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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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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
17-Oct-2018 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 08:00PM EDT 09:55PM EDT Scheduled
17-Oct-2018 A320San Jose Int'l ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 11:23AM PDT 06:55PM EDT Scheduled
17-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 09:16AM MDT 10:17AM PDT Scheduled
17-Oct-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:17AM CDT 07:22AM MDT Scheduled
16-Oct-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:40PM EDT 01:57PM CDT Scheduled
16-Oct-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Tampa Intl () 07:54AM CDT 11:03AM EDT 2:09
15-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:14PM MDT 12:59AM CDT (+1) 1:44
15-Oct-2018 A320Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:12PM EDT 02:39PM MDT 3:26
14-Oct-2018 A320Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:48AM EDT 08:03AM MDT Cancelled
14-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:12AM MDT 05:42AM EDT 2:29
13-Oct-2018 A320Portland Intl Jetport ()Denver Intl () 12:05AM EDT 02:15AM MDT 4:10
12-Oct-2018 A320Portland Intl Jetport ()Denver Intl () 01:01AM EDT 03:23AM MDT (+1) Cancelled
11-Oct-2018 A320Portland Intl Jetport ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 01:08PM EDT 02:53PM EDT Cancelled
11-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Portland Intl Jetport () 06:37AM MDT 11:46AM EDT 3:08
10-Oct-2018 A320Reagan National ()Denver Intl () 06:24PM EDT 07:47PM MDT 3:22
10-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Reagan National () 11:52AM MDT 04:48PM EDT 2:55
10-Oct-2018 A320Miami Intl ()Denver Intl () 08:17AM EDT 10:02AM MDT 3:45
10-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Miami Intl () 01:34AM MDT 07:12AM EDT 3:37
08-Oct-2018 A320Clinton National ()Denver Intl () 07:59PM CDT 08:39PM MDT 1:40
08-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Clinton National () 04:17PM MDT 07:01PM CDT 1:44
08-Oct-2018 A320Jacksonville Intl ()Denver Intl () 12:36PM EDT 01:33PM MDT 2:57
08-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 06:26AM MDT 11:34AM EDT 3:07
08-Oct-2018 A320Eppley Airfield ()Denver Intl () 12:21AM CDT 12:41AM MDT 1:20
07-Oct-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()Eppley Airfield () 07:01PM PDT 11:20PM CDT 2:18
07-Oct-2018 A320Eppley Airfield ()McCarran Intl () 12:56PM CDT 01:32PM PDT 2:36
07-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Eppley Airfield () 09:52AM MDT 11:58AM CDT 1:05
07-Oct-2018 A320Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:37AM EDT 08:39AM MDT 3:02
07-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 12:18AM MDT 04:56AM EDT 2:37
06-Oct-2018 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:48PM PDT 10:54PM MDT 2:05
06-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 05:09PM MDT 06:39PM PDT 2:30
06-Oct-2018 A320John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport ()Denver Intl () 02:38PM EDT 03:19PM MDT 2:41
06-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport () 08:59AM MDT 01:13PM EDT 2:13
06-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:13AM EDT 07:39AM MDT 3:26
05-Oct-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 07:47PM CDT 11:31PM EDT 2:44
05-Oct-2018 A320San Jose Int'l ()San Antonio Intl () 01:34PM PDT 06:28PM CDT 2:54
05-Oct-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 11:00AM CDT 12:15PM PDT 3:14
05-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 07:20AM EDT 09:13AM CDT 2:53
05-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:00AM MDT 05:49AM EDT 2:49
04-Oct-2018 A320Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Denver Intl () 09:25PM EDT 09:56PM MDT 2:31
04-Oct-2018 A320San Jose Int'l ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 01:11PM PDT 08:02PM EDT 3:50
04-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 10:44AM MDT 12:01PM PDT 2:17
04-Oct-2018 A320Ontario Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:16AM PDT 09:02AM MDT 1:46
03-Oct-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()Ontario Intl () 09:31PM EDT 11:05PM PDT 4:33
03-Oct-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Orlando Intl () 05:57PM EDT 07:50PM EDT 1:53
03-Oct-2018 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 02:26PM EDT 04:42PM EDT 2:16
03-Oct-2018 A320Trenton Mercer ()Southwest Florida Intl () 11:03AM EDT 01:22PM EDT 2:18
03-Oct-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 06:55AM CDT 09:28AM EDT 1:33
02-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:06PM MDT 10:53PM CDT 1:47
02-Oct-2018 A320Dane Co Rgnl ()Denver Intl () 05:42PM CDT 06:54PM MDT 2:11
02-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Dane Co Rgnl () 01:43PM MDT 04:31PM CDT 1:47
02-Oct-2018 A320Gowen Field ()Denver Intl () 10:50AM MDT 12:10PM MDT 1:20
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