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Airbus A300F4-600 (N157UP) - The sun is mere moments away from popping up into view from behind the Virginia Range Mountains as this UPS freighter points its nose skyward. When departing empty like this one, these Airbus heavies resemble rockets launching from the runway.
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Airbus A300F4-600 (N157UP)


The sun is mere moments away from popping up into view from behind the Virginia Range Mountains as this UPS freighter points its nose skyward. When departing empty like this one, these Airbus heavies resemble rockets launching from the runway.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The climb angle of this one actually became even more steep as it moved away from me. I caught pics of it; however, since those pics don't show the ground, the steep angle is not readily obvious because there is no way to gauge the climb angle in relation to the flat ground. But it sure nuff is an awesome sight watching them going up so steeply. These UPS front office jockeys must be practicing to fly Sir Richard Branson's spaceride someday. lol
Darryl Sarno
Fantastic shot Gary! Beautiful liftoff with the snowy mountain background gives a beautiful perspective! All 5 my friend!
Dwight Hartje
I have seen UPS pilots do these really step departure angles, especially with the A300. It is always a sight to see! Great capture with the white stuff on the ground, Gary!
Tom Vance
The front office must know you are there....a little hot doggin' it is good! LOL!! x5
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Darryl & Dwight .... Thanx, guys. (Wave)
Alien .... They knew I was there. They had taxied past me only a few feet away as they were going to 34L and the CP had waved. They were rotating even before they got to me and I wasn't even halfway along the runway. I gave them a fast but clear "Thumbs Up" but I know they weren't paying any attention to me - well, at least I hope they weren't - because takeoff and landing are the two most crucial times of any flight.
Zoom zoom! Great shot.

Tough competition. EVERY shot this week is a 5-star!
Spencer Hoefer
The A300 is a rocket ship. Go look at the track log of some of the flights. 4000+ fpm climbs are not uncommon.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
15-Jan-2022 A306Joe Foss Fld ()Calgary Int'l () 07:33AM CST 08:48AM MST 2:14
15-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Joe Foss Fld () 06:04AM EST 06:40AM CST 1:36
14-Jan-2022 A306Manchester Boston Rgnl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 10:51PM EST 12:58AM EST (+1) 2:06
14-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Manchester Boston Rgnl () 05:14PM EST 06:58PM EST 1:43
14-Jan-2022 A306San Antonio Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 08:00AM CST 11:09AM EST 2:08
14-Jan-2022 A306Houston Bush Int'ctl ()San Antonio Intl () 05:46AM CST 06:22AM CST 0:36
14-Jan-2022 A306Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:37AM CST 04:14AM CST 0:36
13-Jan-2022 A306Columbia Metro ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 09:33PM EST 10:44PM CST 2:11
13-Jan-2022 A306Philadelphia Intl ()Columbia Metro () 03:15AM EST 04:33AM EST 1:18
12-Jan-2022 A306Columbia Metro ()Philadelphia Intl () 09:26PM EST 10:36PM EST 1:10
12-Jan-2022 A306Ontario Intl ()Columbia Metro () 01:10PM PST 08:07PM EST 3:56
12-Jan-2022 A306Denver Intl ()Ontario Intl () 06:04AM MST 06:51AM PST 1:46
12-Jan-2022 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Denver Intl () 02:37AM CST 03:32AM MST 1:55
11-Jan-2022 A306Harrisburg Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 10:31PM EST 11:11PM CST 1:39
10-Jan-2022 A306Newark Liberty Intl ()Harrisburg Intl () 07:04PM EST 07:40PM EST 0:36
09-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 04:12PM EST 05:40PM EST 1:28
09-Jan-2022 A306Jacksonville Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 06:33AM EST 07:50AM EST 1:17
08-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 06:27AM EST 07:44AM EST 1:16
07-Jan-2022 A306Philadelphia Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 11:03PM EST 12:32AM EST (+1) 1:29
07-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 07:27PM EST 08:49PM EST 1:21
07-Jan-2022 A306Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 08:36AM CST 10:22AM EST 0:45
07-Jan-2022 A306Philadelphia Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:55AM EST 05:36AM CST 1:40
06-Jan-2022 A306Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:23PM EST 11:08PM EST 0:44
06-Jan-2022 A306Ontario Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 01:04PM PST 08:14PM EST 4:09
06-Jan-2022 A306Denver Intl ()Ontario Intl () 06:14AM MST 07:03AM PST 1:49
06-Jan-2022 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Denver Intl () 02:47AM CST 03:49AM MST 2:01
05-Jan-2022 A306Harrisburg Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 10:13PM EST 11:02PM CST 1:48
05-Jan-2022 A306Bradley Intl ()Harrisburg Intl () 06:51PM EST 07:45PM EST 0:53
05-Jan-2022 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Bradley Intl () 03:16PM EST 04:51PM EST 1:34
05-Jan-2022 A306Pittsburgh Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 08:27AM EST 09:27AM EST 0:59
05-Jan-2022 A306Philadelphia Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 04:13AM EST 04:57AM EST 0:44
04-Jan-2022 A306Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:24PM EST 11:19PM EST 0:54
04-Jan-2022 A306Ontario Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 01:04PM PST 08:01PM EST 3:56
04-Jan-2022 A306Denver Intl ()Ontario Intl () 06:04AM MST 07:08AM PST 2:04
04-Jan-2022 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:09AM CST 04:07AM MST 1:58
03-Jan-2022 A306Portland Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 07:04PM PST 11:59PM CST 2:54
03-Jan-2022 A306Boeing Field Intl ()Portland Intl () 03:06PM PST 03:38PM PST 0:32
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