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Airbus A320neo (N316FR) - Frontier's "Shelly the Sea Turtle" (N316FR) is snapped here in an extremely rare capture; a view of a commercial passenger jet taking off toward the camera's position with Slide Mountain in the background. This unusual photo was actually "caused" by the COVID virus -- because the Frontier jet was almost completely empty, its lack of weight allowed it to rotate less than 3000 feet down runway 34L and climb so rapidly that it was high enough that Slide Mountain could be seen and photographed in the background. Most pictures that show Mt Rose and Slide Mountain are one of two types: they show aircraft on short final approaches as they are about to land on either 34L or 34R ... or .. they are photos showing jet airliners from the rear view angle as they are climbing after taking off from runways 16R or 16L. This "head-on' view of a commercial pax aircraft departing Reno with Slide in the background is only possible if the departing airliner rotates quickly and climbs rapidly, as the nearly empty Shelly did here.
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Airbus A320neo (N316FR)

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Frontier's "Shelly the Sea Turtle" (N316FR) is snapped here in an extremely rare capture; a view of a commercial passenger jet taking off toward the camera's position with Slide Mountain in the background. This unusual photo was actually "caused" by the COVID virus -- because the Frontier jet was almost completely empty, its lack of weight allowed it to rotate less than 3000 feet down runway 34L and climb so rapidly that it was high enough that Slide Mountain could be seen and photographed in the background. Most pictures that show Mt Rose and Slide Mountain are one of two types: they show aircraft on short final approaches as they are about to land on either 34L or 34R ... or .. they are photos showing jet airliners from the rear view angle as they are climbing after taking off from runways 16R or 16L. This "head-on' view of a commercial pax aircraft departing Reno with Slide in the background is only possible if the departing airliner rotates quickly and climbs rapidly, as the nearly empty Shelly did here.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
There was one additional factor that made this photo possible. The thinner air at RNO usually means that departing commercial aircraft must make longer takeoff rolls in order to rotate and get airborne, so even though this FFT was nowhere near as heavy as it normally would have been, it still would have had to stay on the runway to get up to Vr speed. However, the wind was blowing so intensely directly toward aircraft departing on the 34s that this Frontier obtained added lift so as soon as it came off 34L it climbed very rapidly and from my location the snow-capped mountains came into view behind it.
trembo A
awesome capture!
Gavin Hughes
Great capture Gary. From your comprehensive comment it seems all things came together but if you don't add skill, you get zilch or poor. Neither of the latter apply here.
Darryl Sarno
Great shot Gary!
Tom Vance
I see G-man is out dusting us off the charts again....you forgot to add " extremely rare",,,I've never seen a photo of Slide Mtn in this type of view from RNO! 5 Sliders and Calendar shot!
ken kemper
Great Capture Gary............

Interesting add on about how the pic was "made".
JM32
WOW !! I mean really WOW. This is an awesome picture. Well done Gary. 3 thumbs up
Dale Docken
Totally magnificent, Gary!!
Qatar123
Awesome shot Gary!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
15-Jun-2024 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Denver Intl () 05:23PM EDT 06:29PM MDT Scheduled
15-Jun-2024 A20NCancun Int'l ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 10:56AM EST 02:18PM EDT Scheduled
15-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Cancun Int'l () 08:05AM EDT 09:31AM EST Scheduled
15-Jun-2024 A20NOrlando Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 05:11AM EDT 06:34AM EDT Scheduled
14-Jun-2024 A20NTrenton Mercer ()Orlando Intl () 11:42AM EDT 01:41PM EDT 1:58
14-Jun-2024 A20NRaleigh-Durham Intl ()Trenton Mercer () 09:23AM EDT 10:28AM EDT 1:04
14-Jun-2024 A20NOrlando Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 06:38AM EDT 08:00AM EDT 1:21
13-Jun-2024 A20NChicago Midway Intl ()Orlando Intl () 10:30PM CDT 01:43AM EDT (+1) 2:13
13-Jun-2024 A20NPhiladelphia Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 07:14PM EDT 08:10PM CDT 1:56
