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Airbus A300F4-600 (N157UP) - The sun is mere moments away from popping up into view from behind the Virginia Range Mountains as this UPS freighter points its nose skyward. When departing empty like this one, these Airbus heavies resemble rockets launching from the runway.
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Airbus A300F4-600 (N157UP)

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The sun is mere moments away from popping up into view from behind the Virginia Range Mountains as this UPS freighter points its nose skyward. When departing empty like this one, these Airbus heavies resemble rockets launching from the runway.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The climb angle of this one actually became even more steep as it moved away from me. I caught pics of it; however, since those pics don't show the ground, the steep angle is not readily obvious because there is no way to gauge the climb angle in relation to the flat ground. But it sure nuff is an awesome sight watching them going up so steeply. These UPS front office jockeys must be practicing to fly Sir Richard Branson's spaceride someday. lol
Darryl Sarno
Fantastic shot Gary! Beautiful liftoff with the snowy mountain background gives a beautiful perspective! All 5 my friend!
Dwight Hartje
I have seen UPS pilots do these really step departure angles, especially with the A300. It is always a sight to see! Great capture with the white stuff on the ground, Gary!
Tom Vance
The front office must know you are there....a little hot doggin' it is good! LOL!! x5
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Darryl & Dwight .... Thanx, guys. (Wave)
Alien .... They knew I was there. They had taxied past me only a few feet away as they were going to 34L and the CP had waved. They were rotating even before they got to me and I wasn't even halfway along the runway. I gave them a fast but clear "Thumbs Up" but I know they weren't paying any attention to me - well, at least I hope they weren't - because takeoff and landing are the two most crucial times of any flight.
adelma
Zoom zoom! Great shot.

Tough competition. EVERY shot this week is a 5-star!
Spencer Hoefer
The A300 is a rocket ship. Go look at the track log of some of the flights. 4000+ fpm climbs are not uncommon.
ken kemper
Super Photo Gary........this is a nice one that I missed.

The A300's when they take off empty during the morning flight. It is low on fuel and empty and just flies the 100 miles to Milwaukee.....the nose it just pointed up on departure.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
20-Feb-2024 A306Southwest Georgia Rgnl ()Roswell Air Center () 08:28AM EST 09:40AM MST 3:12
20-Feb-2024 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Southwest Georgia Rgnl () 04:43AM EST 05:52AM EST 1:08
19-Feb-2024 A306Hector Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 09:06PM CST 11:59PM EST 1:52
19-Feb-2024 A306Joe Foss Fld ()Hector Intl () 06:01PM CST 06:43PM CST 0:42
19-Feb-2024 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Joe Foss Fld () 04:30PM EST 05:04PM CST 1:33
16-Feb-2024 A306Palm Beach Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 10:14PM EST 12:23AM EST (+1) 2:08
16-Feb-2024 A306Southwest Florida Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 08:43PM EST 09:08PM EST 0:25
16-Feb-2024 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 04:40AM EST 06:22AM EST 1:41
15-Feb-2024 A306Orlando Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 10:01AM EST 12:00PM EST 1:59
15-Feb-2024 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Orlando Intl () 02:48AM EST 04:23AM EST 1:35
14-Feb-2024 A306Gary/Chicago Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 10:29PM CST 12:24AM EST (+1) 0:54
14-Feb-2024 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Gary/Chicago Intl () 09:06PM CST 09:30PM CST 0:24
14-Feb-2024 A306Bob Hope ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 06:51AM PST 12:00PM CST 3:08
14-Feb-2024 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Bob Hope () 03:51AM EST 05:06AM PST 4:15
13-Feb-2024 A306Piedmont Triad Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 10:55PM EST 12:00AM EST (+1) 1:05
13-Feb-2024 A306Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 08:00PM EST 08:21PM EST 0:20
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