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Best View you've seen from an Aircraft Window?

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21. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 7y

One of the best had to be from Uluru in the middle of Australia to Sydney, watching the landscape change below me - was stunning and I was lucky enough to get some good out of the window photos to mark the occasion.

Also thoroughly enjoyed a short flight on a very old twin propellor aircraft from Vientiene Airport, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam. The plane flew low over the region, showing lush forests and mountains...very beautiful!

22. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 7y

Another one I have thoroughly enjoyed was circling over London city, it was clear enough to spot certain landmarks, and the lights and the cars and the roads...made it look like toy town. It was mesmerising, and I was just really lucky to be on the side of the plane that was land facing...or I'd have missed it!

23. Posted by theozed (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

I saw a rainbow once, just as we broke above the clouds, and it was a complete circle! Not only that, but the shadow of the plane moved right through the center of it.

I guess it must have to do with the right amount of moisture in the air, alignment of the sun and plane with the atmosphere, etc. I'm sure some physicist can explain it, but it looked very cool.

Unfortunately my camera was in the overhead locker, and I knew if I tried to get it the moment would be gone. Sometimes you just have to look and enjoy the sights while their there.

I've always wondered if anyone else has seen a full rainbow like this.

24. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Quoting theozed

I saw a rainbow once, just as we broke above the clouds, and it was a complete circle! Not only that, but the shadow of the plane moved right through the center of it.

I guess it must have to do with the right amount of moisture in the air, alignment of the sun and plane with the atmosphere, etc. I'm sure some physicist can explain it, but it looked very cool.

Unfortunately my camera was in the overhead locker, and I knew if I tried to get it the moment would be gone. Sometimes you just have to look and enjoy the sights while their there.

I've always wondered if anyone else has seen a full rainbow like this.

Wow! Now that tops them all so far!

25. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

For me, it was on a short flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Seattle, Washington. As we approached Seattle, the pilot decided to take us on a trip around snowy Mount Rainier (whose peak was actually above the plane) and we were so close you could actually make out the individuals climbing the mountain. There were a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" from all the passengers.

Another interesting flight was one from Las Vegas, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah over the open desert with the Wasatch range on the right side of the plane. As we approached the middle of the state of Utah, we all saw a white jet go streaking by us (from left to right) at an unbelievable speed. It literally disappeared over the mountains in a matter of maybe 2 minutes. Since our flight was fairly empty that day, I'd say about 30 of the passengers (including me) shifted from looking out the left-side window over to looking out the right-side window to follow the flight of this aircraft.
When we landed and were leaving the plane, the pilots were out of the cockpit, so someone asked them "What was that plane that streaked by us?" They responded that they didn't see any plane. Someone said--"Well, the rest of us did, so exactly how did you miss it?" They just shrugged their shoulders and kind of laughed--as though they knew but couldn't answer. I found out later that the US Air Force tests their new "secret" jets out of a base in Nevada and flies them over this desert on a regular basis--and that the commercial pilots are instructed to make a "no comment" to passengers if they are asked about seeing any fast or unusual planes.

26. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Oh, and lil lil's picture near Los Angeles is either a picture of Mount Baldy or the area just east of there near Big Bear Lake. In either case, the mountain range is part of the Angeles National Forest and is part of the Pacific Cascades (the very southern tip of this range--which extends from here (Los Angeles and San Diego and Baja California) all the way up past Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

27. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 7y

Thanks for the info Calcruzer. :)

By the way you sure had had experience some interesting flights. The only time I saw a plane flying parallel not too far to the one I was in was a few months ago, flying from Paris to Dublin and we were overhead of England at that point. For about nearly 10 minutes, there it was, another plane, flying along ours. It reminded me of an article I read a while back, something to the effect that to actually see another plane and one flying alongside it, is indicative of traffic congestion on air. I wonder what is the safety issue implicated, if any.

Another great view - when flying in to Chicago. The view of the Chicago skyline is really very impressive, and given all sorts of restrictions nowadays about aircraft flying over major cities, plus with many major airports so far away from the city that you don't usually see them upclose from air, I certainly was not expecting to see Chicago from such a vantage viewpoint. I tried to take picture of it but it wasn't easy, as I wasn't actually at the window seat and I felt a bit embarassed to put/shove my camera in front of the guy seated next to me (who had the window seat).

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Nov-2009, at 10:21 by lil_lil ]

28. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Hi again folks,
Gosh this thread has really gottn you all fired up; I'm reallly enjoying your answers.

I didn't set out with any ulterior motive to this thread but now that is generating such interest it's given me an idea for my weekly newspaper Travel Column. Here's the rub...

How would you guys feel if I used some of your examples to explain my points? If you say no that's the end of it, no problems.

I personally think it would get a lot of people who never look out of aircraft windows thinking about what they're missing.

As I said, this is an afterthought to my original post so don't be afraid to say NO if you don't want your offering used.

Thanks as usual.

29. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting zaksame

I didn't set out with any ulterior motive to this thread but now that is generating such interest it's given me an idea for my weekly newspaper Travel Column. Here's the rub...

How would you guys feel if I used some of your examples to explain my points? If you say no that's the end of it, no problems.

It's fine by me in any case (assuming it's attributed :)).

Don't tell too many people about the joys of it though, I don't want those window seats to all be gone next time I fly. I'm like a kid when it comes to that, always want to have the window seat!

30. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 7y

I'm grand with it. :)