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  1. I remember reading somewhere that Al Secord is a pilot for AAL. This is a charter company, Swift Air, so no affiliation to either AAL or UAL. Wouldn't be a stretch to get him over there if he's still flying, but that probably won't happen. TlDr of my favorite spotting moments: when I saw an Air New Zealand 777, and Air Force One. Details below. As for my most interesting moments plane spotting, I have two. One was when there was an Air New Zealand plane coming into ORD. It was another sports charter, carrying the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team plus fans for an exhibition match at Soldier Field. ANZ does not fly into ORD, so this would likely be the only time that plane came in. A lot of spotters came out that day to see it. Fifteen minutes prior to arrival, the airport reversed the flow, so they were landing on the other side of the airport. It was a scramble to the other side, much like the scene from Twister where they got a sudden call and scramble out of the diner. We were able to make it in time, and we saw the only ANZ plane ever to land at ORD. The other moment is when I spotted Air Force One. Disclaimer, I'm not a fan of Obama, but AF1 is still a prestigious plane to see. I knew the president was coming to Chicago, and would be arriving right around my lunch time. I work near the airport, so it was easy to spot during lunch. Plane spotters do have a few programs to track aircraft coming in, but as you can imagine, the government doesn't want to broadcast the position of Air Force One for security reasons. I had a window for the time they would come in, but nothing exact. I waited at a spot near work for about a half hour on my break waiting, but kept seeing commercial planes coming in. It was getting close to the time for me going back to work, so I started packing up my camera. I use a DSLR, so it's not an easy thing to put together and take apart suddenly. I packed up and was about to leave, and saw all air traffic stopped. I waited because I thought this might signal the impending arrival. I then heard a roar behind me, and I quickly took my camera out and put it back together to get a few pictures. I was happy I was able to get a few good ones and cross it off my list of planes to spot. If you're around the airport, feel free to pull over to an area out of the way and watch planes. It's always okay on public property as long as it's not a road. If you happen to be around ORD and see people in orange vests with cameras, those are spotters and they'll be happy to help you out. In the US and Canada, it's pretty easy to spot and won't draw suspicion from police or law enforcement.
  2. Some of you may know one of my other hobbies is plane spotting. I happened to see the Blackhawks' charter flight returning home from the circus trip while at ORD today.
  3. Thanks for the comments on the pics. I actually didn't like how they turned out, they were too noisy for my liking. I think I need a better camera :P

  4. Those pics are so awesome! You probably got better ones from the 300's than I'll get Saturday from row 4! Keep taking them and sharing the links!

  5. Thanks for the comment on the pics. I figured out why they lost the last 2 games I was at. I wore a hat to those games, so I will no longer be wearing one to the UC.

  6. Nice Lux! good pictures! You were good luck for the guys!