Glasgow Airport Movements 2015
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This page features just some of the aircraft that visited Glasgow International Airport during November 2015. Noteworthy arrivals not caught on camera included Cessna 560XLS G-CHUI and Diamond DA-42 Twin Star G-XDEA (1st); German Learjet 35A D-CFTG and Cessna 525 Citation M2 N862MT, a first-time visitor, that landed around 1015 hrs (2nd); A first visit by Wizz Air Airbus A320-232W HA-LWZ was the only movement of note (3rd); Cessna 550 G-IPLY and Cessna 560XLS G-OXLS (5th); Gulfstream 450 N451CM, Raytheon Hawker 850XP CS-DRZ of NetJets Europe, Cessna 560XLS Citations G-GXLS and G-CHUI and Cessna 525A G-OCJZ. VIP Boeing 737-505 9H-OME landed at 1700hrs with the rock band U2. It stayed until 0001hrs on Sunday 8th. A couple of German airliners also appeared, namely Germania Airbus A319-111 D-ASTU and, from Cardiff, Fokker 100 D-AOLG of Avanti Air (6th); Beech King Air 200 G-CIFW (7th); Two first-time visitors: YR-FZA Fokker100 Carpatair in the morning and HM Coastguard Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGE `Rescue 912` in the evening (8th); Cessna 560XLS D-CVHB and a trio of Swedes, namely Dassault Falcon 7X SE-DJC, Citation XLS SE-RCM and Swedish Air Force G-V-SP Gulfstream 550 serial number 102005. The military jet, on its first visit, arrived at 0900hrs and stayed for approximately 35 minutes (10th); `Rescue 177`, RN Sea King ZA130(19) made two visits during the early hours. Prescott Support`s all-white Casa 235 N768KD landed around midday and stayed for just over an hour. I last saw this aircraft at Corfu Airport in June this year. New visitors were Challenger 350 CS-CHD, Eurocopter EC-135 G-SCAA and Emirates Triple-seven A6-EPD (14th)...
Embraer 505 Phenom 300 CS-PHE and Raytheon Hawker 900XP M-INOR (16th); Enter Air Boeing 737-8Q8 (WL) SP-ENR from Beirut touched down on a miserable afternoon with more than 100 Syrian refugees, mainly families, onboard. This was Scotland`s first such flight and the passengers were screened from the media as they disembarked. After being welcomed in a private area they boarded coaches to take them to their designated council districts. The Enter Air jet, like its passengers, was visiting Glasgow for the first time as were Cessna 750 Citation X D-BEEP and Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 OE-ICA (17th); Boeing 737-76J D-ABLB Germania and Cessna F406 Caravan II G-TDSA (18th)...
Boeing 767-322ER N651UA of United Airlines which was en route from Amsterdam to Newark diverted to Glasgow due to an onboard medical emergency, touching down around 0930hrs. Nose titles identified Socata TBM-900 N940KD as the 100th of the type to roll off the production line (19th); Gulfstream 4SP N478GS and Cessna CitationJet CJ3 G-YEDC (20th); Learjet 35A D-CFTG (21st); Mitsubishi MU-2B N46AK landed just after 1400hrs and went into the Gama Hangar. Learjet 55 D-CCGN , Gulfstream 5 N673P, Cessna 560XL G-SIRS and a first visit by Boeing 777-31HER A6-EPA of Emirates were today`s notable arrivals (22nd); Learjet 60 D-CNUE (23rd); Dassault Falcon 2000EX N900YG landed at 1700hrs and stayed for just 35 minutes. Smartwings` Boeing 737-804(WL) OK-TSH brought another batch of Syrian refugees from Beirut (24th); Challenger 300 N866TM and A109SP G-JTHU, TUI Boeing 737-86N(WL) PH-TFF with the Ajax football team and Freebird A320-214 TC-FBH (25th); Transavia Boeing 737-8K2(WL) PH-HSW arrived at 1130hrs with Ajax fans and night-stopped (26th); Learjet 35 G-ZMED, Learjet 45 G-XJET and Challenger 300 N866TM (27th); French Air Force Dassault Falcon 7x Serial No.86 arrived just before 0900hrs and stayed for around 90 minutes on what was its first visit to Glasgow (30th).
