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"Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sun Dec 31, 2000 10:49 am

Well its on your request jderden777. Write about your magnificent moments on your flights!
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sun Dec 31, 2000 12:34 pm

heh, thank you LOT...i would have to say my most "humbling" moment would have been the descent into SEA on an AA MD-80 from ORD...it was evening, almost 9PM local time when we passed RIGHT by Mt. Rainier, bathed in the pinkish glow of the sunset...the most beautiful sight i've ever seen from the air...drew a tear to my eye

also, another one would be this past summer when a friend and i flew to dallas by ourselves on a pure aviation trip for a week..got to see the "behind the scenes" operation of one of the biggest airlines in the world today...American...ahh it was a great experience!!! and i think we're going back next summer too!!  

so let's hear some more "magnificent moments in the air"!!!
"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Mon Jan 01, 2001 2:03 am

Oh mine was when we i was level with the sears tower in a Swissair MD-11, never seen a more beautifull building than that!
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Mon Jan 01, 2001 5:59 am

Everytime I watch the sun rise during a flight, the changing of the light and color always fascinates me.

Also, on the flight SEA-ANG in mid-July a few years ago, when we took off in the dusk and after 2 hours, approached ANG in the glow of the evening sun. We flew through some magnificent snow covered mountains. I felt so small comparing to the surround nature.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Mon Jan 01, 2001 8:33 am

Lets quiet down for a moment of silence for aviation.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Mon Jan 01, 2001 9:33 am

JZ--Do you mean SEA-ANC??
I would agree that this is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. Water, trees and mountains on takeoff and landing, no matter which way you go.

SEA-YVR is also a beautiful flight, especially from a low-flying turboprop. Flights out of PDX can often include good views of the Columbia river and sometimes Mt. Hood. Southbound takeoffs from SEA often give a great view of Mt. Rainier.

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Sat Jan 06, 2001 7:23 am

LAS-ABQ, flying over Lake Mead, then some desert mountains, then the flat desert straight into ABQ "gliding" in on the thermals off the western mesa. It was during the late afternoon through dusk so the mountains were shadowed and stood out in a visually stunning relief.

I have photos of that trip somewhere (probably at my parents' house, not accessible.) Someone told me I would never get good pictures with a Fuji disposable camera. When the pics came back they were some of the most beatiful pics I've ever taken.

This was on a WN 737.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sat Jan 06, 2001 7:39 am

Mine would be flying over the rockies on an AA 757. They looked so small and insignificant, like looking down at a snow covered pebble on the ground, but in reality they are huge, towering spires. I have photos, If I get a scanner I'll post them.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sat Jan 06, 2001 10:13 am

Mine would have to be flying over the southern tip of Greenland enroute LAX-CDG. The clouds were totally clear and I could see a huge amount of pure white that looked like clouds but were actually snow covered planes (not aircrafts). Either that or flying "Denali Air" on a tour of Denali Nat'l Park and getting up close and personal with Mt. McKinley   . I don't know if that counts since it's not a major airline flight.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sun Jan 07, 2001 2:21 am

i have another one i just remembered...an early morning flight from TRI to ATL in an ASA CRJ...took off in twilight, and then later while cruising the sun came up over the horizon...a "magnificent" sight while over the smoky mountains :-0

the beaches of northern florida were a beautiful sight from the air as well...flying over Jacksonville on the way to DAB (Daytona Beach)...all the cars out there on the beach and the waves crashing against the shore...gliding over the intracoastal waterway with all the houses and boats and then touching down at DAB...but the racetrack wasn't that beautiful.. 

wonder how it is flying down to RSW in southern florida...maybe i'll get a good view of the everglades...

jonathan d.

btw, let's hear some more "magnificent moments in the air!"
"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 12, 2001 5:04 am

The view of Manhatten island (NYC) was breath taking while on final approach to LGW at night on a DL shuttle
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 12, 2001 7:34 am

Wow, your eyesite's good.

