I know that blog entries have been a little sparse lately - the heat of the South Florida summer has really set in along with dreaded heat haze and the still in effect cross runway operations at Ft Lauderdale. When this opportunity presented itself, I was very happy and I was very privileged to be part of the media contingent on Friday June 10, 2011 in witnessing a new part of South Florida Aviation History with the inauguration of Lufthansa's Airbus A380 service from Frankfurt to Miami replacing the Boeing 747-400. It also happened to be the very first landing at Miami of the Airbus A380. The press was met at the meeting area with the poster announcing the arrival.
As part of the ceremonies, the "A380's" of their day made their entrance in a procession prior to the arrival of the real thing. First was the American Airlines DC-3 Flagship Detroit,
followed by the restored Eastern airlines DC-7B.
The two "oldies" were lined up at the gate to await the arrival of the A380.
The A380 - D-AIMD "Tokyo" - made it's grand entrance on runway 9 to lines of spectators on the perimeter road and surrounding areas, it's two engine in reverse thrust.
Following which it taxied towards the terminal.
To it's parking gate at the J concourse.
Once all had deplaned, the crew was introduced to the media.
It really was a special day and the ability to see the first landing of this quiet giant was something I'll remember for many many years to come!
Some more time spent behind the camera lens.....