Jumbo Jets always turn a few heads at Glasgow. This is Boeing 747-436 G-BYGG of British Airways which had been en route from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Heathrow on Sunday 1 November but couldn`t land there due to thick fog. It took-off for London on a misty Monday afternoon, immediately disappearing into low cloud as it climbed past the end of Runway 23.
The daily Icelandair flight on Monday 2 November was operated by Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU sporting the airline`s striking `Northern Lights` livery.
On Wednesday 4 November, Runway 05 was in use when a pair of Enter Air 737s arrived with Malmo fans for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League Group qualifier against Celtic FC. Boeing 737-405 SP-ENH, pictured here being towed to stand, was a first-time visitor. Right: Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-ENB touches down.
Dassault Falcon 7X N714K, a Carlisle diversion which arrived at Glasgow on 1 November, had been prevented from landing at its intended destination due to the weather. After night-stopping it took-off on the afternoon of the 2nd and made another attempt to land at Carlisle but the small airport was still clagged-in, forcing the biz-jet to return to Glasgow an hour later! It finally left here on the morning of the 4th.
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 300 Twin Otter of Sander Geophysics (SGL). The company provides worldwide airborne geophysical surveys for petroleum and mineral exploration, and geological and environmental mapping. SGL's head office and aircraft maintenance hangar are located at Ottawa International Airport.
`Poker 44`, an all-white US Army Cessna UC-35A Citation Ultra, serial number 99-0101 with `United States of America` titles, made its first visit on Thursday 5 November, as did `Boxer 51`, the pair of RAF Typhoons. Royal Air Force King Air 200 ZK458 did an overshoot of Runway 23 at 1020hrs on Tuesday 17th using the call-sign `Cranwell 79`.
The pair of front-line fighters were overnighting, visiting students of the local University Air Squadron, and showing what they can ultimately achieve if they join the RAF and persevere with their flight training. This is an annual event attended by various, usually individual aircraft but the last time I managed to photograph a formation of combat jets at Glasgow was way back in March 2006 before the cuts in defence spending took their toll and drastically reduced the overall number and types of attack aircraft. Despite the abysmal weather on Thursday, a handful of local photographers waited in the rain to capture the Typhoons` arrival.
This memorial, just a couple of kilometres away from Glasgow International, marks the site of Renfrew Airport which served the city of Glasgow until decommissioning in 1966. Already in existence as a military facility during the First World War, the Renfrew aerodrome first handled scheduled flights in 1933. A new terminal building was opened in 1954 but it soon became apparent that the airport was unable to cope with the increasing demand for domestic air travel.
Following the airport`s closure, the area directly adjacent to the runway became the first urban part of the M8 motorway when it opened to traffic in March 1968. By 1978 the entire airport had been demolished and a Tesco supermarket and primary school now stand on the site of the former terminal. Housing and playing fields now cover the remainder of the area and the only airport building to survive is the `Flying Scotsman` pub, previously `The Viscount`, which was originally the Hertz car rental offices. It stands directly opposite where the main terminal would have been.
The main inscription on the memorial reads:
`In 1910 J. G. Weir used a field in Renfrew for flying experiments. During W.W.1 the Royal Flying Corps established a base at Renfrew. The birth of civil aviation in Scotland took place in Renfrew at the end of W.W.1 when Weirs and Beardmores commenced using the aerodrome.
The Air Ambulance Service and City of Glasgow No.602 squadron were also formed during this period. Renfrew Aerodrome the Cradle of Civil Aviation in Scotland expanded steadily and was honoured in 1933 by becoming the first municipal airport in Scotland.
At the end of W.W.2 during which Renfrew Airport played a significant role in civil aviation resumed and expanded rapidly. British European Airways made their base at Renfrew. Many other carriers also moved in. Slowly but surely the demand for additional space outstripped that available and Renfrew Airport known as the friendliest and safest airport in Britain was forced to close in 1966. Renfrew Airport played a major role in Scotland`s aviation history. The Royal Burgh of Renfrew and its citizens were proud to be part of it.`