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Special contrail pictures or related events

 

Below over 80 special contrail pictures or related events like the passage of the ISS. Shots have been taken with 500 mm telelens (indicated on picture) or telescope, for the technical details check here. Pictures are made at Kampenhout, 5km NE of Brussels Airport. Registrations via SBS-1 equipment.

Date read as: day/month/year - hours in local times (CET) - upper air route.

Pictures © SkyStef.



Four engined airliners

Three engined airliners

Two engined airliners






03/09/13 - 0725 - UZ738 - telelens + 2x converter. Transavia B737-700(WL) PH-XRA at 37500 ft enroute Rotterdam-Rome (FCO) as TRA6035. This shot was taken 26 minutes after sunrise with 1000 mm when the aircraft was approx 20 km northwest of Cologne (over Pulheim), distance approx 150 km. Note also three sun spots.

 

20/08/13 - 23:54 - UL607 - telelens. Singapore Airlines A380 9V-SKL at 35000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Singapore as SIA321

 

14/11/12 - 16:22 - UZ703. Airbus Transport International A300F-608ST F-GSTF at 33000 ft enroute Hamburg (XFW) - Toulouse as BGA5TC

 

10/10/12 - 12:31 - UL607 - telelens. easyJet Airline A320 G-EZWD at 33000 ft enroute London (LGW) - Antalya as EZY8839.

 

10/10/12 - 11:23 - UL607 - telelens. United Airlines B777-200 N74007 at 39000 ft enroute Newark-Tel Avib as UAL90.

 

07/10/12 - 11:49 - UZ703 - telelens. Air Europa B737-800 EC-JHK climbing at 28000 ft enroute Amsterdam-Madrid as AEA1098.

 

29/05/12 - 21:00 - UL608 - telelens. British Airways A320 G-EUUE at 36000 ft enroute Prague-London (LHR) as BAW859 (BAW30C). Taken 44 minutes before sunset, the plane was just offshore the Belgian coast at a distance of approx. 120 km. Also several sunspots are visible.

 

28/05/12 - 22:49 - UL607 - telelens. Emirates Airlines B777-300 A6-EGH at 33000 ft enroute  London (LGW) - Dubai as UAE10

 

26/05/12 - 21:42 - UL607 - telelens. Royal Jordanian A310-300 JY-AGQ at 35000 ft enroute  London (LHR) - Amman as RJA052

 

26/05/12 - 21:18 - UL607 - telelens. Austrian Airlines A321 OE-LBF at 35000 ft enroute London (LHR) -Vienna as AUA456R

 

20/03/12 - 13:43 - UL608. Turkish Airlines A330-200 TC-JNC at 38000 ft enroute Istanbul-Washington (IAD) as THY7 with behind a slightly faster (but 2000 ft lower) Emirates Airlines B777-300 A6-EBI at 36000 ft enroute Dubai-London (LHR) as UAE29

 

20/03/12 - 13:00 - UL608. British Airways A320 G-EUUT at 38000 ft enroute Vienna-London (LHR) as BAW697 with ahead and flying somewhat faster (but >10000 ft lower) Hangar 8 Cessna 525 Citation G-OSOH at 25000 ft enroute Maastricht-Dunsfold as HGR870

 

10/11/11 - 15:30 - UL608. Bmibaby B737-300 G-ODSK at 36000 ft enroute Prague-East Midlands as BMI5684 (BMI89D) with on top (and 2000 ft higher) Slovak Government TU154 OM-BYO cruising at 38000 ft enroute Bratislava-London (LHR) as SSG002

 

05/11/11 - 15:50 - UL608. Blue Air B737-300 YR-BAF at 36000 ft enroute Bucharest (BBU) - Luton as JOR231 with in front, but at much lower height, a bunch of real birds heading south

 

02/11/11 - 16:42 - UZ703. Airbus Transport International A300F-608ST F-GSTC at 30000 ft enroute Hamburg (XFW) - Toulouse as BGA3TC

 

27/10/11 - 17:36 - UZ703. Airbus Transport International A300F-608ST F-GSTD at 30000 ft enroute Hamburg (XFW) - Toulouse as BGA4TD

 

16/09/11 - 0746 - UL607 - telelens. easyJet Airline A319 G-EZFW at 37000 ft enroute London (LGW) - Thessaloniki as EZY5091 (EZY509D).

