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Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Mon May 27, 2013 4:39 am

I was in Myanmar for the weekend and on flying out of RGN yesterday, I was excited to see 20-1101 (the Japan Air Force 747 that takes Japanese politicians and the Imperial Family around the world) on the tarmac, waiting to ferry Japanese Prime Minister Abe to Naypyidaw. Having lived in Japan for several years and seen this bird at HND and CTS, it was certainly a great and unexpected spot as I had not known of Abe's visit, the first to Myanmar for a Japanese leader in 36 years. Unfortunately the aircraft's position did not allow me to take a clear shot, but the experience will not soon be forgotten.

That got me to thinking about other memorable spots and then wondering about other a.netters experiences. Curious what is your most memorable spotted aircraft (no, not one that resembles a leopard!), whether you were at the airport for travel or just for a bit of spotting, or perhaps you saw one flying overhead. Looking for spots that were unexpected in some way. If you went to BOS to see the JL 787 and then you saw it, that doesn't really count - it should be an aircraft that caught you by surprise and maybe even caused some fellow airport travelers to look at you strangely when you got all excited.

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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Mon May 27, 2013 9:01 am

This one is easy: Concorde at LHR, taking off not long before she was retired. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people stood there and waited for nobody but her. And then she flew... wow.

Another interesting one was an E-4B on approach to Ramstein Air Base with Robert Gates on board.

Finally, I miss the almost eerie rumble of classic C-5s at takeoff thrust: http://youtu.be/V89AJaasnm8?t=45s and during approach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZcqU8ShzWU
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Mon May 27, 2013 9:30 am

Any aircraft I have flown, but not got a photo until much later. It took 9 years for me to get a photo of F-GJVG after I flew it for example.

MH 777 MRD in Blue Special livery, AKL. Just so beautiful.
Any of the Royal ME 747-SP. MUC 2012 (entire Omani Royal Flight) HAM 2012 (Qatar) AKL 2006 (UAE)
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Mon May 27, 2013 2:00 pm

First,

I don't really 'spot'. If I did, though, a couple of years ago, I was taking a taxi into SHA, when one of the Air Koryu IL62Ms landed. Not sure what it was doing, though a very graceful sight.

At one time I thought the Breitling Connie was a rare spot at BSL; clearly not!

Slightly off-topic, in terms of flights; I've managed to fly both the A332 prototype (as OE-LAO) and the A333 prototype (as B-HLJ). This out of just 29 A330 flights overall; two last weekend.

Just three flights in a Xian XA-60; maybe three more than most, however, the same plane each time- RDPL-34168!

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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue May 28, 2013 3:31 am

In the very early 1970s I walked into the hanger at Sydney Water Airport - Rose Bay and saw VH-ASA a PBY Catalina flying boat named Frigate Bird II. This was the aircraft that made the first crossing of the South Pacific from Australia to Chile, 13 March 1951 to 26 March 1951. The somewhat circuitous route was: Rose Bay- Grafton- Noumea- Lauthala Bay (RNZAF base) Fiji- Samoa- Aitutaki- Papeete- Mangareva (French Gambier Islands)- Easter Island (open water landing, sail & take off)- Valparaiso.

Unfortunately I was on official duty and did not have a camera with me. It certainly was a very moving sight. I am please to note that this aircraft is now on display at the Power House Museum in Sydney.

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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue May 28, 2013 9:09 am

It probably doesn't count as I was there for work, but I was on the ramp at RAAF Fairbairn when POTUS came to town. Walking out on the ramp and being right next to Air Force 1 was a pretty special experience   

Unfortunately, of course, no photograph. Even if I could have take one, I'm sure ASIO would have dragged me off to a darkened room had I tried!
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue May 28, 2013 11:46 am

No doubt when the 787 in ANA colors did a low pass over Reykjavik City Airport (RKV) totally unexpectedly. I knew it was doing some tests at Keflavik (KEF) but didn't expect it to come over here at all.