Next time I'm landing in London I'll have to look out at the veiw of New York!
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 12, 2001 7:47 am

Taking off at dusk from SAN on a BA 744. After climbing west, we turned around and headed east for the stop in PHX. As we passed over the city, I was able to see both the shimmering streetlights, and the actual landforms as well, because it was not fully dark out yet. It was a very beautiful sight.

Another magnificent moment was when I was over the Atlantic ocean on an AA 763 going to ORD from CDG just a few weeks ago. Because we had taken off at 3PM CDG time and were scheduled to arrive at 4:20PM ORD time, it was perpetually late afternoon the entire way. The sun was reflecting colorfully against the clouds over the ocean, and to the left of the plane I could see at least 7 other aircraft flying parallel to us, going to North America. Also, as I was at the back of the plane, I could see the begginings of a vapor trail emanating from the back of the engines. Also a very beautiul sight.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 12, 2001 12:45 pm

Coming in to YVR sitting in the jumpseat of a ACA A340 in CATIII operation. very very very low visb. under 900 feet. So it was soo cool to see the clouds and stuff from above then going into them.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sat Jan 13, 2001 2:45 pm

#1 (about three years ago)
Delta Airlines flight 1492 MIA-ATL( that flight continued to Columbus, OH, of course.)

It was their 5:30 am flight out, and about 30 minutes into the flight the sun rose. We were flying just inland of the Atlantic coast, and watching the sun rise over the fluffy clouds and Atlantic Ocean is definitly one of the most amazing sights to see.

I recently flew to Paris, France for Christmas. On the way back we were on an AF A340(AF 307) from CDG to ATL. About halfway through the flight another aircraft suddenly appeared right beneath us. Its was close enough to where I could read the 'KLM' titles and could identify the a/c as a 767-300. Never before have I ever seen any commercial aircraft fly that close to another aircraft before. Anyways, it was a very fascinating sight and one that will definitly be remembered.

RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sun Jan 21, 2001 6:12 pm

Having endured delays, frivilous excuses and sloppy service with America West our flight from LAX to Melbourne was a dream. Our Qantas Flight Services director Trevor made our 14 hr flight a memorable experience for my wife and two sons 11 and 9 yrs old.
The flight was as full as a 747-400 could be but Trevor managed to find two spare seats for passengers seated near us so our children could stretch out and sleep.

We received such great personal service from a man whom we have never met before. He ensured our drinks were always fresh, coffee poured and that our wine was poured carefully. He gave all the children in the economy class section a tour of the aircraft and took them to the flight deck where the crew spent "quality" time with all the children. As we passed close to Fiji Trevor escorted my wife and I to the flight deck where our Captain and his first officer spent about 45 mins with us and showed us every detail.

Our children we returned to the flight deck and again spent time witht he Captain who clearly liked children and appreciated hic passengers.

Thank you Trevor, thank you Qantas....pity America West left a sour note to our holiday.

Qantas.....the Spirit of Australia!

RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Mon Jan 22, 2001 12:40 am

Early mornin' arrival in JNB/FAJS comin' from KUL on a MH 744 in Nov.1997.The sun had just risen and during descent the marvels of the South African 's great landscapes were just getting unveiled from the morning mist.
I also loved Jan Smuts-Airpt.I found it very beautiful.
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Tue Jan 23, 2001 2:46 am

Back in 93...

Watching the sun rise over the mountains on the Afghan/Pakistan border, from the jump seat of a Cathay 744.

And during the same cockpit visit, a reasonably close encounter with an opposite direction Qantas 744 (with whom we were in radio and visual contact many miles ahead - no radar over Afghanistan and I think also pre TCAS). Seeing such a magnificent aircraft in cruise flight is something I will never forget.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Wed Jan 24, 2001 10:27 am

Jderden777, if you're wondering about the approach to RSW, heres a good breakdown of it for you, from personal experiece (3x a year, for 8 years now).

