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RTW Retro Flight #96 Brussels to London . . . 1961


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BEA flight 463 is a Vickers Viscount 701 on a morning flight from Brussels Zaventem to London Heathrow (EBBR – EGLL). We have 600 gallons of fuel on board for the 190 nm flight of about one hour and ten minutes. There will be moderate cloud cover for most of the flight. We will be cruising at an altitude of 14,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Vickers Viscount 701. The model and 1960s BEA textures are by Jens B. Kristensen.

Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper. At www.calclassic.com

Scenery and Add-ons: MS FS2004 v9, MS Windows 7 and:

- Brussels Zaventem Airport from the 1961Central Europe Belgian Airports package by Harry Biard, Nikko Yaginuma, Jaap de Baare, Wolfgang Gersch, Tom Gibson and Bernard Leuenberger. At www.calclassic.com

- London Heathrow Airport from the 1961 scenery package by Wolfgang Gersch and Tom Gibson. At www.calclassic.com

- BEA timetable July 1, October 31, 1961 at www.timetableimages.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries. At www.flightsim.com

- FS2004 Classic Scenery Libraries v4a by Wolfgang Gersch. At www.flightsim.com

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive & SP5.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II

- FS Genesis UT Europe.


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1. BEA 1961 Timetable for this flight.


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2. Flight plan filed, Passengers embarked, cockpit checks completed and engines started.


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3. We have taxied and are holding at runway 2 while an aircraft departs ahead of us.


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4. Takeoff and retracting the gear.


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5. Turning on a heading of 285 for London.


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6. Climbing through 9,000 feet we see the city of Aalst and the Dender River below.


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7. Passing through 12,000 feet in the clouds.


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8. Nearing the coast at 14,000 feet we see the town of Nieuport off our right wing.


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9. We are now over the English Channel about 48 nm from the coast of England.


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10. About 30 nm into our flight across the Channel we see ships below.


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11. We make landfall near the town of Sandwich in southeast England.


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12. We begin our initial descent over Luton and the River Lea.


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13. Descending through 9,000 feet we see the town of Bromley off to our left.


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14. We have been routed to the south and are descending through 3,500 feet as we cross the River Thames near Kingston upon Thames.


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15. We have leveled off at 2,400feet over Cheapside.


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16. Turning to intercept our approach to 9R at Heathrow.


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17. A little south and west of Windsor with gear down and flaps 43.


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18. Cleared to land and lining up our approach.


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19. Now on short final with flaps 68 we see some aircraft holding short of 9R.


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20. Touchdown.


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21. On our way to parking we hold while another aircraft taxis out.


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22. Parked at gate 15. Engines shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying BEA.


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Thanks for the comments.

Jan I like the BEA Red Square. Very crisp and vivid appearance.


Rick that panel is by JBK with some gauges by others. According to the tool tips the first flap position is 43 degrees, second is 68 and full flaps 85 degrees.


Michael the classic scenery and library object folks do a good job with the details.


Gérard I flew into Zaventem on a B-747 in 1970 from New York's JFK.


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