I spent an enjoyable day of spotting yesterday down at JFK
. I positioned myself not far from the end of Runway 31R and had a steady parade of planes go by, capped off by the arrival of BA
001, the Concorde. During the time I was there, all arrivals and departures were being handled on Runways 31R and 31L; the 4/22 runways did not seem to be in use at all from about 3 p.m. 'til about 5:30 p.m.
After the Concorde arrived, I did a quick loop around the cargo areas on the west end of the airport and noticed that the approach lights were lit for Runway 13L. Just about then a Delta 767 came in on 13L, so during the 15 minutes it took me to drive from the end of 31R down to the opposite end, the runway assignments changed. Very interesting. Anyway, on to the real reason for this post: as I was leaving the airport grounds eastbound on the Belt Parkway, I spotted what had to have been an IL
-62 coming in over the Parkway on the Runway 22R approach. I wasn't very close, but the profile looked unlike any western airliner I've seen. In particular, the bulbuous projection on the top of the vertical stabilizer stood out. I was really disappointed to have missed seeing this up close. Is it common to see Russian-built airliners (not the more-common Russian cargo planes) at JFK
? Even Aeroflot usually flies 767s there, so they can't be counted on. It would be nice to know if there's anyone who schedules one of these planes into the airport so I could plan in advance.