Re: Minor Point
BARELY long enough runway.
I watched it land (on borrowed engines), from a hillside a few miles away from the runway..
Technically the runway was too short, but somehow they managed it, by using a lot of run-off apron.
Bet the pilot had brown trousers.
Watched the BA ones taking off from Heathrow a few times; fuelling up at the petrol station, you had to stop and put your hands over your ears, even after the "hush kit" upgrades made the engines quieter (supposedly).
Watching it as it left the ground made every other aircraft look like it was flying slo-mo; greased weasel or what!!!