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Somebody Already Seen His Own Contrails?  
User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1805 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.

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User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1755 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.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

If the conditions are right these are clear even on a 763 from the rear door window or even the rear windows. Have seen them many times whilst visiting the gents down the back  Big grin

Quite a cool sight, certainly makes you appreciate the aircrafts forward speed far more than usual at cruise level.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineCaptain Moya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1656 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.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1635 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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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

"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"

They are designed that way as wide-angle viewing windows so that the cabin crew can see any hazards outside prior to opening the exit in an emergency (e.g. fire)



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Its a bit hard to see but here's a photo, taken aboard SQ26 SIN-FRA through the very last window. Its the 2nd one from the top.
http://www.geocities.com/falkowestphalen/sq26.htm



Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1429 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....

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineLa Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1392 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.


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