Buzzing the Toulouse tower


As part of the Star Alliance Mega Do event last week just over 200 of us chartered a 757-300 to fly around Europe for the day.  One of the stops was a visit to the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.  Yup, we showed up at Airbus in a Boeing.  It was all we could get our hands on that would have enough seats and be at the right price.

And what an arrival it was.  Rather than just show up and land like most folks would, our cabin crew decided to buzz the tower.  Call it a missed approach, a fly-by or whatever else you want.  We were 20 feet off the ground for the full length of runway 32L – several thousand feet.  The atmosphere in the cabin was downright euphoric.  Hoots and hollers of excitement.

And the view from the cockpit was amazing.  Fortunately a friend was sitting there and had the foresight to take a video of the pass.  It is awesome!

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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  1. I hope the pilot didn't get in trouble like that Cathay Pacific guy who did a similar (?) stunt up in Seattle a few years ago. Think he got canned.

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