Today I travelled out to Grantley Adams International Airport; not for the long haul home but for something far more rewarding. I had a date with a wonderful old lady; though some might call her a ‘wonderful old bird’! I leave it to the reader to decide.
Since her retirement, she has been hidden away, like an elderly relative stuck in to a home. Well cared for, but ultimately redundant to all but those who appreciate her natural beauty. I stood before her captivated by her lines and power. her name: G-BOAE or Alpha Echo for short.
In her prime, she completed the journey from London Heathrow to Barbados in four hours, or half the time that the new kids on the block take now. Such was the routes popularity, Alpha Echo was joined by two of her sisters, standing in line on the airport's apron.
In retirement she had not aged neither physically or physical appearance. Fuel and oils had been drained, but she is as she was when wheeled into retirement.
The euphoria was the joy of seeing such a wonderful old lady looking so well; the sadness in knowing she would never take to the skies again.