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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N304FE)

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Backlit by the brilliance of the sun shining on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Fed Ex's "Claire" (N304FE) makes its 5:50 AM departure roll down RTIA's runway 16R.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
I had a stroke of good luck snapping "Claire." This same FDX freighter had been here a day earlier and I clicked its departure then, but that was a 7:25 AM takeoff and by then the heat waves rolling up from the open airport grounds were so intense that my pictures had suffered severe heat degradation. Then, yesterday morning, I was again at RNO very early in order to get photos of the five military aircraft that had spent the overnight hours at RNO and to my surprise, "Claire" was here again ... and ... was making a much earlier departure. So just as the bright morning sun was lighting up the foothills in the background (and well before it had been up long enough to create more heat waves), I was given a second opportunity to snap "Claire" departing as seen here.
Mark See
Great shot Gary! Too bad these are all being phased out and I suspect the MD-11s won't be too far behind either.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Thanx, Mark. I've been trying to click as many of these as possible. I was disappointed in the heat-roached shots I got of this one on Friday morning and I was pleased to get a second opportunity to catch it clean yesterday.
Greg Byington
Nice catch, Gary!
Roy Hunte
Nice catch Gary!
Frank Gollner
Love the light, colour and shot, Gary.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Greg, Roy, and Frank ... Hey, guys, I appreciate your comments VM. :-)
James Simms
N306FE, the one involved in the 1994 FedEx 705 attempted hijacking is still in service. I have an alert set up w/FA for every time that particular aircraft files a flight plan. I sincerely hope somehow that particular DC-10 is saved.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Express_Flight_705
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
James ... I'd totally forgotten about that gruesome situation. And I just missed getting a snap of "John" (N306FE); it was here less than two weeks ago. TY for the reminder; I'll keep a watchful eye for it.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
23-Aug-2019 DC10General Mariano Escobedo Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:51PM CDT 10:42PM CDT 1:51
23-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()General Mariano Escobedo Int'l () 04:43AM CDT 06:32AM CDT 1:49
22-Aug-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:24PM PDT 12:43AM CDT (+1) 3:18
22-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:16PM CDT 04:56PM PDT 3:39
22-Aug-2019 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:31AM EDT 08:48AM CDT 1:17
22-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 04:07AM CDT 06:18AM EDT 1:11
21-Aug-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:09PM PDT 12:28AM CDT (+1) 3:19
21-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:40PM CDT 05:12PM PDT 3:32
21-Aug-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:18AM EDT 10:44AM CDT 2:25
21-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 03:53AM CDT 07:05AM EDT 2:12
20-Aug-2019 DC10Jacksonville Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:42PM EDT 10:06PM CDT 1:24
20-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 04:57PM CDT 07:15PM EDT 1:18
20-Aug-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:29AM EDT 10:53AM CDT 2:23
20-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:01AM CDT 07:08AM EDT 2:06
19-Aug-2019 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 06:52PM PDT 12:21AM CDT (+1) 3:29
18-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Portland Intl () 03:38PM CDT 05:27PM PDT 3:48
15-Aug-2019 DC10General Mariano Escobedo Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:45PM CDT 10:31PM CDT 1:46
15-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()General Mariano Escobedo Int'l () 04:29AM CDT 06:26AM CDT 1:57
14-Aug-2019 DC10Valley Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:29PM CDT 11:06PM CDT 1:36
14-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Valley Intl () 04:47PM CDT 06:27PM CDT 1:40
14-Aug-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:23AM EDT 11:01AM CDT 2:37
14-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:22AM CDT 07:28AM EDT 2:06
13-Aug-2019 DC10Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:58PM CDT 12:07AM CDT (+1) 1:09
13-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:57PM CDT 06:11PM CDT 1:14
13-Aug-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:24AM EDT 11:04AM CDT 2:40
13-Aug-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:06AM CDT 07:12AM EDT 2:05
12-Aug-2019 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 06:37PM PDT 12:12AM CDT (+1) 3:35
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