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Giving Thanks(?) To A Lufthansa A340 In CLT  
User currently offlinetrooper508 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 10 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 19371 times:

The last few times I've been in Charlotte, NC (visits are several months apart and I was there today) my kids and I have stopped by the airport overlook parking area to watch the LH flight from Munich arrive. About the time we can just spot the plane in the distance, an elderly woman walks into the grassy area, faces the plane, and begins what I can only describe as a singing prayer/chant. It is not in English. She gets very loud and alternates between opening her arms towards the plane and up to the sky. She follows the plane with her gestures/chant through touch down and continues until you can see the tail pulling into the gate on the far side of the airport. Then she leaves. As far as I can tell, she doesn't do this with any other flight. She hasn't been there the few times I have seen the flight leave CLT. If I had to guess, I would say she is Native American and is offering some kind of thanks for a safe flight.. (I approached her today as she was leaving to ask what she was doing, but when I got about two car lengths away and called out to her, she put up both of her hands and stared at me, so maybe there is something else going on with her.)

So.....has anyone in CLT seen this woman before? Do you know what she is doing? My kids think that maybe she has a family member on the flight and she is there to wish it a safe landing.

This started a discussion with my kids about what rituals people do before flying and if I thought other people do what this lady was doing?. Other than praying, I said I didn't know, but its a big world, so I would bet people do lots of things. I said I would post this on A.net and see if we could find out. Any stories?

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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3174 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 19310 times:

She's been caught on film.

Here's a video of her at the overlook: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Nk54uXJvFOE



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User currently onlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 19117 times:

From what I understand she often returns for the departure as well.

Cheers

LGA777


User currently offlinesouthwest737500 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 19085 times:

I have know idea, every time I go i see her my mom and I always talk about it

User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3174 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 19044 times:

I posted the other video from my phone, and it appears to not work well.

Here it is again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk54uXJvFOE



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User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 18208 times:

Maybe she was on that particular flight before when something happened which made her want to praise it's safe arrival everytime it lands?

User currently offlineJalap From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16463 times:

My guess is that she's a spotter and has already spotted all LH A340's, except one! With every arrival, sho hopes and prays than this time it will be that one registration she still has to spot...

User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16189 times:

Quoting Jalap (Reply 7):
My guess is that she's a spotter and has already spotted all LH A340's, except one! With every arrival, sho hopes and prays than this time it will be that one registration she still has to spot...

That's funny. I was at the overlook last Tuesday when LH was arriving and she wasn't there. I didn't notice at the time, but now that this thread popped up the last few days, I realized I did not see her.


User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16056 times:

Man that's weird. From the video, she looked not to be native American.


Greetings from Dulles!
User currently offlineHullCitySpotter From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15734 times:

We know she's just happy to see an A343 on that video... Imagine what she'd be like now the A346 comes in! When I was on the EY A346 a few years back I was singing how happy I was to the bloody thing; in my head   . Not like that mind!

User currently offlinejbirdav8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15713 times:

Ahhh yes! My sim partner and I encountered her out there a while back...we would head to the overlook most days after we'd get finished in the box.

On one particularly windy day, the A340 sailed down the runway and had to do a go around...she had a conniption over that...



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlinexdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 683 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14691 times:

Quoting jbirdav8r (Reply 10):

LADY Airbus!


User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6235 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14557 times:

She really wants to visit Germany (Bavaria to be specific) and is praying to the sun God that one day she will make it on the flight.

Regards,

Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineFlightlover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 13718 times:

I think that's kinda cute. What a passion for airplanes, flying and Lufthansa in particular!  

User currently offlineTbone354 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 12830 times:
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She has a thing for large 4 engine jets. So far as I can tell only LH flies anything with 4 engines into CLT. And only the 340 at that. I know. I know. A 747 or two have visited CLT in the past. But the LH 340 seems to be one of a kind. BTW. I kind of enjoyed her chant. It was soothing and quite relaxing. I am glad I stumbled upon this thread.

User currently offlineATL From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 12761 times:

Does LH not fly the A346 to CLT anymore?

User currently offlinesouthwest737500 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12622 times:

Quoting ATL (Reply 15):

Yep, it flies from march 29 through October 29 and then it's a mix of A333/A343


User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6235 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10437 times:

I'm surprised no one has called the Homeland Security department on her, some people out there see something which they consider different and think it is some sort of threat. Example, people see you taking pictures of planes and here come the cops thinking you are plotting something.

