Aviation Photo #1635819 Airbus A319-131 - United Airlines

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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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    Peter Spence
    United Airlines
    Airbus A319-131
    Airbus A319
    Airbus A319
    Airbus
    686
    N801UA
    4001
    Los Angeles - International
    California
    USA
    August 29, 2009
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Photo Added: January 05, 2010

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Anonymous
10 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
10 years ago
The major beauty of this photo is the cloud that looks like a man. Ver well spotted.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I told you it would work! Nice shot.
-Matt
Anonymous
10 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
10 years ago
Does anyone else see an old frowning man with a hook nose in the cloud?
Anonymous
10 years ago
That big cloud in the background looks like a volcanic eruption. Amazing shot. BTW happy 2010 everyone. T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Looks like a volcanic eruption. Stunning shot of a rare sight. 5 stars!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very impressive ! Seems to be much higher than 12,000 feet.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It looks like that giant clowd is going to eat that airplane.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing detail!
Anonymous
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 years ago
Great shot of that pyrocumulus! The fires are terrible things but they sure do make for some dramatic sights like this!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, that really is amazing. I, too see the old frowning man with the hook nose.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Touching cloth. Love the pic dude
Anonymous
10 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
10 years ago
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Anonymous
10 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
10 years ago
Look more like a volcano
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice.. I flew that little Airbus May 25, 2010 out of KDEN. It has quite a bit of pushback at takeoff.
Anonymous
9 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
9 years ago
Nice Capture, very dramatic.

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