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Help To Identify 747 Crossing Southeast Texas  
User currently offlineN737AF From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Good afternoon everyone --

I was playing baseball with my son during the mid-morning hours on Saturday, May 2 when he and I both noticed a very bright contrail overhead. With the naked eye, we could clearly see a Boeing 747 heading in a northwesterly direction at what I would guess was 35,000 feet.

I live on the south side of Houston and the flight path definitely took the airplane over the southern and then west part of Houston. The airplane looked solid white from the ground, but I got the binoculars to see if I could at least see what carrier and try to figure out what kind of 747 I was looking at. I even checked flightaware to see if I could get more information that way, to no avail.

Just fishing on here to see if anyone knows of a carrier that would have a northwest bound 747 operating over Houston around mid-day on Saturday.

If not, any tips on how I COULD find out.

N737AF

[Edited 2008-05-05 12:53:51]


Continental 450, contact Departure and have a Good Evening.
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User currently offlineBlue747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Funny, I saw it also in SW Austin around noon on saturday. I took
a photo but couldn't tell what it was.
Maybe it was China Airlines (MIA - SFO)
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CAL5397

pat


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

The CI was B-18706 on Saturday, according to www.acarsd.org, and this is in standard CI Cargo colours so you should have seen the dark blue stripe around the nose and the flower on the tail I'd have thought.

Could you see any winglets?

Quoting Blue747 (Reply 1):
I took
a photo but couldn't tell what it was.

Any chance of posting it?



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Since President Bush was in Texas until Saturday morning, it was most likely a USAF E-4B (B-747-200) enroute back to OFF. Sometimes, when the POTUS is in Texas, the E-4B stages at NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville, NAS Fort Worth, Ellington Field (NASA), or Dyess AFB.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Korean Air flies a 744 MIA-DFW-ANC-Incheon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It usually takes a routing over MSY, so of course on clear days, it's easy for us to see. Checking Flightaware for last Saturday, it looks like KE239 took more of a jog to the west of New Orleans (over towards Lake Charles or Beaumont) before heading up to DFW. I doubt this is the one you saw, but I throw it out for FYI:



Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineN737AF From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

My binocular leave quite a lot to be desired, but based on the info here ... and the fact that I *thought* I saw winglets, the flight I saw definitely had to be the China Airlines flight shown here.

It was simply amazing to see how fast it was moving ... and doing so at nearly 8 miles above my head.

And thanks, Tom ... Based on the routing of the CI flight, there is no doubt that was the one.

What a beaut!

Andrew



Continental 450, contact Departure and have a Good Evening.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1704 times:

Both CI and KE had similar routings till they got off the southwest Louisiana coast. Now that I think about it, the weather here was pretty crappy Saturday morning, so they were obviously doing some en-route deviations around it.

CI5397 routing:


Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

nasa 747 heading to edwards


i can see for 80 miles
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