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Airbus A320neo (N307FR)


It was a hot time in Reno last night. This photo, taken just 25 hours ago, catches FFT's "Champ the Bronco" (N307FR) hurriedly trying to taxi from the runway 16R hold line all the way down to the other end in an attempt to make it to runway 34L and get out of town. The Frontier flight had just left the terminal and was almost at the north end of taxiway Alpha, next to go from 16R, when sudden high swirling winds descended from the Sierra Nevada and a vicious electrical storm exploded over the airport and the city. An inbound SW, less than a mile out, encountered a brutal wind sheer and the pilots immediately reported that the flight was diverting to SMF. This Frontier Bus, a Navy C-40, and a FDX heavy all shut down their engines on Alpha to wait out the storm. As they sat, lightning ignited the fire visible here and a second fire just beginning to spread at the right edge of this photo. About 35-40 minutes later, after a UA inbound made a rough arrival on 34L, the FFT pilots requested permission to restart, swap ends of the runway, and get gone for Denver. This pic was taken as they hustled from the hold of 16R to 34L where they made a successful getaway.


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Gary - that looks like a serious fire burning in the background... :-(
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The two fires seen here were later named the "Kiowa" and "Hoge" fires. Lightning also ignited another wildfire near Reno Stead Airport (KRTS) during this same storm.
Gary - when such fires are given a name, that's a significant event! Your narrative is very descriptive... :-(
Grant Bush
Wow! Thats crazy! Hope everyone is safe!
Greg Byington
Amazing! Great shot and story, Gary!
Great shot Gary. Good ol' Reno. I learned to fly here and encountered a nasty storm in 06 during my 2nd solo. Nearly pissed my pants but brought the old 182 down safely. I watched a lightning bolt hit the ground nearby during my approach in the rain. Whew!
ken kemper
Splendid Photo Gary.
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13-Dec-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()San Diego Intl () 10:02AM CST 10:41AM PST 2:39
13-Dec-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:46AM CST 08:59AM CST 1:13
13-Dec-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 05:59AM EST 06:31AM CST 1:31
12-Dec-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Orlando Intl () 09:00PM EST 11:09PM EST 2:09
12-Dec-2018 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 05:51PM EST 08:03PM EST 2:11
12-Dec-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Palm Beach Intl () 01:54PM EST 04:19PM EST 2:24
12-Dec-2018 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 10:40AM EST 12:56PM EST 2:16
12-Dec-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Southwest Florida Intl () 06:52AM EST 09:22AM EST 2:29
11-Dec-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 07:18PM EST 09:26PM EST 2:08
11-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Orlando Intl () 02:52PM EST 04:05PM EST 1:13
11-Dec-2018 A320Cancun Int'l ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 11:08AM EST 01:23PM EST 2:15
11-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Cancun Int'l () 06:51AM EST 09:50AM EST 2:59
10-Dec-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 07:17PM CST 10:10PM EST 1:53
10-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 04:36PM EST 06:12PM CST 2:36
10-Dec-2018 A320Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 01:06PM AST 03:25PM EST 3:18
10-Dec-2018 A320Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 12:40AM AST 02:46AM EST (+1) Cancelled
09-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Luis Munoz Marin Intl () 07:27PM EST 11:42PM AST 3:14
09-Dec-2018 A320Cancun Int'l ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:48AM EST 01:30PM EST Cancelled
09-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Cancun Int'l () 06:10AM EST 09:43AM EST Cancelled
08-Dec-2018 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 08:15PM EST 09:46PM EST 1:30
08-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 05:12PM EST 07:01PM EST 1:49
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07-Dec-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Des Moines Intl () 04:35PM MST 06:42PM CST 1:06
07-Dec-2018 A319Reagan National ()Denver Intl () 01:10PM EST 03:11PM MST 4:01
07-Dec-2018 A319Denver Intl ()Reagan National () 07:24AM MST 11:51AM EST 2:26
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07-Dec-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()McCarran Intl () 12:48AM EST 02:42AM PST 4:53
06-Dec-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 04:42PM CST 07:58PM EST 2:15
06-Dec-2018 A320John Wayne ()San Antonio Intl () 11:09AM PST 03:24PM CST 2:15
06-Dec-2018 A320Denver Intl ()John Wayne () 08:33AM MST 09:45AM PST 2:12
06-Dec-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Denver Intl () 05:36AM CST 06:43AM MST 2:07
05-Dec-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:01PM MST 11:47PM CST 1:46
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05-Dec-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Lafayette Rgnl/Paul Fournet Field () 10:55AM MST 01:51PM CST 1:55
05-Dec-2018 A320Reagan National ()Denver Intl () 07:10AM EST 08:49AM MST 3:39
04-Dec-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Reagan National () 04:37PM MST 09:30PM EST 2:52
04-Dec-2018 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:55PM MST 03:11PM MST 1:16
04-Dec-2018 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 10:19AM EST 12:56PM MST 4:37
04-Dec-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 05:40AM CST 09:11AM EST 2:30
03-Dec-2018 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:41PM MST 09:21PM CST 2:39
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