Glasgow Airport Movements 2021
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The airport taxi feeder rank was busier than it had been for while this month. This was the scene on 2 September with the first Icelandair flight since the suspension due to the pandemic about to land and an Emirates Triple-seven due in later, both potential bringing in some business for the hard-pressed cabbies.
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference, better known as COP26, fast approaching, Glasgow is set to be the focus of the world`s attention between 31 October and 12 November 2021. The Scottish Events Campus (SEC) will act as official host to the COP26 delegations which will involve upwards of 30,000 people, representing over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs, faith groups and many more. In addition to the negotiations there will be exhibitions and side events not only within the campus but at various locations the city.
More than 120 politicians and heads of state are expected for the three-day world leaders' summit at the start of the conference. The Queen, the Pope and President Joe Biden are amongst those who intend to be there are Her Majesty the Queen, US President Joe Biden and the Pope, presenting a major challenge for the police and security services - and all this at a time when Coronavirus infections are likely to remain high despite the extensive vaccine rollout program.
Thousands of delegates will remain for the negotiations that will follow the world leaders conference which means that COP26 will be far bigger and last longer than the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005. Although some of the delegates will make their way to the city by green transport, Scotland`s main airports have the potential of being busier than they have been for decades.
(Above photo courtesy of Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit. Police Public order training images © PA/BBC /The Herald)
Operation Urram (Gaelic for respect) will see a total of 10,000 officers deployed on each day of the two-week conference. About 45% of the officers will be drawn from the ranks of Police Scotland, with the rest coming from other UK police forces, British Transport Police, the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. It will be one of the largest policing operations ever undertaken in Britain. Police Scotland said it will take a human rights-based approach to policing any linked demonstrations and that the force was already engaging with various known protest groups to ensure that their rights to peaceful assembly and protest will be accommodated.
As the event is also set to attract an element intent on causing serious disorder and mayhem, Police Scotland are giving around 2,500 officers training in public order tactics. This will be on top of those Support Unit personnel already trained and specialist units from visiting forces.
Although there is no specific threat, terrorism is very much a concern. Police Scotland`s 500 Authorised Firearms Officers will be joined by many others from around the UK. Counter-terrorism experts will be on hand and the military will provide support in addition to contributing intelligence. The conference venue itself will become United Nations territory, guarded by armed UN personnel.
Rising temperatures etc / Snow clearers are a reminder that winter isn`t too far away now etc*
The following shot illustrates examples of two subjects that will be discussed in depth at the forthcoming conference: Dairy farming and sustainable green energy. Overall, a quarter of global emissions comes from food. The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) calculated that between 2005 and 2015, the dairy cattle industry's greenhouse gas emissions increased by 18% as demand for milk grows largely as a result of population growth, rising incomes, urbanisation and westernisation of diets in countries such as China and India. These gases – mainly methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide – are produced at different stages of dairy farming. Methane, the most potent of these gases, is first produced as the cow digests its food. Then, as the manure is managed on the farm, methane as well as nitrous oxides are also emitted. These gases all contribute to global warming but there are various steps that can be taken to reduce the emissions footprint. Wind powered generators to supply the electricity to milking parlours are just one example.
Merchantmen transporting wind turbine components have been a familiar sight on the Clyde for many years. The latest to appear was the Russian-flagged Ro-Ro cargo ship Angara (IMO: 9179842) which is seen here passing Newshot Island on Friday 17 September on her way to Glasgow`s King George V Dock. At 126 metres in length, she is one of the larger such vessels to operate here, and was carrying turbine blades from Izmir in Turkey. Hunterston development info*
British Airways have decided to jump on the (?) bandwagon by introducing a special light-blue livery on one of its Airbus A320neo aircraft, namely A320-251N G-TTNA. // The new look, named the `BA Better World Livery` was unveiled on September 7, 2021, at Heathrow Airport during the launch of the carrier’s ‘BA Better World’ sustainability program. The British airline partnered with Airbus to create the livery which shows their most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. The national flag carrier explained that it is looking to lead the way in creating a sustainable airline industry. Also, the national flag carrier announced a new collaboration with BP to source a sustainable aviation fuel program for all its operations between London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh in the UK COP26 conference. The collaboration will provide a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80% compared to the traditional jetliner fuel. From now on the British Airways customers will be able to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from the duo-collaboration of BP and BA to reduce their carbon footprint in combination with carbon offsets, setting foot in the environment-friendly aviation industry movement. etc*
Prestwick and Glasgow should see most of the traffic with the Ayrshire airport set to see around 160 conference related movements during the course of the event. Extra short-term workers are being recruited and equipment is being brought in to assist with operations. It`s expected that over 70 aircraft, either bringing in delegates, heads of state including Her majesty the Queen and US President Joe Biden, or support and security personnel will park up. Flights at Glasgow will obviously ramp up too, as will those at Edinburgh Airport.
