Being anoraks at Gloucestershire Airport

We had to go to Gloucestershire Airport today, as Lee needed to renew his Class 1 Medical with an aviation doctor there. We’d spent a weekend in Wiltshire and it was sort of on the way home, so we drove rather than flew in this time. While Lee was having his medical I had a cappuccino and worked on my laptop in the lovely cafe there, from which this was the view.

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In fact there was a fence between me and this gorgeous business jet, with a vaguely amusing sign warning one not to “loiter”. It’s hard not to loiter when there are so many interesting things to see!

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Lee passed his medical with flying colours and we had lunch together in the cafe afterwards. Over lunch, sitting by the window, we spotted Carol Vorderman flying off in her little plane!

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We also saw this Harvard do a few fly-pasts. You’re not normally allowed to do this, but warbirds seem to do it all the time! (This one’s a video so click the play button to watch it.)

After lunch we were going to go straight home, but we got distracted by various interesting aircraft coming in, including this helicopter from the Defence Helicopter Flying School. Here’s Lee looking quite the anorak!!

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The runway looks quite undulating seen from this angle. You can also see the heat rising from the tarmac. I have flown into this airport before and remember it being quite tricky taxiing around because there are several runways, so repeating the taxi instructions back to the air traffic controller was a challenge!

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Here’s me!

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A better view of that helicopter.

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We had Lee’s handheld radio with us so that we could listen to aircraft talking to the tower, from which we learned that this Hercules was on its way over.

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The business jet had its APU on so we decided to hang around to wait for it to depart. Apparently it had flown in from New York this morning and was about to go to Stansted.

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When it powered up the engines, this is how close we were!! My hair is going to be difficult to brush this evening!

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We saw this Tiger Moth doing quite a few flights, and the business jet had to wait for it to land before it was cleared to enter the runway.

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Lee used to fly this plane when he was doing his airline pilot training at Gloucestershire Airport.

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Here’s the business jet lining up for take-off. I really didn’t think there would be room for it to turn around on the runway, but it managed somehow! I find it nerve-wracking enough turning Wilhelm round on the runway, with his long wings.

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Off she goes. The engines sounded incredible on take-off!

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We headed home after that, but the plane spotting didn’t end there; when we got home, this Dragon Rapide flew over! This is what airliners looked like in the 1930s. Quite a good spot!

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12 Comments on Being anoraks at Gloucestershire Airport

  1. Peter Horsburgh
    July 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks of a wonderful, spontaneous picture of this super airport. Almost every day is as interesting as this. Come back soon.

    • Rachel McCombie
      July 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Peter! I was amazed by how many interesting aircraft we saw in a short space of time. We’ll certainly be back before too long. :)

  2. Cory pockett
    July 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm (5 years ago)

    You have really inspired me! I am a 14 year old boy who is extremely enthusiastic about Aviation. When I get a bit older I really want to become a pilot. You have just opened up a new door, maybe now I might start blogging about my spottings at EGBJ and about my Journey. Thank you very much. Great blog!!!

    • Rachel McCombie
      July 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm (5 years ago)

      Aww thanks Cory, I’m very happy to have inspired you! Check out some of my other posts for more flying pics etc. You should definitely pursue your interest in flying, it’s a fantastic thing to do. And in the meantime, blogging is a great idea – let me know if you set one up!

      • Cory Pockett
        July 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm (5 years ago)

        Thank you for replying to me! I cant wait to set one up its just im not sure where to buy my blog? Or where is best website to set it up?

        • Rachel McCombie
          July 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm (5 years ago)

          Try WordPress.com :)

          • Cory Pockett
            July 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm (5 years ago)

            Thank you!

  3. Clifton Aviation
    July 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautifully written post. So glad you enjoyed you visit to EGBJ. See you again!

    • Rachel McCombie
      July 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, we’ll be back soon!

  4. Mike F
    July 9, 2014 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

    Glad you enjoyed your visit. Next time come at a weekend (or Wednesday in school holidays; check website) and visit our new(ish) museum:

    http://www.jetagemuseum.btck.co.uk/

    .. for nostalgic anorakery. We have our own (grass) taxiway and apron (Twy R off 09/27 – ask for it on first contact with APP or TWR), so you can taxi up to the gate. Or, if you park on the main apron, the nice Ops staff in the Terminal will usually give you a lift over. Admission (and parking, car or aircraft!) is free. We have a gafe, too, and free WiFi.

    Mike (one of the volunteer guides)

    [PS I assume that your coiffure is the reason why the sign suggests you should not loiter there!]

    • Rachel McCombie
      July 9, 2014 at 10:27 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment – we definitely intend to visit the Jet Age Museum sometime – thanks for the info and see you soon :)

  5. Mike F
    July 9, 2014 at 9:21 am (5 years ago)

    [oops, ‘cafe’]