A Cold Day in the Fog (and more...) | Munich, December 6, 2019


Remember me saying winter would bring less topics due to the weather? Well, this might not be as true as I expected myself. Regardless of -3°C I made my way to Munich Airport again this friday to take some pictures. I departed home on a nice winter day with blue skies and the sun shining, hoping to get a nice banking shot of Emirates 777 wearing the orange Expo livery. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the airport, the weather wasn’t as pleasant and in fact so bad that the only place where you could see planes was the taxiway since the runways were covered in thick freezing fog. So I was stuck shooting some deicing action in horrible weather such as this Boeing 757 of Condor:

So yeah, I was stuck in the fog and had to deal with this conditions resulting in some horrible photos.

Well, of course I'm kidding

Even though I indeed missed my original target, the fog lifted after a while and allowed some amazing shots through the (frozen) fence:

The first plane that was hit by sunlight on the deicing pad was this Etihad Boeing 777. Being my first ever deicing spotting, this really was an amzing view to enjoy for quite a while.

The next plane to take a hot shower on the deicing pad was bound for sunny Rome, one of many Lufthansa A320s.

While my fingers were freezing to ice at the spot (and the police had a suspicious look at my car parked a few hundred meters away while sending away other spotters parked next to it) I heard that a special plane was about to depart the airport. Since it was parked in the hangar over night I knew it wouldn’t be deiced so I changed my position for that. By that time the southern runway was finally used for landings again after all landings were headed for the northern runway in the fog. The amount of business jets landing there at the time was rather remarkable, the first one was a Dassault Falcon registered in Austria.

At my new spot I still could see some deicing action happening, for example on this Lufty 350 departing Munich after a long time in the cold fog.

Another Gulfstream was inbound from Azerbaijan afterwards (that one actually came rather surprising)

Eventually the departure I was waiting for came up and finally I got a shot of this rather regular visitor to Munich since the last time I tried to spot it (which actually was the first time) I ended up waiting for it in clouds and rain.

After that, the regular Lufthansa traffic pretty much made most of the movements so I decided to move somewhere else for the 380 departure later and I’d say yes, it was a good choice to go there since the takeoff ended up being in perfect winter light.

While my spot for the 380 departure was very far down the runway I still took some pics of other departing planes even though they were already climbing out rather high but the light was just too gorgeous to let them depart without taking a picture.

For a year, Wideroe has been flying to Munich now, always landing at around 8.30pm making it very hard to catch the arrival in sunlight so I only got my first shot of it more than half a year after the first service last summer. Now, the flight’s arrival time has changed to 3.30 pm finally allowing to shoot it in winter time as well. Once again in very nice evening sun.

I hope you liked these winter shots. Maybe I’ll be back with new ones rather soon. On 22nd December we’ll get a new Sukhoi Superjet Service from Krasnodar so if weather permits I’ll be out to catch it around the christmas days. Otherwise there are still some other planes that are spotting-worthy in the near future so it won’t be too long. Meanwhile you can check out my social media for more shots below and always keep an eye on who took the pic of the plane you’re watching on Flightradar :)



My spotting topics on the IFC

Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end
Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340
Another Sunny Spotting Day in Fall
Spotting with a Female closer than 5 miles, so definitely click even though she’s in none of the Pics!!!
Day and Night Shots at Munich

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Catch up, there are five topic to quote now!

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A Spotting Week in Times of COVID-19 | Munich, June 1 & 3, 2020
Racing for the specials | Munich, December 19, 2019
That didn't go as planned... | Munich, December 18, 2019
Hunting an Icon and Tons of Private Jets | Zurich, January 21, 2020
There's also normal traffic at Zurich?! | Zurich, January 21, 2020
Air Force One Ramp Tour | Zurich, January 21, 2020
Getting trolled at the Airport | Munich, January 14, 2020
This is getting out of hand | Munich, January 9, 2020
End of the first spotting decade (I promise!) | December 29, 2019
Heavy Contrasts | Munich, January 31, 2020
Several Days of Fall Spotting in Munich | October 2020, Munich
As nerdy as it can get | January 6, 2020
A New Perspective | Munich, March 5, 2020
A Bumpy Start into a Great Weekend | Munich, February 13/14, 2020
The Highlights of Saturday at Munich Security Conference | Munich, February 15, 2020
A little bonus: Etihad 787-9 "Choose China" | Munich, February 28, 2020
End of the Security Conference Spotting Weekend | Munich, February 16, 2020
A Final Spotting Trip | Munich, March 19, 2020
Spotting A Bunch of New Airlines | Frankfurt, June 12, 2020
Sunset Spotting for a First Visit | Munich, May 27, 2020
Back at the Airport | Munich, May 03/06, 2020
A Noisy Prop from the East | Leipzig, May 16th, 2020
A little more spotting | Munich (not the airport though), May 9, 2020
Farewell, Pretty Bird | Munich, May 19, 2020
Early Morning Cargo Movements | Munich, June 24th, 2020
Two Weeks of Summer Spotting | Munich, August 9 - 20, 2020
Watching White Whales | Ingolstadt/Neuburg, July 23, 2020
Being Grilled While Spotting a Special Freighter | Munich, August 8, 2020
More Special Than Regular Movements | Munich, July 3, 2020
A New Spotting Experience With Several Specials | Ingolstadt & Neuburg, July 06 & 07, 2020
A Few More Days of Specials After My Holidays | Munich, September 16-18, 2020
Two Days of Munich Specials and a Little Throwback | Munich, August 28/29, 2020
Summer Spotting Ending With Amazing Evening Light | Munich, July 29, 2020
Military Special Movements in Fall Light | Ingolstadt, November 18, 2020

Yoooooo… these are so crisp! Fantastic work, @Moritz 😉


That’s not a quote though 😏

I have five to quote, that’ll take me like 2 hours 😂

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Better do it now and don’t wait till there are 50 to quote haha

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Wow Moritz! Beautiful pictures.

PS: Maybe take those out of the detailed sub section. I almost missed it - I was like “Only one picture? Huh?” lol


Well, that was the joke ahahaha

Whenever deice runs here in Toronto it’s always a snowy and awful day, you lucky

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I‘m not entirely sure if freezing fog with 300M visibility is the better alternative there haha


Stunning shots! 😍

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That Azerbaijan Gulfstream is freaking gorgeous. 😍

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You know you will get a guaranteed like from me 😜

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Wow stunning shots Moritz!

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Some absolutely beautiful pictures 😍

Thanks :)

I didn’t expect anything else 😜


Planes getting their baths! 😂🤣. Anyways, love the Etihad and Lufthansa A320!


I have a new favorite private jet…

The sharpness is on point. Fantastic work!

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Amazing picture! ❤😀

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sehr schöne bilder aus meinem Heimatflughafen😍

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Oh, you like the Dassault Falcon? 😁