kevi747
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Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 5:35 am

OK, I'm sure this has been asked here before but I didn't see it. So I want to know about some of the beautiful or amazing things you've seen from an airplane. I'll start:

-Departing YVR at dusk the CPT called me to the cockpit about 30 seconds after T/O to show me the view out the front windscreen. (This was pre-9/11 when we could just use our keys to get in.) We were flying directly at a snowy mountain which looked just like the Paramount Pictures logo mountain. That was very nice.

-I've seen Aurora Borealis while flying over Canada and Greenland. It's really amazing from the air.

-St. Elmos Fire climbing up the windshield of a Super 80. (The CPT played a practical joke on me and told me that if I touched the glass the electricity would be drawn to my hand, like in one of those static electricity balls. Of course, I fell for it and placed my hand on the glass. They had a pretty good laugh at my expense.)

-Flying up the Hudson river while approaching LGA at night once I saw that Manhattan was completely covered by fog and only the glow of the city lights showed the shape of the Island. The best part was that the WTC, Empire State Building, and a few other tall buildings were sticking up out of the "cloud".

-After diverting to Shreveport (while in route to DFW for some training) we took off again to complete the journey. I saw the huge storm clouds that had grounded us. It was the biggest thing I've ever seen in my life. You could see other planes flying past them and the way they looked with the sun reflecting off of them was awesome.

I can still see each of these sites very vividly in my mind when I think about them. It's just one of the extra perks of working on an airplane. So does anyone else have any to share?
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Fri Apr 25, 2003 5:59 am

Flying into COS to visit my Grandparents from ATL in a B727, We were decending into Pete Field. Popping in and out of white puffy clouds, my face was glued to the window. And then it happened, Two F-16 fighters in tight formation flew by the window. It felt like they were at hands reach. But then we went back into a white cloud, the fighters were only visible for a few seconds but left me stunned and amazed. It was totally amazing!  Big thumbs up


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Fri Apr 25, 2003 6:07 am

LH A340 FRA-ORD 2001. We had the best daytime view of Iceland and Greenland! It's spectacular in the air! Plus we saw our contrails from inside the aircraft! It was light out the entire flight, making it really enjoyable for viewing!

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Fri Apr 25, 2003 6:30 am

The view I remember most was from my very first flight as a seven-year old kid back in 1961. We were up for 15 minutes on the Isle of Wight, England when we flew over the old Queen Mary. Looked superb. I meant to look up the old lady when I was in LA a couple of years ago, but ran out of time.

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Fri Apr 25, 2003 6:34 am

September 10th 2001 coming back from Menorca, we were allowed to the cockpit half-way through the flight. As I looked out of the cockpit window, I could see the edge of France and the start of Britain and lots of boats passing across the English Channel. It was a great site.

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 6:52 am

Dec.2001, UA 930 SFO-LHR
Decending over London at 6 am and it was still dark out. Seeing all the major attractions lit up from above. Picadilly Circus, Millenium Dome and Wheel and Big Ben, etc. Incredible views, then a hard landing! Nothing better!

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 7:53 am

Back in my F/A days with Ryan International Airlines (operating for Apple Vacations) there were some pretty memorable sights--amazing views of Caribbean island chains en route MKE-ANU/UVF/etc, seeing thunderstorms from the flight deck at night, etc. Perhaps the one that stands out the most in my mind is when we'd be flying northbound at night (usually back to a frigid MKE!) and we'd pass over the Miami metro area. What always got me was contrast between the long string of twinkling lights along the Atlantic coast and the pitch blackness of the interior where the Everglades starts. Just beautiful.
You're right, Kevi747-- the views are a definite perk of the job!
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2003 8:50 am

Kuwait airways flt 101 B777 LHR-JFK 1999 - Minutes before landing at JFK, i looked out of my window to the left, and saw the Manhattan skyline. Can't describe it in words, but it was SPECTACULAR!!

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:35 pm

Flying from Ulaan Baatar (the capital of Mongolia) towards Seoul-Incheon in a Mongolian Airlines Boeing 727-200 in July 2002 . . .

Seen through a window on the starboard side . . .

a Swiss MD-11, an SAS A340-300, a Virgin Atlantic A340-300 flying in the opposite direction! Though each "meeting" lasted only several seconds, it felt like eternity!

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Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:51 pm

My favorite in-flight views have to be anytime flying over or into vegas. Even at 36,000 you can see the lights...marvelous place to see. Also one of my neatest views was on an Air Kenya flight. We flew at very low altitude over the grasslands of Kenya - could pick out elephants, zebras, lions and others. Wish I could find the aircraft type, it was some ancient looking two prop tail-dragger.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:53 pm

St. Elmo's Fire on the cockpit windows of a B-727 over the Rockies at night! Awesome!

Also, watching cloud-to-cloud lightning at night. Once, I saw lighting come out of the TOP of a huge building thunderhead!

Lastly, seeing the last light of the day disappear over the horizon at altitude at night. What a color show!

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:54 pm

Okay I'm dying to know....what the heck is St Elmo's Fire? I thought it was an 80's movie...
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 3:44 pm

Flight LGW-ZRH with BA 737

It was night and we passed a thunderstorm with heavy lightning. Crazy views of the
clouds when the lightning came up. And of course we had heavy turbulences.

There was a passenger that start praying...landing was smooth.

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Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:27 pm

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Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:30 pm

Torino-Munich on a regional jet (One of the Team Lufthansa members). Beautiful morning, blue skies and white, snow-covered Alps. Just awesome!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:31 pm

UA896 HKG-ORD flies over Taiwan and Southern Japan within the first 3 hours or so. The mist on the mountains of Taiwan is something to see as are the turquoise waters off of the coast of Kyushu.

