'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.
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.
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.
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.
I've renewed the link twice now, it would appear it times out on YouTube, but it's still there if you go up and look directly. It's over half way to the L2 orbital position but there's a fair bit unfolding to do prior to that.
Direct NASA link:
'WhereIsWebb' tracks the status of Webb on its journey to L2 orbit and through its deployment and commissioning process leading up to the release of its first images. The page constantly updates as Webb travels, deploys, cools to operating temperature and as instruments are turned on, tested and...
I was under a low overcast all day, but I did pop the 'radar' on in the afternoon and discovered that a veritable 'convoy' of Lufthansa aircraft, about 40 to 50 miles, apart was going over - all from Frankfurt and all five were 747s.
One was off to Mexico City, but the other four were bound for four different US cities.
In clearer conditions, they might have been able to see the stored BA 747s at Kemble, as they went past.