sleekjet
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Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 2:04 am

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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Matt D
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 2:08 am

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.
 
sleekjet
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 2:13 am

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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woodsboy
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 2:29 am

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
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 4:30 am

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
 
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 5:32 am

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.

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sleekjet
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 9:29 am

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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strickerje
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 1:03 pm

Orange and blue don't really go together

Yeah, just look at Southwest's new colors...  Smile
 
chrisair
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RE: Chasing The Setting Sun

Fri May 10, 2002 2:30 pm

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).
 
flyvs007
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Twilight Zone

Fri May 10, 2002 5:54 pm

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.