Browsing Tag: Weather

Panorama shot of Paine Field in the snow. Click for much bigger version.

Panorama shot of Paine Field in the snow. Click for much bigger version.

This week we have had an unusual amount of snow in the Seattle area. Liz Matzelle wasn’t afraid of the snow and made her way up to Paine Field yesterday and got some amazing photos. She also created one fantastic panoramic image that she was happy to share. If the small 600 x 47 pixel image above is not big enough, then check out this 30000 x 2373 pixel version of Paine Field in the Snow Panorama (it might take a bit to load so don’t give up).

If you want to get your very own copy of this (would make a great gift), Liz is selling them online, check it out.

Zoom on in to the photo and see if you can find the following:
* White bodied ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner
*  One snowplow truck
* Two red navigation lights on the wing that appear to be on
* Totally white Boeing 787 Dreamliner
* Cessna on the taxi way
* A twin-engine airplane landing
* An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 getting work done
* Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 hiding behind the trees
* 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliners that look chilly
* The old school B-52 bomber

Our local Seattle NBC station is very good at covering local aviation. I have grown up watching KING5 and getting all my local aviation news. On Tuesday they did a great 20 minute segment on how weather can affect your airline travel. Jeff Renner, who is the lead meteorologist and many others of the KING5 team take a look at many different aspects of weather and air travel.

From their website:

In this KING 5 special our weather team shows you how Boeing builds planes to withstand the forces of nature, how Alaska Airlines trains pilots to cope with adverse conditions, and learn how pilots land even when fog blankets the runway below.

Continental Flight 1404

Continental Flight 1404

A Continental Boeing 737-500 slid off the runway at Denver International Airport this morning. No one was killed, but 38 of the 107 passengers and 5 crew were taken to the emergency room. Looking at the picture of the plane, it is lucky that the number is not higher.

Flight 1404 on its way to Houston had the gear and engine ripped off. The fuselage filled with smoke as the plane started to burn. It is currently believed to be a braking problem that caused this accident to occur.

A very shaky start to the holiday travel season. Hope everyone stays safe and we won’t have any more of these stories!

Source: WSJ Image: AP