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Boeing 747SP (N747NA)

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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
19-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:03PM PDT 04:58AM PDT (+1) 9:55
18-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:59PM PDT 05:51AM PDT (+1) 9:52
13-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:43PM PDT 05:31AM PDT (+1) 9:48
12-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:45PM PDT 05:22AM PDT (+1) 9:37
09-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 05:59PM PDT 03:35AM PDT (+1) 9:36
07-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 08:38PM PDT 06:11AM PDT (+1) 9:32
06-Sep-2018 B74SPalmdale Regional ()Palmdale Regional () 07:59PM PDT 05:23AM PDT (+1) 9:24
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