 

20/08/11 - 1931 - UL608 - telelens. Thomas Cook Airlines A321 G-TCDA at 32000 ft enroute Paphos-East Midlands as TCX49WK.

 

11/08/11 - 1224 - UL607- telelens. Royal Air Force C17 ZZ176 at 29000 ft enroute Brize Norton-Doha Al Udeid AFB as RRR6638.

 

01/08/11 - 0622 - UL604 - telelens + 2x converter. Jet Airways B777-300 VT-JEG at 36000 ft enroute Mumbai London (LHR) as JAI120. This shot, with a rather turbulent layer due to a temperature inversion, was taken 13 minutes after sunrise with 500 mm when the aircraft was approaching overhead Munster (Germany), distance approx 260 km. Note also several sunspots on a SW-NE orientated line. The lower dot just SE over the lowest sunspot was another aircraft without contrail: KLM A330-200 PH-AOI at 33000ft enroute Entebbe-Amsterdam as KLM535, roughly 20 km in front of the B777.

 

15/07/11 - 1207 - UL607- telelens. British Airways B777-200 G-VIIG at 29000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Delhi as BAW143.

 

11/06/11 - 2336 - UL607- telelens. Ryanair B737-800(WL) EI-EMP at 38000 ft enroute Bergamo-Stansted as RYR4197 (RYR17TH).

 

22/04/11 - 0648 - UL604 - telelens + 2x converter. Etihad Airways A330-200 A6-EYF at 38000 ft enroute Abu Dhabi-Dublin as ETD045. This shot was taken 13 minutes after sunrise with 1000 mm when the aircraft was approx 80 km east of Dusseldorf, distance approx 230 km. Note also several sunspots

 

21/04/11 - 0655 - UZ738 - telelens + 2x converter. Transavia B737-800(WL) PH-GGW at 36000 ft enroute Amsterdam-Heraklion as TRA137. This shot was taken 18 minutes after sunrise with 1000 mm when the aircraft was approx 30 km east of Dusseldorf, distance approx 180 km.

 

17/04/11 - 2310 - UL607 - telelens. Air Berlin A321 D-ABCC at 37000 ft enroute London (LGW) - Nürnberg as BER8599

 

15/04/11 - 0703 - UL604 - telelens + 2x converter. Wizzair A320 HA-LWF at 38000 ft enroute Sofia-Luton as WZZ3403. This shot was taken 14 minutes after sunrise with 1000 mm when the aircraft was approx 80 km east of Dusseldorf, distance approx 230 km. Note also several sunspots

 

09/04/11 - 0717 - UZ738 - telelens + 2x converter. Arkefly B737-800(WL) PH-TFB at 35000 ft enroute Amsterdam-Hurghada as TFL487. This shot was taken 15 minutes after sunrise with 1000 mm when the aircraft was approx 30 km east of Dusseldorf, distance approx 180 km.

 

22/03/11 - 17:41 - UZ703. Airbus Transport International A300F-608ST F-GSTD at 28000 ft enroute Hamburg (XFW) - Toulouse as BGA4TD

 

20/03/11 - 2353 - UL607- telelens. Qantas B747-400 VH-OJU at 33000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Bangkok as QFA2

 

20/03/11 - 2302 - UL607 - telelens. Virgin Atlantic A340-600 G-VWEB at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as VIR400G

 

20/03/11 - 2145 - UL607 - telelens. Lufthansa A321 D-AIRD at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Munich as DLH2481 (DLH2XC).

 

02/03/11 - between 19:49:32 -19:50:30.  Composition of 2x ISS (International Space Station) with Space Shuttle "Discovery" docked on passing Belgium at a height of 353 km. Was on its final mission STS-133 before retirement. Frame 1 was taken when arriving from the west, frame 2 when on the eastern horizon and moving further away. In frame 1 the Shuttle is recognizable from the back (in black and grey), in frame 2 it has turned white and seen from the bottom (while ISS turned upside down).