Boeing 737-9 MAX TF-ICA (f/v) Icelandair (2nd); (first paying commercial visit of type) and Airbus A319-112 ER-00002 (f/v) of Fly One etc* (3rd); Airbus A320-214 EI-DVM Aer Lingus (Retro livery), Airbus A319-112 D-AIBJ Lufthansa (Star Alliance colours), plus Boeing 737-8 MAX TF-ICN (f/v) which was the first of Icelandair`s MAX-8s to re-visit after the latest round of travel restrictions were lifted (5th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-ENH Emirates (Expo 2020 Green livery), Smartwings Boeing 737-8Q8(WL) OK-TVY arrived AM and left just before 09:00 hrs, taking the Moldova football team to Vágar in the Faroe Islands archipelago for their next Europa League match. Also calling in were Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-INH of easyJet Europe, Embraer ERJ-135LR F-GYPE of Pan Europeenne Air Service flew in from Geneva and British Airways A319-131 G-EUPN which arrived for storage/maintenance) (6th); Boeing 737-8 MAX TF-ICE Icelandair (7th); Boeing 737-8 MAX TF-ICO (f/v) Icelandair and Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUA Lufthansa (Star Alliance colours) (9th); Airbus A320-214 EI-DVM Aer Lingus (Retro livery) and A319-111 OE-LKQ easyJet Europe, plus BA A320-251N G-TTNA made its first visit since its repaint (10th)...
BA Airbus A320-232 G-EUUK departed after a period of storage/maintenance (11th); Airbus A321-271NX D-AIED (f/v) Lufthansa (The first of the carrier`s A321 Neos to visit Glasgow) (12th); A320-214 OE-IJL easyJet Europe and Embraer ERJ-190STD PH-EZX KLM Cityhopper (Sky Team colours) (13th); Airbus A321-211 G-POWN Titan Airways (all white colours) arrived with FC Lyon from Lyon and Jet2 Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBN departed with Celtic FC to Seville (15th); Dornier Do-328JET-310 OY-JJB Sun Air (16th); A319-111 OE-LKC easyJet Europe (17th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPU Emirates (Expo 2020 - Sustainability (green) Livery) and Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIU Icelandair (Aurora Borealis Livery) (19th);
Boeing 737-9 MAX TF-ICA Icelandair // The last Fly Dubai delivery was a Max-9, Icelandair was the first revenue visit of the type. Thursday 2 September 2021. (to edit)* // After things looked as if they were etc Glasgow with Icelandair welcome return now operated by 737 MAX etc- Iceland etc , suspended the Glasgow / Keflavik connection at the end of September. This is likely due to continued travel restrictions between the USA and Europe so now it`s a potential restart in early summer 2022. (to edit)*
A319-112 ER-00002 (f/v) FlyOne "(1645/1744 Stand 27, arrived with Moldova football team from Chisinau, the capital of Eastern Europe's Republic of Moldova. // FLYONE is a privately owned low-cost airline headquartered at the city`s international airport. It was founded in 2015 and formally launched operations in 2016. It operates scheduled and charter flights. The plane which visited Glasgow is the carrier`s only A319-100 variant as the remainder of the fleet, four aircraft in total, is made up of the larger A319-200 variant. (ex OO-SSP, N618MX, EI-FDA, A6-RRC) etc*
Intro* // Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner OY-NPE of Alborg Airtaxi-North Flying and Saab 340B G-NFLB (f/v) Cranfield University both paid a visit on Friday 10 September. The latter went into the Loganair hangar, remaining until ? etc* // ATR 72-600 G-FBXB Loganair made two visits on Tuesday 14 September, plus Britten-Norman BN-2B Islander G-HEBS of Hebridean Air Services stopped in briefly, late afternoon, probably for fuel.