It's always a nice treat when the Antonov-124s stop over at KEF. The biggest surprise I've had when departing KEF was in 2011 though. I was driving towards KEF and just 5 miles out I suddenly saw a big plane on the horizon to my right. I parked on the curb of the road and watched in awe as the 748i prototype glided over me. It was up here for some crosswind tests but I had totally forgotten about it so it was a nice surprise  

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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue May 28, 2013 1:28 pm

Almost 10 years ago now, but watching concorde fly over my town during it's last ever flight into FZO.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Wed May 29, 2013 11:35 am

Back in the very early 80's while on vacation on California, saw B-29 N91329 "Fertile Mertile" taking off from Oakland Airport. This was indeed a rarely seen aircraft (FIFI is the only flyable B-29 in service today)..and from what I heard was infrequently flown other than use in the films "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" and "The Right Stuff". The plane is dismantled now...the cockpit section on display in a museum in Florida, and the rest of the fuselage in storage in California...awaiting restoration.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Thu May 30, 2013 6:11 pm

I don't really "spot" per se, but the plane I always remember is seeing an ATA L-1011 taxi past when I was at BWI waiting to board a Southwest flight back in 2004 or so. I didn't actually know very much about planes at that time, but was just starting to become interested in them, so I didn't actually know what it was I was looking at. At the time I just thought it looked "old", that the exhaust seemed a bit smokey compared to the other planes, and that it looked really cool in spite of the first two things. Now that I know what I saw I realize that's the only I've actually seen an L-1011 in person.

Another memorable one was the time I was looking out the window of the building I work in and just by pure chance I saw Boeing's 737-900ER test aircraft fly by on its approach to MHR. That was when I first learned that Boeing often uses that airport for test flights. With that knowledge I set up some flightaware alerts for the 787 and 748 after they first flew, and got see them, too.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Thu May 30, 2013 9:00 pm

When I saw the A380 take off for the first time from IAH. I'm not an Airbus fan, but that aircraft and its capabilities are a work of art.

My mom saw the Antonov 225 take off from IAH once. (I'm getting jealous just typing this! :P) She's nowhere near as big a fan of aviation as I am and she said it was just simply awesome.
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Thu May 30, 2013 11:03 pm

Without a doubt this coming over London.



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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:38 am

Im grateful to have caught the last of the Vanguard's, Viscount's, 1-11, Herald and DC3's at LTN, and since being in BC I continue to see Electra's and Convair's in abundance as well as gems like the DC6, Firecat, Martin Mars and Grumman Goose in revenue service, but after leaving the UK I never thought I would see a RAF Vickers VC10 again, an aircraft I had never seen fly.

Very happy to see one come to YVR the other year for mx (as it was too cold in YYC!), an opportunity that will probably not happen again. Then 2 years ago I saw one doing touch and goes at RAF Leuchars while visiting the inlaws at St Andrews. I have no idea what the conversation was about...
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:31 pm

When I was 18, I worked ramp in STL, and several times per year we would have the RAF come in with the VC-10's for a tech stop. They usually spent the night. The next day we were allowed tours of the aircraft. Pretty cool, also extremely LOUD on takeoff. The RAF crews were always very professional and kind and cordial.

I also got the liberty to get up close an personal with an AN-124. I was the lav dumper that day. What a huge aircraft. I worked for ATS and handled all the charters & smaller feeders into STL. Champion, Sun Country, Ryan Intl, Big Sky, Midwest Express.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:42 pm

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 9):
I don't really "spot" per se, but the plane I always remember is seeing an ATA L-1011 taxi past when I was at BWI waiting to board a Southwest flight back in 2004 or so. I didn't actually know very much about planes at that time, but was just starting to become interested in them, so I didn't actually know what it was I was looking at. At the time I just thought it looked "old", that the exhaust seemed a bit smokey compared to the other planes, and that it looked really cool in spite of the first two things. Now that I know what I saw I realize that's the only I've actually seen an L-1011 in person.

