What is the most amazing sight that you have seen from the window of a plane?
The most amazing sight ever was flying over the Swiss Alps early morning and watching the sun rising and glistening on the snow covered mountains.
I thought I must have gone to heaven.
Sydney! I have travelled the world for 40 years and after my first trip abroad around the world solo for 10 months I was invited to meet the flight crew. The captain said – we are about to start our descent into Sydney you had better buckle up. As I turned to leave the flight deck he said – there is a spare seat there. It was truly magnificent! What a homecoming!
Many, many years ago, when Lufthansa used to fly in & out of Australia, the pilot announced that we were about to fly over Ayres Rock & that it was an amazing monolith that everyone should see. He said that he would tilt the plane so everyone on the right hand side could see “The Rock” & then likewise on the left. At that time, we all got a fabulous view but never again has this happened whenever I have flown across Australia.
The most most impressive site I’ve seen from the air, apart from Sydney Harbour of course, was New York City. Manhattan was really exciting to see from a height.
Just last week I flew from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Before reaching Santiago I clearly saw the amazing Andes Mountains with mountains of various heights topped white and brown , long valleys and no vegetation. For five to ten minutes it all looked so unreal and amazing.
I used to love geomorphology way back at school and university. I find flights over central Australia fascinating. What my teachers described is right there in the landscape below. In flight over the Red Centre, the wrinkle of dunes, the snaking of watercourses, the boomerang of billabongs: wind and water at work carving our ancient land.
Returning to Sydney recently on SQ I thought the colours of the water just before landing were amazing! Seemed to be the perfect day for all the different shades of blue, and the water was so clear.
In answer to my son’s distress call, flying with new pilot-husband from Townsville to Cairns one perfect Sunday afternoon, gazing at and identifying the island ‘jewels’ in a sparkling blue Coral Sea.
I was lucky enough to fly into Queenstown, New Zealand one April the morning after the first snowfall of the year – best view ever!
Flying into la Guardia airport on a sunny clear morning. Out of the left of the plane I first saw the Statue of Liberty and then Manhattan Island. All the water, reflection and colour, it was stunning.
Landing at New York JFK at Christmas time during the night. A wonderland of lights.
While flying from Saigon to Paris with Vietnam Airlines I was studying the route display on the in-flight monitor and noticed we were flying over Agra, India. It was a beautifully clear day and I looked out the window and saw a white building surrounded by a patch of green. Yep, it was the Taj Mahal, 30 000 feet below!
On the descent to Ayres Rock Airport in March 2015 I was brought to tears when I saw the vast monolith known as Uluru soar from the red centre of our country and fill the tiny frame of my window…I could not explain this overwhelming emotional outpouring of tears. It was beyond my control. To this day when I speak Uluru I tear up…a truly spiritual moment in my life for which I am very grateful to have experienced.
I have a couple of great memories of spectacular sights from the window of a plane. In 1983 I was flying Alitalia from Frankfurt to Rome. It was a cloudless day and the view of the snow-covered Alps was sensational. Almost 33 years later, I still remember the thrill of it all. More recently, in 2002, I was taking a daytime flight from Bangkok to Munich with a friend. Again, we were lucky enough to have a cloudless day. The views over water-logged Bangladesh, then the mountains of Northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan were even more sensational than my Alps experience. Later, during that same flight (still not a cloud in sight) we could see the Russian Black Sea Fleet docked at Sebastopol on the Crimean Peninsula. I’ve sat in lots of aeroplane seats since then, but I haven’t experienced anything as memorable as those wonderful views.
What is the most amazing sight that I have seen from the window of a plane?
I was flying to Iguassu Falls from Buenos Aires and we had been flying over rather thick jungle for some time when I saw what looked like smoke from a bushfire, rising in plumes way up in the air from the trees below. We were still a long way off and it was very clear but the closer we came to this smoke the more intrigued I became until, as we circled over Iguassu, it became clear that it was the spray from the mighty waterfalls being sent high up into the sky. It was a magnificent sight.
In December 1961 I flew for the first time from Southampton to Guernsey C.I. in an old twin engine Dakota. As we approached the airport all you could see were glasshouses after glasshouses covering the whole Island and sparkling in the sunlight. I later learned that they were for Flowers/Tomatoes the Island’s major industry. Returning in 2009 the glasshouses were all but disappeared due to economic reasons.
Many years ago my wife and I were on a Qantas flight to South Africa … although it was daylight outside all the window shades were down. We decided to go for a walk and at the rear of the plane we looked out of the window in the rear entry door to see below the polar ice cap spreading across the southern ocean with the shadows of the huge icebergs breaking the vast white spread of ice.