13-Jun-2024 A20NOrlando Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 03:30PM EDT 05:36PM EDT 2:06
13-Jun-2024 A20NCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Orlando Intl () 11:21AM EDT 12:58PM EDT 1:37
13-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 08:57AM EDT 09:57AM EDT 0:59
12-Jun-2024 A20NHarry Reid Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 11:52PM PDT 06:17AM EDT (+1) 3:25
12-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 09:45PM MDT 10:12PM PDT 1:27
12-Jun-2024 A20NNashville Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:16PM CDT 04:49PM MDT 2:32
12-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Nashville Intl () 10:46AM MDT 01:54PM CDT 2:08
12-Jun-2024 A20NChicago Midway Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:00AM CDT 08:04AM MDT 2:03
12-Jun-2024 A20NHarry Reid Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 12:17AM PDT 05:24AM CDT 3:07
11-Jun-2024 A20NChicago Midway Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 09:26PM CDT 10:42PM PDT 3:15
11-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 07:29PM EDT 07:54PM CDT 1:25
11-Jun-2024 A20NChicago Midway Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 02:28PM CDT 04:50PM EDT 1:22
11-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 10:02AM MDT 12:58PM CDT 1:55
10-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Denver Intl () 11:17PM EDT 12:02AM MDT (+1) 2:45
10-Jun-2024 A20NSangster Int'l ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 05:54PM EST 09:19PM EDT 2:24
10-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Sangster Int'l () 02:54PM EDT 04:16PM EST 2:21
10-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 06:39AM MST 12:42PM EDT 3:03
09-Jun-2024 A20NMinneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 11:08AM CDT 11:55AM MST 2:47
09-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 05:18AM MST 09:54AM CDT 2:35
09-Jun-2024 A20NSalt Lake City Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 01:11AM MDT 01:25AM MST 1:14
08-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 10:21PM MDT 11:25PM MDT 1:04
08-Jun-2024 A20NMcGhee Tyson ()Denver Intl () 07:28PM EDT 08:33PM MDT 3:04
08-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()McGhee Tyson () 01:05PM MDT 05:20PM EDT 2:14
08-Jun-2024 A20NMilwaukee Mitchell Intl Airport ()Denver Intl () 09:42AM CDT 10:54AM MDT 2:12
08-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Milwaukee Mitchell Intl Airport () 05:48AM MDT 08:33AM CDT 1:44
07-Jun-2024 A20NSan Francisco Int'l ()Denver Intl () 08:34PM PDT 11:36PM MDT 2:02
07-Jun-2024 A20NChicago Midway Intl ()San Francisco Int'l () 04:51PM CDT 07:01PM PDT 4:09
07-Jun-2024 A20NSan Francisco Int'l ()Chicago Midway Intl () 09:27AM PDT 03:04PM CDT 3:36
07-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()San Francisco Int'l () 06:39AM MDT 07:48AM PDT 2:09
06-Jun-2024 A20NCancun Int'l ()Denver Intl () 08:09PM EST 10:53PM MDT 3:44
06-Jun-2024 A20NChicago O'Hare Intl ()Cancun Int'l () 07:50AM CDT 10:57AM EST 3:07
05-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:03PM MST 03:01AM CDT (+1) 2:57
05-Jun-2024 A20NChicago O'Hare Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:37PM CDT 08:35PM MST 2:58
05-Jun-2024 A20NHartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:16PM EDT 04:41PM CDT 1:25
05-Jun-2024 A20NChicago O'Hare Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 12:04PM CDT 02:33PM EDT 1:29
05-Jun-2024 A20NPhiladelphia Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 09:48AM EDT 10:29AM CDT 1:41
04-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 02:18AM MDT 07:24AM EDT 3:05
03-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 09:59PM MST 12:17AM MDT (+1) 1:18
03-Jun-2024 A20NLos Angeles Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:14PM PDT 08:15PM MST 1:00
03-Jun-2024 A20NSan Francisco Int'l ()Los Angeles Intl () 04:56PM PDT 05:54PM PDT 0:57
03-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()San Francisco Int'l () 12:01PM MST 01:45PM PDT 1:43
03-Jun-2024 A20NDenver Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 10:24AM MDT 10:46AM MST 1:22
03-Jun-2024 A20NPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 05:54AM MST 08:20AM MDT 1:26
03-Jun-2024 A20NSalt Lake City Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 02:08AM MDT 02:18AM MST 1:09
02-Jun-2024 A20NSan Francisco Int'l ()Salt Lake City Intl () 10:40PM PDT 01:01AM MDT (+1) 1:20
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