Sponsor Message:
Aviation Technical / Operations Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Aircraft Spotting  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Posted (15 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

I figure this is more of an ops question so I am posting it here.

A couple of days ago early in the morning, during gym class, I saw an American 727 fly over, close enough that I could identify it. The location where I saw it is about 35 miles NW of PHL. In the 13 years I have been living here, I have never seen a commercial jet fly low enough in this area that I could identify it.

Similarly, after school, while walking home, I saw two sets of contrails. I could barely make the type (737) on one, but no scheme, and nothing on the other as they were both directly overhead.

My questions are: Why was the 727 so low (it wasn't terrain following, but it was low), and how high do planes need tp be to produce contrails?

Thanks for your time and answers.


Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
2 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineMAD-DOG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

The Bunts One Arrival into Philly has aircraft crossing Bunts intersection at 8000 feet. This intersection is about 35 miles NW of PHL. If you think the 727 was lower than 8000 msl then perhaps it was a precautionary or emergency situation.

User currently offlineApopa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Last year I flew out of LAX for Chicago on a DC-10 and about 30 minutes out over the desert the cabin filled with the smell of a hydralic fire. The captain made a steep decent while dumping fuel to ge us below 10000 ft (no oxygen required for passengers) and ready to land. We headed toward Edwards AFB and the hot smell dissipated some what. The Captain told us that we were on a backup system and that we were going back to LAX.
We flew through the Cajon Pass about 1000 ft above the I-15 freeway and into the LA basin were we stayed at a few thousand feet till we made our safe landing. I often wondered what the people on the freeway thought when seeing a DC-10 flying that low in the pass! We could actually see the people in the cars and trucks looking out at us.
Best regards - Apopa

Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Aircraft Spotting
No username? Sign up now!

Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Tech/Ops related posts only!
  • Not Tech/Ops related? Use the other forums
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Loadcontrol? What Aircraft? posted Mon Feb 5 2007 10:58:05 by SQB7E
Help Needed With Part 139 Aircraft Design Groups posted Sat Feb 3 2007 22:04:55 by A342
Why Some New Light Aircraft Still Have Carbs? posted Sun Jan 28 2007 01:45:05 by N231YE
Light Aircraft Heating Systems posted Fri Jan 26 2007 17:43:12 by N231YE
Stalls In Passanger Aircraft posted Wed Jan 17 2007 02:46:08 by Ammunition
What Aircraft Is This? posted Wed Jan 10 2007 17:17:56 by AirKas1
Aircraft Accident Mock Drill posted Sun Jan 7 2007 11:15:28 by HAWK21M
What Is The Best Corporate Aircraft Forum? posted Sat Jan 6 2007 05:56:01 by Turbonytro
Efficiency Of Aircraft Via SFC & SR posted Wed Jan 3 2007 16:23:18 by Corsair2
Aircraft Cleaning posted Wed Jan 3 2007 04:04:52 by ChewingPlastic

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format