PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
11:30 AM Pacific time, May 14, 2004. During my prep period at the school where I teach in National City, I heard a jet flying directly over. A bit unusual, as most traffic is passing from right to left (looking north) on approach to SAN runway 27.
I went outside to investigate, and saw Southwest Airline's Lone Star One flying due north over my school, wheels up:
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
They were on visual approaches to 27 today. (Wasn't it gorgeous?!) Sounds as if they may have been doing some north & south bound tracking momentarily (aka "S turns") along the westbound final approach course to lose altitude. If there isn't a lot of traffic in the pattern, unusual maneuvering is often OK with the tower controller.
Once landing in JFK I was on the jumpseat and the crew realized they were going to be waaaaaaaaaay high. The requested and were granted approval to do a 360 (and we were at 800') to get down on very short final! I imagine THAT looked pretty strange to the people who lived in the apartments below us too.