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#LCYturns30 (the view from North Woolwich)

On 26th October 1987 the first aircraft arrived at London City Airport located in the Royal Docks area of East London and a few days later on the 5th November the airport was officially opened.

Many things have changed over the 30 year period with airport growing in size and becoming much busier and the same has been true of East London with many, now familiar, landmarks and new developments appearing across the area.

Brymon Airways no longer exist but (via several changes in ownership and name) became part of Flybe who are one of the key operators at London City Airport today.

G-PRPI (1) @ LCY 30-11-16

The main operators alongside Flybe are both British Airways and CityJet, the former using a fleet of Embraer regional jets and the later using BAe 146 aircraft.

G-LCYE + G-LCYP @ LCY 12-08-14

EI-RJO (2) @ LCY 25-09-16

International operators include Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair and Swiss.

EI-RNE (2) @ LCY 24-05-17

PH-EZY (10) @ LCY 15-03-17

D-AECG (1) @ LCY 15-03-17

LX-LGF (1) @ LCY 25-07-14

HB-JBA (5) @ LCY 17-07-17

Other operators can also be seen, mainly franchise partners, as well as corporate jets.

VQ-BSP (4) @ LCY 15-03-17

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations the airport also hosted a mass hot air balloon launch in connection with the Lord Mayor of London’s charity appeal. More pictures of that can been seen here.

HABs (8) @ LCY 10-09-17

As the Winter timetable starts the airport will see the return of VLM airlines with their Fokker 50’s and the new sight of Portuguese airline TAP with their Embraer 190s. A further airline, Powdair, is due to start ski flights to Switzerland in December.

London City Airport sunset (2) @ Royal Docks 25-09-15

CS-TPT (10) @ LCY 24-10-17

Work will soon start on the new phase of development at London City which will include more aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway that will help ease congestion on the ground.

More photos of aircraft at LCY can be seen here.

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The White Swan in West India Dock

For the past four days South Quay in West India Dock has been the temporary home to the Brazilian Navy’s sail training ship Cisco Branco (White Swan).

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (2) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

She is paying her first visit to London but has been a regular visitor to European waters since she was launched in the Netherlands back in 1999.

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (9) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

She has been taking part in the recent Tall Ships Racing series in the Baltic (an event won by the TS Royalist) and is making various port calls as she heads back to her homeport in Rio.

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (10) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

As a sail training ship she is used as a floating classroom for naval cadets as well as acting as a goodwill ambassador.

She is a a sleek ship constructed from steel but with wood and brass fittings to give her the characteristic look of a sailing ship but using modern designs and materials. She is also quite a bit smaller than the BAP Union which had visited West India Dock a few weeks before.

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (5) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

The crew were very friendly and very happy to show visitors around their fine vessel and they had been enjoying the sights of London.

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (17) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

A short video from onboard can be seen here and further pictures can be seen here.

NVe Cisne Branco U20 (18) @ West India Dock 24-08-17

Steam Ship George Stephenson on the Thames

Seen heading up the river Thames on Saturday 6th June was a rather interesting vessel.

George Stephenson (5) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

Named the George Stephenson it is a new-build steam vessel that has been planned and constructed by a Dutch businessman by the name of Servaas Strik.

The keel was laid in November 2007 and it is coming to St Katharine Docks marina in London for her official christening on 12th June.

George Stephenson (10) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

What makes this vessel especially interesting is the combination of using very traditional engineering techniques but more importantly making use of salvaged components from a huge variety of vessels – either directly or as raw materials.

For example, the propellers are made from a smelted down screw from the former French Navy aircraft carrier Clemenceau whilst there are doors from the RMS Windsor Castle on board. Some of the wood is also reported to have come from a former Thames paddle-boat!

George Stephenson (11) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

Whilst her lines might please some and offend others what cannot be denied is that a massive amount of time and effort have been put in to creating a unique piece of floating history and fitting that she has sailed along the Thames with it’s own long history of maritime engineering.

George Stephenson (17) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

More details can be seen on their Facebook page here and some more pictures can be seen here.

Update 13th June 2015

The SS George Stephenson has now left London bound for Rotterdam – as she passed Woolwich (and the Sailing Vessel Wylde Swan) she sounded her steam whistle.

SS George Stephenson @ Gallions Reach 13-06-15