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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

This is for all those who only fly in window seats and enjoy the different sights while in flight. What is the most memorable sight you've seen from an airplane while in flight? Anything counts, from landscapes/cities, other passing planes, weather/sky, etc. The criteria are that it was inflight and you were in the window seat - doesn't matter if you photographed it or not. And any flight crews that read this, you can include your most memorable sight from the cockpit.

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1964 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Being on an Eastern DC-9 from Atlanta to Pittsburgh. You couldn't see a thing outside, it was solid IFR from the moment we left the ground in Atlanta until we broke out on the ILS at PIT. It was memorable because I was at an exit and water was leaking through onto my seat the entire time. I thought I'd be sucked out the door and I must say I was very happy when we were on the ground.

User currently offlineAWA757 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Landing in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA). The approach to the single runway is over a barren lava field-looks like you're landing on Mars.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

In the top of a Virgin Atlantic 747 coming into LHR where I could barely see the ground out of the window. All I could do is hope the pilots had better eye sight then me.

User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

A few come to mind...
1. Spotting a group of whales while on final to Sitka, AK in an Alaska 727. (Yes, Alaska once had 727's)
2. Watching lava flow from the top of Mt. Etna in Sicily while landing at Sigonella Naval Air Station in an Arrow Air DC-8.
3. Looking down on the twinkling lights of Cheyenne, Wyoming and pointing them out to the passenger next to me just prior to the Captain coming on and telling us that we were flying over Rapid City! (oops)
4. Watching Yosemite National Park burn at night in 1988 while on the same flight as answer number 3.
5. Taking my wife on a scenic flight to the crater of Mt. St. Helens in a rented cherokee earlier this summer.
6. Pretty much looking out the window while landing at either of the airports in Cordova, Alaska.

those who have no vices have very few virtues
User currently offlineSp-deluxe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

1) GB airways London-Marrakesh 737-200
Over Spain
I saw a swaying funnel thing out the window of the aircraft. It seriously looked like a massive tornado, it only turned out to be an approaching 737 (yes i could tell a/c type it was that close) that darted underneath us at extreme high speed, the funnel was the trail thingy of fumes. It looked like it was only a couple of hundred metres below us YIKES!
2) Thai Airways 747-200 Bangkok-Athens
Landing at Athens
It was early morning in Athens and we were landing. I was looking out of the window as we were about 200 or 300 metres of the ground, suddenly I saw an airport at 45 degress from the direction of the plane. I thought to myself, i thought athens only had one airport. Then suddenly the Pilot put the thrusters on full and we banked very sharply to go around and try again. DOUBLE YIKES

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13275 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

There's been quite a few good ones - most recently the jump seat into Stansted in a Ryanair 737-800 in heavy rain and a 25-30 knot crosswind, but nothing compares to . . .

Landing at the one and only, unforgettable Kai Tak. In 1997, I did it twice in the jump seat of Cathay aircraft, the second time was my first 777 flight. Even now, I can play it back like a video recorder in my head - coming over what was left of Stonecutter's Island, the Chequerboard in the distance, the banking turn, the speed and descent rate calls in an Australian accent, lining up with the PAPIs . . . over the boundary, crabbing a little. Weather was actually very good and we pulled off a fine landing.
If ever I get a chance to fly in a simulator, that'll be the one airport I'll request!

User currently offlineDC-10MAN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

One of my most memorable events was flying over Greenland on a crystal clear day, the mountains were VERY tall and a field of icebergs surrounded the shore. On a seperate trip, flying in RVSM airspace over the north Atlantic, the view from the cockpit of the 747 just 1000ft above us was truly amazing. I also got to experience a PAR from the cockpit observer's seat in bad weather, a little nerve racking to see the altimeter showing 400ft (for a 125ft MSL airfield) still in the clouds, but I'll never forget it. ADIOS

