The public used to be able to view the taking and landing of aircraft, but things have now changed. It now costs a fortune to go to and 'OFF SITE' aviation viewing park, at Manchester anyway, does anyone know about Liverpool John Lennon?
Message posted by shakespearstar on 22áMarchá2010 at 12:04pm - IP Logged
Lindy this brings back lovely memories of Elmdon Airport (Birmingham) when you could go up in the tower there and watch the planes taking off and landing.
Going back 30 years ago we would take my parents to the airport then go to the tower and see if we could see their plane (usually a DC10 I think) take them to what was then an exotic holiday...Spain!
Sorry I can't help with your question, but you provoked a very strong memory for me...happy days!
Message posted by lindybell on 22áMarchá2010 at 12:22pm - IP Logged
Yes for me too, when I think back to the times when you could sit in the airport windows in T2 in Manchester and watching the planes being taxied onto the runway and then you could watch them taking off and hear the roar, my children were only babies at the time now they are in there teens. oh hum....
Message posted by weststekker on 22áMarchá2010 at 4:27pm - IP Logged
I am going back even further back into the past. As a child I used to cycle to Heathrow Airport to do my aircraft spotting. That was prior to any development in the middle of the airport. The viewing area was cet behind a chestnut paling fence and then it was also possible to get pleasure flights in a Dragon Rapide. Those were the days.
Message posted by windmill on 22áMarchá2010 at 8:28pm - IP Logged
As kids we used to cycle to Manchester Airport (then Ringway) climb over the fence and sit in Harvard trainers (flying machines not footwear) fiddle with the joystick and controls until some one chased us off. Didn't do any harm or damage. What freedom we had then. Lovely days.
Message posted by SpearTravels on 22áMarchá2010 at 8:33pm - IP Logged
Ditto at Corfu Airport where you used to be able to go upstairs and outside onto the large balcony to get some fresh air above what is now the domestic flights check-in area. Mind you, that was also in the days when you loaded your own bags onto the trolleys in the car park with the flight number chalked onto the side!!
Message posted by maureenandbrian on 22áMarchá2010 at 9:27pm - IP Logged
When we go we go to the end of the runway in a small taverna and watch the aircraft landing before we return the hire car.
Been naughty a few times have got airport early and checked in then driven to the taverna when our plane lands we head back ... trouble is you can miss the narrow road on the right thats goes to the monestary and the taverna (good food too) thats if you fancy going to the monestry anyway small church where you get the boats to Mouse Island.
Message posted by maureenandbrian on 22áMarchá2010 at 9:28pm - IP Logged
Brings back memories of Ringway (Manchester). We have a photograph of my father during the early part of WW2 demonstrating how a parachute worked to Winston Churchill. I remember landing in Corfu in 1968 when there was just a hut on the side of the airstrip. There was a "fat controller" inside the hut, flicking his worry beads and just giving our passports a cursory glance as we walked past with our suitcases which had been offloaded onto the side of the airstrip. How things have changed in a relatively short time.
Message posted by lindybell on 24áMarchá2010 at 3:40pm - IP Logged
Hi Maureen,Brian, interesting when I return on 23/24 Aug early am flight back to Brum I was thinking of having a last dinner somewhere in Garitsa overlooking the bay (for memories-sad) but this spot seams a good alternative?
Or Taverna Yannis in Garitsa, decisions already "sad".
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