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Historic dual runway take off from HeathrowOn you tube NATS channel (UK Air Traffic Control) has published two videos including ATC communications. (www.standard.co.uk) More...
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Back in the 1950's we use to do that all the time. A DC-7 would take off on 22L and as soon as it passed the rotation point a Connie would start its roll on 31R. They knew how to move traffic in those days.
You seem to have missed the entire point of this story. Simultaneous takeoffs on parallel runways probably happen thousands of times a day around the world. That wasn't the point. They were highlighting the fact that those two rival airlines coordinated a symbolic simultaneous departure to highlight the full reopening of those routes that had been so dramatically curtailed over the last 20 months. It was a deliberate PR event, hence the reason the media covered it.
Who won the race? BA or Virgin?
Virgin by 9 minutes.
Someone said they had a dual landing at JFK as well. Did I miss read that.
Yes, you did. The BA flight followed the Virgin down