Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1929 times:
It is a nice experience when you can see the contrails of your own plane.
In a 747-400 you can see two big contrails at the same time and how they are jutting out one from another because of the different position of the two engines on each wing. Go next time in the rear of the plane, look outside and behind, and enjoy it. Your feeling of flying will be greater. Regards. Kilavoud.
Chgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1879 times:
I remember this myself too. Saw them on a flight to Australia once as the sun was coming up and i was waiting for the lav in the rear. was surprised i was actually able to see them, or the start of them anyway.
Captain Moya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1780 times:
I didn't know it was possible to see your own contrails until a flight 4 months ago. I was on a Continental 777 from EWR to IAH and we were cruising at FL 350. I was sitting in the last row on the starboard side of the aircraft. If I looked out the window and behind, I could see the contrails forming up.
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3914 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
A truly impressive sight... I have seen it on both Lufthansa A330 and A340, FRAJFK and EWRFRA, respectively. Nice chat with the FAs in the rear galley, too. Cuz' that's the place you have to go if you want to see the contrails.
Shame on Boeing! They have these tiny ugly round windows in their Exit doors, plus there is some kind of lens inside them, so you get a headache after looking for 20 seconds. I've experienced this on a recent CO AMSEWR flight, there I saw the conetrails too. Luckily, the last seat row was empty so I got a glimps. Unluckily, three male flight attendants worked the rear galley at that time...
BTW... pictures, anyone? (No, not of the male flight attendants. Of the contrails.
BTW... conEtrails or contrails?
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Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1553 times:
I've seen them on a lot of planes by now, including 738s (Ryanair). Sit far enough to the back, and you can often see them. Also, ever looked out for the horizontal tails? I was delighted when I first noticed that you can see that, too....
La Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
Also you can get an interesting 'view' of your own contrails when there is a very high layer of clouds and the sun is shining from the back of the plane. The shadow it projects over the clouds comes with the contrails included. I've experienced this a few times, the last one on my MUC-BOS flight, last Sept. 7th on a LH A-330. Very nice.