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Mystery Plane Over NYC  
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3261 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.

Anyone?


Phil Derner Jr.
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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Comair Canadair RJ?


just a guess.



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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

No, it was a LOT bigger.

Closer to an MD-80.



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User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

CRJ700 ?

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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3111 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!  Smile


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Hmm, the CRJ-700/900 would probably do the trick, do Horizon/America West fly to LGA?


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User currently offlineBeltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Some bizjets (Global Express, Challenger, GV) can look as big as a narrowbody commercial plane, particularly if seen out of context (e.g. low, overhead and not with other aircraft or buildings).



User currently offlineDucky8855 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3040 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??


robert


User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

I don't think it was the bigger CRJs. I think Comair is flying them now out of LGA, too, though. But it wasn't that.

It looked closer to what LY744 posted, but longer like an MD-80. The winglets were certainly not very big.

I was thinking it might have been Russian. I don't know Russian planes too well, but it might have been.

Man, what an eerie looking plane that was.



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
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It could have been an ERJ-145XR en route to EWR. Those planes are very narrow, but also very long (19 rows)

JBLUA320

PS- It would have been COEX


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
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sometimes I see Horizon CRJ 700's heading into SEA and from a distance the size can be deceptive.

User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1743 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Phil, try this site, maybe it will help...
http://www1.passur.com/jfk



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User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

I agree with Beltwaybandit- probably corporate (a lot of companies have converted MD80's or 727s w/ winglets, if it wasn't something else).


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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Flyguy1.........that is a pretty neat web site!



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