 

19/01/11 - 2342 - UL607 - telelens. Gulf Air A330-200 A9C-kE at 39000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Muscat as GFA006.

 

06/12/10 - 1632 - UL607. Emirates A380 A6-EDK at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as UAE2.

 

23/09/10 - 0008 - UL607 - telelens. Thomas Cook Airlines B757-200 G-FCLJ at 37000 ft enroute Birmingham-Rhodes as TCX836K(TCX46DG).

 

22/09/10 - 2253 - UL608 - telelens. British Airways A319 G-EUPD at 37000 ft enroute Frankfurt-London (LHR) as BAW915.

 

19/08/10 - 2010 - UN873 - telelens. Japan Airlines B777-300 JA733J at 31000 ft enroute Paris (CDG) - Tokyo (NRT) as JAL406 with colorful irisation effect of the aerodynamic and exhaust contrail.

 

30/07/10 - 1922 - UL607 - telelens. British Airways B777-200 G-YMMT at 28000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Delhi as BAW257. Besides a colorful irisation effect of the aerodynamic contrail behind the plane, there is in front also a white faint thin hart formed line which is a sound wave (or pressure wave)

 

30/07/10 - 1914 - UL607 - telelens. Emirates Airlines B777-300 A6-ECL at 29000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as UAE30 with colorfull irisation of the aerodynamic contrail 

 

05/06/10 - 0949 - UL607. Kuwait Airways B777-200 9K-AOA at 35000 ft enroute New York (JFK) - Kuwait as KAC118

 

04/06/10 - 1008 - UL607. Singapore Airlines B747-400 9V-SPJ at 35000 ft enroute New York (JFK) - Frankfurt as SIA25

 

04/06/10 - 0915 - UL607. Lufthansa A340-300 D-AIGF at 35000 ft enroute Toronto-Frankfurt as DLH471

 

03/06/10 - 0858 - UL607. United Airlines B767-300 N662UA at 35000 ft enroute Washington (IAD) - Frankfurt as UAL952

 

03/06/10 - 0839 - UL607. Air Canada  B777-300 C-FIVS at 37000 ft enroute Montreal (YUL) - Frankfurt as ACA874

 

03/06/10 - 0824 - UZ703. Regional ERJ190 F-HBLD at 33000 ft enroute Gothenburg - Paris (CDG) as RAE219

 

03/06/10 - 0801 - UL607. easyJet A319 G-EZEJ at 35000 ft enroute London (LGW) - Sofia as EZY8973

 

22/05/10 - 2125 - UL607. Austrian B737-800(WL) OE-LNS at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Vienna as AUA456

 

21/05/10 - 2205 - UL608 - telelens. Air Contractors B737-300QC EI-STA at 34000 ft enroute Dubrovnik-Shannon as ABR402J

 

27/04/10 - 0036 - UL607 - telelens. El Al B777-200 4X-ECA at 39000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Tel Aviv as ELY318

 

22/04/10 - 2019 - UL608. Emirates Airlines B777-300 A6-EBG at 36000 ft enroute Dubai-Birmingham as UAE37

 

18/04/10 - between 04:56:07-04:57:08. Composition within one minute of 8x Space Shuttle "Discovery" passing the zenith from west to east at a height of 346 km. It was (relative seen) around a dozen seconds ahead of the ISS on its return to Earth after its mission STS-131. Time in hours, minutes and seconds in local hours with the first row taken towards the west, second row taken towards the east.

 

12/02/10 - 1645 - UL608. Meridian Airways DC8-63(F) 9G-AXA at 30000 ft enroute Frankfurt (HHN) - RAF Lyneham (presumable as MAG219)

 

22/01/10 - 1643 - UL608. Kalitta Air B747-200 N707CK at 30000 ft enroute Ramstein AB-Dover AFB as CKS424

 

28/12/09 - 1401 - UL608 - telelens. Emirates Airlines B777-300 A6-ADG at 36000 ft enroute Dubai-London (LHR) as UAE29 and British Airways B777-200 G-VIIL at 40000 ft enroute Dubai-London (LHR) as BAW108

 

06/08/09 - 2337 - UL607 - telelens. Qatar Airways A340-600 A7-AGB at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Doha as QTR002

