Donuts on the mound 2: Planes, Donuts and Sun – An afternoon on the mound at Dublin Airport
In this donut filled adventure
- Continuing a new tradition
- Off to Birmingham Airport
- Aer Lingus EI263 Birmingham Airport to Dublin T2
- And there were planes. And Donuts
- Back to Dublin Airport
- Aer Lingus Regional EI6276 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- Back to the trains
- It’s Still About community
Arriving at the south gates, I met with a couple of other people who also came in from Birmingham to watch planes. With us all together, we headed for the bus connection to arrivals and transfers
A short ride around the back of terminals, we were dropped off near a gate for arrivals. Following the signs, we cleared the ePassport gates (and those machines are odd ones – they eat the passport for a minute to scan, then return it),we were in the public area.
With some people wanting to meet someone coming in on a BA flight, I went to catch up with the people picking me up.
And off we went for a drive to the location, and back again to pick up some more people.
Eventually, we reached our home for the day – The mound.
With us all in position, it was time to be #avgeeks for the day, and watch planes. And take pictures of them.
As usual, mine are with the Canon 6D with 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L Series Lens. Only minor corrections (as well as for sensor dust).
So lets get to the planes. Because planes.
And were there donuts? Oh Yes. These were delivered by OffBeat Donuts (if anything Dublin has a thriving donut scene as far as I can tell)
WIth a sign of good taste in me, as well as catching up with people, it was back to the hard task of watching planes.
It seems there was a little drama on the runway, with a plane not vacating the runway in time, meaning the Delta Boeing 767-400ER was queued on the runway. As such, the incoming Boeing 777-300ER had to do a go-around
With traffic going around, other planes slipped in when the Delta 767 departed.
Eventually, the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER made it, on the second time of asking.
There was some more drama in the air, with the United Airlines Boeing 777-200ER returning to Dublin, with a very smokey APU.
Of course, there was another go-around – with a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 doing the honours this time.
With a rather smokey engine, the United Airlines Boeing 777-200ER made a second attempt at departing for the USA.
With events like this, the emphasis is watching planes, but to also connect and turn virtual connections into real ones, be it to share tips,
Even TravelPeep enjoyed soaking up the sun.
Events like this take a lot of organisation, as well as friendships to work – and I thank those who organised another great fly in day.
Alas, with a 17:55 departure, my time was limited – and it was time to bid farewell to my friends.
Next: Back to Dublin Airport
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