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Boeing 757-200 (N421UP)


Off runway 34L and on the climb, UPS's N421UP departs Reno in the first hour of full daylight enroute to Louisville (KSDF).


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
After finishing up my morning of spotting, I went home and the next day I d-led the pics and looked them over. And it was only then that I noticed the copilot. In this pic, and in the three snaps previous to this one AND in the next five snaps taken after this one in the sequence, he is looking at me. I wasn't certain at first, but I noted that even as the B752 passed by my position his head continued to turn so he could see me. And then I began wondering ... when he first noticed me, did he perhaps think that I was holding a drone controller in my hands? Until I saw him definitely watching me in this series, I had never thought of it, but I suppose that pilots are especially alert nowadays to anything that looks like someone is flying a drone near an airport. And they certainly have every reason to be wary: twice in the past five days the air tankers being used to fight wildfires near here have been grounded because drones were sighted. And just over a week ago, a drone came within 150 feet of a Washoe County police helicopter making a water drop. In the future, I'll try to make it more evident that I'm holding a camera and not a drone controller.
Scot Wattawa
It is possible. The best one I have was a C-130 and there were two crew members looking at the lower cheek windows at me when I was taking pictures.
Scot Wattawa
Nice shot by the way.....
Mark See
Another EXCELLENT shot Gary!

I wouldn't worry too much about him thinking you were a drone operator because I know you spot with a scanner and you would have definitely heard him tell the tower if he thought anything of the sort, my guess would be that he was just interested in the fact that you were taking pictures of the a/c. Don't get me wrong drones scare the H*** out of me as a pilot because they are so small and hard to see, not to mention that a lot of people operating them probably got them from Radio Shack and have no idea that they are interfering with a/c. I'm not sure if it is the same up by you or if this was just for a shot time, but down here we had a fairly serious problem with drones in the mountains just to the north of the approach path to LAX (and the LA Basin area is also the second busiest GA airspace behind NY), so the Air Force was authorized for a while to just go and shoot them down provided they were over non- populated areas and considered mostly safe to do so... not sure if they actually shot any down or if that authorization still exists, but it did for a time.
Greg Byington
Very nice picture, Gary! And I'm guessing he could tell you were using a camera. You wouldn't be holding the drone controls up in front of your face. He might have even seen you out there before on a previous trip. But it probably is a valid concern.
Dave Sheehy
Great picture Gary! 5*++
Roy Hunte
Maybe he was wishing he was in your shoes Gary, taking pics of that beautiful aircraft!
Frank Gollner
Hope the Co-Pilot wasn't PIC, great shot Gary!
Jim Newton
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
22-Jan-2019 B752Mc Ghee Tyson ()Louisville Intl () 09:47PM EST 10:21PM EST 0:34
22-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Mc Ghee Tyson () 05:13AM EST 05:45AM EST 0:32
18-Jan-2019 B752Hector Intl ()Louisville Intl () 09:17PM CST 12:04AM EST (+1) 1:47
18-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Hector Intl () 04:33AM EST 05:35AM CST 2:01
17-Jan-2019 B752Huntsville Intl ()Louisville Intl () 09:41PM CST 11:23PM EST 0:42
17-Jan-2019 B752Southwest Florida Intl ()Huntsville Intl () 08:25PM EST 09:03PM CST 1:37
17-Jan-2019 B752Tampa Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 06:02AM EST 06:29AM EST 0:27
17-Jan-2019 B752Philadelphia Intl ()Tampa Intl () 03:09AM EST 05:10AM EST 2:00
16-Jan-2019 B752Buffalo Niagara Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 11:28PM EST 12:14AM EST (+1) 0:46
16-Jan-2019 B752Syracuse Hancock Intl ()Buffalo Niagara Intl () 10:07PM EST 10:37PM EST 0:30
16-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Syracuse Hancock Intl () 05:24PM EST 06:46PM EST 1:22
16-Jan-2019 B752Stewart Intl ()Louisville Intl () 07:05AM EST 08:55AM EST 1:50
16-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Stewart Intl () 04:11AM EST 05:45AM EST 1:33
15-Jan-2019 B752Lafayette Rgnl/Paul Fournet Field ()Louisville Intl () 09:18PM CST 11:43PM EST 1:24
15-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Lafayette Rgnl/Paul Fournet Field () 04:48AM EST 05:15AM CST 1:26
14-Jan-2019 B752Wichita Eisenhower ()Louisville Intl () 09:06PM CST 11:29PM EST 1:23
11-Jan-2019 B752Louisville Intl ()Wichita Eisenhower () 05:03AM EST 05:35AM CST 1:32
10-Jan-2019 B752John Wayne ()Louisville Intl () 07:23PM PST 01:37AM EST (+1) 3:14
10-Jan-2019 B752Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()John Wayne () 04:19PM MST 04:57PM PST 1:38
10-Jan-2019 B752Ontario Intl ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 02:38AM PST 04:54AM MST 1:15
09-Jan-2019 B752Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Ontario Intl () 08:26PM MST 08:20PM PST 0:54
09-Jan-2019 B752Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 06:05PM MST 07:05PM MST 1:00
09-Jan-2019 B752Ontario Intl ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 02:41AM PST 04:55AM MST 1:13
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