Remarks: After a fantastic two week stay down under it was time for me to make my way home to the UK. Unlike most people i had decided to fly via American and the Pacific/Atlantic and not via Asia. Departing on a Qantas 'Extended Range' 744 we started our long journey accross to the pacific ocean to LAX. A very weird flight to fly due to the face that crossing the international dateline means you arrive in LA on the same day as you departed Sydney about 5 hours before you left. A good way of extending your birthday! (1dmkii/17-40F4L)
Remarks: So it took me a long time to finally be in the same place as this giant red 744 but i manged to do it! Missed it at LHR, missed it at JFK, missed it at LAX and even flew LAX-MEL and didn't get a ride on it! Here's my first shot of Qantas's 'Wunala Dreaming'. Looking lovely despite the cloudy weather. Hopefully i'll get it again in nice light sometime! (1dmkii/100-400LIS)
Remarks: The christening of the aircraft was in 2004 when named after famous Hungarian biochemist Szent-Györgyi Albert. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1937. HA-LHA was retired from the fleet and sold in 2007. The first Hungarian 767-200ER is operating as PR-VAC at Varig.
Remarks: Love those CFM56-2C engines! We are heading back to Sal Island, Cape Verde after another long flight to study the birth of tropical hurricanes off the west coast of Africa during the NAMMA 2006 mission.