United Airlines Low Approach at Frankfurt


Following last weekend’s lucky but scary Lufthansa landing in strong crosswind, here’s another interesting video, again from Germany, but this time from the busy Frankfurt International Airport, where a retiring United Airlines captain was given the chance to make a low approach and a fly-by on his last flight as a commercial airliner captain, who even “waves goodbye” with his Jumbo Jet. It’s really nice from the ATC (Air Traffic Control) to allow such an event, it was probably one of the least busy periods of the day.

If any of you were on that flight, please share your experiences with the readers of this blog!

[Andreas and Thomas, thanks for the link!]

by balint01

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3 Responses to “United Airlines Low Approach at Frankfurt”


  1. 1 szafi March 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve never thought about it, but it must be a very sad thing to take off and land on your very last flight before you retire.
    It must be much more fun of course if you can do such a thing on that very last flight.

    One can show he is still a strong, full-value person and not old even if he retires.

    Nice one!

  2. 2 janie Burton March 17, 2008 at 3:58 am

    I think there was a problem with the landinggear and than they have to do a fly over at the airport so the controltower can check and must take pictures.

  3. 3 balint01 March 17, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Janie, you’re right, if there was a problem with the landing gear that would be one of the things to do. But in such a case, the folks at the control tower would not be laughing and cheering – as you can hear on this video – they would probably be quiet and focused on the landing gear – in my opinion.


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