Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
Saturday evening (June 14, 2003) at about 4:00 PM, a storm system was moving into NYC from the north. Black clouds coming our way looked really cool, and I knew we were about to get pounded.
I was in the car with my father driving north, and I saw a plane going East-Southeast over College Point (CP is across Flushing Bay, about one mile east of La Guardia Airport) at about 1,000 feet.
This direction at this altitude is very weird. It wasn't trying to climb, jsut maintaining its height. There is no approach or departure route for LGA that would bring this aircraft over this town in that direction or at that height.
The weird part was how it looked. It looked like an MD-80 in the sense that it was rear-engined and was long, but it had winglets.
The color wa that off-white that you often see on south-american air force airliners(does that make sense? lol). It looked like it had a black stripe down the side and the bottom might have been gray.
Was I seeing things? What was this? It looked like this guy was avoiding the storm, coming from the direction of it. I just don't have a clue about this.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3025 times:
One of them 727's with winglets? If it wasn't for the winglets it could have easily been a USAF/USN C-9, or a foreign government Gulfstream of some sort. I can't think of any aircraft that is not a bizjet that has winglets and rear mounted engines. Of course there is the Tu-334, but it can't possibly be the a/c you saw!
Ducky8855 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2954 times:
How about Pan Am Boeing 727-200 with winglet, I've had the pleasure of seeing some up close in SFB (KSFB). If it might be one those aircraft, the next question would be why is it flying into KLGA maybe possibly as a charter??