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'Watching' the An-225 approach Shannon today and last week, it followed virtually identical routes. A few miles before finally turning for the runway line-up, it cleared a 1,700' treeless hill summit by about 2,000'. That could be quite a good vantage point, if the day looks suitable and there is enough warning to get there and complete the ascent. I might even do a dry run one day, when I'm over there again, to prove the route and time the total journey.
 

Gramaisc

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On its way there again - I'll see if my intended vantage point for future flights still looks plausible shortly - it's over south Wales now, following much the same route as the previous runs, so far. There's always the prevailing wind to contend with, for the final approach direction, but it's a northerly wind today, which could result in landing 'the other way' - we'll see, shortly.

 

Gramaisc

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This was the flightpath today - the intended viewpoint is the summit just north of the 'Upgrade' button, so it passed there about 1.5km north and 2,000' above it - it would have been a reasonable view in today's weather.

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With the Sun behind the viewer, it should be quite good - and there's a good view to the east for a fair warning of the approach.

At that point, it starts a left turn for the final line-up, so the view lasts a bit longer, too.

All this is subject to the weather, and spotting that a flight is actually on the way, even if they are continuing in the future anyway. It has been around an eight-day schedule so far, but definitive information on the future is lacking. There has been a regular take-off at around 9am in Almaty for these flights, so a daily check should spot it in time for a rendezvous. Today's flight did arrive fifty minutes early, but heading off as it enters Germany looks a viable plan, if it's spotted in time.
 
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