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Boeing 747-41R
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May 21, 2019

The Boeing 747-400 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing, the American aerospace company. Its distinctive upper deck shape has earned it the nickname “Jumbo Jet”. The 747-400 is a proven performer with high reliability and incorporates major aerodynamic improvements over earlier 747 models, including the addition of winglets to reduce drag, new avionics, and a new flight deck. The 747 fits into today’s infrastructure, serving more than 210 airports around the world and is also the world’s fastest commercial jetliner.

Manchester International Airport is located in the North West of England. The airport is located 8.6 miles from Manchester City Centre and is the UK’s third busiest airport, serving a total of 199 destinations. Manchester Airport has two runways 23L/05R and 23R/05L. 



Frequencies Manchester Approach 118.575, Director 121.35, Departures 118.625 & 119.4, ATIS 128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures).



Manchester Is served by a number of airlines including Air Canada Rouge, Air France, Air Malta, Air Transat, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, easyJet, Ethiopian, FlyBe, Hainan Airlines, Iberia Express, Jet 2, Ryanair, Singapore Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI, United, Virgin Atlantic, Vueling and more.

This photograph was taken from a raised mound above the fence line, located along the Southside perimeter fence. Referred by spotters as “Southside”. Southside offers up close views of aircraft lining up for departure, taking off on 23L or aircraft taxing after landing. Although not as up close as aircraft on 23L, views of the entire airfield can be seen including terminals 1, 3, taxiways and runway 23R/05L.


To reach Southside by car, leave M56 at J6 and follow signs for A538 Wilmslow. You will pass through two tunnels and at the roundabout turn left, limited parking is available or alternatively follow the road and park at the Airport Inn (charges apply). After parking up follow the trail and find a suitable spot to watch and photograph planes.