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Merry Christmas, From Your Aviation Queen: A Love Letter To Heathrow Airport

2044910106_3b9e1b0a41_zOne of my favorite movies is “Love Actually,” released in 2003.  You can read the Internet Movie Database post for details about the movie.  I really love how all the romantic stories are put together, but my favorite parts are the beginning and the end.

Both were shot in London Heathrow Airport and show a wonderful collage of people greeting each other in the arrivals area.  I listened to director/writer Richard Curtis’s commentary on that scene.  He just parked a camera there for a few weeks and edited it down to the collage.  I actually spent Christmas 1998 in London and got to see this play out as I waited for my luggage and my friend.

 

I am a frequent traveler and one of my favorite thins to do is to watch people showing the love to those arriving and departing.  One time on a trip to Miami in 1985, a very enthusiastic Haitian family mistook me for a loved one. I was startled for a moment, but I still tear up to this day when I remember how loved I felt by these complete strangers until the mix-up was fixed.

And I know a lot of people just hate Heathrow Airport, but I’m not one of them (I’ll be there tomorrow).  My family moved to England in 1970 when I was six years old.  We landed at Heathrow, and I thought it was the most magical place on earth.  Fast forward to 1995, when I flew into the airport to cover the Farnborough Air Show, and I was still transfixed.  I love the proper British accents doing the announcements. I love the myriad shops (Harrods and Boots, to name a few) where you can pick up a piece of the UK.  And I especially love all the airline liveries from around the globe, especially flag carriers you don’t always see in the United States.

I practically fall into a swoon when I think about my time in British Airways’ T5 terminal (you can see my pictures on Flicker).  Yes, there were issues building it.  Yes, the airline was embarrassed when a baggage snafu marred the grand opening (attended by Queen Elizabeth, no less).  But the pieces are in place, and it has become one of my favorite terminals — right up there with Singapore’s Changi Airport, San Francisco’s international terminal and Seoul, South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

So wherever you go during the holidays , I hope you feel the love of the season.  Take a second to let the magic of the airport sink in, and enjoy this video of the closing scene of “Love, Actually.”

 

Best of Aviation Queen: Check Out The Internet Movie Plane Database!

Editor’s note: I’m in Oshkosh, Wis., this week for the EAA AirVenture show, so I’m pulling out some best-of.  On Monday night, I went to EAA’s Fly-In Theater, which showed “Top Gun.” They’re showing a movie every night of the week (FREE popcorn), so I thought this would be a great time to re-post my May 17 column on the Internet Movie Plane Database. And bonus–there’s a link where you can relive the fun of #AvGeekCinema!! Enjoy!

A funny thing happened after last weekend’s great game of #avgeekcinema (my post on that is here) — I discovered the Internet Movie Plane Database.

For the uninitiated, this wiki on steroids gives a comprehensive list of all types of aircraft that appear in movies or television.   And I admit it — I’m one of those geeks that loves seeing — and identifying — aircraft in movies.  You can check out a post from my old blog, written back in September 2004, about how I began watching the TV show “Lost” because I had heard the crash scene in the first few episodes were something to behold.  And they were.

And yes — I watch the opening credits of “Hawaii Five-0″ just to see that Airbus A330.  And I also watched the opening in the original show too.  But I digress.

Let’s say you want to check out the aircraft featured in one of my favorite movies, “Die Hard 2.” To me, despite all the aviation errors, that movie was an absolute aircraft joy, looking at all those Lockheed L1011s and Boeing 727s, plus my one true love aircraft — the Boeing 747.

If you go to the database, you’re taken to the page, which features links to the cast, a movie poster and shots of all the aircraft in the movie.  I was so focused on the L1011s and 727s, I forgot about the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the Douglas DC-8, the Bell UH-1 Iroqouis and Aérospatiale AS350 AStar helicopter.

So let go, tap your inner avgeek and jump, feet first, into the Internet Movie Plane Database!

Check Out The Internet Movie Plane Database!

A funny thing happened after last weekend’s great game of #avgeekcinema (my post on that is here) — I discovered the Internet Movie Plane Database.

For the uninitiated, this wiki on steroids gives a comprehensive list of all types of aircraft that appear in movies or television.   And I admit it — I’m one of those geeks that loves seeing — and identifying — aircraft in movies.  You can check out a post from my old blog, written back in September 2004, about how I began watching the TV show “Lost” because I had heard the crash scene in the first few episodes were something to behold.  And they were.

And yes — I watch the opening credits of “Hawaii Five-0” just to see that Airbus A330.  And I also watched the opening in the original show too.  But I digress.

Let’s say you want to check out the aircraft featured in one of my favorite movies, “Die Hard 2.” To me, despite all the aviation errors, that movie was an absolute aircraft joy, looking at all those Lockheed L1011s and Boeing 727s, plus my one true love aircraft — the Boeing 747.

If you go to the database, you’re taken to the page, which features links to the cast, a movie poster and shots of all the aircraft in the movie.  I was so focused on the L1011s and 727s, I forgot about the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the Douglas DC-8, the Bell UH-1 Iroqouis and Aérospatiale AS350 AStar helicopter.

So let go, tap your inner avgeek and jump, feet first, into the Internet Movie Plane Database!

A Love Letter To Heathrow Airport

One of my favorite movies is “Love Actually,” released in 2003.  You can read the Internet Movie Database post for details about the movie.  I really love how all the romantic stories are put together, but my favorite parts are the beginning and the end.

Both were shot in London Heathrow Airport and show a wonderful collage of people greeting each other in the arrivals area.  I listened to director/writer Richard Curtis’s commentary on that scene.  He just parked a camera there for a few weeks and edited it down to the collage.  I actually spent Christmas 1998 in London and got to see this play out as I waited for my luggage and my friend.

I am a frequent traveler and one of my favorite thins to do is to watch people showing the love to those arriving and departing.  One time on a trip to Miami in 1985, a very enthusiastic Haitian family mistook me for a loved one. I was startled for a moment, but I still tear up to this day when I remember how loved I felt by these complete strangers until the mix-up was fixed.

And I know a lot of people just hate Heathrow Airport, but I’m not one of them.  My family moved in England in 1970 when I was six years old.  We landed at Heathrow, and I thought it was the most magical place on earth.  Fast forward to 1995 when I flew into the airport to cover the Farnborough Air Show, and I was still transfixed.  I love the proper British accents doing the announcements. I love the myriad shops (Harrods and Boots, to name a few) where you can pick up a piece of the UK.  And I especially love all the airline liveries from around the globe, especially flag carriers you don’t always see in the United States.

I practically fall into a swoon when I think about my time in British Airways’ T5 terminal (you can see my pictures on Flicker).  Yes, there were issues building it.  Yes, the airline was embarrassed when a baggage snafu marred the grand opening (attended by Queen Elizabeth, no less).  But the pieces are in place, and it has become one of my favorite terminals — right up there with Singapore’s Changi Airport, San Francisco’s international terminal and Seoul, South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

So wherever you go during the holidays , I hope you feel the love of the season.  And take a second to let the magic of the airport sink in!