Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2045 posts, RR: 24 Posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 872 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, 1011 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 817 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, 440 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 780 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 (11 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 752 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, 1769 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 679 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).