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"Magnificent Moments In The Air!"  
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Well its on your request jderden777. Write about your magnificent moments on your flights!

35 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1763 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

heh, thank you LOT...i would have to say my most "humbling" moment would have been the descent into SEA on an AA MD-80 from ORD...it was evening, almost 9PM local time when we passed RIGHT by Mt. Rainier, bathed in the pinkish glow of the sunset...the most beautiful sight i've ever seen from the air...drew a tear to my eye

also, another one would be this past summer when a friend and i flew to dallas by ourselves on a pure aviation trip for a week..got to see the "behind the scenes" operation of one of the biggest airlines in the world today...American...ahh it was a great experience!!! and i think we're going back next summer too!!  

so let's hear some more "magnificent moments in the air"!!!

"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Oh mine was when we i was level with the sears tower in a Swissair MD-11, never seen a more beautifull building than that!

User currently offlineJZ From United States of America, joined May 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Everytime I watch the sun rise during a flight, the changing of the light and color always fascinates me.

Also, on the flight SEA-ANG in mid-July a few years ago, when we took off in the dusk and after 2 hours, approached ANG in the glow of the evening sun. We flew through some magnificent snow covered mountains. I felt so small comparing to the surround nature.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

Lets quiet down for a moment of silence for aviation.

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

JZ--Do you mean SEA-ANC??
I would agree that this is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. Water, trees and mountains on takeoff and landing, no matter which way you go.

SEA-YVR is also a beautiful flight, especially from a low-flying turboprop. Flights out of PDX can often include good views of the Columbia river and sometimes Mt. Hood. Southbound takeoffs from SEA often give a great view of Mt. Rainier.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

LAS-ABQ, flying over Lake Mead, then some desert mountains, then the flat desert straight into ABQ "gliding" in on the thermals off the western mesa. It was during the late afternoon through dusk so the mountains were shadowed and stood out in a visually stunning relief.

I have photos of that trip somewhere (probably at my parents' house, not accessible.) Someone told me I would never get good pictures with a Fuji disposable camera. When the pics came back they were some of the most beatiful pics I've ever taken.

This was on a WN 737.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

Mine would be flying over the rockies on an AA 757. They looked so small and insignificant, like looking down at a snow covered pebble on the ground, but in reality they are huge, towering spires. I have photos, If I get a scanner I'll post them.

User currently offlineAio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Mine would have to be flying over the southern tip of Greenland enroute LAX-CDG. The clouds were totally clear and I could see a huge amount of pure white that looked like clouds but were actually snow covered planes (not aircrafts). Either that or flying "Denali Air" on a tour of Denali Nat'l Park and getting up close and personal with Mt. McKinley   . I don't know if that counts since it's not a major airline flight.

User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1763 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

i have another one i just remembered...an early morning flight from TRI to ATL in an ASA CRJ...took off in twilight, and then later while cruising the sun came up over the horizon...a "magnificent" sight while over the smoky mountains :-0

the beaches of northern florida were a beautiful sight from the air as well...flying over Jacksonville on the way to DAB (Daytona Beach)...all the cars out there on the beach and the waves crashing against the shore...gliding over the intracoastal waterway with all the houses and boats and then touching down at DAB...but the racetrack wasn't that beautiful.. 

wonder how it is flying down to RSW in southern florida...maybe i'll get a good view of the everglades...

jonathan d.

btw, let's hear some more "magnificent moments in the air!"

"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineTurtle From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

The view of Manhatten island (NYC) was breath taking while on final approach to LGW at night on a DL shuttle
from BOS.

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (15 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Wow, your eyesite's good.

Next time I'm landing in London I'll have to look out at the veiw of New York!

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (15 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Taking off at dusk from SAN on a BA 744. After climbing west, we turned around and headed east for the stop in PHX. As we passed over the city, I was able to see both the shimmering streetlights, and the actual landforms as well, because it was not fully dark out yet. It was a very beautiful sight.

Another magnificent moment was when I was over the Atlantic ocean on an AA 763 going to ORD from CDG just a few weeks ago. Because we had taken off at 3PM CDG time and were scheduled to arrive at 4:20PM ORD time, it was perpetually late afternoon the entire way. The sun was reflecting colorfully against the clouds over the ocean, and to the left of the plane I could see at least 7 other aircraft flying parallel to us, going to North America. Also, as I was at the back of the plane, I could see the begginings of a vapor trail emanating from the back of the engines. Also a very beautiul sight.

