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Boeing 747SP (N747NA)


NASA's one-and-only 'Sophia' 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 Sophia get airborne. This photo as can be seen, was shot in the dark with ISO at 6400, 1/45s, f2.8 at 160mm. Processed lightly in Lightroom to get rid of the noise.


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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
18-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 06:09PM NZST 03:59AM NZST (+1) En Route
15-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 07:52PM NZST 05:37AM NZST (+1) 9:44
13-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 07:59PM NZST 05:40AM NZST (+1) 9:41
08-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 06:01PM NZST 04:02AM NZST (+1) 10:01
07-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 08:10PM NZST 05:59AM NZST (+1) 9:49
06-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 07:48PM NZST 05:46AM NZST (+1) 9:57
05-Jun-2018 B74SChristchurch Int'l ()Christchurch Int'l () 08:01PM NZST 05:58AM NZST (+1) 9:56
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