SiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 387 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4307 times:
I have always wondered how rare it is to view the northern lights in-flight? I know I have seen a couple of pics on a.net of them from the cabin, but how often does this happen on flights that are on a far enough north? I would think that it is not uncommon to see them on flights from the US westcoast to Europe and Asia. Hopefully I will get lucky on one of my transatlantic flights in the future.
S5FA170 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 534 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4300 times:
I was lucky two winters ago and got to view them on a flight out of YUL to ORD. Absolutely beautiful from that vantage point. That is the only time I've witnessed them from the air. In fact, that is the only time I have seen them, period.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4268 times:
I've seen them quite often. One adantage to flying above the cloud cover, the Aurora is "always" there. One particularly brilliant show a few years ago. I was inbound to ANC from SEA and the lights danced around outside for an hour.
It's a fairly common occurence in these parts. Not unusual at all. The colder the better of course . . .
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5780 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4150 times:
I fly to FAI every couple of years (in the winter) just to watch the Aurora; I just got back a couple of weeks ago in fact.
I always take AS's red-eye n/s (#113) from SEA, get a window seat on the right side and (almost always) enjoy the show! It is often spectacular, but there is always something to see (even if just a faint, greenish-white glow to the north.)
One of the most frustrating trips was my previous one (~2 years ago) when there was a great sky show starting about an hour out of SEA, through cruising, and even during decent into FAI, but about 5 minutes from touchdown on 1, we encountered clouds, then snow, and the show was over for the night (from the ground in FAI.)
I can never get enough of the Lights and hope to be able to continue traveling to FAI for the rest of my life!
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4126 times:
I've seen the northern lights once in flight, for three times total, and I grew up in rural areas outside of Minneapolis! The flight I saw them was Frontier 100 from DEN-MSP, on the evening of December 14, 2006. They were faintly visible and the pilot did make the announcement, but they were too dim for my seatmate to even see them, even after I turned off our row's reading lights and televisions. But I was able to see them from my window, but they looked nothing like the picture above! They were still quite amazing to see, though.
GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1024 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
Naturally, I'm flying to FCO in 2 weeks, seated on the R side of thernaircraft... I suspect we will be too far north to see the Southernrnlights. I did see them once several years ago, but they were extremelyrndim, and if the pilot hadn't announced them, I would have thought theyrnwere some sort of cloud, although at 35,000 feet, it would have to havernbeen a pretty tall cloud. We shall see...
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero
LH492 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 208 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3908 times:
I saw them on my flight from YVR to FRA on LH493 (A340-300) and it was absolutely stunning.
The lights were visible for at least 45 minutes and I was glued to my window
I tried to take some pictures, but it was simply too dark and they were not visible on the pictures.
Skyymarc From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3679 times:
My first flight up to ANC, while working for Reno Air, the captain called us up to the flight deck to see the Northern Lights. The display, while not as brilliant as the picture above, was awe-inspiring. I miss those days of just looking out the window and watch the sky from a different perspective.
It looks like there out tonight. I've seen them in Juneau and Anchorage as early as November and as late as April. The green Aurora is the most common. The red Aurora is beautiful. When they start dancing in the sky its an awesome but Irieeeeeeeeee site.
I've heard some of the best Aurora spotting is made by aircraft flying over the pond from Hawaii to Alaska as they get closer to the Alaska coast.
Man can be taken from Alaska. Alaska can never be taken from the man.
Ringway From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3405 times:
I saw them whilst travelling YVR-LHR in October 1991. The Aurora was not active like the photo seen above, however, the dark sky was a shade of darkest green which I have never experienced before. I was sat on the left-hand side of the aircraft looking northwards.
I travelled the same route again in May 2003 and was sat on the same side of the aircraft again. I was expecting to settle down for a night flight and I was watching the sun starting to set a couple of hours after leaving YVR. A fairly bright twilight remained visible. The sun seemed to have been set for no more than 30 minutes when it started rising again, but not rising in the traditional sense - it just seemed to sit on the horizon for about an hour before fully starting to rise.
So on the 2 occasions that I've travelled that route I have experienced 2 phenomena that I've never managed to recreate on any other flight.