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Boeing 757-200 (N421UP)

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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 Schenauer Photo 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
Speaking of air tankers; has anyone seen the latest of the "Big Birds"? See the Video:
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Converted-747-Now-Largest-Firefighter-226180-1.html
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
23-May-2018 B752Columbia Metropolitan ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:15PM EDT 11:32PM EDT En Route
23-May-2018 B752Philadelphia Intl ()Columbia Metropolitan () 03:03AM EDT 04:17AM EDT 1:13
22-May-2018 B752Tampa Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:59PM EDT 12:57AM EDT (+1) 1:57
22-May-2018 B752Mc Ghee Tyson ()Tampa Intl () 08:54PM EDT 10:13PM EDT 1:19
22-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Mc Ghee Tyson () 04:47PM EDT 05:28PM EDT 0:41
22-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Tampa Intl () 04:47PM EDT Diverted
21-May-2018 B752Clinton National ()Louisville Intl () 10:17PM CDT 12:18AM EDT (+1) 1:01
21-May-2018 B752Laredo Intl ()Clinton National () 08:05PM CDT 09:33PM CDT 1:27
19-May-2018 B752San Antonio Intl ()Laredo Intl () 07:49AM CDT 08:21AM CDT 0:31
18-May-2018 B752Chicago/Rockford Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 02:57AM CDT 05:06AM CDT 2:09
18-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 12:58AM EDT 12:44AM CDT 0:45
17-May-2018 B752Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Louisville Intl () 10:11PM CDT 12:07AM EDT (+1) 0:55
17-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 09:12PM EDT 09:04PM CDT 0:52
17-May-2018 B752Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Louisville Intl () 04:44PM CDT 07:24PM EDT 1:39
17-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 02:42PM EDT 03:22PM CDT 1:39
17-May-2018 B752Clinton National ()Louisville Intl () 06:04AM CDT 08:13AM EDT 1:09
17-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Clinton National () 04:56AM EDT 04:58AM CDT 1:02
16-May-2018 B752New Orleans Intl ()Louisville Intl () 09:05PM CDT 11:25PM EDT 1:19
16-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 05:24AM EDT 05:48AM CDT 1:23
15-May-2018 B752Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Louisville Intl () 07:33PM AST 11:15PM EDT 3:42
15-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Luis Munoz Marin Intl () 02:06PM EDT 05:58PM AST 3:51
15-May-2018 B752Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Louisville Intl () 07:59AM EDT 09:14AM EDT 1:15
15-May-2018 B752Richmond Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 04:29AM EDT 04:53AM EDT 0:24
15-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Richmond Intl () 02:29AM EDT 03:33AM EDT 1:03
14-May-2018 B752Philadelphia Intl ()Louisville Intl () 10:11PM EDT 11:34PM EDT 1:23
14-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 07:09PM EDT 08:46PM EDT 1:37
11-May-2018 B752Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Intl ()Louisville Intl () 10:48PM CDT 12:45AM EDT (+1) 0:57
11-May-2018 B752New Orleans Intl ()Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Intl () 09:09PM CDT 09:57PM CDT 0:48
11-May-2018 B752Louisville Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 05:22AM EDT 05:47AM CDT 1:24
10-May-2018 B752Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Louisville Intl () 10:23PM EDT 12:33AM EDT (+1) 2:10
10-May-2018 B752Orlando Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 07:52PM EDT 08:33PM EDT 0:40
10-May-2018 B752Ontario Intl ()Orlando Intl () 11:34AM PDT 06:48PM EDT 4:13
09-May-2018 B752Reno/Tahoe Intl ()Ontario Intl () 08:26PM PDT 09:28PM PDT 1:01
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