CPA 3272 Leg 2 – ORD to AMS

Welcome to part 2 of the Cathay Pacific Cargo RTW-Tour on Flight CPA 3272. Today we are heading from Chicago O’Hare Airport, where we landed after the last flight from Anchorage, to Amsterdam Schiphol. Again we are flying on B-HUO – the Silver Bullet. Our cargo today: 85 tons

Here’s the flight information. ETD was 8:45 pm CST
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Our route will take us towards the Canadian border. We will then overfly the capital Ottawa and the city of Quebec. After we reach Newfoundland, we will head out on the Atlantic Ocean over Gander and enter North Atlantic Track Victor at Waypoint KOBEV. Exit point will be RESNO. A little while later we will overfly Belfast, the Isle of Man and cross the UK in the Manchester region. Our descent into Amsterdam will begin close to Norwich
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The flightplan is filed, the last bit of cargo is being loaded as we speak and it is time for our pre-flight items
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Take a seat in the jumpseat and buckle up! CPA 3272 Heavy is holding in position on ORDs RWY 10, awaiting its take-off clearance by the tower.
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After a little turn to the left we are now looking at the outskirts of Chicago. Soon the view out of the window will turn to pitch black, once we reach Lake Michigan
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Still climbing. Performance – brought to you courtesy of those 4 powerful RR RB211 engines
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After an uneventful flight over the nightly Atlantic Ocean, we are now watching the sunrise close to the Northern Irish coast
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A look on our ND shows us that we are 12.1 nm out of waypoint MASOP with a comfortable 40 knot tailwind
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Give some credit to an often forgotten hero – the overhead panel!
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The sky has turned to blue
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Through the clouds we get a nice view of central England
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As we close in on the British coast, DAL51 Heavy is passing under us enroute from AMS to ATL. The captain took this picture out of his left window with a heavy zoom lens
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Descending and turning. ATC has cleared us for a vectored visual approach into RWY 09
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Seriously, looking at the Ground Chart from AMS it looks more like a Miro painting than an actual airport PLANNED by people
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In the busy Dutch morning airspace, we are vectored to fly along the Dutch coastline
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But finally we get cleared for visual and receive final vectors
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CPA 3272 Heavy has the runway in sight
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There’s nothing like a handflown visual in a 747!
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Some Dutch spotter took this
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Baby got back!
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As we are about to touch down another flight just took off of RWY 36
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If you look really close, you can see the infamous Dutch mountains at the horizon
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In this case the term “where there’s smoke there’s fire” does luckily not apply
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Another Cathay 747 buddy from HKG is sitting at the gate, waiting for some passengers
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Wohoo, look at her shining. Not a tad tired after that long Transatlantic leg, still looking like a queen
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We’ve reached our parking position on the freight ramp in AMS. Thanks for sending cargo with Cathay Pacific Airlines
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I hope you enjoyed todays leg. Time to relax with a few Heineken and some Dutch fries. Next flight will be the Gouda-Run from AMS to DXB.

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