Vicarage in the Church close on the small village green I also went to Sunday School there as a kid , rather unwilling but in 1957 that wasn't uncommon. I attended Lord Knyvetts School built in 1624 after a provision in Knyvetts will. he was a very distinguished servant of the crown, the ancient school is barely 100m from the southern perimeter road . Back then it was open country at that end of the airport before the Cargo centre was built and spoiled much of the view.

By a bizarre coincidence I am writing this in my new home in Frome Somerset where a man came today to mend my dishwasher and he also grew up in Stanwell and the stricken BOAC 707 would have flown over the road he lived in at the other end of the village from me .

So excuse my self indulgent thread drift but I often feel that because of its once rural nature the southside of LHR gets a bit overlooked .

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Old 9th Mar 2021, 18:15
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About 1982 there was a Northwest 747 that spat out a load of turbine blades on take off at Gatwick. It diverted to Heathrow as the Gatwick runway was being swept and inspected for FOD.
Were there fire engines about?
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 19:09
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That could fit the NW 747 indeed. The office is a mile or so from the threshold so no idea what was happening inside the airport, and I was back inside the office. But there was something about it (low ? noise ?) that caught my attention more than most, as I saw it flash past.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 19:50
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My association starts with being at school alongside Croydon airport from 60 to 65, and getting the aviation bug. I did not train spot but moved to aviation instead, travelling to LHR or LGW. Unable somehow to get into aviation,
I did arrive in Staines to live just as the PI accident had taken place. I did work at Northside from 75 to 81, and had access to all areas.
My first flight from LHR was in 76, and it took over 40 yrs before my first pax go around inbound on 09L AE from Dublin. I also had a jump seat on a BMA DC 9 from Teeside and on BA 747 - 300 inbound from Chicago. Visited both towers to the top. Close friends with retired and current pilots, and ATC staff.
Got my PPL eventually aged #&. I organised the start for the memorial for PI in 2000+ via PPRuNe and local folk.
LHR still by home airport.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 21:05
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Leovinus - pls. see P.M.
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Old 10th Mar 2021, 01:16
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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post

landings on 05R were rare to say the least

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Not in the early '80s when I lived in Frimley.
Inbounds would pass virtually overhead on long final; I was woken up several times by 05 ops and of course when I got to work at Farnborough, our departures from 07 had to be limited so as not to climb into the Heathrow inbounds as normally when Heathrow was on easterlies, we could climb our departures to 6,000ft overhead Farnborough.
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