FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6260 times:
Not to be a smart ass, but I believe they are headed in the same direction because their destinations are in similiar directions. I would assume they are in an airway to Europe or North America since they over the Atlantic.
Meister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6188 times:
Yeah... my only question is how such a pic is possible..
How does someone take this pic??? It would have to be from a fighter or something, because there is no physical way to shoot directly up like this from a coach seat of a 341, 762, 742, or anything else that happens to be traversing the busy airspace between Nova Scotia and Ireland. The shot also couldn't have been taken during an ascent, because, well, they are at separation minimums as it is.
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Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2715 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6115 times:
This type of thing often happens over the north atlantic. Hundreds of flights going on 6 different tracks in a few hours of the day lines planes up very well! With RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima), aircraft can be as close as 1000' apart over the ocean. They could fly on top of one another like that picture for hours if there mach speed is the same. It looks really neat from the plane to look out and see that.
DeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5025 times:
No, you're all wrong. It was in formation. Every Sunday morning, all the CO employees line up outside 1600 Smith St. and 3 or 4 777s fly over in formation as Gordon Bethune and all the CO admin employees stand outside watching.
Delta does soemthing similar, except they do it on Friday afternoons and of course they're lined up along Virginia Ave. in Atlanta. Here's a picture of N864DA taken from another Delta 777 during their formation flyby:
Avallillo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
This was most likely taken on the North Atlantic tracks, westbound (since it is daylight), and is not a totally unusual scene, although catching two at the same time is somewhat rare. Several things are worthy of note. First, it was almost certainly taken from the cockpit. I can say this because I have taken a few like this from the cockpit of my 767. Second, it showcases the remarkable accuracy of modern Inertial and GPS navigation systems. All three planes are within a few lateral feet of each other!
RayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4871 times:
Definitely flight crew I would say, not only because of the windows, but also he knows the flight levels. But I'd be surprised if it was taken from a THIRD Continental 777, more likely the photographer was the navigator in this thing whilst in a steep climb
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4525 times:
Heh they do fly formations occasionally...
...but these shots are all at FL 370 or higher above the North Atlantic. None of them were taken from a formation, nor do any of these airlines do a weekly formation flight, certainly not on a Friday afternoon.
So I was trying to get in on his humor... but if he wasn't joking, I also have two unique overwater roadways and a seaside condo in Tucson to sell him.
Neilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4471 times:
I believe that this happens all the time being the airways to Europe are filled each day, but studying the picture for some time in Adobe I think it is the same plane at both locations. If you take the smaller plane and blow it up to the same size the contrails match very well. The blue on both tails are nearly the same shade. Wouldn't a plane that is smaller and farther be a darker blue? Also if the plane was higher the shadow on the belly of the body should be different not the same. The only color difference I could find was on the wings and that's the one bit that makes me believe it is two different planes. I really don't care to argue if it is real or not, but these are my findings for you to make your own decision.
Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4314 times:
The pic's caption says it was taekn from 35,000 ft over the Atlantic. This was OBVIOUSLY not a "formation flight". I dont know WHERE you get your info from, unless you are accusing the photographer of lying.
Joe's picture was also not a formation flight form what I understand.
I dont even know what to say that would not sound insulting, so I'll stop now.