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Old 06-17-2021, 09:05 AM
 
Location: S. FL
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I always book a window seat. My favorite views are just the clouds and bright blue sky.
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:11 AM
 
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I love looking out the window. My most memorable view is flying over the Rockies at night in winter and peering down at all the tiny villages lit up and nestled into the snow and mountains. Breathtaking.
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:42 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Which app do you use? I've always wanted to be able to do this. "What lake is that?" "Which town is this?"
OSM ( open source maps)

Also use Maps.me

Both use gps, so no internet connection is required

You need to upload specific region maps before you go! (If you won't have internet or data available while enroute)
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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As a young GI heading to SE Asia for the first time...stewardess called our attention to a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, some 30K feet below...and stated we were going to land that big plane on that tiny speck. Wake Island turned out to be just big enough.

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Old 06-17-2021, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I definitely look out the window. On some flights out of JFK at night you can get a view straight up 5th Avenue in Manhattan. On puddle jumper flights you can see the ground the whole way, and you can get literally a bird's eye view of the countryside.
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Cole Valley, CA
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Do you look out the window when you fly?
Until we're above the clouds, my face is glued to the window. I love it!


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My favorite view was a sunlit look at that huge glacier in Greenland calving all those icebergs. I looked around the plane, all dark -- everyone's shades were closed, I was the only passenger who saw this amazing sight.

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What were your favorite views from the air?
Greenland Glaciers are also one of my favorites. Flying on the 4th of July is nice as well. I'm a climber, so whenever I'm flying over a mountain range, I work to identify the peaks, rivers, and other landmarks if I'm familiar with the range. I also like to follow random rural roads, rivers, and try and identify everything.

Since I often read physics/cosmology/relativity related books on flights, another interesting sight to see is that of other planes in flight. It looks so odd to see a plane in the air moving in what appears to me to be an unorthodox direction. It's off on some odd angle to me, but the inhabitants inside are experiencing the same phenomena as I am. Perhaps there's even a flight attendant coming down the aisle offering beverages. A dry Manhattan for me, if you will.

One of my favorite authors, Julio Cortazar, wrote a short story called Island at Noon wherein the main character becomes obsessed about an island viewed from a plane window. I really enjoyed the story, but have only read the Spanish version.

One day I'd like to take one of the NYC <-> Hong Kong flights or similar that fly up and over the North Pole.
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Old 06-17-2021, 12:09 PM
 
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Yes, I love looking down and trying to figure out where we are. I wish GPS on my phone would work on that ( any suggestions?). I had a Garmin way back and it was sort of so so as far as identifying highways and towns.

My great views were flying from Milan to Rome but the Alitalia flight was great . Flying over the Alps was so beautiful. Also, flying over the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell are also a treat.
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Old 06-17-2021, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Northern CA
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I'd rather look at ANYTHING outside the window, than the interior of a packed airliner.
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Old 06-17-2021, 12:57 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Sometimes you Can't look out the window (787 master control for shading). I saw one airline last was telling FA to "lighten-up" on forcing windows to darken. Some watching movies or sleeping get real upset if one passenger "destroys-the-darkness' by opening window shade.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:03 PM
 
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I only fly if i have a window seat. I need to see what's going on outside. Sitting the aisle or middle of the plane would drive me crazy.

I'll look out the window as much as i can, take off to landing unless it's dark or cloudy outside or there is pressure to close the shade (bright sun on my side of the plane).
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