Come to think of it UA 895 is flown in 16 hours of daylight. The flight goes over some of the most desolate and beautiful regions in the world. In the winter you can see frozen rivers and vast plains of ice.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:36 pm

1st:
YVR-FRA with a LH 747-200.
Because of the northern routing the night wasn't one - great experiance to see the sun but knowing that it is midnight.

2nd:
DFW-FRA with LH 340-200
Starting in DFW - During the flight I could see Washington, New York, Boston, Dublin and Amsterdam - now I understand why other people visit 12 european countries within 4 days  Smile

By the way: I had the same seat with the same crew on the same aircraft as on the flight to Dallas two days before. Only the meals were different Big grin

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:38 pm

Flying into LPL is great because I can see my neighbourhood from the air, and it looks quite nice.

Landing at LAX form LHR is also interesting because you fly over Las Vegas and you can just see Hollywood in the distance.
 
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Fri Apr 25, 2003 9:47 pm

St. Elmo's fire:


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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Fri Apr 25, 2003 11:59 pm

A lousy scan, but you get the gist of it:

 
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Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:20 am

DEN-LAX or LAX-DEN

Otherwise known as the "Grand Canyon Line"

I've always gotten a spectacular geographic/geologic view, especially sitting on the south-side of the a/c both ways.
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:26 am

Seeing Mt Fuji popping up out of the clouds when departing NRT bound for LHR on Saturday 11th Jan 2003.

Took some great pics, alas not uploaded them anywhere yet.
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:44 am

DIA,

As you might know, there is also possible to get an impressive view over Grand Canyon while approaching Las Vegas from the east.

Some other views that impressed me, years ago, was flying over Greenland in clear weather, enroute CPH-JFK, and after that make a parallel approach to JFK with a Pan Am DASH-7.

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:49 am

Flying into any of the Hawaiian Islands is gorgeous...I had an awesome pic flying right over Diamond Head & Waikiki, taken from United flight 53 LAX-HNL (777ER), but airliners.net didn't accept it. Oh well.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 1:15 am

Anyone has performed the nite approach to MEX know what I mean, everytime I visit my familly I look forward to this beautifull sight... Daytime is breathtaking also, try to book a left window seat.
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Sat Apr 26, 2003 1:19 am

On a SAS flight from CPH-ORD, while flying over Iceland I was able to see mountain peaks and volcanos peaking out through the clouds and it was an absolutley incredible sight.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 1:28 am

Ljungdahl: Yes, you're right. LAS is very nice indeed. By the way, I like that JFK approach pic with the PA Dash-7. . .fond memories.

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 4:11 am

Seeing a sunset for the first time from the air  Wow!

Seeing the Manhattan skyline at night  Wow!
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 5:19 am

- On a Narita to Zurich flight I saw Mount Fujiyama and when reaching Zurich in the late afternoon we entered a holding where I saw the glowing Alps in the evening sun. Very impressive, love the MD-11!

- Flying on Concorde I saw the slight rounded shape of this wonderful planet

- JFK to LAX we came in late at night, so that we saw the whole LAX area with it's suburbs illuminated. Also other aircraft were just a few hundred meters on final on the parallel runways.

- Just after take off from La Guardia on our way to Dallas National we entered a sharp left turn on a 727, with NYC clearly and detailed visible.

- And many many more impressive moments in my aviation life and for sure many more to come.

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 5:24 am

Here's one of my favorites, my son took over the Alps enroute from Paris to Budapest, on an AF 737-500

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 5:33 am

Also saw a full moon reflecting off the Bay on a clear night on arrival into SFO once. Spectacular.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 5:34 am

the beach @ SMX !

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 6:41 am

I recall flying over a thunderstorm one early morning, seeing the clouds flash and glow against the dark sky. I was aboard a Swissair CV990 circling over Geneva on a flight from Bombay via Beirut. Simply spectacular!
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 10:56 am

The approach into Cuzco in the Andes of Peru is breathtaking. Surrounded by snow capped peak you make a tight turn into the steep mountain valey, over the earthen roofs of the town and the beautiful central square all whilst making a very steep descent. Absolutely gorgeous.

That and the magical early morning arrival into Papeete (Tahiti) which is one of the few pictures I have gotten accepted onto airliners.net!


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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:59 pm

LAS-ABQ on a Southwest Airlines 737-200. We flew right over the mountains at Flagstaff, and saw the Grand Canyon from about fifty miles out. Absolutely beutiful, but the pics wouldn't can well here.

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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 10:25 pm

The most beautiful view I've seen from any airplane? Hands down, it has to be my daughter sleeping in the seat beside me.
 
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RE: Beautiful Views From An Airplane

Sat Apr 26, 2003 10:47 pm

Lima - Iquitos flying over the Andes, then watching the Andes drop away suddenly and seeing the verdant Amazon basin, green like I've never seen in my life.

LHR - JFK on Virgin, jet stream headwinds forced an unusually northerly flight, first time I saw Greenland in such detail.

Air Florida MIA - JFK Christmas Day 1980, I think. An unusual record cold snap meant it was -2 Fahrenheit, as the ocean is still relatively warm at that early in the winter, the entire ocean was literally steaming! Mist came up off the ocean to dissipate in the clear cold air. Never saw that before or since.

Far too many more to mention.
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Sat Apr 26, 2003 11:52 pm

I've seen the Red Arrows performing a smoking 9 ship loop below us over Cyprus. If ever there was one occasion I wish I had the camera with me, which I often don't.

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