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More: United Airlines
More: Boeing 747-422
More: San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO)
More: USA - California, June 19, 2001
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N178UA (cn 24385/820) Wing Shot - We were landing as UA931 from London. We were told to line up for 28L and allow a 757 (landing on 28R) to lead the way to the threshold, during the simultaneous approach. While on a 1-mile final we couldn't slow down enough, and overtook the 757 just seconds before touchdown. The runways are less than 1,000 ft apart at SFO, and this photo illustrates just how close we got. Imagine the wake turbulence behind this "parade".
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri June 18, 2010:
Had this view out the window myself in 08, had no idea of the tandem runway, so you can imagine my surprise! lol

A visitor from - posted Sun May 30, 2010:
I always find it scary when i see a date on a picture just a few months before Spetember 11, 2001. People had no clue what was going to happen in 3 months in this picture =[

A visitor from - posted Wed October 14, 2009:
I believe its called a tandem approach

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 9, 2009:
Wow, what a shot, very nice captured! And to the replyer below me, yes the smaller planes have to go first, due to wake turbulence. If you let the bigger plane go first, the smaller one can get in some serious problems because he can get caught in the wake of the big one. Vice versa is less of a problem, because the smaller plane produces less wake and the bigger one can handle more.

A visitor from - posted Sat August 8, 2009:
Do they always let teh smaller plane go first??
in all the dual shots ive seen at ksfo, the smaller airplane goes first, but shouldnt the larger one go ahead since it requires hight landing speeds??

great photo

A visitor from - posted Thu February 5, 2009:
Sweet!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 9, 2008:
Woooweee..that's really traffic at 3'oclock and closing! Great shot.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 2, 2006:
There's Mt. Diablo in Wallnut Creek, CA to the distance.

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