Plane Spotting Munich:  Part III

Plane Spotting Munich: Part III

Part III continues with more of my favorites from Munich.   Having a week in and around the airport gave me the opportunity to get some decent shots on film.    More coming soon……

In case you missed the previous posts:

Plane Spotting Munich:  Part I

Plane Spotting Munich:  Part II


United’s N663UA taxis to runway and heads to Newark…..


Air Berlin’s ‘Fan Force One’


Speedbird’s G-MIDS A320


Next stop Warsaw aboard LO’s Embraer 175…..the 600th E-jet made by Embraer

AB's D-ABZK carries a unique 'Test' Livery for different laminate material.

AB’s D-ABZK carries a unique ‘Test’ Livery for different laminate material.


Lufthansa’ A319 displaying her reverse thrust……


Perfect light for this A320…..

Lufthansa's 'KB' A330 carries the special Shark Skin test patches

Lufthansa’s ‘KB’ A330 carries the special Shark Skin test patches


Qatar’s 777 waits enter the runway…..


Russia’s S7 arriving with a touch of smoke….


United 767 glides by Friesing…..

Plane Spotting Munich:  Part II

Plane Spotting Munich: Part II

Following up on Part I, here are some more favorites from my days in Munich watching them come and go.    The views are a mix between the Besucherpark Hill which covers the north runway and a spotting location that is along the southern runway.

More coming soon!

Dublin bound A320

Inbound from Dublin…..

Going somewhere Italian

Going somewhere Italian

Air Europa 737

Air Europa 737

Dubai bound A380

Dubai bound A380

Arriving from Kuwait City.....

Arriving from Kuwait City…..

Looks as though Lufthansa and Icelandair shop in the same paint store.....

Looks as though Lufthansa and Icelandair shop in the same paint store…..

A very clean A320 in sloppy conditions.....

A very clean A320 in sloppy conditions…..

A346 arrival

‘Stuttgart’ comes to Munich….

Lisbon bound A319

Lisbon bound A319

Heading for Kyiv.....

Heading for Kyiv…..

Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

A week ago I was in Munich for a week to participate in the Airbus A350 ‘Roll In’ event and in between gatherings and events, I had the chance to sit on a hill or 2 for a couple of days and catch aircraft coming and going from Munich.  Some spotting was challenging due to bad weather so some photos may be a bit gray and wet, but I suffer for my art! 🙂

Being Germany’s 2nd largest airport, ‘MUC’ is home to a variety of traffic that most people will not see at their home base.    Everything from local ‘LCC’ birds  to exotic African and Mid-Eastern traffic can be spotted on the tarmac, not to mention nearly half the Lufthansa fleet as well!

Not much else to say other than enjoy the photos.   More will be coming in the next few days as I sort through them.



Etihad’s A6-EHL departing for Abu Dhabi


Icelandair’s 757 heading for Reykjavik


Lufthansa’s workhorse, the A320. Saw just a ‘few’ of them…


Another of Etihad’s A346s arriving from Abu Dhabi


Freising sets the perfect background for an arriving Lufthansa A340


Lufthansa’s Special Bayern Munich tribute arriving in poor weather….


The biggest bird in Luxair’s fleet……


United aircraft ruined the shot at Terminal 2


Air Canada does the same at Satellite Terminal 2


First light over ‘EDDM’


Singapore’s 777 9V-SNC heads for Singapore


Thai’s 744 being pull to the gate a few hours before departure…..

Super Moon Plane Spotting….from GRR

Super Moon Plane Spotting….from GRR

I finally get to add ‘Moon Shots’ to my gallery……

With the Super Moon taking place on November 13 and 14, I decided to head to the observation area at Grand Rapids / Gerald Ford Airport to see what might happen when you combine a wide open view of the horizon, a moonrise, and the potential for aircraft to get into the mix.

Traffic was light, as is normal for ‘GRR’ on a Sunday evening but 2 aircraft did show up to provide decent scenes.   In the first shot, a Southwest 737 thankfully was 15 minutes early and cut in front of the Moon perfectly as the bird turned to its final approach.

The second opportunity came when a Delta Regional Jet arrived from the east and made a perfect pass ‘beneath’ the moon.  Unfortunately that was the only traffic that came in while the moon transited through flight path into GRR.

Tomorrow looks more promising since the moon will rise later, which coincides with a few more GRR arrivals and departures.


Southwests 737 turns to final into GRR



A Delta regional jet sneaks in beneath the Moon.

Plane Spottting Luxury In SWISS’ First Class Lounge In Zurich

Plane Spottting Luxury In SWISS’ First Class Lounge In Zurich

A few weeks ago while enroute back to the States from our Safari trip to Africa, we flew with SWISS and because of our seats, we were able to visit the First Class Lounge in Zurich between flights.    You can see what that fabulous Lounge is like in this trip report.   To see what a First Class flight aboard SWISS is like when you have the cabin to yourself, read this trip report.

Aside from all the fantastic amenities that you’ll find in the Lounge, my favorite was outside the Lounge.   When SWISS designed and built the new Business, SENator, and First Class Lounges inside ZRH’s Terminal E, they took advantage of the real-estate they had to work with and included outdoor terraces for all 3 lounges.    In fact, for the hardcore plane spotter, the Senator and Business Class Lounges are actually better for plane spotting since it puts you closer to the runway used for ‘Heavy’ arrivals in the morning.   The First Class Lounge however does have an advantage for ‘Heavy’ departures in the late morning and afternoon.

The photos should give you a pretty good idea as far as just how great the vantage point is from these Lounges.    Unfortunately the timing of my visit wasn’t ideal for photography.   We were in the Lounge from about 6:30a to 9a which meant that most of my shots were taken with the sun still not above the horizon.   The fact that it was extremely overcast didn’t help matters much.   Fortunately my camera did a stellar job with high ‘ISO’ settings so I was at least able to see what I was shooting!

If for some reason you don’t travel with a suitcase full of camera equipment, you’ll appreciate the high quality Leica binoculars and telescope that is available to guests so they can get up close looks at the birds.   There are a few pair of binoculars installed in kiosks found on the terrace (First Class terrace only for the binoculars).

Next year’s trip is going to include outbound SWISS flights so that I can spend 8-10 hours at this new Plane Spotting Mecca……
















A 20-year old Single Malt Scotch just adds to the wonderful experience! 🙂