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Boeing 747-400 (D-ABTK)
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Boeing 747-400 (D-ABTK)



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Christian Base
John moffitt
This photograph is mind blowing. Excellent
Robert Bryan
Awesome photo!!!
Greg Byington
Very nice!
Alex Georgescu
Francis Pinault
ken kemper
Splendid Thorsten !!
Thank you sir!
My students will understand Wake Turbulence a bit better.

Curtis Smith
Awesome catch!
Jason Apol
Fantastic photo! Someone was on the ball to catch that pic. I'm curious tho.... The aircraft in that photo is going toward the disturbance in the clouds (smoke?). So there was a previous aircraft. Any chance anyone knows the aircraft type or the conditions / location of the photo?
To me it seems that I'm looking at the A/C going away from me and towards the giant wake vortex.
Viv Pike
Jason Apol & themold.

The aircraft is indeed travelling away from the viewer.
However - the wake vortex is closer to the camera than the aircraft is. The aircraft created that vortex and is moving away. It has "passed through" that vortex already.
Bill Seward
Sunil George
It happened to be difficult to render the pic. 1st. If it were a vortex facing the plane someone could’ve made the pilot aware about it. 2nd. The distance between the supposed vortex and the plane would be too short for attempting a right turn. 3rd. The distance between the plane and the camera would be too short to try to avoid an eventual crash. Gathering all events aforementioned could make up a peril combination leading to a fatality. Saving a better opinion.
Leonard Shilton
I sure wouldn't want to be in back of that big guy!!!!
Magnifique !
serge LOTH
Chief! somebody is Following us! … amazing pict.5*
Peter Melling
Great Photo! It just goes to show a sunny day is not required, when you are in the right place at the right time and can see what is happening before you.
Paul Gedge
Give the heavy some space / great visualization :)
Love it :) Thank you
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
30-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Vancouver Int'l () 01:30PM CEST 02:05PM PDT Scheduled
30-May-2023 B744Shanghai Pudong Int'l ()Frankfurt Int'l () 12:11AM CST 07:09AM CEST En Route
28-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Shanghai Pudong Int'l () 09:19PM CEST 02:49PM CST (+1) 11:29
28-May-2023 B744Incheon Int'l ()Frankfurt Int'l () 12:52PM KST 06:15PM CEST 12:22
27-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Incheon Int'l () 03:53PM CEST 10:04AM KST (+1) 11:10
26-May-2023 B744Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Frankfurt Int'l () 07:02PM EDT 08:06AM CEST (+1) 7:04
26-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 02:44PM CEST 04:36PM EDT 7:51
25-May-2023 B744Vancouver Int'l ()Frankfurt Int'l () 04:52PM PDT 10:37AM CEST (+1) 8:45
25-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Vancouver Int'l () 02:09PM CEST 02:33PM PDT 9:24
25-May-2023 B744Hamburg ()Frankfurt Int'l () 09:08AM CEST 09:58AM CEST 0:50
25-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Hamburg () 06:51AM CEST 07:39AM CEST 0:47
23-May-2023 B744Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Frankfurt Int'l () 04:51PM CDT 07:25AM CEST (+1) 7:33
23-May-2023 B744Frankfurt Int'l ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:18AM CEST 01:03PM CDT 8:45
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