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My plane-spotting photos from Auckland International

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ceetee Chief Captain

Today I happened to be the in the Auckland International Airport area and pulled over in a lay by at the side of the road, very close to the end of the active runway, to take a few photos. The airport was extreamly busy this Tuesday afternoon with a take off and landing every minute or so, with a huge varity of different aircraft. Afterwards, I went into the terminal up to the viewing deck and took a few closer up shots of the apron. I have a whole camera full of photos but instead of posting all of them here, I thought I would just post a few of my best shots. (Please excuse the quality of a few of the pics below as some of them are resized screenshots from vidoes. I will make a collection of the vidoes and save it as a WMV file, and post a link to it here later on.)

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 on finals, a regular visitor which I often see low over my house

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 at the gate, unloading its cargo with an Emirates 767 just visible in the background

Emerites Boeing 777 on finals, only recently have they started flying to NZ, via Australia

Qantas Boeing 737, on finals. Itís not until you see them close up that you realize how small they are (Notice it's ZK registration)

Qantas Boeing 767, taxing to the gate, with itís "Spirit of Australia" clone taking off behind it in the background

Thai Airbus A340, I have never seen one of these before and I never knew that Thai had repainted there fleet

Polynesian Blue Boeing 737-NG, I never knew this company existed, let alone flew out of Auckland

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-NG, parked at the terminal and just loading the luggage ready to depart to Austrailia

Jean Battenís Percival Gull, hanging above the duty free shopping area, this aircraft set the record for the longest flight ever from New Zealand to England in 1936

Air New Zealand Link Beech 1900D, one of sixteen that fly short domestic routes round the country

Air New Zealand Link Saab 340A, ten of these also fly short hops around the country.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747, parked in the maintenance base and covered in scaffolding (Notice the tiny piper to the left)

Air New Zealand Boeing 767, on finals and very noisy.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747, I had waited to see one of these flying all day long, but didnít see one till I was on the way home and took this shot of the car window.

Apart from these airlines, I saw many more including Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, DHL Couier, Origin Pacific and a RNZAF 757. I also saw some smaller Cessnas, Britten Norman Islanders, ATR's, a Convair 580, and a MD-80 plus many more I can't remember!

I hope you like my photos, could anyone suggest a aviation site I could upload the rest too?

Cheers Smile

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RadarMan Chief Captain

There sure is a great variety of airlines and type of aircraft that they fly.
I wouldn't expect that in a small country such as yours.
No offence meant.

Radar

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Matthew Shope (mypilot) Chief Captain

It is the holiday season. Smile

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u can post the rest on airliners.net they offer thousands of airline photos from all over the word

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Michael Thomas (SteveT) Chief Captain

Wow - great pics cheeky t - i like them all - very good pics!

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Corgi First Officer

Great photos. I particularly like the New Zealand 747 in flight.

May I copy it to my computer.

Regards

George

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jarred_01 Chief Captain

RadarMan wrote:

There sure is a great variety of airlines and type of aircraft that they fly.
I wouldn't expect that in a small country such as yours.
No offence meant.

Radar

ROFL ROFL ROFL

Yeah it is quite suprising what we get here in New Zealand - you name it (the plane) and I will just about assure you that it comes here. Wink Just for a quick example of Air NZ flights, there are 4 744's departing to LAX every day.

Cheekytrolly: I love your shots, I was there on Monday and I too waited a long time to see a 747, having to wait until we had parked at the Manakau shops to see one! I'll see if I can put in some of mine that may be of interest to add to the thread.

P.S. The second to last shot looks very much like a 777 to me. Wink

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hms_endeavour Chief Captain

Hey,nice pics! Razz Very Happy Very Happy
I like 'em alot.plane spotting is a good thing to do if your're near an airport.I did that one at frankfurt international as i lived there.

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ceetee Chief Captain

I will make a collection of the vidoes and save it as a WMV file, and post a link to it here later on

Here it is: http://www.myfilehut.com/userfiles/44150/Auckland%20Plane%20Spotting%20.wmv

There sure is a great variety of airlines and type of aircraft that they fly.
I wouldn't expect that in a small country such as yours.
No offence meant.

Haha, it's true. NZ is the country furthest away from all the rest of the world, and thats why there are so many airlines travelling here. It's also a great touriest destination as well, so I guess that's why there are so many different planes + Auckland is the main airport for the whole country. (And no was offence taken RM. Wink )

May I copy it to my computer.

Sure you can, no need to ask my permission mate, these pics arn't copy righted or anything Smile

I was there on Monday and I too waited a long time to see a 747, having to wait until we had parked at the Manakau shops to see one!

Thats exactly where I was, I dropped my mum off to go shopping, then went down the end of Puhiri Road (2 roads away from the Westfield) to take some pics. If you're ever up in the area again, PM me and bring your scanner along! Very Happy

P.S. The second to last shot looks very much like a 777 to me.

I thought it might be, but I can't really tell the differnece between a 777 or a 767, is there any thing that define them apart?

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jarred_01 Chief Captain

Thats exactly where I was, I dropped my mum off to go shopping, then went down the end of Puhiri Road (2 roads away from the Westfield) to take some pics. If you're ever up in the area again, PM me and bring your scanner along! Very Happy

Yeah in case it wasn't the exact shopping centre, it was the one that has the Telecome cellphone store in the middle of the carpark, I think it may be called the Manakau supercentre, it has that big digital clock thing that doesn't really work in the middle of it.

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hinch Chief Captain

the front of a 77 is different, i think it's quite destinctive. whereas the 767 has an 'ugly face' like the 757

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Oops forgot to log in PH here....777 has more wheels on the main landing gear that is the easy wat to tell the 77 apart from the 77....however when the gear is up it is a little harder but when you put them side by side it is easy!

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beerbadger First Officer

very nicr mate gj! Smile

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jarred_01 Chief Captain

Yeah I can tell the difference because it looks a little longer, also the general shape of the airframe and the landing gear, a very distinctive give-away is by looking to the rear of the plane where the horizontal stabiliser joins up with the fuselage, it appers to have a massive dent in there, dont know why they all have those though?

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ceetee Chief Captain

Thanks for the info guys, I'm pretty sure it was a 777 then, sorry for the mistake! BTW, I just saw an Emerites 777 fly over that has a red belly Confused How Bizzare!

Has anyone actually watched that video I uploaded??? You should check it out here: http://www.myfilehut.com/userfiles/44150/Auckland%20Plane%20Spotting%20.wmv

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ceetee Chief Captain

Hey everyone,
If you liked these pics above, you will love the new set I took when I was down at the International Airport again today. I have uploaded 8 new images in this thread here:

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/11113/new-more-plane-spotting-photos-from-auckland-international/

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ceetee Chief Captain

Installment #3 of plane spotting of some new plane-spotting I took today can be seen here:
https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/12504/3rd-installment-plane-spotting-photos-from-auckland-nz/

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ceetee Chief Captain

To everyone who enjoyed these photos,

I have just uploaded 6 more planespotting photos from NZAA here: https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/15701/some-new-planespotting-photos/

Wink

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ceetee Chief Captain

New shots here: https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/16252/my-best-planespotting-photos-by-far-new/ Laughing

IMO they are the best I have ever done, as they are from a much closer perspective this time Wink

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Jeff Brock (jeffb57) First Officer

awesome pics Thumbs Up!

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ceetee Chief Captain
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Check out my Latest and Greatest Planespotting Photos I took today here: https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/17163/latest-and-greatest-planespotting-photos-july-2006/

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