Back to the USA to see Red Flag 17-1 in action.
Europe was still in “winter mode” when we wanted to leave to the USA and since our flight already departed at 09h45 Saturday morning January 28th from Dusseldorf Airport, we took no risks and drove already on Friday afternoon towards Düsseldorf to spend the night at a local hotel near the airport.
Of course, this is an option that everyone had to decide for themselves, but there is much less stress this way.
No time pressure, enough time to get to the airport (you leave whenever you want to avoid possible traffic jams and or bad weather).
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, we arrived at the airport around 07h30 to check in.
This went pretty smoothly for all participants in this trip and around 09h05 we were already boarding and we departed right on time.
Coincidentally, our departing flight was just captured by Ramon Kok as you can see here. Thanks Ramon !!!
Flight duration was announced around 11h with arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) around noon local time.
Never saw a dog in the passenger cabin, but he remained very calm during the whole flight!!!
Think he was very happy that he could leave the aircraft since he couldn’t go to the toilet like everyone onboard the aircraft.
After a somewhat bumpy flight, we landed at 11h45 at LAX and our 5th member of this trip arrived surprisingly at the gate next to us with a B747 from KLM which departed from Amsterdam, but normally had to arrive 45min before our flight.
(Everyone has their own choice to leave from the airport of your choice as part of “Plan your trip”).
After the usual border control at the airport and collecting our luggage, we went to pick up our rental car so we could leave for Hawthorn Airport for a helicopter flight over LAX in a Robinson R22 for Air2Air and Air2Ground.
(This flight was offered as an option).
LAX tower has authorized Star Helicopters to operate in the 5 areas shown at the LAX complex.
Because of the intensity of the traffic at LAX, we got only permission this time to fly above the gates at 1600ft.
Below you can see what the shooting opportunities are during the arrival of an Asiana Airlines A380.
First picture is taken with 400mm, landingshots with 100mm.
And some more from 1600ft above LAX
It was a long day, so after this flight it was time to eat something and then go look up our hotel to enjoy a well deserved nightrest.
Happy civil aircraft hunting 😉
What did i saw that day?
|1||Nippon Cargo Airways||Boeing 747-481F||JA04KZ|
|2||United Airlines||Boeing 757-324||N75854|
|3||American Airlines||Airbus A321-231||N150NN|
|5||Hawaiian Air||Airbus A330-243||N390HA|
|7||Asiana Airlines||Airbus A380-861||HL7625|
|8||United Express||Bombardier CRJ-200LR||N948SW|
|10||Spirit Airlines||Airbus A320-232||N626NK|
|11||British Airways||Airbus A380-841||G-XLEG|
|13||American Airlines||Boeing 777-223ER||N752AN|
|14||United Express||Bombarider CRJ-200LR||N928SW|
|15||Air Tahiti||Airbus A340-313||F-OLOV|
|17||American Airlines||Boeing 737-823||N944AN|
|18||Southwest Airlines||Boeing 737-7H4||N944WN|
|19||Southwest Airlines||Boeing 737-8H4||N8659D|
|20||American Eagle||Bombardier CRJ-701ER||N728SK|
|21||Korean Air||Airbus A380-861||HL7627|
|23||American Airlines||Airbus A321-211||N196UW|
|24||Southwest Airlines||Boeing 737-7BX||N553WN|
|25||Swiss Internationa Air Lines||Boeing 777-3DE(LR)||HB-JNA|
|26||Air Berlin||Airbus A330-223||D-ALPJ|
|27||United Airlines||Boeing 787-9||N17963|
|29||American Airlines||Airbus A321-231||N131NN|
|32||Virgin America||Airbus A320-214||N632VA|
|33||United Airlines||Boeing 757-324||N75853|
|34||Southwest Airlines||Boeing 737-7H4||N926WN|
|35||Air France||Airbus A380-861||F-HPJH|
|36||Private||Cessna 525 Citation||XB-MTR|
|37||United Airlines||Boeing 757-224||N14102|
|38||Spirit Airlines||Boeing 737-900/ER||N639NK|
|39||Alaska Airlines||Airbus 737-900||N266AK|
|40||Delta Air Lines||Boeing 717-2BD||N955AT|
|41||Cathay Pacific||Boeing 777-367(ER)||B-KPA|
|43||American Airlines||Boeing 777-223(ER)||N756AM|
|44||Delta Connection||Embraer 175LR||N241SY|
|45||American Airlines||Boeing 737-823||N887NN|
|46||All Nippon Airways||Boeing 777-361(ER)||JA732A|
|48||Spirit Airlines||Airbus A321-231||N671NK|
|49||Virgin America||Airbus A320-214||N362VA|
|50||Alaska Airlines||Boeing 737-890||N551AS|
|51||Delta Connection||Embraer 175LR||N631CZ|
|52||Southwest Airlines||Boeing 737-76Q||N551WN|
|53||Spirit Airlines||Airbus A320-232||N612NK|
|54||American Eagle||Embraer 175LR||N203NN|
|55||American Eagle||Embraer 175LR||N208AN|
|56||American Airlines||Boeing 777-223(ER)||N758AN|
And many others from which i couldn’t read the registration