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Intro // As usual, the comings and goings of Air Charter Scotland`s based CitationJet CJ2 G-NOCM, pictured here on September 2, aren`t recorded. etc* / Raytheon Hawker 800XP EJ-REVA of GainJet Ireland stopped over from last month. September`s corporate visitors as follows: Gulfstream G650 M-YGIG (f/v) (below), Dassault Falcon 2000LX 2-RBTS (f/v), Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign OK-UGJ, Eclipse Aviation Eclipse 550 2-RAYS and Embraer Phenom 300 G-JMBO (plus other dates?)* (1st);
Cessna CitationJet CJ2+ G-TWOP (2nd); Bombardier Challenger 650 N208QS (f/v) and Dassault Falcon 2000EX CS-DLN (f/v) both arrived from Biggin Hill and Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD flew in from Northolt. Also, Citation Sovereign SE-RFL and Citation XLs CS-EFF (f/v) and G-LEAX (3rd); Cessna Citation Bravo G-CMBC (6th); CitationJet CJ3+ 2-TEAM (7th); Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD plus CJ3+ 2-TEAM made another appearance (8th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 D-AHOS, operated by Air Hamburg, flew in from Moscow Vnukovo Airport, Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV-X N841WS and Falcon 2000EX CS-DLN from / to Farnborough (9th)...
September`s corporate visitors continued with Gulfstream G-IV-X N913HH (f/v) (10th); Cessna 650 Citation III N47AN (f/v), Citation Mustang OE-FHA Globe Air and Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHA (11th); Gulfstream IV-SP N156WJ (12th); Learjet 45 G-SOVB Zenith Aviation (12th); Raytheon Beechjet 400A SP-TAT Smart Jet Poland (13th); Learjet 45 ZS-ULT (f/v) and Cessna Citation Bravo G-SPRE Synergy Aviation Ltd (14th); Gulfstream G650ER N83CW (f/v), Dassault Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD, Cessna Citation Latitude D-CAWN (f/v), Citation Sovereign N492CA, CitationJet CJ4 M-KNOX, Embraer Legacy 500 G-RORA and Bombardier Learjet 40 I-ELYS (f/v) (15th); Eclipse Aerospace EA500 N117EA, Cessna Citation V EC-LEP, Embraer Phenom 300 D-CBBS, plus Air Hamburg Embraer Legacy 650 D-AFUN flew in from Kerry (16th)...
Gulfstream VII OY-WLD (f/v), Gulfstream G650ER LX-ICE (f/v) Gulfstream IV-SP N945GS (f/v), Dassault Falcon 7X G-MATO, Citation Excel G-IPAX and Citation II G-SPUR (above) (17th); CitationJet CJ1 G-KION, Phenom 300 G-JMBO (plus other dates)?* and Citation II G-SPUR returned (18th); Gulfstream G550 G-OGSE TAG Aviation (UK), Cessna 680A Citation Latitude CS-LTF flew in from Farnborough, and Phenom 300 CS-PHA arrived from Amsterdam Schiphol (19th);
Gulfstream G650s N650FX and N889CH
Gulfstream G650s N650FX and N889CH
Gulfstream G650 N889CH on Area R (above) and Gulfstream V N889DE (below), both snapped mid-afternoon on Monday 20 September 2021.
Above: Gulfstream G-IV-X N913HH touched down at Glasgow for the first time on Friday 10 September and is pictured here on Area R the following morning.
