Southend, Chelmsford ott & Stansted – Friday 9th March 2018 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,
the job today took me to Southend Airport, a place I haven’t visited since January 2011. It has changed since then especially with regards to airliner traffic and a new terminal. Fortunately it is still possible to get a reasonable view of what is parked on the airfield and the log below was gleaned from around 40 minutes of driving around. EC.135 G-POLF (previously seen as G-ESEX) flew through and Stapleford based DA.42 G-SELC was circuit bashing.

XL426 Avro Vulcan B.2 G-VJET United Kingdom
FAB-108 British Aerospace Avro 146 RJ70 (Bolivian Air Force)
(5N-MJB) Boeing 737-322 Arik Air (fuselage only)
(5Y-CHD) Hawker Siddeley HS.748 Srs.2A/242 (chopped mortal remains)
D-CCCC Fairchild-Swearingen SA.227AT Merlin IVC BinAir
EI-FMK Avions de Transport Régional ATR-72-600 Stobart Air
G-ATEX Victa Airtourer 100
G-ATTK Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
G-BHUJ Cessna 172N Skyhawk II
G-BMXC Cessna 152 II
G-BOLW Cessna 152
G-BSCV Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
G-BSZO Cessna 152 II
G-BVEV Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
G-BXSE Cessna 172R Skyhawk II
G-CBPI Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III
G-CGOA Cessna 550 Citation II
G-CKTO British Aerospace Avro 146 RJ100
G-FLTC British Aerospace 146-300 Flightline
G-FLTY EMBRAER EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
G-FRYI Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
G-HUFF Cessna 182P Skylane II
G-HUXY Cessna 152 II
G-JOTR British Aerospace Avro 146 RJ85 Jota Aviation
G-MLLI Piper PA-32RT-300 Turbo Lance II
G-MPRL Cessna 210M Centurion
G-OFLY Cessna T.210M Turbo Centurion
G-POLF Eurocopter EC.135T2+
G-SELC Diamond DA.42NG Twin Star
G-THSL Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III
G-VGAG Cirrus Design Corp SR20
N189SA Piper PA-31-325
N2121T Grumman-American AA-5B Tiger
OE-IZE Airbus A320-214 easyJet Europe
OE-IZW Airbus A320-214 Air Berlin markings
(VH-AHL) Hawker Siddeley HS.748 Srs.2/228
(VH-AMQ) Hawker Siddeley HS.748 Srs.2/228

Whilst travelling from Southend to Stansted, the following three RAF Typhoons buzzed me over Chelmsford. They seemed to be in a holding pattern and in a V formation. Reports from elsewhere suggest that later they did a flypast at RAF Northolt.

(ZK313/313)         Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4    (1 Sqn)        Royal Air Force
(ZK346/346)         Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4    (1 Sqn)        Royal Air Force
(ZK354/354)         Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4    (1 Sqn)        Royal Air Force

Now I had travelled to Stansted thinking that I needed the Saudi A340 HZ-HMS2 which several people this week have told me is a very rare beast. Imagine my disappointment when on getting home and checking, I found that I had seen this machine on airways in 2014. Still the Pegasus TC-DCH and G450 HZ-MS4C made up for it.

2-GZEH                Airbus A319-111        all white c/s
9H-FOM               EMBRAER EMB-500 Phenom 100
G-JMCU               Boeing 737-301SF            Atlantic Airlines/West Atlantic Cargo Airlines
HZ-101                Boeing 737-8DP    1 Sqn/Royal Flight        Royal Saudi Air Force
HZ-102                Boeing 737-8DP    1 Sqn/Royal Flight        Royal Saudi Air Force
HZ-124                Airbus A340-211            Saudi Arabian Government
HZ-ATR                Boeing 737-9FGER (BBJ)
HZ-HMS2             Airbus A340-213X            Saudi Arabian Government
HZ-MS4C             Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream G450
N372BG               Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream G550
N587DZ               Dassault Falcon 900EX
N990EA               Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream IVSP
OE-IEN                 Dassault Falcon 2000EX
TC-DCH                Airbus A320-214            Pegasus Airlines
ZS-NEX                 Boeing 767-35DER


Grant Robinson