|.... while a chapter of UK aviation history came to the end when the last VC10 in |
RAF service made a touch and go on Wednesday 25 September 2013 during its final
flight from RAF Brize Norton to Bruntingthorpe via BHX prior to scrapping
|There was also change on the ground - after 74 years of service from the Elmdon|
building Air Traffic Control went "live" in the new Tower on Wednesday 17 April 2013
|Freighters continued to visit in all shapes and sizes - star heavy freighter was FedEx |
MD-11F N590FE which visited for a weekend of training on Elmdon apron....
.... closely followed by ULS Cargo Airbus A310F TC-SGM which operated a charter
from Istanbul on Monday 6 May 2013 while Star Air/UPS Boeing 767Fs made
several nocturnal visits including two diversions from a snow bound East Midlands
.... while Iberia Airbus A330-302 EC-LXK diverted in from Heathrow on Friday 12 July
2013 when the airport was closed because of a fire on an Ethiopian Boeing 787
|Embraer Phenom 300 M-VAKE also stopped over on its delivery flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan, |
arriving on Friday 24 May 2013 and then staying over at BHX due to technical issues
|There was again a steady flow of biz jet movements with a number coming from afar |
including Gulfstream 450 B-8251, Gulfstream 150 C-GXNW, Gulfstream 550 VH-LAL,
Falcon 900 VH-PPD, Global Express XA-OVR and Falcon 900EX 9G-EXE....
|.... while many biz jet have bland colour schemes the Elmdon apron was brightened |
up by visits of Lewis Hamilton's Challenger 605 G-LCDH
|.... and TAG Aviation Challenger 850 G-RADY|
|Gulfstream 650 N673HA became "first of type" to visit BHX when it arrived from |
Portland-Hillsboro, Oregon, on Monday 29 July 2013 while....
|Falcon 2000 T7-NIK became the first San Marino registered aircraft to visit BHX |
when it arrived on Wednesday 27 November 2013
|.... providing some more colour was Starspeed Eurocopter EC155 B1 G-WINV which|
brought Beyonce in for her concert at the NEC on Friday 26 April 2013
|The Helicopter Club of Great Britain had another "fly in" this time to visit Jaguar |
in Castle Bromwich on Tuesday 10 September 2013....
|.... while the Flying Show at the NEC over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday|
30 November/1 December 2013 attracted a record number of visitors to the
Elmdon apron including Christen Eagle II G-KALW
|.... which gave an impromptu air display over the airfield on departure!|
|Military movements always provide a few surprises with the stars this year |
being two Polish Air Force CASA 295Ms that visited in May
|.... the new Voyagers with Airbus Airbus A330 KC2 ZZ333 becoming the first |
AirTanker aircraft to visit BHX when it arrived from RAF Brize Norton for a
visit to the Monarch Hangar on Sunday 1 December 2013
Historic aircraft also performed a number of flypast's - Royal Air Force Battle
of Britain Memorial Flight Douglas C-47A Dakota ZA947 performed a flypast
while en-route from Wednesbury to Bletchley Park on Sunday 5 May 2013
Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan G-VLCN/"XH558" which has been restored by the
"Vulcan to the Sky Trust" performed a flypast on Sunday 9 June 2013 on its
way to display at the RAF Cosford Air Show with....
|RAF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 performed a flypast on Saturday 10 August 2013|
|Back on the ground the airport skyline continued to change as work started in |
January 2013 on the new Hangar for Monarch Aircraft Engineering....
|....the structure of which soon dominated the Elmdon site and by the end |
of the year was fully operational with early visitors including flybe, flydubai,
Monarch and RAF aircraft
|After a long period of preparation - moving services etc - work on the Runway|
Extension gathered pace and the local geography started to change as first the
A45 diversion opened in August and then with the area cleared....
Tuesday 31 December 2013