JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1640 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3011 times:
I spent an enjoyable day of spotting yesterday down at JFK. I positioned myself not far from the end of Runway 31R and had a steady parade of planes go by, capped off by the arrival of BA 001, the Concorde. During the time I was there, all arrivals and departures were being handled on Runways 31R and 31L; the 4/22 runways did not seem to be in use at all from about 3 p.m. 'til about 5:30 p.m.
After the Concorde arrived, I did a quick loop around the cargo areas on the west end of the airport and noticed that the approach lights were lit for Runway 13L. Just about then a Delta 767 came in on 13L, so during the 15 minutes it took me to drive from the end of 31R down to the opposite end, the runway assignments changed. Very interesting. Anyway, on to the real reason for this post: as I was leaving the airport grounds eastbound on the Belt Parkway, I spotted what had to have been an IL-62 coming in over the Parkway on the Runway 22R approach. I wasn't very close, but the profile looked unlike any western airliner I've seen. In particular, the bulbuous projection on the top of the vertical stabilizer stood out. I was really disappointed to have missed seeing this up close. Is it common to see Russian-built airliners (not the more-common Russian cargo planes) at JFK? Even Aeroflot usually flies 767s there, so they can't be counted on. It would be nice to know if there's anyone who schedules one of these planes into the airport so I could plan in advance.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1640 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
Hmmm - interesting about the IL-76. I don't think that's the plane I saw, though. Even though the IL-76 has the bulbuous protrusion on the tail, the overall profile of the plane doesn't really match what I saw. It looked much more like an IL-62 - but I was a long way away and could certainly be wrong here. Plus, I'm not at all an expert in spotting Russian aircraft.
Dulles From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 80 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
>Slightly off topic, but right now, there's another IL-62 crossing the Atlantic, routing Shannon-Andrews AFB... Flight SDM9011/State Transport Company is scheduled to arrive at Andrews at around 0830Z.
Putin is invited to spend a night at Camp David (a gesture to demonstrate a difference between the attitudes towards Russia and France). So, the plane may be to support the Washington-area stay.