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Boeing 747SP (N747NA)

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NASA's one-and-only 'SOFIA' B747-SP (callsign NASA-747) flying infrared telescope observatory lifting off Runway-20 tonight at Christchurch International Airport for a night flight over the Southern Ocean south of New Zealand. I quickly shot over to the airport after work with my camera gear to see her depart on her latest mission over New Zealand. I heard the crew on 'Ground' so got ready near the runway intersection outside the fire rescue station. ATC had a Dash-8 on short finals popping out of the soup about 8 miles downwind with a request to slow down to minimum approach speed so as to let SOFIA get airborne. This photo as can be seen, was shot in the dark with ISO at 6400, 1/45s, f8 at 160mm. Processed lightly in Lightroom to get rid of the noise.

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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
17-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 08:04PM PST 05:30AM PST (+1) En Route
16-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:47PM PST 05:32AM PST (+1) 9:44
13-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 05:17PM PST 03:00AM PST (+1) 9:42
12-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 08:07PM PST 05:40AM PST (+1) 9:33
11-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:32PM PST 04:37AM PST (+1) 9:04
10-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 06:23PM PST 07:15AM PST (+1) (?) 12:52
05-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 08:07PM PST 05:45AM PST (+1) 9:38
05-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 04:21AM PST 05:54AM PST 1:33
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