Getting trolled at the Airport | Munich, January 14, 2020


Before someone complains that I said I wouldn’t go spotting again soon, I can’t remember that I’ve ever given such a statement. Due to another special movement I made my way Munich Airport again (only the 3rd time this year, so please stay calm)

Before the special arrived I had to kill some time so I tried a new position in the final of runway 26L after an Eurowings A330 went over me there in amazing light last time so here’s the arrival of D-AIDC from below.

After a few quick shots I moved to another location with a nice view of the airport. At some point, a little bizjet crossed the trees in front of the runway.

Not the greatest photo but an interesting one for me since I learned that @DirkGiessmann was on it on his trip to Graz just when I arrived at the airport.

After that, the winter light offered quite nice motives such as Air France’s A319.

A bit later, Avianca’s Boeing 787 touched down from Bogota.

A few weeks ago I showed you CSA’s special livery promoting Prague operating for Lufthansa. By now, they changed the plane so now we have the regular livery operating Lufthansa’s Bucharest flight.

Another visitor from the East was one I’ve actually never spotted before, ibound from Iasi, Blue Air’s 737 touched down in amazing light as well.

You might already notice it, eventually the shutter speed became lower since the light started to face due to some clouds approaching. Austrian’s A320 still got some ok-ish light though.

You remember the title of the topic? Yes, even though the topic started quite good at some point fate started to troll all of us standing on the spotter hill. While we we’re waiting for the actual special, another amazing plane approached Munich which had us quite hyped…well, until it landed. This (dark) FedEx 777 was the jet carrying a Panda back to China from Washington DC. Doesn’t that sticker behind the cockpit window look amazing?

With the 777 being stripped off its Panda sticker some days ago, we were now expecting the 747 we’ve been waiting for. Well, almost. Initially, TF-AMN was scheduled to arrive from Athens at 1500L. However, the plane failed to descend where we expected it and another 747 was instead flying to Munich from Frankfurt Hahn. As a result, the landing didn’t happen at 1500 with amazing light but with a dull shadow at 1600Z.

Let’s hope for better luck next time which will (hopefully) not happen within the next few days, but I better shouldn’t promise such things anymore. See you next time!


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
Deicing and more
Condor’s new colors and a big chopper
Stunning Condensations and a Royal 747
Azimuth Superjet and more for the last topic in a decade
Birthday Spotting
The Final EXPO A380

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Look, something new to quote again!

A New Perspective | Munich, March 5, 2020
A Spotting Week in Times of COVID-19 | Munich, June 1 & 3, 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
Air Force One Ramp Tour | Zurich, January 21, 2020
There's also normal traffic at Zurich?! | Zurich, January 21, 2020
Hunting an Icon and Tons of Private Jets | Zurich, January 21, 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
Returning to the South and the Visit of an Old Lady | Munich, July 17, 2020
Heavy Contrasts | Munich, January 31, 2020

Great Shots!

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I swear, @Moritz… 3 now… 🤦🏻‍♂️

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I can expect 2 more within the week 😂

I thought the PandaExpress was like a permanent thing. Didn’t know they took it on and off each time they carry a furry panda.


It apparently was on there less than 2 months 🙄 actually, Flightradar still showed the plane in special colors but I doubt they’d accept my pic showing the current state

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All good things come in threes 🤷🏼‍♂️


What happens when you hit four…

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I get a headache.


3 times…in 2 weeks…

Having a flexible schedule must be nice.

These pans look solid. Are you handholding or on tripod?


I love the Avianca 😍😍😍


That’s crazy but I don’t remember asking 😂
Jk. Lol 😂
Great pictures @Moritz

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Guess what, I‘m currently horribly annoyed that I didn’t bring my camera to University because I just got a FR24 alert for D-AILU returning from paint into the new colors with new special stickers 👀

For the panning, I always do handheld. I only use a tripod for long exposures but not for „normal“ spotting


Thanks for spotting me on a business trip! Never had such an audience before 😜

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