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Learjet 35 (N325NW) - The pilot shields his eyes from the sun as he rotates N325NW off Runway 16L.
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Learjet 35 (N325NW)

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The pilot shields his eyes from the sun as he rotates N325NW off Runway 16L.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The pilot was obviously having a rather difficult time seeing his cockpit instruments as he was departing directly toward the late morning sun. The man in the right seat does not appear to have the sun shining fully on his face.
Greg Byington
Nice catch, Gary!
Gavin Hughes
Ditto to Greg's comment!
Robert Tameris
Did you ever think that the F/O might be flying the airplane!?
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Greg and Gavin ... Hi again, guys, and TY. Robert ... Perhaps you are right. When they taxied past me on Charlie T/way the F/O was looking at a book and he waved to me so I guess I didn't give a whole bunch of thought toward the possibility that he (the F/O) may have been flying the plane when it took off. I think I only made my comments about the sun in the pilot's eyes as a bit of trivia regarding the scene in the picture. Apparently, by the exclamation mark you included at the end of your sentence, this is NOT a trivial matter and you are at least slightly upset that I just assumed the pilot was the one flying. I did not mean to upset you or anyone to such an extent, and I sincerely apologize to all who I may have irritated. You certainly could be correct and I was foolish to have made such an important, and possibly erroneous, assumption.
CHRIS ROBEY
Great photo Gary! Nice looking Lear with the wider 36 inch door for her medivac role.
J.J. Lasne
I did not notice the larger door...
serge LOTH
Excellent pîcture GARY, you kow !!may be the pilot wanted to do a full IMC departure (as in the simultor) … Im joking..
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Serge ... I know you were joking but over many years I've actually seen a couple of aircraft depart here with the pilot's window covered over with a shade or a large piece of paper. Of course, on those few instances, the copilot was probably performing the takeoff but I did wonder about it when I saw it. (Waving to you ....)
Chris .... Howdy and Thanks. (Thumbs up .....)
CHRIS ROBEY
Thumbs up to you Gary and a Howdy from down in SYD.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
05-Aug-2022 LJ35Corvallis Muni ()Portland-Hillsboro () 12:21 PDT 12:40 PDT 0:18
04-Aug-2022 LJ35Centennial ()Corvallis Muni () 11:50 MDT 13:09 PDT 2:18
04-Aug-2022 LJ35Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Centennial () 08:37 MDT 09:27 MDT 0:50
03-Aug-2022 LJ35Dallas Love Fld ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 11:18 CDT 11:40 MDT 1:22
03-Aug-2022 LJ35Dekalb-Peachtree ()Dallas Love Fld () 08:51 EDT 09:32 CDT 1:40
02-Aug-2022 LJ35West Virginia Intl Yeager ()Dekalb-Peachtree () 11:44 EDT 12:34 EDT 0:50
02-Aug-2022 LJ35Mesquite Metro ()West Virginia Intl Yeager () 07:20 CDT 10:25 EDT 2:04
31-Jul-2022 LJ35Harry Reid Intl ()Mesquite Metro () 12:58 PDT 17:23 CDT 2:24
31-Jul-2022 LJ35Eppley Airfield ()Harry Reid Intl () 09:22 CDT 09:50 PDT 2:28
30-Jul-2022 LJ35Gallup Muni ()Eppley Airfield () 11:05 MDT 13:44 CDT 1:39
30-Jul-2022 LJ35Wichita Eisenhower ()Gallup Muni () 09:33 CDT 10:09 MDT 1:35
30-Jul-2022 LJ35Willow Run ()Wichita Eisenhower () 07:59 EDT 08:54 CDT 1:55
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