Friday, November 2, 2012

A very special surprise....

The fall season has finally arrived in South Florida and with it, thank goodness, the departure of the rain and some lovely blue skies, and, hopefully, this will continue for a while!

So, I went to sit up at the viewing park at Fort Lauderdale to enjoy some of the lovely weather.  There happened to be a C-17 at one of the FBO's that was due for a departure at some point, so I was keeping a good eye on that and a slightly interested ear to my scanner that was in the car next to me.  During one of the transmissions, my ears perked up a little - it kind of went something like this.

WN XXXX:  Tower, Southwest XXXX, ILS runway 27R.

Tower:  Southwest XXXX, you are number 2 to a heavy Boeing 707, runway 27R cleared to land

BRA2401: Tower, Bravo Romeo Alpha 2401 short final for runway 27R.

I have to admit that my ears perked up at the words Heavy Boeing 707.  I got out of the car and looked east and there they were, the tell-tale 4 streams of smoke trailing behind this object out to the east.  Well - it lands on runway 27R and because of 2 exits that were closed, it comes all the way to the last exit, Bravo 1, turns onto taxiway Bravo, goes to the end and does a 180 degree turn and heads down taxiway Charlie to Signature.

Oh - what was it?  Brazilian Air Force KC-137 - that came out of nowhere - who knows why - but - I'm glad it did.  It was a perfect start to the South Florida Fall shooting season.  Some more time spent behind the camera lens.....

FAB2401 - Brazilian Air Force KC-137

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