Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1323 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?
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1268 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.
Jayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1231 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......
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1203 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.
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1130 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).