On September 5th 2009 the Airbus A380 aircraft performed several flypast over the following UK airports:
Edinburgh Airport - A380 did an unexpected pleasure flight over the City of Edinburgh then two flypasts over RWY24.
Glasgow Airport - A380 did an unscheduled flyby.
Prestwick Airport - impressively flew along the runway at around 100 feet.
Belfast / Portrush Airshow - The A380 did an approach flyby over the George Best Belfast City Airport before heading to the Portrush Airshow for a short display. It then flew over the Causeway coast where it was photographed from a helicopter before returning to the City Airport for one more flyby.
Broughton Airport - A380 did 3 approach flyby's and 2 circuits of the field.
Birmingham Airport - A380 did 2 flyby approach's at 200ft down RWY33
Bristol Airport - Unsure what it did ... but landed at BRS for a Night stop
1 Tony Marlow
(6. 9. 2009, 11:44 CET)
Well done to all the photographers around the UK. Nice to see that so many of you made an effort to get different angles on the beast.
(6. 9. 2009, 13:05 CET)
Did you not manage shots yourself Tony
3 Stuart Lawson
(6. 9. 2009, 13:19 CET)
Great coverage from all photograhers who were out to catch this ... tour
4 Chris Ottewell
(6. 9. 2009, 15:13 CET)
I believe that the overnight stop was at Filton Bristol (where the wings are designed) and NOT at Bristol International Airport (Lulsgate) i.e. BRS
5 Michael Buckle
(6. 9. 2009, 15:59 CET)
As Chris has said above, the A380 night stopped at Bristol Filton (FZO) not Bristol Lulsgate (BRS). However, it did carry out an approach at BRS before landing at FZO.
(6. 9. 2009, 16:11 CET)
The clouds cleared and the sun came out over Belfast for the A380 visual approach RWY 22 and done a visual right go around over Belfast city before another flyby then headed out back across the Irish sea
(6. 9. 2009, 20:06 CET)
I and several other Kirkcaldy residents felt more than a little intimidated by the sharpness of the low-altitude right turn that this plane made just off the coast here, as it approached Edinburgh. I was alerted by shouts of terror from the street... The bank and the engine noise were far above normal for an airliner. Hopefully there was more "pleasure" being had on board. Credit to the Filton team for producing such a strong set of wings. Great photos, thanks!
(6. 9. 2009, 23:13 CET)
Watched it bank over the Forth Bridge - absolutely unexpected and totally amazing. Flew it from SYD to DXB recently - some plane.
(7. 9. 2009, 12:07 CET)
Looking forwards to seeing Emerites A380 servicing Birmingham for the first time on Wednesday. Come to that, I think it's the first visit of a commercially operated A380 to the UK outside of Heathrow.
(15. 9. 2009, 05:37 CET)
what a great peice of machinary we need a tour like that here in south florida