Approach onto Runway 06/24
-you come down and pass over Sarasota and Port Charlotte
-you hug the coast all the way to Cayo Costa island
-Once at Cayo Costa, you make an easy left turn a few degrees to slip between North Captiva Island and Pine Island
-you pass Captiva and eventually Sanibel. You'll know you've hit Sanibel once a long causeway of about a mile stretches out underneath you from the beautiful San-Cap islands to Fort Myers
-Once at the tip of Sanibel, you make a pretty steep left turn to put you on the final approach with RSW
-this path will take you out over the water a bit, but you will hit land quickly, beginning with Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, or Cape Coral, depending on how wide your turn is. Usually, we come over Bonita Springs, but it is not uncommon to go over Cape Coral. If your pilot puts you over Fort Myers Beach, then he has made his turn a little too narrow or early and you can expect some adjustment turns in the next few minutes
-After passing over the beaches, you will hit a large stretch of marshland with some roads, golf courses, and housing developments carved out of them. you're almost there
-Finally, after passing a large pond, you will make a final, small left turn to put the runway straight ahead of you. After that, it's just houses and golf courses all the way in.

Enjoy the trip to my favorite airport.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Wed Jan 24, 2001 11:46 am

One of my magic moments in the air is my first flight since that I was a baby it was a flight from YHZ to MCO to see Mickey Mouse. When I was at YHZ it hit me that I was to hop in an airplane and that plane was a Boeing 737-200 that probably belonged to EPA that didn't have any audio visual and headset capability and it was a long flight.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Wed Jan 24, 2001 12:06 pm

My fav moments are seeing the statue of Liberty from the TWA L-1011 when they had flown JFK-LHR in the late 1980s and repeating the experience on a Virgin 747-400 last year. Flying a DL shuttle 727 and a US Airways Shuttle A320 while viewing the NYC skyline within the past 5 years. Seeing the Sydney Opera House and the Bay Bridge from a Qantas 747-400. Seeing Central Londaon from A Virgin A340-300. Seeing the Rocky Mountains while landing in Denver from an AA 757-200. I treasure all thse moments As well as seeing the alps from a Swissair MD-11.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Wed Jan 24, 2001 1:10 pm

British Midland flight from LHR-CDG...it was a clear day, I could see the British Countryside and the English Channel.... and then... I fell asleep. But before I feel asleep, it was wonderful. Big grin
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Wed Jan 24, 2001 1:59 pm

My favorite magnificent moment in the air happened on an American Airlines flight from LAX-PHX. This flight just happened in Aug. We where flying home and We could see the lighting in the sky. It was a pretty sight to see. I wish I would of brought my cam along.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:15 am

Without a doubt, flying along the coasts of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand on the way to Bangkok. A beautiful clear night, and you could see all the lights of the fishing boats in the harbour from 34,000 feet, accompanied by the wingtip gently moving slightly.
Also the descent into Bangkok.. when the engines are at minimum power and all you can see is lights stretching into the distance.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:33 am

When I was going to Orlando two years ago on a WN 737 was certainly my best memory. The itinerary was MCI-STL-MCO. We had left STL in the evening and while we were inflight we passed over Atlanta at night (Atlanta's my birth city, that was the first time I had seen it since I was 1), it was amazing. If I get the occupation I want (Delta Airlines captain) I'll probably have many "Magnificent Moments in the air", but until then the views from the cabin will have to suffice. I was wondering, has anyone had the chance to fly to Gunnison County Airport in Colorado? It's a really small city (the airport's bigger than the city), and it's right in the middle of nowhere in the rockies, about 3 hours Southwest of Colorado Springs. We drove out there two summers back, right as we were passing into the valley Gunnison is in a commuter plane flew overhead on approach to the airport. It's definitely the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I'm thinking about flying to Chicago or Dallas just to hitch a 757 to Gunnison, I'd love to see that little city and all it's trout filled streams and ranches and mountains from the air. The airport code is GUC.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:45 am

I've had a few...

