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Chasing The Setting Sun  
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

I've got an upcoming evening flight from Dallas to Vancouver. For the first time, I'll be on a flight that will allow me to view an almost perpetual sunset (yes, I'll be seated on the left side). For those of you that have experienced it, what can I expect? Am I wrong to get hyped-up over this, or will the beauty of it be spectacular?


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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

are you sure?

flying from DFW to YVR is a north-west trajectory.

I mean I know that this time of year-especially as we approach the solistice, the sun is in the northern hemisphere and will be apparently setting on the northwest horizon.

But heading in that direction...will that be enough to keep up with the earths rotation?

Please pardon me if I'm wrong, but i thought that the only way to see something like what you describe would be to fly in an east to west heading.


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Departure time is around 7:40 CDT and arrival is around 9:42 PDT. It will be light when we leave and dark when we arrive, but in between, it seems there will be a loooooooong sunset.


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User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

Well, I dont think this is going to be as dramatic as you think. Today, sunset in Dallas is 8:19p and in Vancouver, 8:46p, so you only have 27 minutes difference although you do "loose" 2 hours in route. I just dont think you are going far enough west for it to be all that much of a big deal.

Now get on a plane in Dallas and fly to Anchorage (in a similar timeframe), you will truely get a perpetual sunset, not so much because you are flying west (because you cant keep up with the earth's rotation), but because you are flying way north. Sunset in Anchorage today is 10:36p, sunrise tomorrow, 5:20a.


User currently offlineJayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

I've flown LHR-JFK in August and that seemed almost like a perpetual sunset. We left LHR at 1830 (BA179) and landed at JFK around 2100 (may have been closer to 2030) and the sun was on the horizon the entire time.

My favorite trip was on the same flight in February when we got to see the Northern Lights. Now that's cool......

JH


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

Last summer, I flew from PEK-ORD on UA850. We left in the evening and flew so far north that the sun was always just barely over the horizon. The sky stayed pink and orange for the entire flight. Quite amazing.

UAL747


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1150 times:

Now that's cool. Orange and blue don't really go together unless it's God putting them on His canvas.


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User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

Orange and blue don't really go together

Yeah, just look at Southwest's new colors...  Smile


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2073 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

I got to see a similar sight in July on a flight from Cincinnati to Portland. I was on the left side, which is the wrong side for it. We also got spectacular views of some real large thunderstorms from 35,000 feet. Awesome sight. The sunset lasted for about 4 hours, the flight was a little over 5 hours long (we went about as far south as Klamath Falls to go around the storms).


User currently offlineFlyVS007 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

One flight from LHR to LAx I actually saw a twilight zone. Something I shall never forget. You really can get some beautiful views on that route.

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