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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N304FE) - This spotting location provides a "Maho Beach-style" thrill because the aircraft landing on RTIAs runway 16R pass overhead so low.  This click captured FDXs N304FE completing the first half of the daily morning KMEM-KRNO-KMEM round trip.
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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N304FE)


This spotting location provides a "Maho Beach-style" thrill because the aircraft landing on RTIA's runway 16R pass overhead so low. This click captured FDX's N304FE completing the first half of the daily morning KMEM-KRNO-KMEM round trip.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Less than eight hours after this photo was taken, a single engine Beechcraft was at this exact same point in its approach to Reno Tahoe International when it suddenly rolled over and impacted into a trailer park. No homes were directly hit, but four were destroyed by fire when the Beechcraft exploded on impact. Very sadly, neither of the occupants of the Beechcraft survived.
The location I was in when I snapped this picture of N304FE only eight hours earlier as it is passing over the trailer park is adjacent to, and less than 200 yards south of, the crash site. Yesterday, the area was cordoned off while NTSB personnel conducted their investigation into the tragic crash.
Dwight Hartje
Excellent shot, Gary!
Roy Hunte
Nice shot!
This is one of my favorite angles Gary. I appreciate how you shoot from all different angles, air and ground. Great work again! 5* shot.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Thank you, Dwight, Roy, and Dave. When I took this, I was practicing for the same type click of Air Force One. Due to the terrible crash that occurred at this same spot later in the day that encompassed this spotting position, the area was closed off so I had to find another place. I did, and my snaps came out fantastically, but the crash put an atmosphere of sadness over the past three days of activity.
I'm glad to be home today. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ... each day I was out from 5:30 AM to 7:45 PM. But it was worth the exhaustion. When the end of October comes around, I'll be sending pics that you guys will truly love.
Super photo Gary!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
26-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 06:24PM CDT 09:03PM EDT En Route
26-Jun-2022 DC10El Paso Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:25AM MDT 11:37AM CDT 2:12
25-Jun-2022 DC10Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()El Paso Intl () 10:05PM CDT 10:13PM MDT 1:07
25-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:12PM CDT 08:27PM CDT 1:14
24-Jun-2022 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:16PM PDT 12:39AM CDT (+1) 3:22
24-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 04:03PM CDT 05:34PM PDT 3:30
24-Jun-2022 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:51AM PDT 11:21AM CDT 3:30
24-Jun-2022 DC10Metro Oakland Intl ()Portland Intl () 02:32AM PDT 03:46AM PDT 1:13
23-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 04:50PM CDT 06:24PM PDT 3:34
22-Jun-2022 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:50AM PDT 11:25AM CDT 3:35
22-Jun-2022 DC10Metro Oakland Intl ()Portland Intl () 03:11AM PDT 04:25AM PDT 1:13
18-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 04:16PM CDT 05:51PM PDT 3:34
18-Jun-2022 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:35AM PDT 11:21AM CDT 3:45
18-Jun-2022 DC10Metro Oakland Intl ()Portland Intl () 02:35AM PDT 03:48AM PDT 1:13
14-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 02:11PM CDT 03:58PM PDT 3:46
14-Jun-2022 DC10Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:50AM PDT 11:28AM CDT 3:38
14-Jun-2022 DC10Metro Oakland Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 02:41AM PDT 04:18AM PDT 1:37
13-Jun-2022 DC10Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 08:56PM PDT 10:25PM PDT 1:29
13-Jun-2022 DC10Memphis Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 04:12PM CDT 06:06PM PDT 3:53
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