Aviation Photo #1635819: Airbus A319-131 - United Airlines


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  • Peter Spence
    United Airlines
    Airbus A319-131
    Airbus A319
    Airbus A319
    Airbus
    686
    N801UA
    4001
    Los Angeles - International
    California
    USA
    August 29, 2009
  • 133

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January 05, 2010
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California seems to be quite popular with fires, although I've never seen one creating a cloud this big! This cloud reached heights of around 12,000 feet & was around for a quite a few days, creating quite a dramatic backdrop here at LAX.
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Comments (23)

Anonymous
6 years ago
Really cool and dramatic picture.. I think the cloud would reach higher though, towering cumulous are known to reach more than 45.000 feet..
Anonymous
6 years ago
The major beauty of this photo is the cloud that looks like a man. Ver well spotted.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I told you it would work! Nice shot.
-Matt
Anonymous
6 years ago
In "1" word - awesome! This is one of those exceptional photos that rates more than 5 stars. I'd give a 100 stars if it were possible. Thanks Peter for sharing it with us...

Capt. Dan
LAX, California
Anonymous
6 years ago
Does anyone else see an old frowning man with a hook nose in the cloud?
Anonymous
6 years ago
That big cloud in the background looks like a volcanic eruption. Amazing shot. BTW happy 2010 everyone. T.B.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Looks like a volcanic eruption. Stunning shot of a rare sight. 5 stars!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very impressive ! Seems to be much higher than 12,000 feet.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It looks like that giant clowd is going to eat that airplane.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing detail!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Really cool picture! But it's a cumulous cloud.. Smoke would not be able to get up so high due to the fact that the air resists extensive vertical development like this. This is a classic cumulous cloud with I bet alot of wind shear and turbulence!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Actually a cumulus could, especially one like this one, would not linger in the same spot for days. I have seen similar smoke could like that in FL during the wildfires.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Cumulus clouds develop in unstable air. Unstable air consists of winds(hence lots of turbulence), and good visibility along with other things. If this were a cumulus could it would have blown out of the area in hours, not stayed in the same area for days. This is smoke.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great shot of that pyrocumulus! The fires are terrible things but they sure do make for some dramatic sights like this!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow, that really is amazing. I, too see the old frowning man with the hook nose.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Touching cloth. Love the pic dude
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is indeed a wildfire column; the heat of combustion drives it vertically. These can get tall enough to generate lightning, complicating firefighting efforts. Volcanic plumes can also generate lightning. Much of the moisture is a product of combustion of organic materials, as in contrails. Nice shot
Anonymous
6 years ago
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Anonymous
6 years ago
This is amazing, but scares me some. I live in Southern California, and this fire was right behind my house. I was thinking more about my life, house, and where we'd evacuate to rather than how awesome it is.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Look more like a volcano
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice.. I flew that little Airbus May 25, 2010 out of KDEN. It has quite a bit of pushback at takeoff.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice picture. And just for the record, it is smoke not clouds. I live here and I flew out of LAX on that day.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice Capture, very dramatic.