Intro // Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II PH-SVY which has been engaged in survey work over the past few weeks stopped over from August etc* September`s GA visitors kicked off with Cessna 421C Golden Eagle G-ISAR, and PA-31T PH-SVY returned. AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNews G-FRRN (f/v) and G-MAOL also called in, plus two other AW109SPs, namely G-FDHS and G-ETPO, overflew the airport separately (1st); Quest Kodiak 100 D-FERD (f/v) (2nd); AW189 G-MCGN HM Coastguard (4th); Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGG HMCG (5th); King Air 350 G-SRBM, HMCG AW189 G-MCGM `Rescue 151` called in twice, plus G-CIKM overshot Runway 23 at 11:30 hrs (6th); Sikorsky S-76C G-XXEB of The Queen's Helicopter Flight and S-92A G-MCGL HMCG (8th); Diamond DA62 G-JAAM and from HMCG, AW189s G-MCGT which made two visits, and G-MCGM (10th); (to edit)*
Beech King Air 200s G-NICB, G-FLYK, G-FLYW and G-IASA (11th); King Air 200 G-KVIP, King Air 90GTx N95VB, Pilatus PC-12/47E G-FITC (f/v), Pilatus PC-12/47E OH-JFB (f/v), Beech N35 Bonanza N111SC and HMCG AW189 G-MCGM (13th); Cessna T303 Crusader G-CMOS and HMCG AW189 G-MCGT (14th); King Air 200 G-IASB, plus another visit by AW189 G-MCGT (15th); King Air 200 G-PCOP, Cessna 182R Skylane G-BKKP and AW189 G-MCGP HMCG (16th); King Air 200 G-IASC plus S-92As G-MCGG and G-MCGL, and AW189 G-MCGP, all operated by HMCG (17th); King Air 200 G-NICB and AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew G-DAYF (18th); King Air 200 G-GHSV (19th);
At first glance it looks as if this Air Ambulance chopper has set down on the roof of the Gama Aviation hangar, but it`s actually caught in mid-hover while slowly lifting off from the apron. etc*
Poseidon ZP805, callsign `Stingray 01`, the latest addition to ?Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth on Friday 3 September etc* caught it just before it was partially obscured in the cloud on climb out etc* // touch and goes 1205, 1219, 1242, 1256, 1311 and 1324 hours.
CASA C-295M 024 (f/v) of the Polish Air Force made a brief visit mid-afternoon on Friday 17 September. It was on the ground less than an hour.
About 16:00 hrs on Monday 20 September, Boeing Chinook HC.6 ZH897, callsign `Titan 41` flew west along the River Clyde from the East end of the city and made several circuits above the COP26 venue at an altitude of 1,000ft before continuing west towards Dumbarton. Thereafter it appeared to turn north after which it dropped off FR24. I managed this snatch shot from my back window as the Chinook flew past my house etc.
Along at BAE Systems` Govan yard, HMS Glasgow is taking shape. The two main hull sections have been joined etc*
Joint Warrior 21-2 / *
Intro // Prestwick hosted the Draken (Formerly Cobham Aviation) Dassault Falcons and Royal Navy Hawks etc / Link(s): JW dedicated page, plus there is a Prestwick Airport section at the bottom of this one which also features non-exercise traffic. *
The first of the participating vessels gathered on the Clyde early on Wednesday 15 September etc* // RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) sailed into view off Greenock shortly after I headed home and joined RFA Tiderace (A137) which was already berthed at Faslane. // headed upriver to Glasgow`s KGV Dock, followed by another five warships the next day. along with Norwegian supply ship Maud form SNMCMG1 etc* (LINK)*
HMCS Fredericton had CH-148 Cyclone 148826 aboard.
The Elbe-class replenishment ships are intended to support German naval units away from their home ports. The ships carry fuel, provisions, ammunition and other materiel and also provide medical services. All six vessels in the class are named after German rivers where German parliaments were placed.
FGS Elbe is just visible in the above panorama. All these shots were taken from the old Erskine Harbour.
Construction & Development
It was very clear and the moon was low in the sky on the night of 19/20 September, however, come morning Low Vis procedures were in force at the airport.
Out and About
By the middle of the month, the Swallows and House Martins were concentrating on building up their strength for their epic migration to Africa. The airport perimeter fence in Walkinshaw Road is a popular perch for these species, many of the birds having nested in the derelict farm buildings on the opposite side of the road.
The Swallows, House Martins and Swifts will set off next month, but hundreds of geese have already arrived, electing to spent their winters here, rather than their summer breeding grounds north of the Arctic Circle. Although the winters can be harsh here, they will be less severe than Norway and Svalbard. The birds pictured above have favoured Newshot Island just west of the 23 approach meantime but may relocate. I also spotted a flock of around 100 Lapwings flying between Newshot and the Titan Crane just before the above shot was taken.
The fields bordering the Black Cart Water are another popular feeding ground, creating an increased risk of a bird strike. This impressive low-flying formation of Greylag Geese could have benefited from Red Arrows-style multi-coloured smoke trails for added impact.
