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Old 04-18-2017, 10:33 PM
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A380 up close and personal

Saw this guy ahead of us on the way to LAX the other day. Decided to speed up and reel him in. I thought it was a 747 at first. The lighting wasn't great, but still got descent video. I hope you enjoy it.....

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Old 04-18-2017, 11:02 PM
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:05 PM
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Awesome! .. worth the extra fuel!
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:42 PM
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Nice video!

What mach number were you cruising at in the -8 as you went by?
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:44 AM
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WOW, thanks for posting the great videos.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:03 AM
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Thanks for the support guys. We were slowly catching him. He was around .82 or .83. I sped up to .86 to shorter the time required. We were at .84 at the time.

Definitely worth the extra fuel. This put us ahead of him for LAX. Customs gets busy when the 380s arrive!
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:54 AM
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Amazing video, thanks for posting
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:22 AM
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Absolutely love these videos. Thanks for taking them!
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:20 AM
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Lou, what did you use to shoot the video?

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Old 04-19-2017, 09:53 AM
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Went to Aussy and back on them, great bit of kit to fly on
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I remember several years ago, I flew from DEN to SAN for Christmas on United; cashed in miles. Had a window seat.

There was a Continental flight that left the exact same time.

The entire flight, there was the other flight, right below us. It was going very slightly faster and by the time we hit CA, I had to lean right against the window and peer ahead to see it.



Thought it was cool at the time.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:33 PM
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Lou, what did you use to shoot the video?

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Shot it with a Sony AX53 camcorder. It's awesome. I've had it a year now and it's changed everything for me.

Here's a short "review" video I shot with it. I still don't have a 4K tv, so can't fully appreciate the quality.

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Old 04-19-2017, 07:14 PM
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A question: at 0:59, I notice that the inboard contrail on the right seems to go under the horizontal stabilizer, while the corresponding one on the left appears to go over. Is this an optical illusion? Also notice a shadow on the left inboard contrail caused by something. The angle of view?
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:07 PM
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They both go under. The shadow of the left stabilizer is making the contrail look like it's going over when it's actually under as well.
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They both go under. The shadow of the left stabilizer is making the contrail look like it's going over when it's actually under as well.
Lou, your videos are wonderful chances to see the modern in-flight experiences. I have flown in B-24's at high altitude but there never was the striking scenes that you have shown us. Really great! Thank you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:34 AM
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Great clip Lou, thank you!
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:02 AM
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Thanks again guys for the kind words. It's my pleasure to share the experience.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:20 PM
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Lou, do you notice the wake from an A380 at all in the 747?
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:12 PM
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I remember several years ago, I flew from DEN to SAN for Christmas on United; cashed in miles. Had a window seat.

There was a Continental flight that left the exact same time.

The entire flight, there was the other flight, right below us. It was going very slightly faster and by the time we hit CA, I had to lean right against the window and peer ahead to see it.



Thought it was cool at the time.
I may have mentioned this before but when the 707 and DC-8 were competing with each other an incident appeared in the comments section of Flight Magazine. A 707 heading east out of LAX was nearing the Grand Canyon and the pilot came on the PA and told the passengers to look out of the left side to see one of the nicest sights in America. The only thing there at the time was a DC-8 below. The 707 pilot said, " We're passing a DC-8 that left LA 10 minutes before we did "
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