The Boeing 747 at Liverpool Aug 20, 2011 6:55:35 GMT 1
Post by viscount on Aug 20, 2011 6:55:35 GMT 1
Boeing 747 'Jumbo' visits to Liverpool Airport[/b][/center]
I’ve been threatening to cover the Boeing 747 ever since this forum became established April 2009 on Proboards. Don’t know why it has taken so long, as I already had much of the information sorted and ready. Along with Concorde, the Jumbo has always been a head turner whenever one has appeared at Liverpool and I can recall seeing, or missing, the majority of the visits recorded here. So how many do you recall?
Back in the mid-80s, in MAS ‘Flypast’ I recorded in tabular format, all wide-bodied movements through Liverpool Airport, the list was updated and used again in the early-90s in FoLA’s ‘09/27’ magazine. More recently, in ’09.27’ No.102 – Autumn 2007 I wrote a two-sided article on Jumbo Jet visits to Liverpool and in issue No.103 – Winter 2007/08 placed a table of all visits. Here I have completely written the text afresh, with many more details than in the FoLA article, however the table information is essentially the same, with a few minor amendments.
As usual I welcome members to illustrate this thread with photos of Boeing 747s at Liverpool Airport. Usually at this point I add the rider that while I know I have every different airframe covered each year, I may not have all the visits recorded. Like Concorde, with the Jumbo, I am certain that I do have every visit recorded in detail, even though there is one respected member out there who is quite certain to this day that he saw 2 diverted KLM Jumbos parked out on 26 one misty winters evening!
I have not included any mention in the text of the 'ones that got away', aircraft that had announced an intention to divert to Liverpool but before they landed here, either company intervened with fresh orders, Liverpool decided fire cover would not be ready in time, weather at Liverpool also descended below minima, or the weather at their intended destination opened up so they turned around and landed there as intended.