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User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
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How many of you watch airplanes flying high over?
I was lucky enough to buy 20x telescope ZDELANO V SSSR (CCCP) in early nineties from some Russians so I an really see the airplanes
(i.e. - Swissair A330, El Al 747, 777 and many more)
many of these airplanes will not land at my nearest airport anytime at all (Zagreb) so it is really a way to see more interesting airplanes
(just too bad that I haven't got photo equipment to take som pics of these)


When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward...
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User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1367 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Hello,
I do it almost everyday from my terrace with a 20X50 Binocular.
I can see airplanes still high in the sky headed for FCO airport coming from South and East and I can see aircrafts at cruise altitude with vapour trails and sometimes i can recognize them. They usually on a North-South route and most of the time they are LH or SR aircraft.
Sometimes I was lucky enough to catch some Aeroflot TU-154 and IL-86, very noisy even at high altitude; military Nimrod and KC-135 probably directed towards Jugoslavia and some rare B747 flying Westward just above my house.

Ciao

Stefano


User currently offlineBA FOREVER From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

B737-700.... don't be so condescending to 9A-CRO.

Obviously you don't care... so why leave a post?... I personally am not interested whether you care or not. However, I am however happy to listen to what 9A-CRO This site is for aviation enthusiasts... not people starting on one another because they feel like it and are arrogant enough to confront them. Grow Up. Learn Some manners.

I live on the approach to Heathrow from the East. The come over at about 12,000ft and some are very low. I can see them clearly and with binoculars I can see which aircraft it is and which airline it is flying for. This morning we have had several Lufthansa, Thai, Qantas, Cathay, Malaysian, Singapore, Air France and millions of British Airways ones.

Regards

BA FOREVER


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Hi there,
a few months ago I was spotting at my homeairport FRA and saw Wunala Dreaming on it´s way to LHR. I took some pics, of course, but 300mm were definitly not enough to get a nice shot. A few weeks later I got it here at FRA again, but that time on finals and taking off from 18West. Nice plane.
But yes, it´s interesting to watch airplane flying high over you. Here I see some BA747s etc. daily.
Regards
Ivica


User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

I love it i have minoculars with stabilazing system.
Also i live in Belgium and there are a lot of planes here flying over?
A lot of B.A and i love to see the 777 of EMIRATS or 747-400 from SQ.
Regards
P.S: The only problem here is that its too mutch cloudy!


User currently offlineMrjworth From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Hi,

I live under the flight paths for the Vor's Pole Hill and Trent so im lucky to see a constent stream of aircraft most which have departed LHR and are on there way to Canada and the US. Most impressive sights are the Virgin Atlantic, BA 747's and the Air Canada's usually around 22,000 when they reach me.

James Worth
UK


User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

First steman well said about 737-300!
And i mean binoculars off cours.
ciao


User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

First steman well said about 737-300!
And i mean binoculars off cours.
ciao


User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
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the coolest airplane I saw flying ower was E-3 AWACS - rotating antenna looks really great
(it cruised all the time nearly exactly over my house during the operation in Yugoslavia)
when I was at Adriatic at that time I saw numerous contrails of NATO airplanes, but even with 20x binoculars it is impossible to identify a small fighter on cruising altitude



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Living right underneath one of the holdings for AMS, I often have time to take a good look at them during peak hours. Sometimes they are low enough to identify airline or even regcode from the ground using 10-20x binoculars. Once in a while I get a shot using 400mm, but usually I don't care  Smile


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User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

I live in Marin just north of SF and SFO. I usually see many planes approaching to SFO. They are usually narrowbodies. A couple of times I see some widebodies too. However usually most widebodies fly over Point Reyes out in West Marin so I can't see them.

Michael SFO
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User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

I'm a bit confusd today ,BA FOREVER well said about 737-300?
And very nice idea about this topic 9A-CRO.
Regards


User currently offlineBA FOREVER From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

You were just shocked by his arrogance!

And I agree... A very nice topic 9A-CRO.


User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

I think even that i can see a plane fliyng over here in bru.
And tell the poeple where there are gooing too?
So you can comfirm it and check.

Regards


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

I was very smiley earlier when I saw an LTU A332 fly overhead to the States.

User currently offlineNWA ARJ From United States of America, joined May 2001, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Yes i have some binoculars in which I use to watch planes at cruise altitude at my house in Fargo going to Minneapolis. Usually I see NWA but sometimes I see United.


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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

I also like to watch aircraft flying over Belgium at cruise altitude. So, maybe I've already seen a 777 after all?

A few months ago, I even sa an aircraft doing something weird. Let me explain: I know what holding patterns are, but I saw one aircraft doing this at a rather high altitude. The altitude was high, because there were contrails.

So, I saw a 'contrail drawing' of a holding patterns. Does anybody know if it is normal to see an aircraft perform a holding patterns at, let's say, + 20.000ft? I don't know how low contrails can occur, but I can imagine that the minimum altitude for contrails must be above 15.000ft or so.

Any explanation would help.

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Well, I live in LA, so contrails are not a very common sight in the skies above us. And the few we do see, are usually the AA and DL flights from DFW and ATL going to Hawaii.

Of course, it's a different story when I go to Fresno. Anytime after about 7:30 AM, I can see contrails in all directions, planes coming from the LA area (ONT, LAX, SNA, BUR) and San Diego going to the Bay Area (SJC, SFO, OAK, SMF, even RNO), and vice versa, plus planes going to/coming from PDX and SEA. Planes from the Bay Area heading out and coming in from DFW, PHX, LAS, etc.