Hillington`s Boeing 737
Not too far from the airport, on the Hillington Industrial Estate, is a nose section from Boeing 737-500 which was saved from the scrapyard and brought to Scotland in October 2015 from Cotswold Airport (formerly known as Kemble) to form a striking frontage to `The Experience`, which launched as a new entertainment, training and activity centre housed in the former Rolls Royce aero engine factory. The project included a `history tunnel` which told the story of aircraft building on this site.
The Hillington 737 is believed to be ex-VP-BVR and F-GJNB which, after a 24 year career flying under the flags of Air France and Yamal Airways, served as a dining area at the venue. The remainder of the plane including the wings and engines were processed and recycled at the Gloucestershire airport.
The venture, which included a go-carting centre, was forced to close at short notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the owners later decided not to reopen it in its original form once lockdown restrictions had eased. Instead, The Experience, will be transformed into a new skills academy for Kibble Works, a charity’s youth development programme that gives vulnerable young people skills to assist them in attaining permanent employment. Kibble Works is made up of a range of fully functioning businesses from a mechanics, to a lawnmower repair service and a bike shop, where young people are given a range of qualifications including work-based learning.
The aircraft`s all-white fuselage was adorned with a go-cart design just a couple of years before the Experience folded but due to a lack of attention, the paintwork is fading and a considerable amount of moss has formed - making an ideal practical training exercise if any of the attendees are contemplating starting a car washing business!
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Wednesday 8 September 2021 etc*
Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 (above) was one of two USAF C-5s that arrived at Prestwick during the early hours of Friday 3 September, the other being 86-0016. Both are based at Travis Air Force Base in California. The latter aircraft resumed its journey at 09:00 hrs on the 4th but this one remained until the afternoon of the 9th. Travis Air Force Base, one of many under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command (AMC), is located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California. Its position at the southwestern edge of the Sacramento Valley is known as the `Gateway to the Pacific.` (Following Travis AFB photo © USAF).
Travis handles more cargo and passenger traffic than any other military air terminal in the United States. The base has a long and proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world. Today, Travis AFB hosts around 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reservists and 3,770 civilians. The base's host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, is the largest wing in the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, with a versatile fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxies, 13 C-17 Globemaster III transports and 27 KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft. Many Travis-based planes have stopped off at Prestwick over the years.
USN 168980 C40A USN // Bombardier Global 5000 G-LAMO // Ravenair Piper PA-E23-250 Aztec G-RVRJ and Norwegian Dreamliner VP-CVM etc*
00-0171 C17 USAF RCH873 arr 0349ish dep 2204ish Anchorage, Alaska. 176 WG / 3rd WG etc*
It was a slow start with the F-GUOC B777-2F operating the scheduled cargo flight from Chicago-O`Hare being the only movement of note before 09:00 hrs. etc*
The only military aircraft to appear for training on September 8 was Lockheed Martin C-130-J ZH870 of the RAF which made a high go-around of Runway 30 before continuing north. A second RAF Herc was operating around Leuchars over on the east coast at the time. They were participating in Operation Chameleon, A three week-long Military exercise which took place in the Fife area from 29th August – 17th September. During this period there was a substantial increase in low level and night time flying in the Fife area, particularly in the vicinity of the ex-RAF bases, from both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. As well as the C-130s, Beech Shadow, Chinooks and Apache gunships were involved.
Merlin etc* ZH850 and ZH854, both currently based at HMS Gannet, were each rolled out of the hangar during the morning, the former/ latter chopper being first away etc*
Almost reminiscent of the helicopters manoeuvring for the attack scene in Apocalypse Now, `Foxtrot Charlie Formation` comprised six Robinson helicopters, namely R44 Raven IIs G-CCFC. G-CLJR, G-HVER, G-NIOG, G-REGL and Robinson R66 Turbine G-HKPC. etc* I believe the choppers were acting as personal taxis for like-minded people on a round robin tour of Scotland, taking in some of the country`s world famous golf courses en route. (to edit)*
N8200R DHC8-2 FENIX52 arr 11:15 dep 1313ish
The Special Ops plane was on the ground for around two hours - more than enough for a gas `n` go.
