The flight from Belfast to London Heathrow only takes around 40 minutes (or a bit more thanks to the heavy traffic jam over London). In our case it took about an hour and 10 minutes as we had to hold in a stack over Bovingdon (North-West London).
At this time of the year England is experiencing easterly prevailing winds, which means that the easterly runways at Heathrow are used (09L/09R), and planes have to go over Slough/Windsor to land instead of the usual London approach. However the gods must have been looking from above as the winds changed in the late afternoon of my flight.
The flight-path was straight forward from Belfast towards Isle of Man, then over Blackpool, Birmingham, East Midlands, and down to Bovingdon, and into London Heathrow from over Central London. This enabled some amazing shots of a few landmarks to be taken as we landed on the westerly runway (runway 27 right). Though a bit blurry (not easy to get night shots from a plane, especially when you have a double glazed window in between!), the shots do provide an insight into the neon being spent at night in UK cities.
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