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goofygal
17-01-2009, 11:24 AM
Ive always wanted to ask this but havent in case its really stupid :lol: :point:how come it takes less time on the flight back to the UK than going out? does it go a different way?

mumof2
17-01-2009, 12:25 PM
something to do with crossing different time zones as far as I know

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 12:50 PM
It`s mainly due the the fact that invariably there is a strong tail wind on the return journey as most of the weather patterns flow West-East.
This can significantly effect the flight times.

mumof2
17-01-2009, 01:25 PM
It`s mainly due the the fact that invariably there is a strong tail wind on the return journey as most of the weather patterns flow West-East.
This can significantly effect the flight times.

so not the time zones then :unsure:

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 01:33 PM
so not the time zones then :unsure:
No. When you think about it, a flight time is a flight time of a certain duration in hours and minutes irrespective of the time zones.

mumof2
17-01-2009, 01:37 PM
No. When you think about it, a flight time is a flight time of a certain duration in hours and minutes irrespective of the time zones.

yes, of course it is. I know but......well. ok you got me! Mrs brainless :tongue:

Dizneyblonde
17-01-2009, 01:45 PM
Isn't it downhill on the way back? :unsure:

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 01:46 PM
yes, of course it is. I know but......well. ok you got me! Mrs brainless :tongue:
I wouldn`t worry too much about it. It always used to confuse me on my early business trips when I kept on checking with our travel agent that he hadn`t got his times messed up!

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 01:47 PM
Isn't it downhill on the way back? :unsure:
Only if you are flying North-South! :lol:

Dizneyblonde
17-01-2009, 01:48 PM
Oh well i live in Cornwall (way south) so that explains it to me :)

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 01:55 PM
Oh well i live in Cornwall (way south) so that explains it to me :)
The Earth must be tilting more and more.
In my teens it was a 12 hour drive from our house to Cornwall, yet nowadays I can do the same journey in only around 4 hours! :lol:

Dawn
17-01-2009, 01:57 PM
Takes us 5 hours to do the drive to Cornwall but time always seems to slow down through Dorset. :lol:

Slowhand
17-01-2009, 02:01 PM
Takes us 5 hours to do the drive to Cornwall but time always seems to slow down through Dorset. :lol:
That`s because the caravans mainly move in a North-South direction. :lol:

Britchick
17-01-2009, 03:04 PM
it can still take me 9 hours to get to cornwall!!!! although new years day we did it in 5 1/2

Dawn
17-01-2009, 03:08 PM
I tell you it's Dorset - there's a fracture in the space-time continuum there. :eek:

Britchick
17-01-2009, 03:25 PM
I tell you it's Dorset - there's a fracture in the space-time continuum there. :eek:

do you think it's something to do with claire? :unsure:

Dawn
17-01-2009, 03:58 PM
I'm guessing it's the county as a whole. Sort of a parallel universe type thing.

lisaw
17-01-2009, 05:21 PM
I tell you it's Dorset - there's a fracture in the space-time continuum there. :eek:

My dad used to drive through the night from Surrey to Dorset on our camping holidays it took so long!

It takes us about 1 hour to Ringwood and 6 hours from there to Bournemouth - 5 miles up the road :lol:

Back on topic! I hate the thought that windsa can make a difference to flight times - I like to think the pilot has more control of the plane than that! :eek3::lol: