Photo of the Day 10th October 2023

Side view of a single engined light aircraft parked on grass facing to the right. The plane is mostly white, with a red belly, with a blue, white, and red roundel on the rear fuselage, and blue, white, and red fin flash on the tail. the top of the nose cone is painted black. The serial "XX522" is under the horizontal stabiliser on the rear fuselage. The foreground is filled with grass, while in the background, some people are standing on the far side of the plane, their legsvisible under the fuselage. Further back, trees and bushes mark the airfields perimeter, with rolling hills in the far distance, under a hazy grey sky.
XX522/06/G-DAWG, Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1, in RAF colours, at City Airport Manchester/Barton, 3rd June 2023.

Side view of a twin engined jet airliner taxiing from left to right. The plane is mostly white, with a red stripe running along the body, covering the passenger cabin windows. There are black "United Arab Emirates" titles on the upper rear fuselage, repeated in an Arabic script on the upper mid fuselage over the wings. Ther is a reversed UAE flag on the tail.In the foreground, the top of the terminal building is visible, badly out of focus, while in the background, yellow metal frames are in front of large, light blue fuel tanks, with some black hangars further back., all under a hazy grey sky.
A6-PFD, Airbus A300C4-620, Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight, taxiing to Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport, 10th October 1992.

 

Side view of a 3 engined jet cargo liner with it's engines mounted on the rear fuselage, parked facing to the left. The plane is mostly white, with large blue and red "FedEx" titles on the forward fuselage, while the rear fuselage and tail are a dark blue, with white and red "FedEx" titles. The registration "N114FE" is on the centre engine intake in black. In the background, a terminal building stretches across the middle of the frame, under a grey sky.
N114FE, Boeing 727-24C(F), Federal Express, at Basle-Mulhouse, 10th October 1996.
This is one of the most frustrating airports for spotting – to get a photo of one plane (a Rossiya Il96) parked on the opposite side of the terminal, I would have had to go back to Basle, get a train to the French city of Mulhouse, and then get a bus or train back to the airport!

 

Close up of the rear fuselage and tail of a jet airliner parked facing to the left. The plane is mostly white, with a silver belly, and a red stripe running along the fuselage. There is a stylised letter "M" on the tail, looking a bit like a 3-fingered left fist with the thumb extended downwards. In the background, several airport vehicles are clustered under the tail, while a larger blue airliner is visible behind it, under a dismal grey sky.
PH-MC_, Boeing 767-31AER, Martinair Holland, at Amsterdam Schipol, either 1992, 1993, or 1996.

 

Closeup of the tail of a jet airliner taxiing from left to right. The plane has a white body, with a dark blue tail containing a yellow circle with a bly stylised flying bird in the middle, and the letters "BC" in white, right at the top of the tail. In the foreground, the planes upturned wingtip can be seen, with it's green strobe light shining. In the background, a grey-brown terminal building fills most of the frame, under a grey sky.
D-AIBC, Airbus A340-211, Lufthansa, at Dusseldorf Airport, either 1993 or 1996.

 

Closeup of the tail of a jet airliner taxiing from left to right. The plane is mostly white, with a green and red stripe running diagonally down the white tail. The rear door is outlined in the same green. The registration "LZ-BOB" is on the rear fuselage in black. In the background, a blue metal fence encircles a scattering of baggage trolleys, while areas of grass interspersed with taxiways and runways lead up to sandy brown buildings in the distance., with trees beyond that meeting the grey sky.
LZ-BOB, Boeing 737-53A, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, at Frankfurt Airport, 21st September 1996.

 

Closeup of the rear fuselage and tail of a twin propellor-engined airliner taxiing from left to right. The plane has a white fuselage with the registration "G-BTTO" right at the rear, with a yellow tail with a large blue letter "e" in the middle. In the background, several green helicopters can be seen on the far side of the runway, with a cream and red building beyond that on the lower left of the frame. Grey sky completes the rest of the image.
G-BTTO, British Aerospace Advanced Turbo Prop (ATP), EuroDirect, taxiing from left to right having just landed after performing a display flight at the Woodford Air Show, some time in the late 1990s.

 

Closeup of the rear fuselage and tail of a 3 engined jet airliner with the engines mounted on the rear fuselage, parked facing to the left. The plane is mostly white, with a green and red strip running diagonally down the tail, with the registration "LZ-BTK" on the centre engine intake in black, and "Tupolev 154" titles on the side engine pods. In the foreground, the planes orange-painted wingtip is right at the bottom of the frame, while in the background, a network of taxiways and grassed areas lead off to a runway right at the top.
LZ-BTK, Tupolev Tu154B, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, at Manchester Airport, some time in the 1990s.

 

Close up of the tail of a jet airliner parked facing to the left, The plane is mostly white, with a grey belly, and a double green stripe running along the body. The tail has a green letter "N" with a white circle in the middle, containing an image of a flying bird. In the background, a terminal building has a tall lighting pole in front of it, with ponother building being swallowed up in haze in the far distance.
5N-AUF, Airbus A310-221, Nigeria Airways, parked on it’s stand at Terminal 2 at London Heathrow, as seen through the windows of Burger King in Terminal 3 early one morning, some time in the 1990s.
This was always the best place to start a spotting trip after the long, overnight National Express bus down from Manchester!

 

Closeup of the rear fuselage and tail of a 3 engined jet airliner.The planes body is mostly white, with a dark blue belly, and a lime green rear fuelage and tail, with "jmc" titles on the tail. The registration "G-LYON" is on the rear fuselage in black. In the background, several other airliners can be seen, either parked, or taxiing, with buildings and airport vehicles strewn around.
G-LYON, Douglas DC10-30, JMC Air, at London Gatwick, some time in the late 1990s.