A day time landing in Singapore (usually in the past it was night time plane change on the trip to Europe) meant a spectacular view of the city high rise set among greenery. But was I found most engaging were the hundreds (literally) of bulk cargo and container ships waiting at anchor. I wondered how they knew when it was their turn to dock and unload?
The most amazing site was a cyclone from well above, flying to Fiji.
On a day time flight from Madrid to Casablanca passing over the coastline of southern Spain I looked down to see very clearly the southernmost tip of Spain and the northern tip of Morocco, North Africa. Amazing to see to see how close the continents of Europe and Africa are and a treasured photograph.
After 6 months working long hours at a remote, high altitude mine site in Peru, the most amazing sight I saw on descent into Sydney was – Australia. Arriving back in Australia, with Peter Allen singing “I still call Australia home” over the aircraft sound system as we taxied, I burst into tears.
The best view out the window was a few years’ ago flying into Fiumicino Airport from Dubai on a clear day. You could see the boot shape of Italy perfectly; it is like looking at a live map. Every time I have a daytime flight into Malpensa or Fiumicino, I book a window seat in the hope of clear weather, but alas it has been cloudy every time and I hope this May when I do it again it will be clear.
Last March I visited Bhutan. On the flight from Paro to Kathmandu I flew over the Himalayas. It was simply breathtaking. Mt Everest was completely clear as were the surrounding mountains.
This was a sight I will never forget.
On our recent flight to Kathmandu in October, I was woken from my sleep by the murmur of voices from other passengers and a couple of the flight crew. I opened my eyes, looked out the window and there it was… Mt Everest! Passengers seated on the other side of the plane were all lined up in the aisle, peering through the windows on my side. It was an awe-inspiring spectacle, and the fact that we were flying at 30,000 feet really brought home the daunting height of this vast mountain range.
The most amazing sight I’ve seen out the window during a flight was coming in to land at the tiny outpost of Longyearbyen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, situated in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard was formerly known by its Dutch name of Spitsbergen, meaning ‘sharp mountains’, and that is exactly what you see – an endless vista of snow-covered sharp peaks that takes your breath away. It feels almost like landing on the moon.
I always aim for a window seat when I fly, it’s the only thing that makes a long haul flight bearable, and I agree that the sights of Sydney harbour and city buildings from the air are wonderful. But my personal highlight is on the flight from Sydney to Johannesburg. It was my first trip to Africa to go on safari through 4 countries. On the map it looks a straight route and not very interesting BUT the flight path is south and curves down to the Antarctic. The view from the plane of water, glistening in the sun light, cutting jagged paths through the sparkling, white ice is absolutely breathtaking. It was possible to see where each ice floe had been joined on before separating, and where the next one was still in position but cut out and surrounded by a thin ribbon of water. The fact that is was totally unexpected just heightened the whole experience. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Africa a second time and seen it again with bigger icebergs casting shadows this time!
Chile, Punta Arenas to Santiago, right hand side of plane, window seat, view of snow capped Andes all the way.
I’ll never forget flying into Yangon from Bangkok.
Very flat but with palm trees everywhere and golden stupas glistening in the brilliant sunshine!
Just a hint of things to come.
One of the best descents I’ve seen has to be the long, slow trawl north to south over Manhattan. We landed at La Guardia on our first ever trip to New York and were treated to an aerial view of all those landmarks–amazing and exciting to see (and point out!)Another honourable mention isn’t a long descent but it’s a doozy of a landing–St Maarten. It felt as though we would land right on top of the sunbathers at the beach!Although any descent to a place you have yet to explore is magnificent…
While I’m fiercely patriotic and there’s nothing like returning home to Sydney and it’s glorious harbour, for razzamatazz and excitement, the descent into the “old” airport at Hong Kong had to be a world beater! Shearing past the neon lit buildings at night, seemingly narrowly missing them, was a heart stopper and a buzz. No carnival ride could compare!
I advise anyone flying into Tokyo at dusk to try and snare a window seat on the left-hand side and looking west. If the sky is clear you’ll see Mount Fuji bathed in the red glow of the setting sun. It’s truly a sight to behold.
Many years ago checking in to fly Auckland to Christchurch I wanted to see Mt Egmont. It took some time for the check in staff to determine which side of the plane would get the view as the flight path varied with wind directions. A few phone calls were made on my behalf. The view… Well I was seated above the wing so I saw the flaps go up and go down!