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  1. 140 tons of Boeing 767-300ER having a little difficulty in the late December 2016 crosswind gusts on the New Orleans flight into BHX. Check the amount of rubber left on the runway by the right hand wheels.SOURCE
  2. A rare opportunity recently to film and compare three of the world's largest aircraft arriving in quick succession. The Emirates Airbus A380 was a scheduled arrival, but the US Air Force Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy and British Airways Boeing 747-400 were fog diversions to BHX from Mildenhall and Heathrow respectively. The USAF plane needed special airfield precautions as it was reported as carrying 'hazardous cargo'. Best wishes to everyone for 2017!SOURCE
  3. Or a park bench in this case. Time for a bit of festive fun as Christmas approaches. Like the way the dad (?) glances at the accident then keeps on filming, Thanks to the unknown duo in Sheldon Park by BHX airport.SOURCE
  4. Recent visits by this ground-breaking military transport plane to BHX have provided some quite unusual sights and sounds that probably not many people have experienced. Size-wise it sits roughly between the Lockheed C-130 and Boeing C-17. Its 8-bladed propellers are driven by the most powerful turboprop engines produced - at 11,000 horsepower each - excepting some Russian designs with a pair of contra-rotating props. As can be seen here, the props on each wing are counter-rotating, creating some interesting prop-vortex 'interference' effects over the wings.SOURCE
  5. Flight TOM 7260 from East Midlands to Tenerife on 22 November 2016 turned back towards East Midlands and circled south of the airport for a while before diverting to Birmingham. I do not know the reason for the above, but the 737 was reported overweight for the landing - despite having burnt off some fuel while circling - and requested fire service attendance. Landing overweight means landing faster and heavier than normal, so the 'fumes' around the wheel after touchdown may have been due to overheating brakes rather than a symptom of whatever caused the diversion.SOURCE
  6. Wheel braking and retraction for a variety of planes. Note that the wheels don't always brake simultaneously, and sometimes wobble a bit! The landing counterpart to this video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSodzuCwRYISOURCE
  7. There was a sharp breath intake from the air traffic controller as this A320 bounced... Crosswind gusts of around 46km/h were reported at around this time on an untypical early August afternoon.SOURCE
  8. For me, the A330 is the best looking of all Airbus' products - so here's a sequence showing it in different 'moods'. The operators here are Air Transat, Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Force (RAF), AirTanker and Hi Fly. The RAF planes are known as Voyagers, and have Cobham under-wing pods (with the small turbine propeller at the front) used for air-to-air refuelling. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the Voyager taking off into a patch of turbulence (as reported by the pilot to ATC),SOURCE
  9. When conditions are less than ideal, the particular distribution of buildings and earth mounds etc around BHX usually claims the odd victim, as the unpredictable wind currents and eddies suddenly catch the unfortunate plane. Here, an Airbus A321 is forced to go around on first landing attempt, then is successful on second attempt - but not without a further nudge from the atmosphere. _____________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  10. Close up, touchdowns are all subtly different, like snowflakes. This is a compilation of 2-, 4-, and 6- wheelers around the moment of contact with runway. A special mention for anyone who can identify each plane type! First correct answer (very very quick) was Varun Solanki. In order: 757 A320 787 777 757 fokker100 A330 A320 787 777 757 A320 787.SOURCE
  11. It had to happen eventually, but very surprising in the first 6 months of the service - the massive A380 suffering the indignity of a go-around, and not because of the Birmingham wind vagaries! It happened on the misty, drizzly 10th September 2016. A previous plane had reported a possible bird strike, and a vehicle was checking the runway, with a Dash-8 stationary on the runway and lined up to take off. Just before the A380 an Icelandair 757 had been ordered to go around because of the runway blockage, and had done so miles before touchdown. I knew the A380 was on approach and I was tuned into the tower radio frequency waiting for it to call in. When I glanced to the south to my amazement the A380 was just across the fields from the runway still on approach, so I started filming at that point. As you can see from the video it was several seconds later that the A380 called in and was instantly told to go around. For those seconds I could hardly believe what I was seeing, though in hindsight the pilot would at some point have seen the Dash-8 blocking the way (the Dash-8 was at an intermediate runway point, not at the end). If you want to watch the action in plan view check out FlightRadar24 or similar site at around 11:50 local time (10:50 UTC) on the above date for airport BHX.SOURCE
  12. Flybe flight 1274 Amsterdam-Manchester made an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport on 29th August 2016 after one of the tyres on the Dash-8 aircraft was discovered to have burst. In the video enlargement after the normal video the tyre can be seen shredding and baring the wheel rim. ______________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  13. Missed approaches by a Qatar Dreamliner and a Flybe Embraer plus an aborted landing by an Aer Lingus A320 are not what you usually expect in summer in the UK, even at BHX.SOURCE
  14. Frequent rain storms this summer has meant plenty of opportunity to catch these giants departing soaked runways. At about 130 tonnes, the Airbus A380 has the highest total jet thrust of any production plane, whilst the Boeing 777-300 has the most concentrated thrust due to it having the biggest available engines, each producing a barrage of around 52 tonnes. All hardware in this video courtesy Emirates Airline. ____________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  15. A little lady at Birmingham Airport showing all-body control of the whims of the wind which aircraft designers can only dream about.SOURCE
  16. How mighty jets slow down by blasting jet thrust through outlets in the engine sides, often creating spectacular spray storms on a wet runway. Here are some zoomed-in shots of the process at work, courtesy Pakistan International, Ryanair, Emirates, Air France and Air Transat.SOURCE
  17. Plenty of weathercocking in this twin video to Turbulent Touchdowns (https://youtu.be/Vtyq-8fdCsY), shot mainly in winter 2015/16 in the invariably variable wind conditions at BHX.SOURCE
  18. The world's largest production aircraft needs a lot of wheels to support its max takeoff and landing weights of around 600 tonnes and 400 tonnes respectively. It's almost like visual music watching the complex movements of the undercarriage/landing gear as it neatly folds away or absorbs huge landing punishment. ___________________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  19. The last week in March 2016 saw the start of the daily Emirates Airbus A380 and Qatar 787 services to Birmingham Airport, but also saw a wave of diversions from storm-hit Heathrow, including British Airways 747's and 777 and brightly-painted South African A340.SOURCE
  20. Selected (attempted) landings at BHX this winter on the more difficult days for the pilots. As usual, the problems mainly come not from the wind speed and direction but sudden changes in these. A couple of the shots are actually from 2014 but emphasize the bumpiness of the approach over the City at times. The pilot of one of the landings here kindly made the following comment: "The thing that makes BHX stand out from most other windy airports is the fact that the gusty, turbulent winds seem to persist all the way down to the runway. In most airports, the air seems to be a bit calmer once you enter the ground effect during the flare, but not in BHX. I'm not sure if this is caused by a lack of trees or some other specific terrain features in the area, but it makes the landings there quite a bit more interesting. These landings might look scary from the outside and trust me, it's a lot more challenging and stressful than landing in CAVOK wind calm conditions, but it's also the most fun you can have as a pilot."SOURCE