Aaron G.

User currently offlineCargyvr From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (15 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Coming in to YVR sitting in the jumpseat of a ACA A340 in CATIII operation. very very very low visb. under 900 feet. So it was soo cool to see the clouds and stuff from above then going into them.

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (15 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3604 times:

#1 (about three years ago)
Delta Airlines flight 1492 MIA-ATL( that flight continued to Columbus, OH, of course.)

It was their 5:30 am flight out, and about 30 minutes into the flight the sun rose. We were flying just inland of the Atlantic coast, and watching the sun rise over the fluffy clouds and Atlantic Ocean is definitly one of the most amazing sights to see.

I recently flew to Paris, France for Christmas. On the way back we were on an AF A340(AF 307) from CDG to ATL. About halfway through the flight another aircraft suddenly appeared right beneath us. Its was close enough to where I could read the 'KLM' titles and could identify the a/c as a 767-300. Never before have I ever seen any commercial aircraft fly that close to another aircraft before. Anyways, it was a very fascinating sight and one that will definitly be remembered.

User currently offlineGetaway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Having endured delays, frivilous excuses and sloppy service with America West our flight from LAX to Melbourne was a dream. Our Qantas Flight Services director Trevor made our 14 hr flight a memorable experience for my wife and two sons 11 and 9 yrs old.
The flight was as full as a 747-400 could be but Trevor managed to find two spare seats for passengers seated near us so our children could stretch out and sleep.

We received such great personal service from a man whom we have never met before. He ensured our drinks were always fresh, coffee poured and that our wine was poured carefully. He gave all the children in the economy class section a tour of the aircraft and took them to the flight deck where the crew spent "quality" time with all the children. As we passed close to Fiji Trevor escorted my wife and I to the flight deck where our Captain and his first officer spent about 45 mins with us and showed us every detail.

Our children we returned to the flight deck and again spent time witht he Captain who clearly liked children and appreciated hic passengers.

Thank you Trevor, thank you Qantas....pity America West left a sour note to our holiday.

Qantas.....the Spirit of Australia!

User currently offlineGanymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

Early mornin' arrival in JNB/FAJS comin' from KUL on a MH 744 in Nov.1997.The sun had just risen and during descent the marvels of the South African 's great landscapes were just getting unveiled from the morning mist.
I also loved Jan Smuts-Airpt.I found it very beautiful.

User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (15 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Back in 93...

Watching the sun rise over the mountains on the Afghan/Pakistan border, from the jump seat of a Cathay 744.

And during the same cockpit visit, a reasonably close encounter with an opposite direction Qantas 744 (with whom we were in radio and visual contact many miles ahead - no radar over Afghanistan and I think also pre TCAS). Seeing such a magnificent aircraft in cruise flight is something I will never forget.

L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2724 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Jderden777, if you're wondering about the approach to RSW, heres a good breakdown of it for you, from personal experiece (3x a year, for 8 years now).

Approach onto Runway 06/24
-you come down and pass over Sarasota and Port Charlotte
-you hug the coast all the way to Cayo Costa island
-Once at Cayo Costa, you make an easy left turn a few degrees to slip between North Captiva Island and Pine Island
-you pass Captiva and eventually Sanibel. You'll know you've hit Sanibel once a long causeway of about a mile stretches out underneath you from the beautiful San-Cap islands to Fort Myers
-Once at the tip of Sanibel, you make a pretty steep left turn to put you on the final approach with RSW
-this path will take you out over the water a bit, but you will hit land quickly, beginning with Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, or Cape Coral, depending on how wide your turn is. Usually, we come over Bonita Springs, but it is not uncommon to go over Cape Coral. If your pilot puts you over Fort Myers Beach, then he has made his turn a little too narrow or early and you can expect some adjustment turns in the next few minutes
-After passing over the beaches, you will hit a large stretch of marshland with some roads, golf courses, and housing developments carved out of them. you're almost there
-Finally, after passing a large pond, you will make a final, small left turn to put the runway straight ahead of you. After that, it's just houses and golf courses all the way in.

Enjoy the trip to my favorite airport.