User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

I enjoy watching airplanes at cruise altitude because than it is always pretty weather. As I live in the most overcrowded part of Europe each 5 minutes I can see planes (with their long white stripes) heading for Paris, London, Frankfurt, planes coming from and going to the Americas and Southern Europe. The intercontinental planes are mostly A330, A340, B767/777 and B747. Sometimes I see the DC10 and Tristars (spectacular with their 3 stripe tracks). Europe flights I see are mostly BA, Sabena and SAS, MD80, B737, propplanes and small Airbusses. From and to the Americas I see also the DC8's and the B707's freighters and the huge US military airlifters.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

I have yet to buy a powerful set of binoculars, mine are only 8 by 30. Still, they're good enough to watch planes. In Russia I used to watch traffic go to and from SVO and to various military bases. I've seen VM-T and An-124 over my house regularly. Also I liked seeing 747-200, 747-300 and later on 747-400 of Korean Airlines fly low over my house.

Here in Denver I usually watch the usual ones of United, like 757's and 777's. But I also caught An-124 and a Tristar here.



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User currently offlineGo air canada From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

good topic-dont worry about the sniping thats what normally happens, people are just to jeasouls as they didnt think of the topic....perhaps Mr Jealous(737-000) could take a walk with the number of mr bitters that are in airliners!!!!!!

Dont worry 9A-CRo its probably another bitter idiot who cant believe the fact that people can be right for a change!!!!!

If you dont like a topic, dont pass judgement on it. 737-300, in fact how can u be on airliners and therefore claim to be interested in airlines when you are as rude as this? do u have some inner anger inside?

Anyway back to something more interesting and more worthwhile than 737-300...

I keep getting airtours planes circling around my house, its affecting my property prices...........ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

Im on the flightpath for heathrow and stanstead and I think its great to watch planes at cruise altitude and long may it continue

krgds

neil


User currently offlineFP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

If you don't care about what people have to say, then perhaps you should leave these forums or quit being an ass.

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

I live out south of DIA and I'm watching the "at-altitude" planes all the time: Delta 777, Atlas Air 747-200, Stealth-Bombers, C-17s, Southwest 737s, planes that I would never, or rarely, see in DEN.

Looking way-up gives me a chance to see what I normally can't.

-DIA



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User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

I usually do that often with my little 10X50 binocular when I am hunting or fishing especially when activity is pretty slow. Since I am living in midwest USA, Northwest planes are most frequently seen while United is next. It's neat and time killing.

User currently offlineGo air canada From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

excuse me? i hope that comment wasnt directed my way? I dont care what people say!

25 EGGD : At my dads house in Noordwijk we get a very good view of approaching aircraft onto the "kaagbaan" (01/18?) from the south. Looks great, from about 15k
26 Post contains images Demoose : My aunty lives directly under the approach to MAN, inbetween Stockport and the airport. I love going to her house beacuse the aircraft fly over sooo l
27 Silverfox : Used to live at Edmonton N London and spent many a happy hour on my back in the garden watching them come of the stack at North Weald at 7000 and 200k
28 Channex : And I thought that I was the only person who watched "high-flyers" (as I call them)!!!!. Im fortunate in that a lot of the transatlantic traffic overf
29 COboeing777 : I always sit there and what kind of plane it is, what airline, and where its heading to and from. Gonna have to find a nice set of binoculars one of t
30 Post contains images GOT : It's nice to see the trails on the sky but my binocular is not strong enough so I can see th a/c clear. I can see whether it's two, three or fourengin
31 PhilB : The mentions of Stockport brought back memories as I started spotting when we moved to Heaton Mersey in the mid 1950s. In those days the main traffic
32 Trvlr : I live in San Diego, California. Most of the aircraft that fly over SD at cruising altitude are going either to or from the North American West Coast
33 Flyguy1 : Living next to JFK, I can see quite a few transatlantic flight's overhead from ATL, IAD, BWI, CLT, and others. There are also many flights enroute to
34 N757AT : I can watch all the traffic from Orlando and Miami bound for Europe and the heavily travelled Northeast-Florida traffic from my porch here in North Ch
35 Timz : Anytime I visit a new area the first thing I do is get the scanner out to try to learn the hi-altitude ATC freqs overhead. The airport/facility direct
36 Tom in NO : Living in New Orleans, and working at MSY, we are located near one of the main VOR navigation points (Harvey-HRV-114.1) for aircraft on jetway J58 (wh
37 ILOVEA340 : every once in a while when I think of it I can see, with binoculars some planes flying over the SF area. I have no idea where they are going though as
38 Timz : They're mostly 747s, aren't they? Out of LAX to the Orient, likely. The 737s from SoCal to PDX and SEA are all well inland and we rarely see them over
39 Timz : Forgot to mention: those 747s from LAX to NRT-SEL-KIX-TPE-HKG will be switching from 133.7 to 133.375 somewhere around SJC.
40 Dragon-wings : When I watch high flying planes I use a 10x50 pair of binoculars, which is ok....but I would like to get something better....what kind of binoculars d
41 Futureatp : Sometimes their are conditions that make it possible to spot an aircraft with the naked eye. I have found it usually works best in the evening with we
42 Post contains images Boeing747-400 : I sometimes sit on my roof with my binoculars and get nice close-ups of approaching 737s, etc.
43 Bruce : I live in Huntsville, which is about 140 miles from one of the biggest airports - ATL. Most planes coming from the west and midwest will fly directly
44 Lumumba : What is holding patern? Thank you; ciao
45 Lumumba : Hi DRAGON-WINGS i using CANON 15x40 with stabilazer. And i think it's perfect it could be better if there where stronger but it d'usnt exist yet. And
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