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Boeing 737-800 (N500WR) - "Freedom One" taxies south on Alpha to make an 0830 departure to Los Angeles (KLAX).
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Boeing 737-800 (N500WR)

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"Freedom One" taxies south on Alpha to make an 0830 departure to Los Angeles (KLAX).

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
A very unusual day yesterday. Not only did I finally manage to get a pic of this one in daytime light, but I also captured a Delta Skyteam livery, snapped the entire sequence of a declared emergency landing of a small privately-owned Piper (concluded safely), and photographed the strangest landing of a UPS heavy that I have ever seen. The UPS landing still has me very confused. I began clicking pics of it as it smoked the mains while touching down just before passing the 8,000 foot marker of 34L ... and I ended my photo series as it came rocking and smoking to a dead stop right in front of my position directly next to the 7,000 foot marker -- meaning (as is very obvious from my photo series) that it went from airborne to an absolute stop in less than 1,500 feet. Why? I have absolutely no clue. I even looked around to see if there was something that had suddenly intruded on the runway such as maybe a coyote or loose dog or perhaps even a vehicle or another aircraft; however, I saw nothing but 7,000 more feet of empty runway. The deceleration after touchdown was so sudden that the nose dropped and the tail went up as it came to an unbelieveably hard and fast stop. When it stopped, the nose rocked back up as the tail rocked down, and those motions are plainly obvious in my photo series -- a photo series that consists of high speed shutter STILL shots, NOT a video. I'm betting I'll never see another landing THAT intense by any heavybird ever again in my few remaining years above the dirt. lol A very unusual event during a very unusual day of spotting.
Darryl Sarno
Great shot and catch Gary!
Greg Byington
Great shot, Gary! And that is a strange story. I wonder what was happening on the flight deck that made them want/need to execute such a landing. Hmmm...?
Carol He
I would be proud to fly on this plane
Steven H Wilcox
Wow!! What a patriotic statement!
adelma
Great shot, Gary. As a friend said when he saw it - "I didn't know whether to salute it or stick a letter in it!"

