AA retro paint scheme

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Feb 28, 2016 10:02 PM GMT
    Flew back today CMH-ORD on American Eagle/Envoy Air. I spotted AA's retro "astrojet" painted 737-800(tail number N951AA) at ORD. My most favorite paint scheme for AA, a classic. the aircraft is shown below taking off from Boston.



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    Feb 29, 2016 7:24 PM GMT
    Cool pic! I miss Continental's "proud bird with the golden tail." Braniff's "Flying Colors" were neat, too. Now, SWA's 737s are always a sight to behold:

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  • Triggerman

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    Feb 29, 2016 10:57 PM GMT
    I took a friend on a bike ride. We ended up in Balboa Park, San Diego, right under the planes coming in. He is a photographer and we got some great shots. After a huge plane came in, like 40 seconds later, I heard a whooshing. The trees started moving. I thought a helicopter was landing. I heard a high pitch whip sound. It was the turbulence of the plane. The 40 second delay was weird. It was like two hurricanes were hitting. In different directions. I have been there many times and that was a first. Interesting.
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    Mar 01, 2016 12:46 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Triggerman saidI took a friend on a bike ride. We ended up in Balboa Park, San Diego, right under the planes coming in. He is a photographer and we got some great shots. After a huge plane came in, like 40 seconds later, I heard a whooshing. The trees started moving. I thought a helicopter was landing. I heard a high pitch whip sound. It was the turbulence of the plane. The 40 second delay was weird. It was like two hurricanes were hitting. In different directions. I have been there many times and that was a first. Interesting.


    Wake turbulence. That's why planes are kept about 5 miles apart when in the pattern for landing.
    Yep
    Think of an airplane's wing as a giant fan. The air disturbance it creates is enormous.
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    Mar 01, 2016 12:48 AM GMT
    Oh and when I was working in San Diego last year, I got in the wake turbulence of a C-130 five minutes after it departed, and almost got plunged into the ground. That shit ain't no joke.
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    Mar 01, 2016 2:23 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Triggerman saidI took a friend on a bike ride. We ended up in Balboa Park, San Diego, right under the planes coming in. He is a photographer and we got some great shots. After a huge plane came in, like 40 seconds later, I heard a whooshing. The trees started moving. I thought a helicopter was landing. I heard a high pitch whip sound. It was the turbulence of the plane. The 40 second delay was weird. It was like two hurricanes were hitting. In different directions. I have been there many times and that was a first. Interesting.


    Wake turbulence. That's why planes are kept about 5 miles apart when in the pattern for landing.

    Come back later this Spring, when British Airways resumes flying 747-400s in and out of SAN from LHR for some REAL turbulence! But don't fly them here; their $850+ "fuel surcharges" will knock the wind out of you!
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    Mar 01, 2016 9:37 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Triggerman saidI took a friend on a bike ride. We ended up in Balboa Park, San Diego, right under the planes coming in. He is a photographer and we got some great shots. After a huge plane came in, like 40 seconds later, I heard a whooshing. The trees started moving. I thought a helicopter was landing. I heard a high pitch whip sound. It was the turbulence of the plane. The 40 second delay was weird. It was like two hurricanes were hitting. In different directions. I have been there many times and that was a first. Interesting.


    Wake turbulence. That's why planes are kept about 5 miles apart when in the pattern for landing.


    I remembered from my flying days that 757s had a particularly strong wake vortex. Here is an excerpt from Air & Space Smithsonian:

    "Even though the 757 is a narrow-bodied jet airliner [the fuselage has a single aisle], it is treated as a large wide-body by air traffic controllers to protect small aircraft," says Robert van der Linden, chairman of the aeronautics division at the National Air and Space Museum. "The 757 features a very efficient supercritical wing, which, during certain brief periods of flight during takeoff or landing, can produce a wake vortex stronger than that of a much larger Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Therefore, the [required] separation is longer than [for] other narrow-bodied airliners."


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    Apr 21, 2016 1:38 PM GMT
    I had the pleasure of seeing one of these in Miami, coming back from Costa Rica this weekend...

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