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4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?  
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2344 times:

An ex-coworker and I were talking tonight about various things aviation related and one of the things that came up was the north-south traffic over the place where he's staying on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Details:
- 4 engines (based on contrails)
- Looks like a 747 but may be an A340
- Looks like it's following the coast fairly closely
- Pretty sure not inbound to SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA

We couldn't figure out where it would be coming from or going to where that was a route that would make sense for such a large aircraft -- all of the options we were coming up are served by narrowbodies -- so I figured I'd ask here:

Any ideas who or what this is?

Thanks,

Lincoln

[Edited 2005-03-08 07:14:23]


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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8657 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2330 times:

Could be cargo from ANC?

User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2323 times:

Quoting Lincoln (reply 0):
- Looks like a 747 but may be an A330

The A330 is two-engined. The A340, however, has 4.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2295 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (reply 2):
The A330 is two-engined. The A340, however, has 4

Oops, good call, thanks. I have fixed it

Quoting Airbazar (reply 1):
Could be cargo from ANC?

Quite possible, I suppose...had considered pax from ANC, but not cargo... I really want it to be something more exotic, though  Smile

Thanks again,

Lincoln



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

What about NW Cargo 742's from Asia?

User currently offline707437 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Do DC-8s still fly to ANC over SEA?

In the past I remember seeing: AN-124, all 747s, Convairs at KBFI, DC-8s, Ilyushin IL-62, Il-96, A340, P-3s, C-130s, C-141s, C-17s, C-5s, B52s all operating around the Seattle area & all 4 engines.

Probably a 747 my guess is DEN-NRT would come near Whidbey. . .

Any takers?


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
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any NRT flt to Dallas, Atlanta. If any weather on Great cicle routes depressing traffic south it could really be anyone. Add C5s from USAF. I'm in Bellingham and there is a bunch of four banger traffic high up.


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User currently offline707437 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

I'm in Eastern washginton where you can actually see the sky and man have we got contrails. . . Going in every direction. SEA and PDX are fairly obvious but the trans-Pacs are passing over as well. . . .

You know the sky, which is above the gray rainy layer. . . .


User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9817 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

I think it is LH 468/469 on PDX-FRA. I have flown the flight before and it passes directly over downtown Seattle (I was even able to see my old house on Mercer Island). It would be rather close to cruising altitude when passing near Whidbey Island.

The flights pass over Seattle at about 1pm and then again at 5pm. However the routing over Seattle doesn't happen everyday, but usually it is flown on a route that takes it over SEA and is always an A343.



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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 6533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Isn't McCord AFB in Tacoma still open with all its 4 engine transports?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting 707437 (reply 5):

Probably a 747 my guess is DEN-NRT would come near Whidbey. . .


No one flies DEN-NRT nonstop currently so that can't be it...

Greg



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User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 778 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

My vote is for ANC cargo traffic. There are at least 5 747s daily just between LAX-ANC. Not to mention SFO-ANC, DFW-ANC, MEM-ANC etc.

User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

One 747 I saw in the air over SEA (verified by Flight Explorer) was British Airways LHR-LAX. I can also report that there were indeed four trails behind the plane......

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Thanks for all of the replies!

It is truly amazing the depth of info avaliable from A.net

Lincoln Big grinD



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