Just kidding; great livery!
chugheset
When / where can we see the photos of the UPS landing?
Tom Vance
I know why.......they knew you were there( UPS)
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
28-Jan-2023 B738Los Angeles Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 12:45PM PST 06:25PM CST Scheduled
28-Jan-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 01:10PM MST 03:50PM CST Scheduled
28-Jan-2023 B738Sacramento Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 10:30AM PST 11:40AM PST Scheduled
28-Jan-2023 B738Sacramento Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 09:20AM PST 11:50AM MST Scheduled
28-Jan-2023 B738Portland Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 08:10AM PST 09:20AM PST Scheduled
28-Jan-2023 B738Los Angeles Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 07:05AM PST 08:15AM PST Scheduled
27-Jan-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 09:50PM MST 10:40PM PST Scheduled
27-Jan-2023 B738Tampa Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:45PM EST 08:30PM MST Scheduled
27-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()San Diego Intl () 12:35PM CST 02:45PM PST Cancelled
27-Jan-2023 B738Muhammad Ali Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 11:20AM EST 11:15AM CST Cancelled
27-Jan-2023 B738Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 09:05AM EST 10:15AM EST Scheduled
27-Jan-2023 B738Miami Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 06:15AM EST 07:40AM EST Scheduled
26-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Miami Intl () 09:28PM CST 01:06AM EST (+1) 2:37
26-Jan-2023 B738Southwest Florida Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 05:26PM EST 06:48PM CST 2:22
26-Jan-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 03:31PM EST 04:08PM EST 0:36
26-Jan-2023 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Orlando Intl () 11:35AM CST 02:29PM EST 1:53
26-Jan-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 06:58AM MST 09:40AM CST 1:42
25-Jan-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Denver Intl () 08:33PM PST 10:53PM MST 1:19
25-Jan-2023 B738Los Angeles Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 06:40PM PST 07:22PM PST 0:42
25-Jan-2023 B738San Jose Int'l ()Los Angeles Intl () 04:23PM PST 05:11PM PST 0:47
25-Jan-2023 B738San Diego Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 01:06PM PST 02:09PM PST 1:03
25-Jan-2023 B738Metro Oakland Intl ()San Diego Intl () 10:52AM PST 12:00PM PST 1:07
24-Jan-2023 B738Ontario Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 09:23PM PST 10:18PM PST 0:55
24-Jan-2023 B738Metro Oakland Intl ()Ontario Intl () 07:27PM PST 08:23PM PST 0:55
24-Jan-2023 B738San Diego Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 05:24PM PST 06:32PM PST 1:07
24-Jan-2023 B738San Jose Int'l ()San Diego Intl () 03:16PM PST 04:15PM PST 0:58
24-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 11:38AM CST 01:36PM PST 3:57
24-Jan-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 05:13AM PST 10:18AM CST 3:04
23-Jan-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 10:30PM MST 10:18PM PST 0:47
23-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:23PM CST 09:41PM MST 3:18
23-Jan-2023 B738Sacramento Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 11:55AM PST 05:46PM CST 3:50
23-Jan-2023 B738Daugherty Field ()Sacramento Intl () 09:43AM PST 10:47AM PST 1:04
22-Jan-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Daugherty Field () 08:13PM PST 08:53PM PST 0:40
22-Jan-2023 B738Spokane Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 04:54PM PST 06:34PM PST 1:39
22-Jan-2023 B738Sacramento Intl ()Spokane Intl () 02:18PM PST 04:02PM PST 1:44
22-Jan-2023 B738Spokane Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 11:40AM PST 01:00PM PST 1:20
22-Jan-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Spokane Intl () 09:32AM MST 10:24AM PST 1:51
22-Jan-2023 B738San Antonio Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:08AM CST 08:03AM MST 1:55
21-Jan-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 08:07PM EST 09:48PM CST 2:41
21-Jan-2023 B738Syracuse Hancock Intl ()Orlando Intl () 02:57PM EST 05:37PM EST 2:39
21-Jan-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()Syracuse Hancock Intl () 11:15AM EST 01:35PM EST 2:19
21-Jan-2023 B738Bradley Intl ()Orlando Intl () 07:24AM EST 09:53AM EST 2:29
20-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Bradley Intl () 07:38PM CST 10:13PM EST 1:34
20-Jan-2023 B738Daugherty Field ()Chicago Midway Intl () 12:17PM PST 05:53PM CST 3:35
20-Jan-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Daugherty Field () 09:23AM CST 11:16AM PST 3:52
20-Jan-2023 B738William P Hobby ()Chicago Midway Intl () 05:29AM CST 07:42AM CST 2:13
19-Jan-2023 B738San Antonio Intl ()William P Hobby () 08:32PM CST 09:01PM CST 0:29
19-Jan-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 03:42PM PST 07:45PM CST 2:02
19-Jan-2023 B738Lubbock Smith Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 12:33PM CST 12:28PM PST 1:54
19-Jan-2023 B738New Orleans Intl ()Lubbock Smith Intl () 09:20AM CST 11:21AM CST 2:01
19-Jan-2023 B738New Orleans Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 09:20AM CST Diverted
19-Jan-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 07:37AM EST 08:07AM CST 1:30
18-Jan-2023 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Orlando Intl () 09:18PM CST 12:18AM EST (+1) 2:00
18-Jan-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 05:23PM MST 08:09PM CST 1:45
18-Jan-2023 B738William P Hobby ()Denver Intl () 11:42AM CST 01:18PM MST 2:36
18-Jan-2023 B738Valley Intl ()William P Hobby () 08:56AM CST 09:41AM CST 0:44
18-Jan-2023 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Valley Intl () 07:18AM CST 08:07AM CST 0:48
17-Jan-2023 B738Kansas City Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 05:46PM CST 07:24PM CST 1:37
17-Jan-2023 B738Dallas Love Fld ()Kansas City Intl () 03:16PM CST 04:18PM CST 1:02
17-Jan-2023 B738El Paso Intl ()Dallas Love Fld () 11:49AM MST 02:03PM CST 1:13
17-Jan-2023 B738Denver Intl ()El Paso Intl () 09:04AM MST 10:35AM MST 1:30
17-Jan-2023 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:23AM CST 07:11AM MST 1:47
16-Jan-2023 B738San Jose Int'l ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:47PM PST 12:37AM CST (+1) 2:50
16-Jan-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 05:00PM PST 06:07PM PST 1:06
16-Jan-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 01:33PM CST 03:35PM PST 4:01
16-Jan-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Nashville Intl () 08:31AM MST 12:05PM CST 2:33
16-Jan-2023 B738Will Rogers World ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 05:33AM CST 06:53AM MST 2:19
15-Jan-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Will Rogers World () 07:20PM MST 09:51PM CST 1:30
15-Jan-2023 B738Metro Oakland Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 03:28PM PST 05:49PM MST 1:20
15-Jan-2023 B738Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 12:19PM PST 01:52PM PST 1:33
15-Jan-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 09:12AM MST 10:43AM PST 2:30
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