Top Gear runs Heathrow Airport for a day
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: the time we took an Aventador to our biggest airport...
Posted: 24 Oct 2013
But his biggest job is to deal with emergencies. This is done in partnership with the police - Heathrow has its own force, who kindly escorted us onto the premises this morning and will make sure we bugger off later - and a resident fire service. There's a full-time station right in the middle of the airfield and another at the far end, both on permanent standby to deal with the slightest wisp of smoke. Their latest weapon? The Panther: a six-wheel, 36-tonne, million-pound fire-fighting machine built to tackle the worst-case scenario: if a jet liner aborts a take-off, it may swoop around and land ‘heavy' - full of fuel, in other words. This can burst even the biggest tyres designed for landing with a lot less weight on their shoulders, so you can imagine what might happen next.