Many years a B 707 368 C was the Spanish state carriage, King Juan Carlos travelled very often in it. But over the years the bird got old and tired hydraulic breakdowns occurred even in places far away from Spain. So, it was decided to replace the 707 with an A-310 bought secondhand from AIR FRANCE. But the hydraulic gremlin changed its field of action also and brought a software gremlin with him, so the let-downs plagued the new state carriage again.
But here the B 707-368 C arrives in a Latin American country, still in perfect working order.
The last of the Spanish B 707-368 (T17-2) was retired on 27 of september 2016. The 707s were also used as tankers.
The sister ship T17-3 (HJG repaint!) was shown the last time at aerobarcelona 2016.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 2, 2021 21:31:59 GMT
King JC came to NZ/AKL too .... during the very late 80's.
The SPANISH AIR FORCE B707-320C was the official transport for him his entourage .... accompanied also by a SPANISH AIR FORCE DC-8-50 too and which transported his associated press contingent. I was "airside' that day and managed shoot/film them both.
Much to the irritation of the scheduled airlines all arrival/departure movements on the airport had to be "suspended" for the duration of the royal departure (same as occurred too when "Slick Willy"/Bill CLINTON came to NZ/AKL on AIR FORCE 1, with it's back up aircraft, and everything else too, for the 1998 APEC conference, and for which I, at the time and for the 1 week duration of, was seconded to undertake "surveillance work" at NZAA on behalf of our nationwide airport security division). Consequently quite a line of interesting traffic was backed up on the taxiway to the ITB and couldn't be docked until "after" the royal flight had departed. And to make matters a little more awkward it was a foggy morning that day too and which had delayed the original departure time for the Spanish Royal flight by a few hours (as well as delaying numerous other scheduled arrivals too .... resulting in everything starting to happen at once as soon as the airport was above minimums). Irritating for airport operations, as well as for crew and PAX aboard the holding scheduled arrivals too, but, it made for quite an interesting photo .... which I may add here later .... "IF" I can locate and scan it .... subject on the imposition of today;s anticipated real world business interruptions.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 3, 2021 0:54:46 GMT
Couldn't find my images of both the FUERZA AEREA ESPANIOLA B707-320C and DC-8-50 .... I might have sold my last paper prints of each and no time, at the moment, to run to the negatives (these were shot during the pre-DSLR era) through the printer.
HOWEVER .... I did find an interesting image of "some of" the congestion created "that particular day" by a combination of both the fog, which delayed scheduled arrivals and departures to start with and until the airport was above minimums, resulting in simultaneous of arrivals .... and only to be held off the ITB until "after" the royal flight (who's departure departure was also delayed by the fog) had buggered-off ....
Visible in the above image are TE107 (a B747-200B) and HA1471 (DC-8 SUPER 63) both holding short of the ITB taxiway after landing .... and AR880 (another B747-200B) which has just landed and is emerging from a fog bank only to be held behind these 2 flights ahead of it .... and with more flights behind it too bit out of frame.
My photo is dated June 23rd 1988.
Although NZAA is typically "a very busy airport" congestion created by simultaneous arrivals and other operational circumstances, like this, are quite rare.
Think things might have gotten "pretty interesting" in both baggage claim and NZ customs that day .... with all these delayed arrivals, one after the other, and with many more fights to follow and behind these
Sometimes I am wondering if the flying state carriages are a real benefit for the safety of the dignitaries, not only for political vips, also for sports- or music-vips. Besides that, as I lived always like my wife in republics, so I don't care much of the necessity of a special transport for the fat cats. AND don't call me zealous, as I went for real in such special flights. I liked much the attitude of the Swedes: There no functionary has a personal car; all get a booklet of taxi-checks for their movements of duty. Same could apply for air travel also. The Union of Polish Airline pilots commented after the Polish Airforce One crash at Smolensk: Our politicians would be much safer in an airline flight.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 3, 2021 20:04:56 GMT
that's one of my favorite of your photos
That particular photo (including a number of others among those making up my 41 years of aviation photography) is the result of one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions. Everything was starting to happen around me at the time and it was a case of "WILL I" or "WON'T I" take the shot/s .... so .... "I DID" .... and what's seen there is just one of the results of the moment captured for all time. Less than 1.5 minutes later the swirling fog banks (which I feel made the image") had almost completely dispersed.
I am wondering if the flying state carriages are a real benefit for the safety of the dignitaries, not only for political vips, also for sports- or music-vips.
None of them are immune from potential calamity .... often the result of "get-there-itis" versus better decisions which could and should possibly have been made and which might otherwise have avoided catastrophe.
Earliest ones can think of immediately are .... the Manchester United football team on their way home from Munich during 1958 .... late 50'd rock'n'roll stars Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in-between concerts at Iowa and North Dakota during 1959 .... and Dag HAMMARSKJOLD and his UN delegation en-route to peace keeping conference in Northern Rhodesia during 1961. Lynnard Skinard en-route between South Carolina and Louisiana during 1977 .... then The Passion Fruits en-route to Zurich during 2001 .... each of whom were on their way to their next performances. And more recently .... the Polish cabnet during 2010 whom were attending what was to have been both an acknowledgement and 70th anniversary commemoration in regard to Russia's 1940 Katyn Massacre against the Pols .... and then the Chapecoense football team at Rio Negro whilst en-route to their next series of Copa Suramericana matches against Colombia during 2016 (I was actually in Colombia at the time this latter acident occurred).