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Were You Ever Amazed By A Rare Plane In Your Area?  
User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 850 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7165 times:

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Today i seen A Kitty Hawk 747-200! It was probably like 4,000Ft. overhead approaching to land on 27R/L. When I first seen it in the air to be honest I thought I went back in time and seen a Continental 747 in the "Meatball" scheme lol.

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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7053 times:

Well a 747-200 is pretty damn rare at DFW and I saw one land over X-mas break.

Go big or go home
User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7042 times:

Sorry about the false info lets switch that around a bit. Same scheme but American Intl Airways and it was a 747-100.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6998 times:

yeah i thought it would be rare to see a Kitty Hawk 747 these days.

I saw an Air Stan Il-76 at DTW and occassionally the An124 flies there.

User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6990 times:

A couple years ago I saw an Asiana 767 in Philadelphia. It was parked over at the old international terminal. No idea what it was doing there! Nice to see it though, as we don't get service from any Asian airline here in Philly!

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

In the mid 90's...maybe 94 or so...I saw an Aer Lingus 747-100 depart MSY's 7000ft. runway 1! I was shocked to see that aircraft here...an awkward sight indeed...but a great one!

Steve in NOLA

User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 681 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6964 times:

About 5 years ago, I was in my yard and heard the unmistakable sound of large radial engines. At first I thought that it might be a DC-3, but it sounded louder. Suddenly, out from behind the trees (I live in a heavily wooded area) came a B-29! After flying over, it circled back and came right over our house. We live about 6 miles from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY (SWF) and it was coming in to spend several days, along with a B-24, as part of a flying tour. It is the only flying B-29 in the world, FIFI, and belongs to the Confederate Air Force. Although I did not take this picture, it is close to the view we had as it flew overhead.
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We toured it the next day. It's a magnificent bird.

User currently offlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 974 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

When driving past Hamilton Airport (in little old New Zealand), I was stunned to see a USAF C-32A (757) sitting on the apron.

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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2346 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

This rarity to Columbus, Ohio was spotted on April 19 doing a charter run for spring breakers. Probably won't be seeing it anytime soon here.

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This North American 767-300 was here a few weeks ago as a military transport, bringing troops back from Panama. It blocked one of our RJ gates parked at C46.

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User currently offlineCanadian747 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

At the Greater Moncton International Airport I have been fortunate to work at the Airport during the Francophone summit. I have seen an Air Gabon 747-200, MEA A310, Government of France A310, Lots of 707's, DC-8's.
After that
Lufthansa A340-300
AA 767-300
BMI A330-200
Air Transat A310
Air Transat A330
Continental 767, 757 (9/11)
Martinair 767(9/11)
Air France 767 (9/11)
British Airways 767 (9/11)
US Airways 767 (9/11)
AC A330 (9/11)
AC A340 Francophone Summit
AC A320 Diverted cause YHZ was fogged out
Canada 3000 752
Canada 3000 A310
Canada 3000 A320
Royal Airlines 727
Royal Airlines 752
Royal Airlines A310
Westjet 732 Inaugrual flight
Netherland Air Force DC-10
Government of Canada A310
Canadian 737 in Liberal Titles for the 1998 Election I think
Skyservice A319, A320

These were the planes that I remeber but during the 9/11 crisis there were plenty but the Hilight had to be the Air Gabon 747-200. And who says that the GMIA is not ready to get the heavy jets!!!!


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14028 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6914 times:

In 1989, I was living 4 hours by car from PDX. Concorde was scheduled to fly in and be around for a few days. So, dad and I made the trek. He did a fly-by, turned around, and landed. WOW!!
Oregon National Guard now has KC-135s stationed at PDX. Those are fun to see, too!


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6908 times:

I witnessed the arrival of the Concorde at LAX in October of '74. I was 7 at the time and my father was working for UAL as a mechanic. I remember only vague descriptions yet I have some pretty choice 8mm footage from the terminal of which it came in. I need to view this film again and give details about which terminal it came into and which runway it landed and departed from. I have the reels of film right here in my hand. Now I'm totally motivated to get these converted to DVD or video-tape!!!

