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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!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
17-Aug-2018 A320The Eastern Iowa ()Denver Intl () 08:04PM CDT 09:00PM MDT Scheduled
17-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()The Eastern Iowa () 04:12PM MDT 06:38PM CDT Scheduled
17-Aug-2018 A320El Paso Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:20PM MDT 02:50PM MDT Scheduled
17-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()El Paso Intl () 10:41AM MDT 12:09PM MDT Scheduled
17-Aug-2018 A320Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Denver Intl () 08:45AM EDT 09:31AM MDT Scheduled
17-Aug-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 06:10AM EDT 07:36AM EDT Scheduled
16-Aug-2018 A320Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 08:08PM CDT 11:21PM EDT Scheduled
16-Aug-2018 A320Pensacola Intl ()Denver Intl () 12:17PM CDT 01:49PM MDT 2:32
16-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Pensacola Intl () 07:49AM MDT 11:13AM CDT 2:23
16-Aug-2018 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:08AM PDT 04:12AM MDT 2:04
15-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 10:27PM MDT 11:47PM PDT 2:19
15-Aug-2018 A320Clinton National ()Denver Intl () 07:27PM CDT 08:14PM MDT 1:46
15-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Clinton National () 03:34PM MDT 06:10PM CDT 1:36
15-Aug-2018 A320Los Angeles Intl ()Denver Intl () 11:10AM PDT 01:56PM MDT 1:46
15-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Los Angeles Intl () 08:37AM EDT 09:41AM PDT 4:03
14-Aug-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 09:04PM PDT 03:16AM EDT (+1) 3:12
14-Aug-2018 A320Salt Lake City Intl ()McCarran Intl () 06:48PM MDT 06:44PM PDT 0:56
14-Aug-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 02:12PM PDT 04:04PM MDT 0:52
14-Aug-2018 A320Indianapolis Intl ()McCarran Intl () 12:34PM EDT 12:52PM PDT 3:17
14-Aug-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 09:16AM EDT 11:12AM EDT 1:55
13-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Orlando Intl () 08:09PM CDT 10:32PM EDT 1:23
13-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:05PM CDT 07:03PM CDT 0:57
13-Aug-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 12:21PM PDT 04:46PM CDT 2:24
13-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()San Diego Intl () 10:14AM CDT 10:46AM PDT 2:32
13-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:47AM CDT 08:55AM CDT 1:08
13-Aug-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:10AM EDT 06:31AM CDT 1:20
12-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Orlando Intl () 11:29PM CDT 01:46AM EDT (+1) 1:17
12-Aug-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 09:17PM CDT 10:21PM CDT 1:04
12-Aug-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 03:16PM PDT 07:34PM CDT 2:18
12-Aug-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()San Diego Intl () 01:21PM CDT 01:40PM PDT 2:19
12-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 08:47AM CDT 10:03AM CDT 1:15
12-Aug-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 07:04AM EDT 07:24AM CDT 1:20
11-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Orlando Intl () 08:52PM CDT 11:11PM EDT 1:19
11-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:33PM CDT 07:51PM CDT 1:17
11-Aug-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 12:31PM PDT 04:56PM CDT 2:24
11-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()San Diego Intl () 10:18AM CDT 10:47AM PDT 2:29
11-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:50AM CDT 08:54AM CDT 1:04
11-Aug-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:18AM EDT 06:37AM CDT 1:19
10-Aug-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Orlando Intl () 08:36PM EDT 10:31PM EDT 1:54
10-Aug-2018 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 04:34PM EDT 06:42PM EDT 2:07
10-Aug-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Palm Beach Intl () 12:26PM EDT 02:58PM EDT 2:32
10-Aug-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 08:20AM CDT 10:55AM EDT 1:34
10-Aug-2018 A320El Paso Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:11AM MDT 06:46AM CDT 2:35
09-Aug-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()El Paso Intl () 10:51PM CDT 12:48AM MDT (+1) 2:57
09-Aug-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:57PM EDT 08:52PM CDT 1:54
09-Aug-2018 A320Nashville Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 03:55PM CDT 06:32PM EDT 1:36
09-Aug-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Nashville Intl () 01:55PM EDT 02:40PM CDT 1:44
09-Aug-2018 A320Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 11:20AM EDT 12:33PM EDT 1:12
09-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 06:32AM CDT 09:50AM EDT 2:17
08-Aug-2018 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 11:58PM PDT 05:26AM CDT (+1) 3:28
08-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 08:10PM CDT 10:02PM PDT 3:51
08-Aug-2018 A320Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 04:30PM MDT 06:51PM CDT 1:21
08-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 02:36PM MDT 03:29PM MDT 0:52
08-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Denver Intl () 12:56PM EDT 01:12PM MDT 2:16
08-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 06:45AM MDT 10:45AM EDT 1:59
08-Aug-2018 A320LaGuardia ()Denver Intl () 01:02AM EDT 03:01AM MDT (+1) Cancelled
08-Aug-2018 A320Long Island MacArthur ()Denver Intl () 12:35AM EDT 02:27AM MDT 3:52
07-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Long Island MacArthur () 08:53PM EDT 11:03PM EDT 2:09
07-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()LaGuardia () 08:53PM EDT Diverted
07-Aug-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 03:39PM CDT 06:42PM EDT 2:02
07-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 01:09PM EDT 02:12PM CDT 2:02
07-Aug-2018 A320LaGuardia ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 10:03AM EDT 11:30AM EDT 1:26
07-Aug-2018 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()LaGuardia () 06:30AM EDT 08:19AM EDT 1:49
06-Aug-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 08:54PM EDT 09:57PM EDT 1:03
06-Aug-2018 A320Los Angeles Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 01:11PM PDT 07:46PM EDT 3:35
06-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 09:53AM MDT 10:53AM PDT 2:00
05-Aug-2018 A320Kansas City Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:35PM CDT 08:29PM MDT 1:53
05-Aug-2018 A320Philadelphia Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 05:09PM EDT 06:27PM CDT 2:18
05-Aug-2018 A320Kansas City Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 12:02PM CDT 03:26PM EDT 2:24
05-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 08:39AM MDT 10:55AM CDT 1:16
05-Aug-2018 A319Portland Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:03AM PDT 04:05AM MDT 2:02
04-Aug-2018 A319Denver Intl ()Portland Intl () 10:47PM MDT 12:06AM PDT (+1) 2:19
04-Aug-2018 A320Reagan National ()Denver Intl () 07:09PM EDT 08:17PM MDT 3:08
04-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Reagan National () 11:47AM MDT 04:41PM EDT 2:54
04-Aug-2018 A320Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Denver Intl () 09:13AM EDT 10:08AM MDT 2:55
04-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:52AM MDT 06:49AM EDT 2:57
03-Aug-2018 A320Philadelphia Intl ()Eppley Airfield () 07:23PM EDT 08:46PM CDT 2:23
03-Aug-2018 A320Eppley Airfield ()Philadelphia Intl () 01:57PM CDT 05:27PM EDT 2:30
03-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Eppley Airfield () 09:01AM MDT 11:03AM CDT 1:02
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