Back to Squawk list
  • 30

Historic dual runway take off from Heathrow

On you tube NATS channel (UK Air Traffic Control) has published two videos including ATC communications. ( More...

Sort type: [Top] [Newest]

mbazell 2
Back in the 1950's we use to do that all the time. A DC-7 would take off on 22L and as soon as it passed the rotation point a Connie would start its roll on 31R. They knew how to move traffic in those days.
Mike Ziemann 1
You seem to have missed the entire point of this story. Simultaneous takeoffs on parallel runways probably happen thousands of times a day around the world. That wasn't the point. They were highlighting the fact that those two rival airlines coordinated a symbolic simultaneous departure to highlight the full reopening of those routes that had been so dramatically curtailed over the last 20 months. It was a deliberate PR event, hence the reason the media covered it.
Cleffer 1
Who won the race? BA or Virgin?
Chris B 4
Virgin by 9 minutes.
william baker 1
Someone said they had a dual landing at JFK as well. Did I miss read that.
Em Fairley 1
Yes, you did. The BA flight followed the Virgin down
I would be nice to read except to pop ups keep covering the story
mbazell 1
That was at KMDW back in the 50's.
srobak -1
Nothing rare about this at all... not even at heathrow, or any other major airport with parallel runways. This is a non-event.
mbazell 2
Of course as usual the news media has to make it a rare event. It sells.
Em Fairley 1
International borders reopening IS rare, hence the historic nature of the takeoff
srobak 1
lol.... you act like ours has been closed - when it has never been as wide open since the dawn of the jet age!
Bill Butler 1
Not rare, perhaps, but neat to watch two big jets rolling together. Even if they are hundreds of feet apart!


Don't have an account? Register now (free) for customized features, flight alerts, and more!
Did you know that FlightAware flight tracking is supported by advertising?
You can help us keep FlightAware free by allowing ads from We work hard to keep our advertising relevant and unobtrusive to create a great experience. It's quick and easy to whitelist ads on FlightAware or please consider our premium accounts.