Heathrow Virgin impaled on flagpole at Windsor Castle

December 8, 2008 at 6:20 am | Posted in Adding capacity at Heathrow airport, Aviation, Aviation emissions, Carbon emissions, Climate change, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, Virgin Atlantic, Windsor Castle | Leave a comment
Virgin impaled on flagpole of Round Tower in Windsor Castle 7 December 2008

Virgin impaled on flagpole of Round Tower in Windsor Castle 7 December 2008

This was a fleeting scene I caught on camera after attending Mattins in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle yesterday. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft had left London Heathrow Airport (LHR) a little earlier, and was over the Round Tower at 11:41 a.m.

The postcard view is familiar to tourists who wonder why Windsor Castle was built in the Heathrow flight path.

Yes, we occasionally have the best of both worlds here—witness the gorgeous California blue sky, above the largest occupied castle in the world.

To clarify the filename attached to my photo: pc means my picture is postcard format; pc in this case does not mean politically correct!

A decision on Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport should have been made by now (on two earlier occasions this year).  However, last Thursday, Transport Minister Geoff Hoon announced a decision of a different kind, i.e. he has decided to delay a decision on Heathrow expansion until the end of January 2009.

I would simply like to hear Geoff Hoon explain how an economically and environmentally unsustainable UK transport policy supports UK and EU climate policy and makes global climate agreements easier.

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