 

01/06/09 - 2303 - UL607 - telelens. Jet Airways B777-300 VT-JEC at 33000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Mumbai as JAI117

 

22/04/09 - 20:28 - UL608.  Cargolux B747-400F LX-SCV at 30000 ft enroute Luxembourg-New York as CLX862

 

22/04/09 - 19:47 - UL608. World Airways B747-400F N741WA at 31000 ft enroute Ramstein AFB - Mc Guire AFB as RCH0426

 

01/04/09 - 20:20 - UL608. Evergreen International B747-200 N471EV at 38000 ft enroute Frankfurt (HHN) - New York as EIA1315

 

31/03/09 - 20:02 - UL608. Air India B747-400 VT-ESN at 38000 ft enroute Delhi-London (LGW) as AIC1

 

25/03/09 - between 20:38:15 -20:39:25.  Composition of 4x ISS (International Space Station) with Space Shuttle "Discovery" (mission STS-119) docked on passing Belgium at a height of 354 km. Frame 1 was taken at 20:38:15 CET, frame 2 was taken 1 minute and 3 seconds later, frame 3 taken 2 seconds later, frame 4 taken 5 seconds later. The Space Shuttle is quite recognizable on the bottom of pictures 2 (see arrow), 3 & 4 and is seen from the back & slightly above, consecutive fading away when losing the sunlight.

 

24/03/09 - between 20:11:45 -20:11:58.  Composition of 4x ISS (International Space Station) with Space Shuttle "Discovery" (mission STS-119) docked on passing Belgium at a height of 354 km. Frame 1 was taken at 20:11:45 CET, frame 2 and 3 were taken each 2 seconds later, frame 4 was taken 9 seconds later. The Space Shuttle is recognizable on the bottom of all pictures (see arrow on frame 1) and is seen from the back.

 

21/03/09 - between 20:24 - 20:26.  Composition of 4x ISS (International Space Station) with Space Shuttle "Discovery" (mission STS-119) docked on passing Belgium at a height of 354 km. Frame 1 was taken at 20:24:43 CET, frame 2 was taken 13 seconds later, frame 3 was taken 59 seconds later and frame 4 was taken 9 seconds later. Especially on frame 1 and 2 the Space Shuttle is recognizable (see arrow) and is seen from the back.

 

21/03/09 - 19:01 - UL608. Emirates B777-300 A6-EBN at 36000 ft enroute Dubai-Birmingham as UAE37

 

16/03/09 - 18:46 - UL608. Kingfisher A330-200 VT-VJK at 40000 ft enroute Mumbai-London (LHR) as KFR007

 

15/03/09 - 18:26 - UL608. British Airways A320 G-EUUC at 31000 ft enroute Dusseldorf-London (LHR) as BAW943

 

15/03/09 - 18:23 - UL607. Iran Air B747-100 EP-IAM at 36000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Tehran as IRA710

 

14/02/09 - 17:29 - UL608. Lufthansa Regional CRJ200 D-ACJC at 32000 ft enroute Stuttgart-London (LHR) as DLH4782

 

14/02/09 - 16:53 - UL608/UZ703. Following the Oman Air A310-300 CS-TEX at 36000 ft enroute Muscat-London (LHR) as OMA911, surprisingly another plane came in view, namely Korean Air B747-400 HL7460 at 38000 ft enroute Seoul-Paris (CDG) as KAL901. With a focal length of 2400 mm, in a fraction of a second I had the reflex to push exactly one time on the cams button

 

06/02/09 - 16:25 - UL608. Eurowings BAe146-300 D-AQUA at 27000 ft enroute Frankfurt-London (LCY) as DLH4KF

 

20/01/09 - 14:25 - UL607/8 - telelens. British Airways B747-436 G-CIVH at 34000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai + UL608 Ryanair B737-800 EI-DCW at 36000 ft enroute Rimini-Stansted as RYR8009

 

15/01/09 - 16:38 - UL608. Evergreen International B747-200F N488EV at 32000 ft enroute Ramstein AB-Dover AFB  as EIA1103

 

28/12/08 - 16:48 - UL607. Emirates A380 A6-EDA at 32000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as UAE2