A check of Flightradar24.com revealed that this high-flying heavy, which was eastbound at around 30,000 feet, was Kalitta Air Boeing 747-446(BCF) N744CK. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this aircraft now sports a face covering! Belgian cargo operator Cargolux, whose Jumbo freighters frequently visit Prestwick, also have one of their 747s similarly adorned, but I believe Kalitta is the first US-based airline to have a plane wear a mask to support the fight against Coronavirus. N744CK started its career as a passenger hauler for Japan Airlines (JAL) back in 1993 but has been in Kalitta's fleet for two decades.
(Above Kalitta masked 747 photos Twitter-H. Misuto / www.aviationmegastore.com)
Th only other flyover photographed was this Swiss widebody which was routing from San Francisco to Zurich.
Visiting lights stopping in for fuel were Reims-Cessna FR172J Rocket G-LOYA, Beech 95-B55 Baron G-BZIT and from Ireland, Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II EI-CMT. German-registered Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter D-FIPS has been temporarily based at Prestwick for much of the summer carrying out survey work. Resident Scottish Aviation Bulldog 120 G-ASAL was the company demonstrator for Scottish Aviation and was built here in 1974. Reims-Cessna FR172F G-DRAM floatplane also took to the air.
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 61-0315 `Our Gal Sal` landed at 12:30 hrs.
A bonus was that Boeing N2S-3 Kaydet G-OBEE, currently in US Navy WW2 training colours, taxied out for departure just as the USAF tanker was slowing to a crawl to vacate the runway, enabling me to capture both aircraft in the same frame. The N2S-3 is a derivative of the Boeing A-75N1 Stearman with at least 10,626 built during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. The Boeing 75 served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), the United States Navy (as the NS and N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as the Kaydet throughout World War Two.
At the end of hostilities, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold onto the civilian market and immediately became popular as crop dusters, aerobatic display and wing walking machines for use in air shows.
This particular veteran dates from 1941 and was allocated Buzz Number 3397, although it now displays 174 as its serial. After retiring from US Navy service in May 1947 it was sold to Atwood Aviation of Salinas, California, and received its first of several US civilian registrations. The aircraft changed hands several times in the States prior to December 2004 when it was exported to the United Kingdom. The current scheme was applied in June 2007.
Back in June 2019, I was on the island of Mull when I called in at Glenforsa Airfield to shoot a batch of French-registered lights which were night-stopping on a flying tour of Scotland. Seven French aircraft were present, as was an immaculate, bright yellow Boeing E.75 biplane bearing the American registration N4596N and ‘U.S Mail’ on the fuselage. This veteran belongs to the owner of the Glenforsa Hotel and is based on Mull each summer, over-wintering in a hangar on the mainland.
I waited until United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE) C-130 Serial Number 1211 C130H UAF1214 landed at 13:25 // from Rhodes etc landed shortly before hrs etc . The following biz-jets arrived at Prestwick later that day: Gulfstream G-IV N800AR, Pilatus PC-24 LX-FCB, Cessna Citation XLS G-NJAB, CitationJet CJ3 LX-FPF, CitationJet CJ2 D-IJOA and Citation Mustang F-GMTJ. (to edit)*
Monday 20 September 2021
Royal Jet Boeing 737-7Z5(WL) BBJ A6-RJY etc*
The first of two inbound C-17s photographed was ?? which flew in from Al Udeid Air Base. This is is one of two military bases southwest of Doha, Qatar, also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport. It houses Qatar Air Force, United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and other foreign forces. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central Command, No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. According to media reports in June 2017, the base hosted over 11,000 U.S. and U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition forces and over 100 operational aircraft but Afghanistan withdrawal etc will obviously impact these numbers. (to edit)*
From the Depart of Defense image search website - Defense Visual Information Center. Picture comes up if you search for Al Udeid ID: DF-SD-07-08098 Service Depicted: Air Force 040818-F-4884R-024 An aerial overhead view of"Ops Town"at at Al Udeid Air Base (AB), Al Rayyan Province, Qatar (QAT), taken from a US Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Camera Operator: TSGT SCOTT REED, USAF. Wikipedia (to edit)*
No military choppers on this occasion, just a couple from the UK civil register: HM Coastguard Agusta-Westland AW189 G-MCGP and AW-109 Trekker G-RMBH.
There was plenty of blue sky for a few hours in the morning before it clouded over. This eastbound Aero Mexico heavy was just one of several flyovers seen.