Wow Bits what a stunning sunset...another secret mission? Well it's a secret location anyway.
Oh my goodness Bitsy! This is beautiful!! I'm surprised that K didn't steal it! Stars and smiles, GG:)
You have it all wrong GG. SHE stole it from ME!!!!!!! :D But with that 640 ISO it's really grainy, so she can have it ;)
Thanks Tery, H, and GG - I usually catch later flights on Friday nights, since this flight usually is really delayed or cancelled altogether. I'd booked the one at sunset that week by mistake, but was sure glad I did! And nothing secret about this mission Helen. Just the regular end of the work week for me these days. And it could be a scene from the regular start of the week, too. I'm sure racking up the miles these days.
What a shot......I dont think there would be many around like that, just getting the tail of the plane with the sunset...wow. Hope you are settling into all of the travel. D
Much better than Sure Happy it's Thursday !
LOLOLOL Waldo - though Thursday's aren't that bad. Haha, that acronym might be more appropriate on Tuesdays...
Hi Di - well, the funny thing is that I've seen one pretty similar here on Pan. But it was sure a cool sunset to be flying through. That's the wing tip, though. No idea why some have the wing tips that bend up, but they're pretty cool. Yeah, sort of settling into it all. Sure is nice to be back home on the weekends, though. Ain't no where else like New England.
WOW! Ippa :)
Friday again. I am taking my jet for place in the sun! like.
Thanks Tom! It was a really cool sunset - lots of misty clouds spreading an orange-purple glow everywhere. I thought it was just because of the view from the air, but I've since seen photos someone else took from the ground, and it was pretty similar. The frustrating thing is that this flight at sunset usually ends up really really late, and I think this has been the only one on time where I could watch the sunset.
Is this a 737-900 wing tip?
Wing tips like these act as a 'fence' to stop the vortex that forms at the wing tip. The higher pressure air under the wing tends to roll up over the wing tip into the lower pressure above the wing. You can see this watching planes in humid air. Towing the vortex behind the plane uses fuel and the vortices can last for several minutes after the plane has passed by, but grow weaker and larger and tend to go down and out from the aircraft's path.
767s were known to produce vortices as big as 747s and at least two light planes crashed after flying into these vortices near airports. Air New Zealand fitted wing tips to their 767s and saved lots of fuel and extended the range of those planes.
Hi Lloyd - thanks for that info - I've always been mystified by the tips. (Apologies - I'm replying with my main account, not as Bitsy!) Never occurred to me that these would eliminate the vortices (which actually can be fun to photograph when visible behind another plane, and from the ground I've seen some pretty cool clouds form from them.)
This would have been a Southwest Airlines flight, before they ended their Boston-Philadelphia run :( and I think most of their jets are 737s - so you've called that correctly!
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