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What's The Deal With This Picture?  
User currently offlineSkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3987 times:

Hey guys, I saw this picture today of the Lufthansa 747 taking off and it seems as though it's flying really high with it's landing gear still down after take off. I know that Denver is a good 5,000 feet above sea level, but there are clouds that seem to be far below the airplane, even though the caption says it just took off. Is this an illusion, or is it common to have such low lying clouds around the Denver area?

Thanks,
Andres

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1027699/M/


Prepare for take-off.
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User currently offlineEGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3961 times:

It looks like an illusion/low clouds.

Same photographer, same location, same date...


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User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3882 times:

Could be two things. First, the angle of the picture makes the plane appear higher than it actually is. From the picture, it looks like the plane is still in its take off attitude and has not dropped its nose to accelerate. Second, many times, the pilots will keep the landing gear extended for a little bit longer than usual to cool down the brake pads. This is usually the case when a plane has been taxiing for a while, which given the size of Denver this is highly plausible.


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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5394 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3882 times:

It also has flaps in T/O position, so it's pretty soon after take-off.


Jimbo



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3868 times:

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
I know that Denver is a good 5,000 feet above sea level

With all due respect, its a no-brainer...



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User currently offlineJay767 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3845 times:

Denver is 1 mile above sea level,so clouds seem to be real low because denver is so high.


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