User currently offlineJim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

1) Flying ATL-LAS on a 762. We had departed really late due to problems, problems, problems. It was late afternoon and the pilot told us that we were going over the Grand Canyon. He then rolled the aircraft about 60 degrees (seemed like 90) and told everyone on the left side to look. We could see nearly straight down and the Canyon walls were lit with late afternoon sun. Golds, purples, spectacular! Then he leveled and rolled it 60 to the right for them to see too.
2) Flying into PHX, another time, there was a very rare thunderstorm in the desert about an hour to landing. It was late afternoon, and we were still at altitude. The lightning flashed and flashed and flashed, top to bottom, bottom to ground, bottom to top, outside the cloud, inside the cloud, from cloud to cloud; I can understand why the Norse and Greeks (among many others) made lightning their gods weapon of choice. Absolutely incredible, and I had never before, or since, seen PURPLE lightning!
3) Leaving BUF for ATL, twice now the pilot has been able to get routing from ATC to allow the aircraft to fly Northwest and turn over Niagara Falls at about 3500' (?) I grew up in BUF, and visited the Falls many times as a child/teen, but it never looked so nice as those two times. I highly recommend if you are leaving from BUF you ask the Captain if he can get permission to do this. Give him a sob story about how you 'just didn't get time to see the Falls, and could he please, please, please try?' You never know


User currently offlineMacair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

Both of mine came within minutes of each other on the same flight. I was in the jumpseat for both of them.
1) Seeing a tiny little Kendell Airlines Metro 1400ft below our Ansett A320. It was doing the same racetrack circle that we had just been instructed to do.
2) Coming through a layer of thick cloud to see the fields and farmhouses just before the threshold or Runway 16 at MEL.

-Macair SAAB

User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

It was three years ago on a Air Europa B757 coming back from Majorca to Dublin. The flight left at 2 am and for the first time i can ever remember flying in Europe there was no cloud cover across Europe. We passed over spain with the lights off Barcelona on our left and Madrid on our right (I checked both sides) then Toulouse/Bordeaux and up along the french coast before cliping lands end and hitting Ireland at Wexford and followed the coast up into Dublin. It was amazing to look out and see europe stretch into the distance with all the various cities lit up across it.

Aircraft I've flown: A300/A310/A320/A321/A330/A340/B727/B732/B733/B734/B735/B738/B741/B742/B744/DC10/MD80/IL62/Bae146/AR
User currently offlineCricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

On a Concorde flight over the ocean at our cruisin' level when we saw a small, small, small 747 so far down from us...
On the same flight, and it was the most impressive for me on the Concorde, the colour differences : that's to say the blue down from our level, the white of the atmosphere (you can clearly see that you're flying just on top of it) the purple of the sky at your level and the dark of the space over you. For an instant you can imagine how it is like on board a shuttle. Fantastic!
And now the best, always on this flight, it is when you see our good old mother earth curved!

User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Cathay Pacific flight 747-400 from London .. on a night time flight.. flying across to the day light side... half darn half covered with orange light!!! Nice and calm...

Bangkok Airways flight ATR72 ... approaching into Samui ( USM ).. an island in Thailand

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

A few memorable sights come to mind.

The first is a HUGE thunderstorm the Northwest Airlines 727 I was on had to fly around coming back from a trip to Connecticut in 1988. The pilot said the cumulus clouds were up to 50,000 feet, and looking out of the window, it was positively enormous.

A couple more that etched themselves into my memory were on my trip this summer to Russia. The Aeroflot 767-300 I was on flew over Greenland, and I had my camera handy.   I photographed the frozen mountain tops visible through the clouds - truly spectacular! On our approach towards Moscow, we flew over St. Petersburg, which was my ultimate destination. The captain announced over the P/A system that St. Petersburg was off to our left, so I looked out the window and down, and saw it. The city was perfectly mapped out in miniature, just as I'd seen maps of it, except it was real. I could see all the bridges, the tops of the cathedrals, the main street. This view brought tears to my eyes, because St. Petersburg is one of my favourite cities, I'd spent four and one-half years living there, and hadn't seen it in three years until that trip.