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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1962 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

In Hagerstown, MD I have seen numerous 727's operated by Eastern, KeyAir, and Royal West, not to mention Air Force One (5500 foot runway.) Also in Cumberland, MD (5000 foot runway) I saw a Republic Airlines DC-9. Finally I saw a Presidential BAe146 in Hot Springs, VA. Hot Springs has a 5500 foot runway that sits on a mountain top in the middle of no where. Nothing around for miles. It takes 45 minutes to get from the airport to the closest highway.

User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6860 times:
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I was really surprised the first time I saw an AN-124 at HNL and wondered why it was there. I later found out that HA used to it to ship an DC-10 engine to PPG. Since then I seen it a couple more times. Then I saw the black and yellow EAL 747 wondering again why it was here. I also caught the GE 747 landing the day it had the fire in the pylon. I didn't know anything was wrong until I got home and saw the news.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6859 times:

At one of my local airports, Erie Colorado (48V), we normally don't get too much big stuff at all. A Baron is enough to get people to come out of the building to watch take off. One day we had a Douglas C-41A (VIP version of the DC-3) come in...was on its way to south Denver and needed to make a fuel stop. It was so huge and amazing compared to anything else there that people (non-aviation lovers) drove to the airport to see what it was. The owner of the FBO even gave them a discount on the gas for choosing that airport. It barely fit on the taxiways aswell...amazing to see.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6838 times:

Where I work, no airliner will ever surprise me. I was surprised however last year, or was it 2001? by the appearance of the N9M at MZJ. First time it's ever been out of California. I also saw a "shark fin" Aero Commander at TUS a few months back as well as 40 or so Aerostar 600s in town for a convention.

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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3808 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6839 times:

So you saw that nice Americant Intl 741 that came into PHL around 2pm today. I was so pissed i missed i nice cargo plane that actually came during the day.

Hear in PHL i've seen all these planes that aren't schedule for daily service
NWA 742's, 3 ATA L1011's at one time, Delta L1011, UPS 763(NC), Air Canada 319 (Trans Canadian Scheme), Tango 732 or 320 i can't remember, CO 738, CO 753, Air France 777, AA 763, Apple Vacations 320, Volga VN-125(i think), Polar Air Cargo 742, Gemini Air Cargo DC-10

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6833 times:

I was very surprised just 2 days ago when i saw a QANTAS 747-400 on approach to land at Adelaide Airport. It flew virtually straight over my house. That's a sight we don't see very often in Adelaide. Sure we get other 747's- CX/MH etc. but a QF one is very rare here. Another surprise i got was last December when i was leaving for Sydney, i saw an AN-124 parked at the International Terminal(ADL) and i was in disbelief, since it was the first time i had ever actually seen an Antonov for real!! 3rd surprise was in February when a USAF C5 Galaxy came in and again flew virtually over my house!! :-0

User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

Usairways85 how long ago was that Air France 777 Big grin???

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6809 times:

I remember when PA dropped a 747-200 into FLL, coming in from the west, over I-95. Caused 4 accidents when it came in for landing - scared the CRAP out of a bunch of drivers on I-95!  Big thumbs up

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

CO dropped a 777 in to CLE a few summers ago, with a flight attendant who was having a heart attack. It was CO flight 10, IAH-CDG. It landed at about 11:00 PM, so there were no accidents on the local roads! But there was one freakin-out spotter jumping up and down on the mound when it landed (that would be me!)


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User currently offlineKramri From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

I once saw an Ansett 737 in Denver at the old Stapleton Airport. It was sitting in front of the United hanger north of the terminal. I don't know if it was there for maintenance or what.

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One opportunity that I missed out on was a Frontier 737 that had an emergency landing at Centennial Airport on the south side of Denver. It's a general aviation airport, although very busy (one of the top 25 busiest airports in the country). Frontier had to get special permission from the FAA to take off... and it took a long time to get that permission!

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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

Well, at my home airport, DEN I've seen some good stuff - An-124 a couple of times, got it on film, but not on digital or airliners.net. I saw a 737-700BBJ that belonged to UAE government. Dallas Mavericks 757-200 paid a visit to DEN as well, and I saw it a few days later at Buckley AFB. Also, I saw F-117 land at Buckley as well. DC-9-14 of USA Jet paid a visit on February 23rd in horrible weather, ATI/BAX Global DC-8's have landed here as well. Kingdom Holding A-340-200 visited DEN February of 2000, 2 IL-76's of Algerian Airforce paid a visit as well, I saw a Northwest DC-10 depart on March 31st this year, and SkyKing 737-200, which I snapped.