Regards,

Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineiclcy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10253 times:

Maybe its something to do with the logo - a crane bird. For Native Americans, cranes are associated with good luck & peacemakeing amongst other things.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8766 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9773 times:

I'd love to know if any of the pilots have ever noticed her... that would finally give me an indication whether or not this:

Quoting FedExDC-10:
While I'm not a commercial pilot, I do know that on landing all I see is runway and nothing else. LOL. Elvis could be on the threshold waving and I wouldn't notice it.

applies to everybody.

source: RE: Commercial Pilots, Do You Notice... (by Aviatortj Jan 27 2004 in Civil Aviation)



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlinetrooper508 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9511 times:

Quoting iclcy (Reply 18):
Maybe its something to do with the logo - a crane bird. For Native Americans, cranes are associated with good luck & peacemakeing amongst other things.

Ah, interesting. Didn't think about that, but that might have something to do with it. She really seems to be praising whatever she sees and she's not doing it for any other airline, so it must be related to something specific in the Lufthansa logo.

Quoting chepos (Reply 17):
I'm surprised no one has called the Homeland Security department on her

Me, too. I wouldn't doubt that at least the airport police are aware of her. She's not acting in any kind of threatening manner. The times I've been there, people have looked at each other and laughed, but people didn't scatter, no one pulled his/her kids away, etc.

I hate that I couldn't talk with her. We'd really like to know what she is doing.


Quoting Tbone354 (Reply 14):
I kind of enjoyed her chant. It was soothing and quite relaxing. I am glad I stumbled upon this thread.

Yes. Been whistling it since yesterday. Seems like she's in a good place (and who on this website wouldn't be with an A340-600 landing right in front of him/her?).


User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9046 times:

I was out taking pictures at IAD and airport security asked me what I was doing. Yet there's a lady dancing toward a plane, and shes all good. Whats up with that?


Greetings from Dulles!
User currently offlinedavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8877 times:

Well, I'm from Vienna and, quite frankly, I know how Freud could hail from here. There's not a single day when i'm out in the streets or on the underground without seeing somone acting, well, unusually, talking to themselves or others without being asked. This city can make you go nuts but I love how everyone handles it. We just don't mind. It's a matter of "live and let live."
There's such a thing of freedom of expression both here and in the United States. Thank god.
And, to be honest, on certain days, when i'm out spotting at VIE, i feel like dancing, too, when an A340 or a T7 touches down at dawn. Kudos to her for actually doing it, whatever her motivation might be.



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User currently offlinejbirdav8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8724 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 19):
I'd love to know if any of the pilots have ever noticed her... that would finally give me an indication whether or not this:

Lining up on 18C you can see the cars at the overlook but you can't tell too much about individual people.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlinesouthwest737500 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8697 times:

Quoting rjm777ual (Reply 21):

Yea but , that's a observation area, u were probably in a restricted area


25 jbirdav8r : It is kind of neat, really. You can be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or even (as many on this site seem to be) atheist, but some positive energy in the
26 dadoftyler : Gang....does she do this every afternoon or is there a pattern of what days-of-week she shows up? DoT
27 NASCARAirforce : When I flew through there in January 2011 I saw an ATI DC-8 landing while we were taking off and their was an AN-124 parked on the ramp There was a d
28 boberito6589 : When does Frontier bring these aircraft to CLT?
29 Post contains images jetblast : CLT got service even they don't know about yet
30 JOYA380B747 : Is better to transit through CLT than NYC/ORD/DFW, if I am coming in from Europe?
31 Post contains images jamesontheroad : It depends where you're going; can be a bit of back track if you're going anywhere in the north-east or mid-west. Other than that, I've now spoken wi
32 aeroblogger : The airport itself is nice and compact, and very functional, if a bit claustrophobia-inducing at times. It's definitely not worth going out of your w
33 N766UA : The A343 needs all the help it can get climbing out, maybe she's a Lufthansa employee?
34 rduddji : Depends on your destination. I'd say DTW/ORD for Midwest, ATL/IAD for the Southeast. If you go to CLT, you're stuck with US as your only connection.
35 crj900lr : It could be a religious thing, we have a few guys at work who go and pray several times a day, everyday, in a quiet corner that faces the north. They
36 aeroblogger : Which I don't see a problem with... US is a better airline than UA or DL.
37 jmc1975 : I think it might be an ancient Melungeon ritual. There is still a sizable Melungeon population in the TN/NC/SC/VA region that for the most part, has i
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