Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
Numerous times. I have noticed them for the first time in an A340 and I've spotted them on all of my last four 747 flights. You can see them best the further you sit in the back of the plane. Unfortunately, they are not usually very clear. In sunset / dawn they can illuminate a bit better than the ground, making them easier to spot. However, even then they cannot really be photographed. I like seeing them (unless they obstruct my view of another plane or something interesting on the ground), and I have even seen them in a 738, once. All you need to do it look carefully. Too bad hardly anyone ever notices them...
Similarly: Who can claim to have looked out of the windows and seen the tailplane of their own planes? I can (because I always make an effort if I sit in the back of the plane), but who else ever tries?
Strickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
From ATL-LAX in seat 46A of a DL 767-400 and from LAX-ATL in seat 54A of a DL MD-11, both the contrails and the horizontal tail were easily visible. The contrails were especially visible in the MD-11 at dusk.
Rapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
In 30 years of flying (as a passenger only unfortunately) I have never been able to see the contrails of a flight I was on. I thought it was impossible until I saw this thread & especially Strickerje's photo. I'm very pleased to have been proven wrong & will try to crane my neck a bit further on future flights.
Pilothica737 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Once on a flight from ATL to STL there was this not too bright girl sitting next to me, and she was looking at the shadow of our contrail..she asked me what it was, and I told her that it was the state line between GA, an MI.... Sho took me seriuosly and proceeded to use the airphone to call her mother and let her know what she had seen......
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
everytime I fly a 747-400 I will walk back into coach, all the way to the back door and take a good look there... some flights I will miss it though because im to comfortable and tired to even move. its an amazing site!
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
That story is just way too funny man
To all the others: thanks for your replies...
Sometimes, I see pictures of aircraft whose contrails only seem to develop like 100 meters behind the engine. On other pictures, such as the one posted on top of this thread, the contrails already show up only a few meters behind the engine.
Thanks for the picture. Very interesting. I'll put it once more underneath (resized):
To all of you that are going to fly within the next few days or so: if you have a digital camera, try to make a picture of the contrails from the inside of the aircraft, and send it to me or so...I'll put them on my webspace, so I can post them...
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
I saw some form of contrail in an NZ 744, upon takeoff from SYD sitting in seat 34A, as we climbed out initially for the first 10 seconds or so they were clearly visible until we climbed into a low cloud layer...
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