DL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16500 times:
I was looking at Lake Yellowstone on Google Earth and came across two gray lines which looked to be telephone wires but turned out to be a contrail. The contrails go on for almost three miles. I was just wondering if anyone could identify this 747. I know NW, BA, KE, and other cargo airlines operate the 747 from SEA. Could it be from PDX or ANC?
MtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2279 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16054 times:
One thing I like about living in BOI is seeing the 747s (and 777s,A340s etc) flying between Europe and Calif. I see that they vary between Central Oregon to the MIdwest when travelling. I like to guess as to who they are and then check on flightaware.com. Seems its usually AF,VS,BA,KL,or UA. LH too
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1728 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15758 times:
Thanks for sharing the find. Way cool!
Quoting InnocuousFox (Reply 7): How many Euro 74s do they get to LAS? PHX? Those are a couple of other destination options.
I know that PHX sees BA, and LAS is served by VS. I don't know off the top of my head if there are more. The track by this airplane seems to be pointing closest to LAS, but the color scheme doesn't match either carrier. Maybe it's going to LAX, say, Air France. Google Earth didn't show a specific time for the photo, so it could have been a while ago.
DL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15594 times:
Quoting Rampart (Reply 2): Just curious, what were you looking for in Yellowstone? That particular scene is a very interesting landscape.
When flying IAH-SEA back in June we flew right over a bright blue lake and I thought it was the Great Salt Lake. It turns out it was actually Lake Yellowstone. I found it by zooming out of Washington and it just caught my eye. I love flying over landscapes I wouldn't find here in Florida.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3492 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12260 times:
Judging by it's track (as ascertained by the way it's pointed and the contrail) it almost has to be headed to LAX. It's headed too far south for it to be heading into SFO, so that leaves LAX as the most logical place. Obviously, PHX and LAS get maybe one or two Europe 744s each per day, but LAX probably gets at least 10, if not more (AF, LH, BA, VS, etc ...).
Slinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 681 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10044 times:
If you look at the tail there seems to be a darker ring of paint from the rear fuselage ... we're looking from above and the sun is bleaching everything out so it might not be all white, it could be a VS 747 if the tail is red???
It looks more aligned with LAS than LAX or PHX, but I don't know the usual route patterns. FlightAware seems to indicate that the regular VS flight to LAS comes very close to this position in Yellowstone, with some variation. That would be my guess.
Incidentally, I don't think the thread sufficiently answered the question as to the destination, so "reading it", as has been suggested, doesn't give you a definitive answer. At least yet.
Joemac547 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 113 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6399 times:
Even if the sun is bleaching out the red rear end of a VX fuselage, VX's engines are red, and I think those in the photo are clearly white. That also eliminates BA (blue engines) and UA (ditto). That leaves AF or NZ, right?
Airplanecrazy From United States of America, joined May 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5859 times:
I believe that the image is a composite of spectraly filtered pictures taken by the satellite at very close intervals that are then combined to produce a color image. This combining would explain the *ghost* images of the airplane in other colors, would mean that the engines are indeed red, and that the airplane is therefire a VS. Looking at the profile I concur that it is a 747 and not an A340. Extrapolating the flight path it looks like Las Vegas is a possible destination, but we don't know the ATC routing for the day the picture was taken. Definitely a cool picture!
Rampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3015 posts, RR: 7 Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5399 times:
Quoting Airplanecrazy (Reply 21): I believe that the image is a composite of spectraly filtered pictures taken by the satellite at very close intervals that are then combined to produce a color image. This combining would explain the *ghost* images of the airplane in other colors, would mean that the engines are indeed red, and that the airplane is therefire a VS.
I was thinking the same thing today. (The image is still generating discussion among my colleagues.) I am not sure that the close-in high resolution image is from a satellite, but the same process may be used for aerial digital imagery, IIRC.