A Cloudy Day in Great Britain to a Clear Approach Above the Golden Gate Bridge


So, hello, I have no idea how to start these topics anymore. Back on February 27, a day before I flew Kona to Anchorage, I flew London to San Francisco. It was a fun codeshare route for @AmericanVirtual. AAVA has a bunch of fun codeshares from British Airways, to Air Canada, to Iberia and a bunch of others, this was one of them. I was looking for a fun “classic route” and this was a great option. London and San Francisco are two of the most well known cities In the world and it was perfect to connect them with the most recognizable aircraft in history. San Francisco is one of my favorite airports dont tell a certain someone that I said that because of its fun approach and many routes. I obviously used the British Airways 747-400 and flight time was a long 10 hours and 34 minutes.

Flight Details

London to San Francisco
British Airways • Boeing 747-400
Speedbird 285 Heavy

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 • 🇺🇸

Lining up on the runway as a 777 climbs into London’s morning fog Putting the gear up as we ascend through the white clouds After a couple hours over the North Atlantic, we cruise above Southeast Iceland and the town of Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður. I’ll Give anybody $100 if they can pronounce that correctly After a couple more hours over the Atlantic we enter Canadian Airspace and overfly Baffin Island, the 5th largest island on Earth Northwest of Calgary the snowy mountains of Canada come into view Possibly the most famous National Park on Earth, Banff National Park as we cruise high above flying south Descending over San Francisco at 15,000 feet The absolutely stunning approach with the Golden Gate Bridge down below (yes that’s it in the bottom)
Putting the gear down above San Francisco Bay Touching down on runway 28L!

As always please let me know your thoughts and your favorite photo!

Which airline did British Airways inherit their classic Speedbird Callsign and logo from?

  • Imperial Airways
  • World Airways
  • Emerald Airlines

0 voters

I’ll see you guys tomorrow with probably Beijing to Montreal or Toronto to Vancouver!


I tried some new editing in this post so please be brutally honest with feedback! If you hate something, please tell me, it’s the only way I can make them better!


Doesn’t look like anyone replied yet so I’ll help you out!

I’m a novice editor myself, but I think I can give you a couple tips.

-Your third photo is quite over exposed. Consider darkening the picture a bit, or adding some vignette.

-Photo #4 is a bit too zoomed in. Try using the free camera and then zooming in manually… create the picture of the Queen of the Skies actually flying forward. Give the nose some space, don’t worry as much about fitting in the tail end.

-Photo #5 is AWESOME. Try adding some fog layers next time in solo!

-Photo #6-- IF global scenery kinda screwed you on this one. Try sticking to mountains if you can’t get your graphics settings up that high.

In summary, try not to zoom in too far unless you REALLY want the watcher to focus in on the plane. Planes are beautiful, but the scenery can take away from it, especially if you zoom in too far. Keep experimenting and great job on the shots!



WOW! Great photos!

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Aww! You could’ve flown to San Jose (SJC/KSJC) with the B789! It’s also a codeshare route



Leash comes out


ahh, I’ve flown this route with the A380… I was scheduled on the 747 on the way to LHR but they switched it to the 777 sigh

These are good, but a little too bright in my opinion… still pretty good.

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The flag of Britain isn’t correct. It’s this flag 🇬🇧, not that one 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿.

Amazing shots! This is the one I voted for, so it looks extra amazing!😀


THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR THE FEEDBACK. I read all of them and they make a lot of sense and will definitely help me. You made great points with the showing the scenery more than aircraft. Again, thanks so much

@KindaTartySliceOfPie @John19
Thanks guys! 😊

@BigBert10 but you know how I’m making it up to you! 😉

@Mr-plane-guy1 thanks for the feedback! I agree some are too bright, especially with the white background

@Philippe_Gilbert you’re right, that is not the flag of Britain, it’s the flag of England, the country London is in :D


Nice pictures man!