Today, around 12:30 or so, I was cruising by EWR on Route 1 & 9, and I noticed that it was an exceptionally windy day, and that planes were landing on 29. Since I had time to spare, I decided to drive by Port Newark and watch a few flights land. As I was making my way there, I saw an Air France 744 take off from 4R, and as it looked to me, turn 180 degrees, heading south over New Jersey. I judged this as a bit odd, as it should have continued North, but I didn't make much of it. About 20 minutes later, I was parked at Port Newark, and I had seen a few awesome landings by some MD-80s and 737s. Then, as I was scoping the approach path, what do I see turning onto the Runway 29 approach, but the AF 744!!!! It was amazing seeing that monster pass over the Turnpike at what looked like 50 ft. I could actually hear the touchdown and the roar of the thrust reversers over the turnpike!
What happened? Does anyone know? I'm fairly sure 747s don't regularly land on 29, being that it's only about 7000ft!