USA Red Flag tour: Arrival Day

Back to the USA to see Red Flag 17-1 in action.

Europe was still in “winter mode” when we wanted to leave to the USA and since our flight already departed at 09h45 Saturday morning January 28th from Dusseldorf Airport, we took no risks and drove already on Friday afternoon towards Düsseldorf to spend the night at a local hotel near the airport.
Of course, this is an option that everyone had to decide for themselves, but there is much less stress this way.
No time pressure, enough time to get to the airport (you leave whenever you want to avoid possible traffic jams and or bad weather).
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, we arrived at the airport around 07h30 to check in.

Air Berlin flight AB7430 Airbus A330 D-ALPJ just to take off from Dusseldorf Airport. Credits: Ramon Kok

This went pretty smoothly for all participants in this trip and around 09h05 we were already boarding and we departed right on time.

Coincidentally, our departing flight was just captured by Ramon Kok as you can see here. Thanks Ramon !!!

Flight duration was announced around 11h with arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) around noon local time.

Never saw a dog in the passenger cabin, but he remained very calm during the whole flight!!!
Think he was very happy that he could leave the aircraft since he couldn’t go to the toilet like everyone onboard the aircraft.

After a somewhat bumpy flight, we landed at 11h45 at LAX and our 5th member of this trip arrived surprisingly at the gate next to us with a B747 from KLM which departed from Amsterdam, but normally had to arrive 45min before our flight.
(Everyone has their own choice to leave from the airport of your choice as part of “Plan your trip”).

After the usual border control at the airport and collecting our luggage, we went to pick up our rental car so we could leave for Hawthorn Airport for a helicopter flight over LAX in a Robinson R22 for Air2Air and Air2Ground.
(This flight was offered as an option).

At the right you can see an overview where you can fly. 

LAX tower has authorized Star Helicopters to operate in the 5 areas shown at the LAX complex.

Because of the intensity of the traffic at LAX, we got only permission this time to fly above the gates at 1600ft.

Below you can see what the shooting opportunities are during the arrival of an Asiana Airlines A380.
First picture is taken with 400mm, landingshots with 100mm.

And some more from 1600ft above LAX

It was a long day, so after this flight it was time to eat something and then go look up our hotel to enjoy a well deserved nightrest.

Happy civil aircraft hunting 😉

Airline Type Registration
1 Nippon Cargo Airways Boeing 747-481F JA04KZ
2 United Airlines Boeing 757-324 N75854
3 American Airlines Airbus A321-231 N150NN
4 Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EEU
5 Hawaiian Air Airbus A330-243 N390HA
6 AeroMexico Boeing 737-852 N957AM
7 Asiana Airlines Airbus A380-861 HL7625
8 United Express Bombardier CRJ-200LR N948SW
9 Aeroflot Airbus A330-243 VQ-BBF
10 Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 N626NK
11 Britisch Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEG
12 Lufthansa Airbus A380-861 D-AIMM
13 American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER N752AN
14 United Express Bombardier CRJ-200LR N928SW
15 Air Tahiti Airbus A340-313 F-OLOV
16 Qatar Boeing 777-2DZ(LR) A7-BBG
17 American Airlines Boeing 737-823 N944AN
18 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N944WN
19 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 N8659D
20 American Eagle Bombardier CRJ-701ER N728SK
21 Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7627
22 LATAM Boeing 787-9 CC-BGF
23 American Airlines Airbus A321-211 N196UW
24 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7BX N553WN
25 Swiss International Airlines Boeing 777-3DE(LR) HB-JNA
26 Air Berlin Airbus A330-223 HB-JNA
27 Uniteed Airlines Boeing 787-9 N17963
28 Private Gulfstream G500 N1LA
29 American Airlines Airbus A321-231 N131NN
30 DHL Boeing 767-231 N651GT
31 DHL Boeing 757-222 N531UA
32 Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N632VA
33 United airline Boeing 757-324 N75853
34 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N926WN
35 Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJH
36 Private Cessna 525 Citation XB-MTR
37 United Airlines Boeing 757-224 N4102
38 Spirit Airlines Boeing 737-900ER N639NK
39 Alaska Airlines Airbus A737-900 N266AK
40 Delta Air Lines Boeing 717-2BD N955AT
41 Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-367ER B-KPA
42 Qantas Airbus A380-842 VH-OQI
43 American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER N756AM
44 Delta Connection Embraer 175LR N241SY
45 American Airlines Boeing 737-823 N887NN
46 All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-361ER JA732A
47 Ethiad Boeing 777-237LR A6-LRB
48 Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 N671NK
49 Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N362VA
50 Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 N551AS
51 Delta Connection Embraer 175LR N631CZ
52 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-76Q N551WN
53 Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 N612NK
54 American Eagle Embraer 175LR N203NN
55 American Eagle Embraer 175LR N208AN
56 American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER N758AN

And many others from which i couldn’t read the registration


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