Wednesday 19 June 2013 13:41 UTC
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Nice story in the Mail today....
A historic biplane that was the first to land at Manchester Airport has returned to mark the airport's 75th birthday.
The vintage de Havilland Hornet Moth flew in today carrying Peter Menzies, son of original pilot Duncan who was aboard the aircraft back on May 17, 1937.
The single-engined plane was originally not even supposed to have touched down at the Ringway airstrip, as it was then known.
It was bound for the nearby Barton airfield in Salford, en route from White Waltham in Berkshire, but was forced to use the Ringway because of heavy rain.
Although the Ringway's landing strip was complete, it had no buildings and was not officially opened until June 25, 1938.
Owner David Weston today flew the aircraft back to Manchester Airport, where it sat alongside the world’s largest commercial airliner, the 517-seat, double-decker Airbus A380, which had jetted in from Dubai.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z1vCgyDF7a
Here's a link to the Granada Reports piece.
http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2012-05 ... t-returns/
Sent from my Bardic lamp held out of the window of a Churnet Valley signal box.
Still too late on the round-out, Hoskins
Nice aeroplane though.
Was lucky enough to meet these two gentleman this week, whilst it was night stopping at Barton. Both very nice people and a lovely aeroplane too. He did say his landing at Manchester Int wasn't the best he had ever done! but I guess that what happens when the whole world is watching!..
My Photos of it arriving at Barton..
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