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Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland  
User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 474 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 24856 times:

Check this out....

Just taken a few minutes ago !

(over my house near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland at 17:51 GMT on Sunday 25th March 2007 FL360)

FRA to IAD F-WWJB

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Google Earth showing first Airbus A380 over Northern Ireland 25 MArch 2007


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Airbus A380 approaching


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Airbus A380 approaching


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Airbus A380 crossing Carrickfergus !!!


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Airbus A380 routing to "MIMKU"


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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24852 times:

Way cool!

Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24839 times:

thats really cool, I wish I saw her over my house


Viva la Vida
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24830 times:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 1):
Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?

According to what fellow member Zeke wrote on another thread, the A380 left HKG slightly delayed (I think it was 5 minutes) and was expected to arrive here at FRA either on or slightly ahead of schedule (something like 5 hours ago).

So I'd guess that any delays would be minimal, if there are any at all.



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24818 times:

Thanks for sharing these outstanding pictures-what lens did you use ??
The Google software to display the flight-path is a payable option?



Please respect animals - don't eat them...
User currently offlineJran225 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 308 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24795 times:

Great catch! I will be seeing this beauty at IAD in about 5.5 hours.  Big grin

Greets,
-Omar S.  wave 



Never tell your girlfriend about all the 'action' you're getting at the airport - only photogs understand that.
User currently offlineA350XWB From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24799 times:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 1):
Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?

It arrived about 20 minutes late from HKG in FRA and left FRA at 6:38pm (6:00 was scheduled).


User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24693 times:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! When was this? I could have seen it if I had have known! It was a beautiful day today as well with no clouds. Great pictures! Don't suppose she'll be flying back again in the opposite direction any time soon?


Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26946 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24614 times:

Brilliant , did you take those pics???? Amazing!!!! Pity it didnt fly 50 miles further south then I would have seen it but then I guess you wouldnt have so I will be content with the pics. Nice to see Newtownabbey on the map!!! I used to live there for a while.

User currently offlineAviator1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24596 times:

Wow what are the chances of that happening

User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 24381 times:

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 4):
Thanks for sharing these outstanding pictures-what lens did you use ??
The Google software to display the flight-path is a payable option?

The camera is nothing special, just a £200 Canon PowerShot A700IS on maximum zoom, then further digital zoom applied using Adobe Photoshop Elements. He was just so close and so large ! A digital SLR would have made a much better job with less grain etc.

It is all completely free. You need to have Google Earth, then use openatc.com to superimpose flight tracks. Only covers certain areas however.

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 7):
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! When was this? I could have seen it if I had have known! It was a beautiful day today as well with no clouds. Great pictures! Don't suppose she'll be flying back again in the opposite direction any time soon?

I was just very lucky! Everything just came together, I could not have planned it. I knew OK the flight would operate today but the probability of it choosing a flight path over the UK never mind my town were very low indeed. Lufthansa also operated a similar flight last Monday which I followed but he went over Dublin. Yes I believe he will route back again to FRA within the next day but who knows what the routing will be. Again it would be a low probability that it will come over Northern Ireland.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Brilliant , did you take those pics???? Amazing!!!! Pity it didn't fly 50 miles further south then I would have seen it but then I guess you wouldn't have so I will be content with the pics. Nice to see Newtownabbey on the map!!! I used to live there for a while.

See above. Yes it's nice to have an aviation connection as topical as the A380 and so close to 'home'.

Quoting Aviator1990 (Reply 9):
Wow what are the chances of that happening

Just luck I think this time, followed by a very hectic few minutes, downloading, adjusting, uploading to my profile, then posting this topic.


User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 24007 times:

Now that I have had time to breath, I have spent a bit of time on two of my shots and have been able to marginally improve them.

Right now she has 3hrs and 13 mins left of her flight to Washington IAD.

I hope you like them....

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Airbus A380 F-WWJB over Northern Ireland at 17:51 GMT 25 Mar 07


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Airbus A380 F-WWJB over Northern Ireland at 17:51 GMT 25th March 2007


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23987 times:

Awesome pictures!
Who is on the flight to IAD? Is there more LH and Airbus staff and guests?
Anybody here lucky enough to get on board any of these AB/LH flights?



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineGlom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2815 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23931 times:

It's part of the genius solution to Stormant. Martin McGuinness can be on the main deck, Ian Paisley on the upper deck. That way they don't have to see each other.

User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23871 times:

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 10):
it's nice to have an aviation connection as topical as the A380 and so close to 'home'.

Indeed! It rarely happens but when it does, its nice to see the thing from home!

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 10):
I was just very lucky! Everything just came together, I could not have planned it. I knew OK the flight would operate today but the probability of it choosing a flight path over the UK never mind my town were very low indeed. Lufthansa also operated a similar flight last Monday which I followed but he went over Dublin. Yes I believe he will route back again to FRA within the next day but who knows what the routing will be. Again it would be a low probability that it will come over Northern Ireland.

Extremely lucky! Great that you got the photos and thanks for sharing! It will be interesting to see the return route. Could still be the slight possibility of flying over again!  Smile



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26946 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23872 times:

Quoting Glom (Reply 13):
It's part of the genius solution to Stormant. Martin McGuinness can be on the main deck, Ian Paisley on the upper deck. That way they don't have to see each other.

Yeah but you can be damn sure they will meet at the bar!!!! And use the ATM on board to take their pay out !!!!!LOL...

