Vern Swerdfeger sent us a list of the Craziest Airport Runways.

As these two referred to New Zealand, we sent them along to Norm Hogwood, one of our readers in New Zealand and received these comments -
Some interesting places but the two NZ airports some have old or incorrect info in captions.

tmb gisborne airport cropGisborne. The railway is no longer active. The photo was obviously taken many years ago. Steam hauled passenger trains were replaced by diesel loco’s eons ago but passenger traffic at this North Island east coast city is now a thing of the past. Goods traffic was also halted about three years ago when the only link was undermined in a huge storm which left a stretch of rail dangling in the breeze!! There is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to repair it.

tmb wellington airport cropWellington. Short runway so only small aircraft? Not quite correct. Air NZ used to operate DC-8s and Qantas bought a couple of B747SP’s specifically for the SYD-WLG service and both Companies operated on a daily basis. Gradually these were replaced by B767’s by both airlines who operated services to SYD. BNE, and MEL.
Those routes are now flown by A320’s and B737-800’s at max take off weights. Fiji Airways also have a direct B738 operation to NAN.

Norm Hogwood NZ

Concorde to fly again!

tmb concordeA group of ex-Concorde pilots and other supporters says it has the financial backing to return one of the retired supersonic airliners to flight. In a separate arrangement, a single U.K. investor has committed about $60 million U.S. to buy a second aircraft for a permanent display on a stand in the Thames River in central London.
The Concorde last flew in 2003, three years after an accident killed 113 people in Paris.
British Airways, which operated the aircraft along with Air France, is determined to keep its Concordes on the ground but Club Concorde says there are two available in France and negotiations are underway to acquire them. The hope is to have the restored aircraft back in the air for 2019, the 50th anniversary of its first flight. Tentative plans call for the aircraft to be put on a stand in the river at the foot of the London Eye. The group hopes to have the exhibit open in 2017.

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