lincoln
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4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:03 pm

An ex-coworker and I were talking tonight about various things aviation related and one of the things that came up was the north-south traffic over the place where he's staying on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Details:
- 4 engines (based on contrails)
- Looks like a 747 but may be an A340
- Looks like it's following the coast fairly closely
- Pretty sure not inbound to SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA

We couldn't figure out where it would be coming from or going to where that was a route that would make sense for such a large aircraft -- all of the options we were coming up are served by narrowbodies -- so I figured I'd ask here:

Any ideas who or what this is?

Thanks,

Lincoln

[Edited 2005-03-08 07:14:23]
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airbazar
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:07 pm

Could be cargo from ANC?
 
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:10 pm

Quoting Lincoln (reply 0):
- Looks like a 747 but may be an A330

The A330 is two-engined. The A340, however, has 4.
 
lincoln
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:19 pm

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (reply 2):
The A330 is two-engined. The A340, however, has 4

Oops, good call, thanks. I have fixed it

Quoting Airbazar (reply 1):
Could be cargo from ANC?

Quite possible, I suppose...had considered pax from ANC, but not cargo... I really want it to be something more exotic, though  Smile

Thanks again,

Lincoln
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USAIRWAYS321
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:27 pm

What about NW Cargo 742's from Asia?
 
707437
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:53 pm

Do DC-8s still fly to ANC over SEA?

In the past I remember seeing: AN-124, all 747s, Convairs at KBFI, DC-8s, Ilyushin IL-62, Il-96, A340, P-3s, C-130s, C-141s, C-17s, C-5s, B52s all operating around the Seattle area & all 4 engines.

Probably a 747 my guess is DEN-NRT would come near Whidbey. . .

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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:59 pm

any NRT flt to Dallas, Atlanta. If any weather on Great cicle routes depressing traffic south it could really be anyone. Add C5s from USAF. I'm in Bellingham and there is a bunch of four banger traffic high up.
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707437
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:06 pm

I'm in Eastern washginton where you can actually see the sky and man have we got contrails. . . Going in every direction. SEA and PDX are fairly obvious but the trans-Pacs are passing over as well. . . .

You know the sky, which is above the gray rainy layer. . . .
 
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:45 pm

I think it is LH 468/469 on PDX-FRA. I have flown the flight before and it passes directly over downtown Seattle (I was even able to see my old house on Mercer Island). It would be rather close to cruising altitude when passing near Whidbey Island.

The flights pass over Seattle at about 1pm and then again at 5pm. However the routing over Seattle doesn't happen everyday, but usually it is flown on a route that takes it over SEA and is always an A343.
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:06 pm

Isn't McCord AFB in Tacoma still open with all its 4 engine transports?
 
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:01 am

Quoting 707437 (reply 5):

Probably a 747 my guess is DEN-NRT would come near Whidbey. . .


No one flies DEN-NRT nonstop currently so that can't be it...

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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:21 am

My vote is for ANC cargo traffic. There are at least 5 747s daily just between LAX-ANC. Not to mention SFO-ANC, DFW-ANC, MEM-ANC etc.
 
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:45 am

One 747 I saw in the air over SEA (verified by Flight Explorer) was British Airways LHR-LAX. I can also report that there were indeed four trails behind the plane......
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RE: 4-engined Traffic Over Whidbey Island, WA?

Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:45 pm

Thanks for all of the replies!

It is truly amazing the depth of info avaliable from A.net

Lincoln Big grinD
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