Credit to local avgeek, Scott, for prompting the name of this quick post. (I decided to alter the tone slightly.)

Undoubtedly to cater for demand resulting from the football world cup match held in Wellington today, Air New Zealand laid on some extra flights including two from Auckland to Wellington using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZF.

I was stuck at home all day but was favoured with a southerly, which means ILS approaches go almost directly over my house.

Here’s a shot of ‘NZF at 8:30 this morning. The crew had the gear down long before passing over.


Whereas the later flight around 1pm left the gear lowering until right overhead.


And if you’re not a fan of the arty, in-to-the-sun shot (can you see the shadow?), here’s a more conventional one. In this shot, you can see very faint vapour trails coming from the back of the wings.





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