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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.
ken kemper
Super Photo Gary........this is a nice one that I missed.

The A300's when they take off empty during the morning flight. It is low on fuel and empty and just flies the 100 miles to Milwaukee.....the nose it just pointed up on departure.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
01-Feb-2023 A306El Paso Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 07:22PM MST 11:37PM EST 2:14
01-Feb-2023 A306Lubbock Smith Intl ()El Paso Intl () 07:16AM CST 07:03AM MST 0:46
01-Feb-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Lubbock Smith Intl () 04:39AM EST 06:17AM CST 2:37
31-Jan-2023 A306Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 09:27PM AST 12:39AM EST (+1) 4:12
31-Jan-2023 A306Jacksonville Intl ()Luis Munoz Marin Intl () 01:18PM EST 04:45PM AST 2:27
31-Jan-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 10:23AM EST 11:40AM EST 1:16
30-Jan-2023 A306Fort Wayne Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 11:01PM EST 11:52PM EST 0:51
30-Jan-2023 A306South Bend Intl ()Fort Wayne Intl () 09:32PM EST 09:57PM EST 0:25
27-Jan-2023 A306Fort Wayne Intl ()South Bend Intl () 06:57AM EST 07:19AM EST 0:21
27-Jan-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Fort Wayne Intl () 05:27AM EST 06:06AM EST 0:39
26-Jan-2023 A306Southwest Georgia Rgnl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 11:00PM EST 12:07AM EST (+1) 1:07
26-Jan-2023 A306Pensacola Intl ()Southwest Georgia Rgnl () 08:45PM CST 10:13PM EST 0:27
26-Jan-2023 A306Southwest Georgia Rgnl ()Pensacola Intl () 06:36AM EST 06:16AM CST 0:40
26-Jan-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Southwest Georgia Rgnl () 04:21AM EST 05:28AM EST 1:07
25-Jan-2023 A306Manchester Boston Rgnl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 05:50AM EST 08:07AM EST 2:17
25-Jan-2023 A306Philadelphia Intl ()Manchester Boston Rgnl () 03:28AM EST 04:10AM EST 0:42
24-Jan-2023 A306Manchester Boston Rgnl ()Philadelphia Intl () 09:53PM EST 10:59PM EST 1:06
24-Jan-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Manchester Boston Rgnl () 04:02PM EST 05:39PM EST 1:37
24-Jan-2023 A306Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 08:24AM CST 10:14AM EST 0:49
24-Jan-2023 A306Capital Region Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:51AM EST 06:24AM CST 0:33
24-Jan-2023 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Capital Region Intl () 03:26AM CST 05:10AM EST 0:44
23-Jan-2023 A306Portland Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 07:16PM PST 12:32AM CST (+1) 3:15
23-Jan-2023 A306Ontario Intl ()Portland Intl () 12:26PM PST 02:37PM PST 2:11
22-Jan-2023 A306Muhammad Ali Intl ()Ontario Intl () 03:44PM EST 04:28PM PST 3:43
22-Jan-2023 A306El Paso Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 03:20AM MST 07:36AM EST 2:15
20-Jan-2023 A306Denver Intl ()El Paso Intl () 05:53PM MST 07:12PM MST 1:19
20-Jan-2023 A306Chicago/Rockford Intl ()Denver Intl () 02:57AM CST 03:49AM MST 1:52
19-Jan-2023 A306Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Chicago/Rockford Intl () 08:46PM CST 10:19PM CST 1:33
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