AA 767's are not common here, but I've seen them here, including Ex-TWA planes in old and globe liveries. DL and CO sent 764's and CO sent 762 here as well. Aaron Mandolesi went to photograph ACES Colombia ATR-42, I am not sure if he was successful with it, but I guess we will find out soon. A-300 of UPS has been spotted here too, usually we get a 767. As for Centennial - DASH-7's, Lockheed Jetstars and a few Global Expresses have landed there too - I work right across from the runway.

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User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6763 times:

Yes, I'd live in Innsbruck ( INN / LOWI ), so I'm sure you've seen some pictures with all the mountains and so...

The biggest surprise for me (us) was:

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 <________________________________> Austrian Airlines A330-200

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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2192 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

One morning last week when i was walking to school, i saw CS-TMT
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flying into Brize Norton EGVN. Other than that i've seen a VS 343 flying around Brize, and theres also a fairly regular AN-124 flight into Brize now.


25 Post contains images Jaspike : I missed this beauty at EMA in 1998 because I didn't know it was coming.. very annoyed when I found out it had visited But if it ever comes again...
26 Goingboeing : I saw the "save-a-connie" constellation fly over me as it was on approach to Kansas City Downtown airport. You ain't seen nuthin' til you've seen (and
27 Usairways85 : USAir330: Sad to say the AF 777 was in PHL during 9/11 on a diversion from JFK
28 Post contains images Canadian747 : And oh I forgot back in the late 80's we had Concorde visit the airport and the french president was on it
29 Post contains links and images Lindy : The most exotic stuff that I've seen at IAD were: Gambia New Millennium Air IL-62 View Large View MediumPhoto © Rafal Szczypek Royal Air Force VC
30 Usairways85 : Oh yeah that reminds me i also saw the British Airways Concord in Old Colors at PHL
31 Lparky : redngold How often did you get the CO dc-10's in CLE? I flew one from CLE-IAH about 5 years ago and the gate personnel were all freaking out about it
32 Ilyushin96M : The Antonov Design Bureau AN-124 has flown into and out of MKE a few times. A friend saw it on approach while we were at Jazz in the Park one day last
33 Gigneil : I was shocked to see a Tower Air 747 landing at COS one day going to pick someone up... and equally shocked to see an LH 747 at a gate there one day i
34 AA 777 : About a year or two ago there was an Air Canada plane at LGA that was hit in the tail by the food truck. One of my moms friends a the tower told us th
35 JayDavis : Years ago, in 1979, I worked for Air Midwest in Lubbock, TX. There were a few times when Braniff International would bring in the B-747 (Fat Albert) a
36 Petertenthije : Just today Amsterdam had a AN-22 from the Antonov Design Bureau. Rumour has it that it this plane will visit Amsterdam in a few days again, fingers cr
37 Post contains images USAir330 : AA 777, Scan them and if possible E-mail them to me . Usairways85, that is sad to hear . But as for the concorde was that years ago?
38 FutureFO : I actually think seeing an Aer Lingus 733 at JAX and BWI operating for Apple Vacations. It was weird seeing that for the first time.
39 Post contains images MxCtrlr : I remember the night, while working at the PA hangar in MIA, we heard this weird engine noise about 0330 local, walked out of the break room, and saw
40 DeltaASA16 : I saw a US Government "Homeland Security" Black Hawk at my hometown airport, Lynchburg, VA a couple of months ago 2002-2003. It was interesting to see
41 Post contains images Clickhappy : in 98 we would still get IL62's and IL96's of Aeroflot. Wish I would have gotten some pictures
42 KAL_LM : Was amazed by UA 777 here in PDX. He was coming out of the paint shop and jut waiting to depart. We've had the AN-124s a couple of times, but they've
43 ANA777master : I don't know if this is rare, but I saw two B-1 bombers flying in tandem toward the west in Washington DC.
44 Pinsent : Well you all missed the eighties and nineties at the worlds biggest small airport. Gander NFLD. If it was strange, we got it. Was truly an excellent p
45 747buff : About 10 years ago I saw a Lufthansa 727 taking off from MSP. No idea what it was doing here.
46 DeltaRules : I think the days before & after the Fiesta Bowl were dreams come true for CMH spotters- Sun Country 738, ATA L-1011s, UA 747-400, World DC-10, etc. I
