Saturday, February 20, 2016

Iron Maiden Arrives

For the second time that I have been in South Florida, I have been able to see the arrival of "Ed Force One" - the aircraft used to transport the heavy metal group, Iron Maiden around.  Back in 2011, it was a Boeing 757-200 that belonged to the English charter company Astraeus Airlines.

For the 2016 tour, the group as upgraded considerably, this time being a 747-400 belonging to Air Atlanta Icelandic that has recently been acquired from Air France when they retired their Boeing 747-400 fleet.

Why it is always cloudy when they arrive, I have no idea, maybe it's because of the flight 666 call sign :)  But - regardless of the weather, they are always a welcome sight.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

South Africa January 2016

I traveled to South Africa for a special family occasion at the end of January/beginning of February, but no trip to Johannesburg could be undertaken without a trip to OR Tambo International Airport.  This time, I decided to spend a Saturday morning at the end of runway 03R for the arrivals that turned out in absolutely perfect weather.  Here are a few of the highlights.

Air Zimbabwe A320 - I've actually never seen this color scheme before - very plain, but very nice.

The only place in the world where you can see the British Airways logo on a Boeing 737-800 winglet.

LAM (Mozambique) Boeing 737-700

One of my favorite aircraft - Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i

Mango (South African Airways low-cost) Boeing 737-800

Having flown on one of these back in November, another of my favorite aircraft - Qatar Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

South African Airways Airbus A330-200

South African Airways Airbus A340-600

FlySafair Boeing 737-400

FlySafair Boeing 737-800

And, another that I have been looking for for ages as well - Kulula's "This Way Up" Boeing 737-800

There are a lot more I have to edit - South African Airways A320/319's for example, but, in the meantime, some more time spent behind the camera lens......