Watching the sunset over the Carribean on an AA 757

The approach into SJU over the Island's north coast. Always a treat for me.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:48 am

jeez, Getaway, everyone else seems to have all the luck. I'm only 14, but I'm already positive I want to be a pilot, I LOVE being in the sky. I've been trying to figure out a way to hitch a flight in the jumpseat, but I don't fly very often any more. When we used to fly alot I was too little to remember it. I may make another flight to OKC on Southwest next summer to visit someone, maybe I'll be able to get a jumpseat ride then. Southwest is called "Americas #1 Fun airline" so I think my best bet is with them. Although my mom works with someone who's brother is a UAL captain, and a lady that works at our barbor shop's dad is a NWA Jumbo pilot based at HNL flying to Asia, I'll have to try all those connections sometime. Well, keep the stories coming guys! They're great!
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 7:58 am

You guys are making me miss the sky more and more every time I read a story. =) The midwest doesn't have very many beautiful sights from a plane window. But I do recall a few years back when my family and I were flying TWA from MCI-LAX, the flight was MCI-DEN-SFO-LAX. It was before they cut down their route map so much. I believe the flight to DEN was on a MD-80 or DC-9, but I remember the takeoff the most. It was overcast out and as we took off and climbed out I remember looking out the window as we climbed out and seeing a rainbow through the only small break in the clouds, as well as the pink glow on the clouds as the sun came up. It was beautiful, because there was a wall of thunderheads to our right, and the sun was turning them bright pink and purple.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 11:24 am

i c we had a discussion here, newayz i started this topic and i havent looked at it in a week! LOL silly me!

i want to tell u guys that i really miss that old eastern terminal at JFK! damn those were the times! i still remember it when i was a little kid.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Jan 25, 2001 11:27 pm

My most eye-pleasing moment was a recent trip from GRU-ATL on a miserably cramped MD-11 (the worst plane I've ever flown on for passenger comfort)...the seat was getting me in a bad mood, then I looked out the window and saw the full moon looking like it was balanced on the winglet. The light from the moon was so bright that I could clearly make out the Rio Amazonas below. In the distance I saw about ten thunderheads filled with lightning. All that space and no signs of light or towns...just the Amazon basin under a full moon. Increível.

RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 26, 2001 9:48 am

Hey! Whats wrong with the Daytona International Speedway?  Smile I think their is nothing better than watching M88's and CRJ's landing and watching a race at the same time  Smile

I would say also the approch in to MCO in the early morning ( Same approch into DAB Just you turn right at Flager Beach ) And Comming into SEA by Mt. Rainer
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Fri Jan 26, 2001 11:33 am

Approach to Seattle, Memphis, Okinawa, or Miyakojima. Beautiful.

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sat Jan 27, 2001 8:16 am


You were speaking of the MCO approach in the morning. A couple of years back on my flight MCI-STL-MCO on Southwest, we were descending into MCO at about 10:00 at night, it was an awesome sight, especially once we got close to the airport and we were really low, you could look down at baseball fields and everything. It was pretty cool. On the drive out of the airport a Southwest 737 flew just over 150 feet over us from behind the trees, it was a startling, but awesome moment.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Sat Jan 27, 2001 12:44 pm

The approach into WAW is awsome also. You see all the little farms and roads then you see the streets and then the river, the best.
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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Wed Jan 31, 2001 11:46 am

Well, the approach into PHL when its 27R is very scenic-with the skyline off on the right and the three stadiums lined up next to each other, then over the Navy Yard (where the retired carrier USS America, CV-66, is currently at, the approach is dead over the forward cats), where lots of foreign navy ships are being built... just very scenic-also love the approach into FLL on 9L, over I-95 at about 50 feet-even thoiugh I've done it a lot, I always think we are going to hit the interstate. Also memorable were flying over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California (I asked the pilot to point them out before the flight, it was about 1993).

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RE: "Magnificent Moments In The Air!"

Thu Feb 01, 2001 4:17 am

Seeing the sunrise over the French Coast flying from Reus-Manchester on Airworld A320. Only 1 word for it, Beautiful.
Also taking off from NCL at night and seeing the whole city lit up from a Spanair MD83 was pretty cool as well.
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