Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3499 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
It's also possible that the photographer took the shot, checked airline schedules, flight trackers or enroute frequencies to determine which flight they were looking, at and then got the regs from insiders who work for the carriers. Telescopic vision is also a possibility.
Awthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2634 times:
There are many ways that the registrations could have been found and here are most of them.
On the original full resolution file, the registration of the higher of the two planes (B777-200) is likely to have been easily readable on the actual shot!
With ACARS it is relatively easy to find the registrations of flights.
It is possible to get lists of movements with registrations for many EK destination airports.
As already stated, the photographer was on board an Emirates flight. He could have noted the registrations of those aircraft on the ground as they may all have departed Dubai within quick succession, and if they were all routing towards Dubai, then all three would have landed within reasonably quick succession.
Indeed the crew may have been in communication over a company frequency and noted the registrations there and then.
If the photographer was a member of staff of Emirates, again it would have been easy to look up Emirates or Dubai Airport internal documents or intranet.
Registrations can be ascertained easily from Selcal codes used on HF radio.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
It wouldn't have been all that difficult for the photo to have been set up in advance. The nearer plane could be positioned and would match speed with the lower one; then the upper one would approach slowly from behind. The photographer would then take a series of photos as the plane passed through the desired position, and select the best one.
He presumably knew in advance that there was a place where all three flights came together to make such a shot possible. I doubt if it was just coincidence.