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Hats off to the Pilot on your ATL-LAS flight.....he's obviously someone who knows why some folks love to fly! I wish I had that Pilot on my flights!

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

Ok, here it goes:
1)Flying over LA at night in a Canada 3000 A320 and a Canadi>n B737
2)Flying by downtown Toronto (in could see the CN tower) in a Air Canada CRJ
3)Watching a sunset over North Carolina on a Air Canada CRJ


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

My most recent was on a BA 742 from BOS-LHR. The flight left over two hours late, so it was very light well before we even got to Ireland. At any rate, over the Irish Sea a brand new Continental 777 passed over my plane by about 300 metres. With the way the moring sun glistened off the beautiful white, gold, and blue fuselage against the bright blue sky, it was truly a sight, and awe for those who don't know much about the ways of flight. That image will probably always stick in my mind.

Another was on the same flight. Nearer to landing flying through the caverns within the thick storm clouds, btween Oxford and London, the busy-ness of London, and the layers of aircraft all amaze me everytime I fly into London. With the lovely green fields on the ground, and the beautiful pastel colours in the clouds, and the numerous aircraft all helped to make a very memorable experience.


« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineJetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 392 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

I always enjoy making the ILS turn into St. Louis International's runways 30R and 30L. We fly right over the city, and it's neat to see the Gateway Arch, and the large "TWA" letters on the top of the Trans World Dome (home of the wonderful Rams)...

User currently offlineKing air From United States of America, joined May 1999, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

On a TWA L1011 flight to LAS the desert was breath taking. Al so seeing the vegas strip from the plane was great

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

B777, I know what you're saying about those night approaches over the city. One summer night in '96 i was on a UAL 727 from ATL-MIA and the plane flew over the city and downtown just before turning on final for rwy. 30. The City of Miami at night was quite a sight, especially when the Pilot turned off the cabin lighting!

Jetboy, the Miami Heat NBA team is getting a new arena this year, opening in January. Its called the American Airlines Arena. I saw an artist drawing of the building and it has a design on the roof of an airplane. Either its like a skylight or it will just be lit from the outside but I'll bet that will look awesome if a jet flies over it at night!

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

Don't ask me, but I know what I saw. Flying from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona (a 20 minute flight), I saw a plane on the left side coming right at us. It had about the same altitude and I almost wet my pants. I know - this isn't supposed to happen, there are loads of stuff preventing this to happen, but I was there goddammit! And accidents DO happen. But I'm glad to say that it passed behind us and nothing happened...

My second sight, or not sight, was while landing at Gothenburg Landvetter. We descended into the clouds...ok. But all of the sudden we bounced and everythong shook and the engines were giving full thrust (reverse actually, but I didn't know then). I looked out the window, and we had already landed. The fog was so thick, that you could hardly see anything. That was a sight/no sight...

User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

1993 on a flight from Miami to Manaus, Brazil. From the Lloyd Aerero Boliviano A310 over the Amazon basin, I spotted hundreds of little fires in an otherwise pitch-black nighttime ground.

This was the burning of the rain forest and it made me ill.

In 1996, I was on a NW DC-10, AMS-BOS, when I saw a TWA 767-200 just above us. We flew parallel for several minutes before we overtook the slower 767.

Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2033 times:

When I moved to the US from Germany in 1989 I flew on a TWA B741 into New York/Kenndey. I recall seeing Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty on approach into JFK and knew this is my new home.

Regards, Boeing727

User currently offlineJacobCAL From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

My most memorable sight was landing in Capetown, South Africa. As soon as you land, if you look out the right side of the aircraft you have the most amazing view of Table Mountain. The mountain if over 3,000 ft. and it looks like a flat wall, straight up! The day that I landed (May 28, 1998) there was not a cloud in sight and the sky was the most amazing shade of blue. It was absolutley beautiful.

User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

1) Flying on an Alitalia 767-300 from MXP to JFK. About ten minutes out from MXP, we flew low over the Alps. Truly amazing. Out one window, I was seeing Italy, France and Switzerland.

