Sunday, 5 June 2016

Prestwick Airport

Seeing three monster transport aircraft at Prestwick in one day has to be good. To be outside on a beautiful warm day makes it even better.

We had heard a whisper that we could see a couple of large visitors, so we set off down the coast with great expectations.

On arriving at the mound, a common viewing location, we saw a Russian operated Antonov AH-124-100 sitting on the apron.

Unsure of any departure times, we had to wait and watch for any activity.

Eventually the crew made their way to the cargo plane and headed towards the end of the runway.

Before she departed we noticed a Boeing C-17 Globemaster approaching the runway and landed, taking  the full length of the runway to slow down.

Once it had cleared the runway the Antonov built up speed before lifting its huge body into the sky.

A long wait was rewarded later in the afternoon when a second Globemaster arrived. By this time the wind had changed direction and the aircraft arrived from the opposite direction and went to park near the first Boeing.

Duly sunburnt, I headed home with my first pictures of either of these giants of aviation.

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