Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19196 posts, RR: 52 Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3237 times:
Flew from REP to KUL today with AK (9M-AAX; 733; flight time 1 hour 45 minutes).
Although we were 1.5 hours late taking off, we did, shortly fter departure, get an unbelievably good view of Angkor Wat (specifically the actual temple of that name), with its huge moat around its square island. It was very beautiful.
About 5 minutes (I was timing) from touchdown in KUL, we unusually lowered our gear and thence extended our flaps to landing position (25 or 30) in one go. Then we began our final turns, after which we began a steep nose-down approach.
What's the most scenically beautiful departure you've had?
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11615 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3223 times:
When I actually thought about this I realised that just about all of the particular scenic memories from my flights were upon landing, probably because I don't like to leave until the late evening having been somewhere and it's normally dark by then. There was one departure from Plymouth where the view was perfect and the light beautiful, so I think it has to be this one. I love the countryside around where I live, so getting to see it so clearly from above is quite special.
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FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1379 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3164 times:
Mine would have to be one of the flights I did last summer working for Atikokan Aero. It was a very early August morning, the sun wasn't even up yet, and we had a flight to one of our outposts. After checking over the plane and pumping the floats on DZH, (on of the DHC-2's) we took off in a fine misty fog that was on the water. It was so beautiful, all the lakes had a little fog in them and the sun was just rising, not to mention we were flying in a de Havilland Beaver. It could not have gotten any better.
FlyONT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3160 times:
I have two stories of very beautiful departures.
The first was on 07/09/06 on a United A319 from Boston to Denver. We took off around 11:30 A.M. and banked to the right and saw hundreds of sailboats across Boston Harbor. It was clear and sunny. Just an amazing sight to see with all of the little islands in the background and all the sailboat masts waving around the distance.
And the other would be also lasty year, 12/27/06 on an AA 757 from Los Angeles to Eagle/Vail. As it was a night flight and we banked slightly to the left while departing I had the most spectacular view of the LA Basin completely lit up. Though I have lived in the LA area almost my whole it never ceases to amaze me how large the area truly is.
AirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
Still New York LaGuardia LGA for me. Flew LGA-PIT several times. Choose window seat A (on the left) and hope the take-off is towards the southwest. To avoid the airspaces over JFK and EWR vicinities, the aircraft will make a U-turn seconds after take-off giving you a whole view of LGA airport then the entire Manhattan Island. Hope someone posts pix here on those take-off views.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5620 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
Easter 1971, Shorts Sandringham S25 VH-BRI @ Lord Howe Island. A take off south across the lagoon, unstick and initial climb along side the two mountains at the south end of the island, then a long, slow climb to the left around the southern end of the mountains, then still climbing along the north side of the island, crossing back across the north end of the island, then turning south east for SYD. MAGICAL.
Most beautiful arirval: same trip on arrival into LHI on VH-BRC, arriving from the south at exactly dawn (civil first light), a straight in approach, into the shadow of the mountains, then out across the lagoon, running to a stop in North Bay, then a gental taxi to the wharf.
FutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3065 times:
One of my all time favorites is taking off from Catalina (AVX), off the coast of Southern California. I love taking off to the west, and continuing around that side of the island, where it is virtually untouched, and then turning to overfly Avalon before heading back towards Long Beach or Dana Point. Anybody who has done this knows what I mean.
I suppose I could add a takeoff I had out of LAF (not the most senic of places) but we were going IFR that day and the clouds were a steely gray, and we had a light rain pelting the windshield. I glanced up momentarily while we were waiting for our release and thought the scene belonged in a WWII movie with some P-51s about to go into the break overhead...maybe Im just crazy?
Of any airline flight, flying into DEN and seeing the rockies at sunset...and sunrise for that matter, were both beautiful. I do enjoy climbing out of SAN and going over the coast as well. Climbing out of OGG has been quite stunning both times, as was Kona, but I have only been though HNL in the dark.
PanAmOldDC8 From Barbados, joined Dec 2006, 960 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2976 times:
My most scenic departure was from Grenada, taking off from Point Salinas Airport and flying over the West of the island and then over the mountains. A really beautiful sight especially at dusk, with sun glinting on the wings as we banked and the golden sunset reflecting on the mountains. Paradise indeed
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2941 times:
Mine would be taking off from Juneau, Alaska, one April day. It was a clear, blue sky day, and as we climbed out, as we got above the level of the mountains to the east, it was pure white and "bumpy" as far as the eye could see. It was absolutely breathtaking!!
Also, I think the landing at Salt Lake City is among the prettiest in the States...the Great Salt Lake, the valley stretched out below, the mountains rising from the valley, etc. I always love that view.
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Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2935 times:
Ryanair737 is absolutely right. I flew out on December 28 out of CPT and it was definitely the most stunning scenery I have ever seen on take-off. Not only do you get a good view of Cape Town and table mountain if your heading towards JNB (you do have to strain your neck a little if you're on the right side of the plane to see it while heading east, but if on the left side of the plane you'll get a better view on take-off), but there are some amazing valleys for at least a good 20 minutes after take-off...It beats LGA, KOA, STT, and even ANC. Simply amazing.
[Edited 2007-01-13 05:07:26]
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