In chinese isnt A380 supposed to be lucky ??? Maybe its a good sign !!!!! But I wont hold my breath.


User currently offlineLcagmdeleven From Germany, joined Dec 2003, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 23127 times:

Hi,

thanks for sharing the info and the nice shots ! My wife is lucky enough and onboard that flight to IAD.

Best regards
Uwe


User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 21889 times:

Quoting Lcagmdeleven (Reply 16):
Hi,

thanks for sharing the info and the nice shots ! My wife is lucky enough and onboard that flight to IAD.

Best regards
Uwe

You are very welcome. I am glad that I was able to let you see these shots of the flight that your wife was on board while it was still in the air. Without digital camera technology and internet this would have been impossible. It is nice to hear from someone connected directly with the flight.

Right now she is at 40,000 feet and cruising at 583 mph (ground speed that must be) just before starting descent into Washington.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 21467 times:

On a related question, how is it that google earth is able to show the location of a U.S.-bound flight still over European air space while conventional flight trackers like flightaware cannot?? I used to have Google earth installed on my home computer and I saw lots of tracks going into London-area airports but on other trackers like fboweb & flightaware they stop halfway across the Atlantic. Don't they all get their flight info from the same source?

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineMac26000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 20386 times:

The flight landed at 2022 hours at IAD, was really kind of dark for any good photos. The A380 was extremely queit, it was hard to tell if they even used reverse thrusters.

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19326 times:

Nice shots man! SO lucky to have one of these fly over your town, the pictures are good proof that it happened!
They are the first contrail shots of the super jumbo that I have ever seen.
Very very nice and smooth trail behing the heavy or in this ones case.. Super.



Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offline777MAX From Venezuela, joined Jan 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 18189 times:

Wow! Those are some amazing pictures...

I hope that someday it'll either fly over CCS or make a stop over here!

Cheers

MAX


User currently offlineFoilcat From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17996 times:

excellent!!!!

what kind of flight checking software is that?? really cool that you can check the flight status over the computer screen, can anyone introduce me?


User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17608 times:

Wonderful ! I was just wondering how the contrails would look like... Thanks a lot for these pictures !


Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 17122 times:

remember these days, in 10 years when A380s are standard, we won't even look up anymore, isn't it funny like that?


The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
25 Moriarty : Awesome pics, thanks for sharing! And I must say you've done well with the editing.
26 Post contains images Lamedianaranja : Arent't we the kind of people who look up all the time ? I just walked my dog and saw a MP MD11F, a NW A330, a couple of KL B737and heard a KLC F50 a
27 Cjbmibe : I'm really annoyed I missed it. I was on the ramp at BHD yesterday, it was fairly quiet too so I should have been able to see it. Theres a good few en
28 Avion660 : Thanks also for highlighting the ATC info that is available via a google earth attachment. I have wondered for ages how to get ATC info in Europe, hav
29 Pilotaydin : dude, you're so right...what the hell was i thinking?! i look up when a 172 flies over still!!
30 Post contains images Norcal773 : Nice pics, lucky you. I like the title on the thread ...as opposed to 'Dead A380 photographed over Ireland'.
31 Linco22 : Good stuff Adrian. Was at BHD yesterday and got a few nice shots. It was a great day. Shame I missed this, I got word of it just after it had passed.
32 Trent900 : Is this attachment available for google earth basic users or does it have to be the 'plus' version? D.
33 Awthompson : Hey, working out the correct time almost confused me as well! I took the photos at 18:51 local time in the UK/Ireland which is also known as British
34 Linco22 : I'm with you on that Adrian, but unfortunately i'm just not so positive.
35 Post contains images Scouseflyer : i remember a time when you could look up and if you were very, very, very lucky you'd see the distinctive triangle of Concorde
36 Linco22 : Seen it twice, which considering the current situation, is pretty special now. Regards Colin
37 MadameConcorde : I will never forgive Airbus for doing everything necessary for all the Concordes to be grounded much sooner than planned. Were they ever afraid that t
38 Post contains images Legoguy : Me too, although only once! As a kid, me, my dad and sister were plane spotting at Belfast Harbour Airport (George Best City Airport now), when we he
39 OA260 : Whilst I miss Concorde and its sad that we will never see it again I think that BA and Air France were equally to blame. If they had have wanted to k
40 MadameConcorde : We are going way off topic, yet I am interested to know. Where did you get this from? What are your sources? The 3000+ untortunate souls who gave up t
41 Post contains links OA260 : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3203_concorde.html JOCK LOWE: Nine eleven had a tremendous effect. In particular, Concorde was affected becau
42 Post contains images ChrisPatton : Nice pictures Adrian, long time no speak. I caught it passing over Ballymena, noticed the contrail coming and was experimenting with the camera in the
43 Post contains links VR-HKG : Congrats to Adrian on his mention in the Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne.../local-national/article2408243.ece
44 4holer : ...Which got the website name incorrect!
45 OA260 : Yes Adrian nice article. You should email your pics to Airbus!!! Maybe they will give you an invite to their next event.
46 Post contains links and images Jogales : Actually, there are at least a couple of other shots of the A380 with contrails taken before yours http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=596232
47 Awthompson : The logic of choosing this title was that I had the pictures posted while the aircraft was still in the air, in fact within less than one hour of the
48 Cjbmibe : Its annoying me this change to BST also. The FIDS show passengers everything in local time which is BST, but the FIDS for staff show the local time o
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