47 Post contains images USAFHummer : At NAS/JRB Willow Grove (NXX/KNXX) Ive seen a US Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft, a modified 707 command post normally based at Offutt AFB, make an unexpla
48 Da man : About three or four years ago, I was with my dad at IAH to pick up my grandmother in the evening and as we were nearing the terminals, I saw on the ta
49 VivaGunners : I was incredibly surprised and happy last summer when here in VRN (Verona-Italy) Air Europe 777-200ER operated a weekly charter to IBZ (Ibiza-Balearic
50 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : I concur with Wannabe and GoingBoeing... When you hear a big round engine (i.e., radial), you cannot help but look up. I had this experience several t
51 Post contains links and images Brianhames : There have been some odd planes in Sitka over the years... View Large View MediumPhoto © Brian Hames A-10 years ago, I was very young when I saw
52 ChrisNH : We have a weekly Icelandair 757 (TF-FIN) that parks here at Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT) for several days in between charter flights out of Boston
53 Post contains links and images Ren41 : All seen from my house: View Large View MediumPhoto © Mark Garfinkel View Large View MediumPhoto © Aric Thalman View Large View MediumPhoto
54 JBLUA320 : Rarest plane Ive ever seen..... hmmmmm.... That would have to be a Skyservice 727 at EWR. By the way- about the AIA 747-100. There are always atleast
55 ExpressJet_ERJ : Lets see, a USAF G-5, UPS 747-100, and some middle-eastern A310s, A340s, and some really rich guys 747SP from the Middle East at Cleveland Hopkins. O
56 Caribb : Twice for me.. one way back in 1976 when the summer Olympics were held in Montreal... a Qantas 747-200 flew over my house.. I never thought I'd ever s
57 Post contains links and images USAir330 : AMAZING!!! I seen this exact plane in the air on approach to PHL. And within a day it landed at its destination. This is exactly what's amazing about
58 Post contains links and images UTA_flyinghigh : At GVA I shot these : At CMF this is what we have most of the time : View Large View MediumPhoto © William Ronciere and this is what we got in Fe
59 HlywdCatft : Some other rare planes I have seen at DTW in recent history The last concorde that i recall flying to DTW was in 1998 I think which was an Air France
60 HlywdCatft : There is a Cathay Pacific plane scheduled to land at MCO this morning
61 Post contains images LPL : Every year, Concorde would fly from LHR to LPL for the Grand National. It flew directly over my house. Unfortunately, I'll never see it again
62 RayPettit : Last month I had word that an Fokker 100 was flying from Keflavik to Farnborough and that the flight was being made by a ferrying company. As Farnboro
63 Post contains links and images N751PR : At around after school (maybe 3:00-3:30) I saw a nice rear-engined aircraft over my high school which is very near PMD (around 2 miles) only a week la
64 Elwood64151 : Air Force Two at MKC (Kansas City Downtown Airport--the old Kansas City Airport) comes to mind. That was a few years ago. A TWA 727 at the Ft Leonard
65 Post contains images USAir330 : Just seen the UPS 767-300 in new colors .
66 Continental : I always get amazed when I see the Kitty Hawk 727 at MSP, but for some reason, it's there every time I'm there! co
67 Srbmod : I'm always amazed whenever an AN-124 comes into ATL (it was here about two weeks ago); some others include an ATL Carvair (there used to be a few of t
68 Post contains links and images Dan2002 : ExpressJet_ERJ: Lets see, a USAF G-5, UPS 747-100, and some middle-eastern A310s, A340s, and some really rich guys 747SP from the Middle East at Cleve
69 QatarAirways : Actually DAN2002, that 747SP that was in Cleveland does belong to a rich guy and not the Qatari government.
70 BH346 : A few years back, An-124s came into ICT occasionally, they were amazing planes. In July, I saw the 747F airborne laser land at McConnell. Even though
71 Post contains images A388 : When I still lived in Curacao, we once got a Alitalia 747-200 which was experiencing engine problems. This aircraft was on its way to Caracas but dive
72 Flyinround731 : I once saw a North American Airlines 757-200 at KHOU. It's rare to see a 757 at that airport, although charters are not too uncommon. We were taxiing,
73 Post contains links and images 2912n : I pulled into my local GA airfield a couple of months ago and was suprised to see this one sitting on the ramp....A long way from Indonesia!!! View La
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