Air New Zealand's Hobbit plane with Smaug, the dragon, on the side
New Zealand 1 is on final approach to RWY24R inbound from LHR with some very long vortex trails behind along with 2 other aircraft.
Finally I catch the dragon! In some pretty nice light to! Seen here arriving in the last rays of sunlight for the day. Sun disappeared about 10 seconds later. Smaug was operating NZ56 from Nadi.
Hobbit departure to LAX turning right out of runway 09R
Air New Zealand's Hobbit plane with Smaug the dragon about to touch down on 24R from Heathrow.
Very lucky to catch the Air New Zealand's Smaug the Dragon lining up at London Heathrow for her long departure back to Auckland via Los Angeles.
Finally I see Smaug. And what a beauty she is. Excellent luck for me as I was making my way back down to home from the Sunshine Coast. Departing to Auckland as New Zealand 136. [1600... (more)
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