Awesome Weekend for an #avgeek

I went spotting over the weekend or as I described the weekend to my work collegues “hunting for aircraft”. I was out to try and get a few particular aircraft that had been out and about and were pretty rare.

Well I managed to get 3 of the 4 I had been hunting. First up… the Elusive Uzbekistan Airways 767-300ER:

From Seattle Spotting 2013

They have suprisingly ordered 2 767s and this is the first of them. It has only done a couple of flights and I only caught this one on a rare occurence that I was already at Paine waiting for something else when it lodged a flight plan and got taxi clearance within 10 minutes of each other (all while I was in the bathroom!).

Next up we have the American Airlines 777-300ER:

From Seattle Spotting 2013

Now I have shots already of the AA 77W but never in full livery as this is the first one that is factory fresh, fully painted in the new livery. Managed to get it several times over the weekend but this is one of my better shots. Saturday’s shots were with a nice lovely blue sky, but just not as good as I had a tail chopped off here, a nose chopped off there but still.. very pretty:

From Seattle Spotting 2013

The new livery is growing on me as I think that it is much better in person, than seen in pictures.

The third catch is the Saudia Cargo 747-8F:

From Seattle Spotting 2013

Their first 747-8F and my first glimpse of this bird. It is exceedingly boring compared to Cargolux, NCA or even Air Bridge Cargo who all have much better liveries on their 747-8F (though not as bland as Korean Air Cargo). But still, its a pretty rare site so will take what I can get.

Also managed to get a new airline to my list being Minaldo who look to be a Lion Air offshoot and they haven’t even started flying yet!

From Seattle Spotting 2013

As I was waiting for this one to head back out after a landing, the fog rolled right in, so much so you could barely see the aircraft:

From Seattle Spotting 2013

Made for an exciting weekend that’s for sure. Some days, I just love living in Seattle!

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