User currently offlineCanadian747 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

One of my magic moments in the air is my first flight since that I was a baby it was a flight from YHZ to MCO to see Mickey Mouse. When I was at YHZ it hit me that I was to hop in an airplane and that plane was a Boeing 737-200 that probably belonged to EPA that didn't have any audio visual and headset capability and it was a long flight.

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

My fav moments are seeing the statue of Liberty from the TWA L-1011 when they had flown JFK-LHR in the late 1980s and repeating the experience on a Virgin 747-400 last year. Flying a DL shuttle 727 and a US Airways Shuttle A320 while viewing the NYC skyline within the past 5 years. Seeing the Sydney Opera House and the Bay Bridge from a Qantas 747-400. Seeing Central Londaon from A Virgin A340-300. Seeing the Rocky Mountains while landing in Denver from an AA 757-200. I treasure all thse moments As well as seeing the alps from a Swissair MD-11.

User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

British Midland flight from LHR-CDG...it was a clear day, I could see the British Countryside and the English Channel.... and then... I fell asleep. But before I feel asleep, it was wonderful. Big grin

User currently offlineMountainridge From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

My favorite magnificent moment in the air happened on an American Airlines flight from LAX-PHX. This flight just happened in Aug. We where flying home and We could see the lighting in the sky. It was a pretty sight to see. I wish I would of brought my cam along.


User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

Without a doubt, flying along the coasts of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand on the way to Bangkok. A beautiful clear night, and you could see all the lights of the fishing boats in the harbour from 34,000 feet, accompanied by the wingtip gently moving slightly.
Also the descent into Bangkok.. when the engines are at minimum power and all you can see is lights stretching into the distance.

User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

When I was going to Orlando two years ago on a WN 737 was certainly my best memory. The itinerary was MCI-STL-MCO. We had left STL in the evening and while we were inflight we passed over Atlanta at night (Atlanta's my birth city, that was the first time I had seen it since I was 1), it was amazing. If I get the occupation I want (Delta Airlines captain) I'll probably have many "Magnificent Moments in the air", but until then the views from the cabin will have to suffice. I was wondering, has anyone had the chance to fly to Gunnison County Airport in Colorado? It's a really small city (the airport's bigger than the city), and it's right in the middle of nowhere in the rockies, about 3 hours Southwest of Colorado Springs. We drove out there two summers back, right as we were passing into the valley Gunnison is in a commuter plane flew overhead on approach to the airport. It's definitely the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I'm thinking about flying to Chicago or Dallas just to hitch a 757 to Gunnison, I'd love to see that little city and all it's trout filled streams and ranches and mountains from the air. The airport code is GUC.

25 CactusA319 : I've had a few... Watching the sunset over the Carribean on an AA 757 The approach into SJU over the Island's north coast. Always a treat for me.
26 AeroGlobeAir7 : jeez, Getaway, everyone else seems to have all the luck. I'm only 14, but I'm already positive I want to be a pilot, I LOVE being in the sky. I've bee
27 AeroGlobeAir7 : You guys are making me miss the sky more and more every time I read a story. =) The midwest doesn't have very many beautiful sights from a plane windo
28 LOT767-300ER : i c we had a discussion here, newayz i started this topic and i havent looked at it in a week! LOL silly me! i want to tell u guys that i really miss
29 Pll-lot : My most eye-pleasing moment was a recent trip from GRU-ATL on a miserably cramped MD-11 (the worst plane I've ever flown on for passenger comfort)...t
30 Post contains images DL1035 : Hey! Whats wrong with the Daytona International Speedway? I think their is nothing better than watching M88's and CRJ's landing and watching a race at
31 BH346 : Approach to Seattle, Memphis, Okinawa, or Miyakojima. Beautiful. BH346
32 AeroGlobeAir7 : DL1035, You were speaking of the MCO approach in the morning. A couple of years back on my flight MCI-STL-MCO on Southwest, we were descending into MC
33 LOT767-300ER : The approach into WAW is awsome also. You see all the little farms and roads then you see the streets and then the river, the best.
34 USAFHummer : Well, the approach into PHL when its 27R is very scenic-with the skyline off on the right and the three stadiums lined up next to each other, then ove
35 GKirk : Seeing the sunrise over the French Coast flying from Reus-Manchester on Airworld A320. Only 1 word for it, Beautiful. Also taking off from NCL at nigh
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