Still inflight...hope this link works...take a look.
I've been tracking UA fl.839 (Departure on Monday June 26th & still inflight)...one of my coworkers is on it...it took a sharp "left" after a short segment out to sea after leaving L.A. I've never seen this, nor did I know airlines did this routing. How often does this occur?
This routing blew me out of the water...I never thought you could possibly cross Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and Africa to get to Sydney from LA!?!?!? You learn something new everyday.
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Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11617 times:
It would take the best part of 30 hours to fly that way... ie over the Atlantic, Africa and Indian Oceans, and Australia itself! Its about 14,000nm as opposed to the direct LAX-SYD Pacific Ocean route which is 6500nm and takes about 13 hours.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11577 times:
Nothing like showing the novice side of my aviation knowledge! I thought that might take mighty strong tailwind...and then some. You know in those Looney Toons cartoons when one of the characters turns into a sucker-pop or an jackass ...yep...that's me right about now.
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RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11391 times:
you can see the line of flight makes an abrupt change right about the point radar coverage would be terminated off the coast of CA. If you notice at the bottom of the graphic, there's a disclaimer that reads:
Quote: At least part of this flight occurs outside of FlightAware's service area. Information on this page may be unreliable.
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VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7619 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11307 times:
Wow!! Supersonic UA!! This flight covered around 14,000 miles in just 8hr 28 min!!! That's an AVERAGE speed 0f 1650mph - faster than Concorde and a new world record!!! Thought we had seen the last supersonic passenger flight in my lifetime several years ago. But way to go!!!
Of course they must have gone the wrong way (east instead of west) because of the jet stream or something. I mean if they had flown the right way across the pacific and taken the same length of time they would only have AVERAGED about 765 mph. And that's scarcely above Mach 1 - almost tortoise pace!!
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10750 times:
Quoting DIA (Reply 5): I thought that might take mighty strong tailwind...and then some.
On routes that are mostly east-west then yes the winds can really effect them. However LAX-SYD is mostly a north-south route. There are not huge dominant winds going north and south. The jetstream goes around the globe roughly parallel to the equater with some dips and dives. The winds don't really move north-south except in small areas.
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Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7240 times:
Looks to me like the whole lot of info on that tracker is bull$h1t - take a look at the track log and see how the flight rollercoastered between 29,000 and 1,000 feet over the ocean - if that is to be believed, those passengers must've feared their lives.
Tommy777 From Norway, joined May 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7178 times:
Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 14): Looks to me like the whole lot of info on that tracker is bull$h1t - take a look at the track log and see how the flight rollercoastered between 29,000 and 1,000 feet over the ocean - if that is to be believed, those passengers must've feared their lives
He he, funny indeed. Would love to be on a 744 that dives down to a 1000 feet every once in a while.
B777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 774 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5175 times:
Yea, I don't think it's reliable, AT ALL! I just did a test with UAL flight#914 from IAD-CDG and it says it takes 14hrs 4 mins. So on one hand, we have UAL, the supersonic airliners, and on the other hand, we have UAL, the turtle of airliners. Doesn't seem to add up quite right. Heck, at least it didn't go west through the Pacific/Indian oceans to Paris.
Malmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4675 times:
My flight LAX-SYD (not on UA, on NZ) took 14h. This one is taking 14h 30minutes, and going the same way. And you can clearly see that in the beginning from LAX the jumbo is going straight out to the ocean, and then suddenly turns 90 degrees left. Must be a bug or something..