BOAC to Gibraltar

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BOAC to Gibraltar

Postby David Reed » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:50 am

Flying the Trip of the Week to Gibraltar. Unfortunately, my Comet IV isn't working right, so I substituted my trust 707--420.

Climbing out of Heathrow in the afternoon
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Level at FL330 over the Channel
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Re: BOAC to Gibraltar

Postby EAL0739 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:14 am

Niceeeeee

Did not know that Gibraltar could handle 707s. I thought England used Trindents for UK to Gibraltar service.

Interesting story or fact: because Spain refuses to recognize Gibraltar and refuses to allow any British based airline planes to fly through Spanish air space to get to Gibraltar therefore any British based airline plane would face dangerous approach to the island because the method to avoid Spanish air space involves flying through very windy approach instead of very comfortable and much safer approach. Any airline who is not British based such as Finnair or Air Finland or so on is allowed to use normal and safer approach to Gibraltar International Airport.

British based airlines landed easterly at Gibraltar and they had to make a tight right turning approach to touchdown to avoid entering Spanish airspace. There was some tension between England and Spain at that time However, it made the Trident turning approach to runway 09 rather interesting and probably a bit alarming for the passengers...

One day, British airline's Trident strayed into Spanish airspace by mistake and Spain scrambled two Sabre jet fighters to intercept Trident. The Trident pilots got warning via radio from long range British Air Defence radars at Gibraltar that there were two Spanish air force Sabres trying to intercept his plane, the Trident pilots pushed his throttles forward to increase speed to Mach 0.89, and the Trident full of unaware passengers managed to escape and outspeed two Spanish air force Sabre jet fighters!!!

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Re: BOAC to Gibraltar

Postby David Reed » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:20 pm

Interesting story.

Yes, 6000’ is a bit tight for the 707. Landings not an issue but takeoff is. You gotta be real light.
I used the VC10 at mid-weight for the return. It did OK.
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Re: BOAC to Gibraltar

Postby EAL0739 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:27 pm

Dave Reed wrote:Interesting story.


Agreed!!!

Hunters from 1 and 54 Sqdns were based alternately on Gib with fully armed 30mm Cannon and they always provided escorts to UK civilian Flights to or from Gibraltar. The Spanish air force Sabres used to fly up and down the border trying to intercept any British based airline going to or coming from Gibraltar but when British air force scrambled the Hunters, the Sabres used to whip back into the mainland.

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