2) Flying JFK to LHR on a Virign 747-400. Just as the sun was comin gup, we passed a Sabena A330 that was at our alititude and on a paralell track. The A330 was so close you could make-out individual windows!

3) Anytime I fly back into SBN and fly over the Notre Dame campus. The airport is about three miles away from the school and you go right over the Lady on the Golden Dome! I could even make-out the window of my dorm room!

4) Flying over Cuba on my way to Grand Cayman on an American 757 and a 727. I could make out the Bay of Pigs.

25 Bluemeatball : My most memorable sight occurred back in May of 1970. The flight was on a DC-8 (PP-PDS) of Varig from Miami to Rio with an enroute stop at Belem. The
26 Wolfpacker : On a early, 520am, flight from MKE-ORD on AA the pilot banks over downtown Chicago. I'm looking out my window straight down at the Sears tower. . Brea
27 Gardermoen : Flying into Oslo on an autumn afternoon last year. The brown/orange trees and the cute lakes and buildings made it look so picturesque. Like something
28 Post contains images Danny : Another memorable sight is everytime I land at Palma de Mallorca. The approach is one of the greatest. Especially if you land from the sea. It's somet
29 Granite : Hi Well, so far, my most memorable sight was seeing the Himalaya Mountains and the Gobi Desert. Both seen flying to/from Hong Kong. Regards Gary Watt
30 Bruce : A lot of people say they see other planes closeup when flying overseas or on the Transatlantic routes. Why is that? Is there less seperation required
31 L1011 : My most memorable sight was on a Northwest 747-400 flying from Detroit to Tokyo. I think we were flying over northern Canada or Alaska, and we were ov
32 F27 : 1) i was travelling back from Brisbane to Melbourne and had to travel home in the jump seat on a DC9 to sydney . When we made our approach there was
33 Rapo : My most memorable flying experience/view (and closest call) was in a ATA L-1011 flight from Boston to Philly to Frankfurt in '87. We were literally wh
34 Bruce : I had the same thing happen on this summers' trip back from LAX. It was bright daylight - they announced that people should close their shades so othe
35 Bofredrik : To sit near the wing and see the winglet of a 747-400 with the blue sky around it... Or when i flew the BA Concorde and saw the dark blue sky on 55.00
36 Post contains images DL 604 : Mine was in 1995 on a Delta 763ER SLC-SEA. It was spectacular to see the ice clouds from 33,000 ft, as well as flying over Mt. Hood. But the best sigh
37 Mdsmith11 : On a America West 737-200 from PHX-SMF. This flight was a treasure trove of sihts to see. First was the Grand Canyon which we flew over and then I act
38 Klm672 : Mine was on British Airways flight 96 (?) Just after takeoff from LHR I saw Leoland, I thought it was cool because I had just been there a week earler
39 Post contains images AC_A340 : Mine was on a Canadian Airlines 737 flying into YYZ around 10:00 pm las summer. I was just behind the wing. We flew around Toronto in the dark, it loo
40 NWA Man : NW night flight into New Orleans, on the first night of Mardi Gras. I saw about three parades from the air, and just remember thinking how great it wa
41 Adam84 : Mine probably isnt as interesting as some of these, but a couple of weeks ago I was on a continental airlines flight from jacksonville, fl - cleveland
42 N754PR : Hi kaitak, JUMPSEAT LANDINGS 1) Emirates A310-300 on R31 at Kai Tak. 2) Philippines A330-300 on R13 at Kai Tak. 3) Qantas 747-200 on R ? at Cairns ove
43 L1011 : They were both day flights. I had my shade about two-thirds of the way down, but they made me put it all the way down. Bob Bradley Richmond, VA
44 The777Man : A few on many memorable flights are: flying on Lauda Air over the Australian Outback from KUL-SYD in March 1998. Another one would be flying over Gree
45 The777Man : A few on many memorable flights are: flying on Lauda Air over the Australian Outback from KUL-SYD in March 1998. Another one would be flying over Gree
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