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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
10-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 06:23PM PST 07:15AM PST (+1) En Route
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
03-Dec-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 04:36PM PST 02:09AM PST (+1) 9:33
30-Nov-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:00PM PST 04:40AM PST (+1) 9:40
28-Nov-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 08:43PM PST 06:02AM PST (+1) 9:19
27-Nov-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 04:52PM PST 02:40AM PST (+1) 9:48
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