 

19/12/08 - 16:17 - UL607. Emirates A380 A6-EDB at 32000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as UAE2

 

17/10/08 - 16:36 - UL608 - telelens. Side by side: Lufthansa A330-300 D-AIKK at 34000 ft enroute Munich-Newark as DLH412 and Lufthansa A320 D-AIPH at 33000 ft enroute Munich-Heathrow as DLH4758

 

09/10/08 - 21:17 - UL607 - telelens. World Airways MD11 N274WA cruising at 33000 ft enroute Chicago-Frankfurt as GEC8251

 

27/09/08 - between 20:16 - 20:17.  Composition of 4x ISS (International Space Station) passing Belgium at an altitude of 350 km. Frame 1, the approaching ISS, was taken at 20:16 and 40 seconds CET, frame 2 was taken 1 minute 16 seconds afterwards when the station just passed the zenith, frame 3 was taken 10 seconds later and frame 4 was also taken 10 seconds later.

 

14/09/08 - 23:15 - UL607 - telelens. The thrilling moment of luck came along as within 3 minutes two identical planes crossed the Moon's disk. 150 seconds after the Qatar Airbus, on almost the same path, here Virgin Atlantic A340-600 G-VNAP cruising at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Dubai as VIR400

 

14/09/08 - 23:13 - UL607 - telelens. Qatar Airways A340-600 A7-AGD cruising at 39000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Doha as QTR002

 

24/06/08 - 08:12 - UL607.  Lufthansa B747-400 D-ABVB cruising at 37000 ft enroute Newark-Frankfurt as DLH403

 

10/06/08 - 23:18 - UL607 - telelens.  Jet Airways B777-300 VT-JEG cruising at 33000ft enroute London (LHR) - Mumbai as JAI117

 

10/06/08 - 21:48 - UL607 - telelens.  British Airways A321 G-EUXK cruising at 37000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Munich as BAW958

 

25/05/08 - 17:56 - near UL607/8 - telelens.  Seems a real close encounter: in this case the vertical distance was 1000 ft, but still this is just the standard minimum separation. The Omni Air International DC10 N621AX was cruising on UL607 at 35000 ft enroute Indianapolis-Nurnberg-Kuwait as RCH758 and the Thomsonfly B757-200 G-BYAT was cruising on UL608 at 36000ft enroute Larnaca-Luton as TOM2448

 

25/05/08 - 16:28 - near UL607 - telelens. Seems a close encounter, however the vertical distance was quite significant: 7000 ft. The Turkish B737-800 TC-JGB was cruising at 35000 ft enroute Stansted-Istanbul as THY1972 and the Swiss RJ100 HB-IYY was cruising at 28000ft enroute Basle-Amsterdam as SWR706

 

08/02/08 - 10:39 - UL607. Air India B747-400 VT-EVA at 35000 ft enroute London (LHR) - New Delhi as AIC112

 

17/12/07 - 17:10.   ISS (International Space Station) passing Belgium at an altitude of 337 km, or around 33x further away in distance than a cruising airplane

 

22/11/07 - 11:50 - UL607/8 - telelensTwo airplanes crossing each other: Ryanair B738 EI-DPA at 38000 ft as RYR4173 and Etihad A346 A6-EHF as ETD012 at 36000 ft

 

30/08/07 - 00:15 - UL607 - telelensEtihad Airways A340-600 A6-EHE at 38000 ft enroute London (LHR) - Abu Dhabi as ETD018

 

26/03/07 - 19:55 - UM624. Cargolux B747-400 LX-LCV at 30000 ft enroute Luxembourg-Glasgow-Seattle as CLX772

 

02/03/07 - 16:50 - UL608. Evergreen International B747-100F N479EV cruising at 37000 ft heading west

 

01/03/07 - 16:26 - UL608 - telelens. Kuwait Airways B747-400 and British Airways A320 side by side heading W (no SBS data of altitude)

 

29/11/06 - 13:43 - UL608 - telelens. A lucky shot of catching two A330-200s in one frame. On top, the Emirates was heading to the U.K. while the Turkish A330-200 TC-JNE was enroute IST-JFK as TK1 (no SBS data of altitude)