SkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 382 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4665 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?
Skibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4560 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.