Kevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1056 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
OK, I'm sure this has been asked here before but I didn't see it. So I want to know about some of the beautiful or amazing things you've seen from an airplane. I'll start:
-Departing YVR at dusk the CPT called me to the cockpit about 30 seconds after T/O to show me the view out the front windscreen. (This was pre-9/11 when we could just use our keys to get in.) We were flying directly at a snowy mountain which looked just like the Paramount Pictures logo mountain. That was very nice.
-I've seen Aurora Borealis while flying over Canada and Greenland. It's really amazing from the air.
-St. Elmos Fire climbing up the windshield of a Super 80. (The CPT played a practical joke on me and told me that if I touched the glass the electricity would be drawn to my hand, like in one of those static electricity balls. Of course, I fell for it and placed my hand on the glass. They had a pretty good laugh at my expense.)
-Flying up the Hudson river while approaching LGA at night once I saw that Manhattan was completely covered by fog and only the glow of the city lights showed the shape of the Island. The best part was that the WTC, Empire State Building, and a few other tall buildings were sticking up out of the "cloud".
-After diverting to Shreveport (while in route to DFW for some training) we took off again to complete the journey. I saw the huge storm clouds that had grounded us. It was the biggest thing I've ever seen in my life. You could see other planes flying past them and the way they looked with the sun reflecting off of them was awesome.
I can still see each of these sites very vividly in my mind when I think about them. It's just one of the extra perks of working on an airplane. So does anyone else have any to share?
"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." --Stephen Colbert
DeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
Flying into COS to visit my Grandparents from ATL in a B727, We were decending into Pete Field. Popping in and out of white puffy clouds, my face was glued to the window. And then it happened, Two F-16 fighters in tight formation flew by the window. It felt like they were at hands reach. But then we went back into a white cloud, the fighters were only visible for a few seconds but left me stunned and amazed. It was totally amazing!
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
LH A340 FRA-ORD 2001. We had the best daytime view of Iceland and Greenland! It's spectacular in the air! Plus we saw our contrails from inside the aircraft! It was light out the entire flight, making it really enjoyable for viewing!
RayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
The view I remember most was from my very first flight as a seven-year old kid back in 1961. We were up for 15 minutes on the Isle of Wight, England when we flew over the old Queen Mary. Looked superb. I meant to look up the old lady when I was in LA a couple of years ago, but ran out of time.
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
September 10th 2001 coming back from Menorca, we were allowed to the cockpit half-way through the flight. As I looked out of the cockpit window, I could see the edge of France and the start of Britain and lots of boats passing across the English Channel. It was a great site.
Shamrock1heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
Dec.2001, UA 930 SFO-LHR
Decending over London at 6 am and it was still dark out. Seeing all the major attractions lit up from above. Picadilly Circus, Millenium Dome and Wheel and Big Ben, etc. Incredible views, then a hard landing! Nothing better!
IFlyMidwExprss From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 156 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2186 times:
Back in my F/A days with Ryan International Airlines (operating for Apple Vacations) there were some pretty memorable sights--amazing views of Caribbean island chains en route MKE-ANU/UVF/etc, seeing thunderstorms from the flight deck at night, etc. Perhaps the one that stands out the most in my mind is when we'd be flying northbound at night (usually back to a frigid MKE!) and we'd pass over the Miami metro area. What always got me was contrast between the long string of twinkling lights along the Atlantic coast and the pitch blackness of the interior where the Everglades starts. Just beautiful.
You're right, Kevi747-- the views are a definite perk of the job!
Aroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
My favorite in-flight views have to be anytime flying over or into vegas. Even at 36,000 you can see the lights...marvelous place to see. Also one of my neatest views was on an Air Kenya flight. We flew at very low altitude over the grasslands of Kenya - could pick out elephants, zebras, lions and others. Wish I could find the aircraft type, it was some ancient looking two prop tail-dragger.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
UA896 HKG-ORD flies over Taiwan and Southern Japan within the first 3 hours or so. The mist on the mountains of Taiwan is something to see as are the turquoise waters off of the coast of Kyushu.
Come to think of it UA 895 is flown in 16 hours of daylight. The flight goes over some of the most desolate and beautiful regions in the world. In the winter you can see frozen rivers and vast plains of ice.
Sk From Germany, joined Apr 2003, 75 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
YVR-FRA with a LH 747-200.
Because of the northern routing the night wasn't one - great experiance to see the sun but knowing that it is midnight.
DFW-FRA with LH 340-200
Starting in DFW - During the flight I could see Washington, New York, Boston, Dublin and Amsterdam - now I understand why other people visit 12 european countries within 4 days
By the way: I had the same seat with the same crew on the same aircraft as on the flight to Dallas two days before. Only the meals were different
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
Flying into any of the Hawaiian Islands is gorgeous...I had an awesome pic flying right over Diamond Head & Waikiki, taken from United flight 53 LAX-HNL (777ER), but airliners.net didn't accept it. Oh well.
FL350 From Belgium, joined Feb 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
Anyone has performed the nite approach to MEX know what I mean, everytime I visit my familly I look forward to this beautifull sight... Daytime is breathtaking also, try to book a left window seat.
Fabrice Sanchez - Brussels Aviation Photography
25 Jaws707: On a SAS flight from CPH-ORD, while flying over Iceland I was able to see mountain peaks and volcanos peaking out through the clouds and it was an abs
26 DIA: Ljungdahl: Yes, you're right. LAS is very nice indeed. By the way, I like that JFK approach pic with the PA Dash-7. . .fond memories. DIA
27 Dragon-wings: Seeing a sunset for the first time from the air Seeing the Manhattan skyline at night
28 VASI: - On a Narita to Zurich flight I saw Mount Fujiyama and when reaching Zurich in the late afternoon we entered a holding where I saw the glowing Alps i
29 Delta-flyer: Here's one of my favorites, my son took over the Alps enroute from Paris to Budapest, on an AF 737-500 Pete
30 N79969: Also saw a full moon reflecting off the Bay on a clear night on arrival into SFO once. Spectacular.