Funny you tell this story. When I was a lad, I remember going to the old PIT airport and going out on the observation deck to see the stretch DC8s, 707s, DC9s, and 727s, all of which belched smoke and noise. Then I look at the Eastern Airlines gate to my right and see the shiny new LL-1011 "Whisperjet".
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:49 pm

A few years ago (I forget whether it was 2009 or 2010), I was on a trip from BNE to SYD and while I was waiting for my flight back to BNE I was watching the movements around the airport from the end of Terminal 2 and RAF L-1011 landed and taxiied to the international terminal - I got quite a surprise to see it on the day.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:27 pm

For me the 2 that come to mind is:
I was taking pictures at work, and watching The A-3 Skywarriors land and taxi to Hickam and saw a EC-24A land and taxi by. I had only heard of a Navy DC-8, but never thought I would see one in person. Here's the Pic




And my 2nd, was when I was testing my Camera after I got it back from repair. I took this photo of Aloha N73711 a few days before the tragic accident. I didn't even know I had taken the 711 until I got my film back, and was looking thru the pictures. There is a mark above the A on the fues, and I gave a set to the Local FAA after I saw the photo's. Here's the Pic



Just my humble pair.

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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:24 pm

G-BOAE taking off from LHR for the last time as she headed into the low cloud and gloom on her way to her new home in Barbados.

N739PA Clipper Maid of the Seas (Lockerbie) ....I saw her and photographed her at LHR a short while before her accident, obviously didn't know it at the time, but looking at those pictures now it's hard and moving to think about it

VH-OEJ Wunala Dreaming ...I only ever seen her twice in her red livery, both times at SYD

N747PA Juan T Trippe.....just loved this plane

Taking of the Japanese Air Force 747s, I landed at LHR last year from MEL and spotted both of them at the VIP area, as they were visiting the UK for the Queen's Golden Jubilee - a very nice surprise

EC-DNP Iberia 747 at LHR circa 1989. One Sunday in June, no idea why it was here, but it was lovely to see and very welcome.

PH-BUA KLM 747 LHR 1986. I was in the departure lounge for my first international flight to SFO, looking at my PA 747 (N729PA) when this KLM 747 taxied behind her (I managed to get a picture). I think for some odd reason in those days KLM used to fly a 747 to LHR on an morning flight as a matter of routine. Nice surprise never the less.

G-BJHS - Shorts Sunderland (in early Ryanair colours), did a low level runway fly past at LHR one day. Never found out why, but probably the most unusual plane I've ever seen at LHR
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:08 am

There's a couple that stick out vividly in my mind:

One of the most memorable and rare was P4-MES. Roman Abramovich was in Colorado so I spotted his private 767 parked on a remote ramp at DEN.

I too spotted 20-1101 (Japan Air Force 747) at LAX a couple years ago.

I lived in BIL for most of my life, so I got to see Boeing bring numerous aircraft to BIL for testing. Now these won't seem like amazing spots to many of you, but when you live in the middle of nowhere MT, planes like these are incredibly rare and memorable. I saw multiple Dreamliners including ANA 787, the Dreamlifter (while they were doing certification tests), and numerous 777s and different versions of the 777.

On the same LAX trip, I also saw a QF 744 go around on 24R, not due to traffic on the RWY, so the pilots must have botched the approach.
 
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RE: Your Most Memorable Aircraft Spotted

Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:36 am

When I arrived in Europe for my first time back in 2002, departing CDG for MXP (on an AF A320-100) I spotted the Peter Max 777 and an AF Concorde, then having just landed in MXP I spotted an SAA 747SP and next to it an Aeroflot TU154M, first time I saw one in the flesh!   

Few months later, on my first ever visit to the UK, as we were landing in LHR I saw a VS A346 and a BA Concorde, and to top it all off the Ndizani 743.   

And of course I was there when the Concordes were retired I was on the fence in the RWY threshold and saw all 3 of them land one after the other, the sight of those beauties and the noise... I won´t forget that.   

Other memoreable spots...

AirForce 1 in CCS when Clinton visited Venezuela back in... 1996/1997 can´t remember.
IranAir A300 in BCN (pure chance)
USAF 757 in ORY (Bush was in town that day)
IL76 in ZRH

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