Have any of you experience any event similar to this one onboard the a/c while inflight or on the ground?.. I've seen fighter jets taking off before us when I was in Naha, Okinawa Japan some years ago.. sorry don't know how to put video on here so I provided the link above.
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Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15253 times:
Quoting AirCanada014 (Thread starter): Have any of you experience any event similar to this one onboard the a/c while inflight or on the ground?.. I've seen fighter jets taking off before us when I was in Naha, Okinawa Japan some years ago.. sorry don't know how to put video on here so I provided the link above.
I spotted mid air refuelling over the Adriatic once. It was during the NATO airstrikes on Serbia,maybe 7-9 years ago I think. No idea of aircraft,could just make out large tanker with 4 smaller aircraft in formation behind.During that campaign I also overflew a B52 base in England and could spot the BUFFs on the ramp.
Jpyvr From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15066 times:
Many years ago (it was on TWA, so that might give you some idea) I was on a flight from LGA to FLL. On a clear sunny morning over Florida the plane began to circle at cruising altitude. The pilot came on the PA to announce that we were in a holding pattern as airspace ahead was temporarily being closed for the launch of the shuttle, and that we were in for a treat. I was even luckier than some other passengers as I happened to be on the side of the plane that provided the best view a few minutes later when the shuttle left the pad, rose quickly to our altitude and beyond, and disappeared from view, leaving just it's trail lingering in the air. A sight I'll never forget, for sure.
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 7352 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14813 times:
Quoting AirCanada014 (Thread starter): Have any of you experience any event similar to this one onboard the a/c while inflight or on the ground?
Yep, I've experienced this same thing (and it might have even been the same launch). I was on CO 1198 flying from GCM to EWR on May 31 of this year. We were delayed around 90 minutes due to a late-arriving aircraft. Once we were over Florida, the captain announced that we'd be taking a more westerly route than normal due to airspace restrictions tied to the shuttle launch, but that if the launch went off on schedule, the folks on the right side of the aircraft (including me) would have a pretty good view. About 5 minutes before liftoff, the captain notified us that the launch was still on schedule. And yep, the launch did occur as planned -- and my view was even better since I didn't have the wing in the way. It was actually more impressive than the video shows because you see a very bright point of light from the engines -- and supposedly some people saw the solid rocket boosters falling.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22655 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13131 times:
Quoting N104UA (Reply 9): I was once told you could not be with in 250nm of Kennedy in case something happens and the shuttle needs to abort
No way. There's the standard 30nm no-fly zone around the launchpad, but that's only for VFR aircraft. IFR aircraft are under ATC control and thus can be kept away from the area both by ATC and by the need to avoid the restricted airspace that's around KSC full-time (and it's definitely active for the launch).
If the shuttle does have to abort, it will be at very high altitude and it will be coming back from the east. Therefore, you can have air traffic going up and down the coast to the west of the lauchpad with little trouble.
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SSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11113 times:
Quoting KennyK (Reply 12): Don't have a go at the lad doing his commentary he's obviously overawed and I bet we would all be saying something similar with eyes like saucers and drool running down our chin
Yeah I think I would have been similarily impressed and non-technical in my reaction.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5498 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10974 times:
Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 4): I haven't seen it from a plane, but I saw the last launch less than 3 miles from the shuttle at the NASA Causeway
Everyone needs to see that at least once in their life..
That is a great video perspective! I would love to see that from the air. I also have never watched it launch in real life. I would however love to see it. I have a few years left to see her lift off. By the way, what happens when they retire the shuttle? Are they going to just use conventional rockets like the old days? It would be neat to see them build a newer version of the shuttle.
Bagpipes From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 83 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10287 times:
On 07FEB01 I was flying UA on a 727 from TPA to ORD, I was flying to recruit training for the Navy. Just prior to boarding the 727-200 a space shuttle Launched ( i dont remeber whch one though, Maybe some one on here will Know?) It was just before dusk and we were able to see the trail all the way till we got to around ATL before it got complete darkness. The Capt told us were just about to ATL when i looked out my window ( I was in Seat 15f) after that i went to sleep since i wasnt going to get any that night. Thats my Space Shuttle Story. (BTW I can see the shuttle out my front door here in Dunedin on a clear day)
Jkj777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10121 times:
Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 17): And I've never seen a Delta II "trash" flight in my life.
Trash was a joke for us sending waste products in to space in order to not deal with finding a place for it on earth. just a joke man.
there is no way that in the post 9/11 world you can get that close to a space shuttle launch. that airspace is sealed from the surface to space. these satellite missions happen all the time and usually require lest restrictive airspace.
just look at the date of the video and match it up to the space shutte launch records.
A lot of little things just make it look unlike a Shuttle launch. But the clincher is the way the the contrail brightens a lot around one minute into the video. The Shuttle wouldn't do that, but a Delta II (which usually has nine solids, six fire on the ground and three fire one minute into flight) does.
Quoting Bagpipes (Reply 19): On 07FEB01 I was flying UA on a 727 from TPA to ORD, I was flying to recruit training for the Navy. Just prior to boarding the 727-200 a space shuttle Launched ( i dont remeber whch one though, Maybe some one on here will Know?)
That was STS-98 Atlantis at 6:13pm ET, famous as one of the most visually spectacular space launches ever. The full moon was rising and the setting sun painted the Shuttle's contrail a rainbow of colors while the contrail cast a long shadow almost perfectly toward the moon. Gorgeous.
Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 20): there is no way that in the post 9/11 world you can get that close to a space shuttle launch. that airspace is sealed from the surface to space. these satellite missions happen all the time and usually require lest restrictive airspace.
Sure you can. There's a busy north/south air corridor just to the west of KSC over the mainland. They don't close that off during launches. You can see the vapor trail of an airliner passing at a similar distance in this photo (you probably need to look at the hi-res version called L) from 2002.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7903 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8015 times:
Shuttle or not, that was one sweet video! The only time I saw the Shuttle was the Atlantis on STS-81. We left MCO the day after the launch. Even though she was still on the pad, an amazing site to see. I will have to head down for a lauch before the fleet is retired though, one of those memories that last a lifetime I'm sure.