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Old 12-02-2018, 09:06 PM   #1  
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Default San Fransisco - Hongkong Flight Goes CCW

Hello,
Can you tell me why the flight trajectory goes counter clockwise? Even in daytime, at some moment the sun appears at the right side of the cockpit glass?
Isn't the sun supposed to stay at the left side of the airplane all the time?

Is the globe map wrong?
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:22 AM   #2  
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The sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest. The route to Hong Kong From SFO starts out heading NW. If the flight departed in the morning the sun would be out the right window. The route heading into Hong Kong finishes heading SW, so the sun setting in the NW would also be out the right window. I'm assuming you're not a pilot, so google "great circle route" to understand why the route appears to be a curved line.
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I wish we did SFO-HK

Might want to ask United guys that believe the earth isnít flat...


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Might want to ask United guys that believe the earth isnít flat...


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It departed from America so obviously it was America airlines. Duh. Welcome to how the public thinks. Scary, ain't it? And they can vote, too.
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Hello,
Can you tell me why the flight trajectory goes counter clockwise? Even in daytime, at some moment the sun appears at the right side of the cockpit glass?
Isn't the sun supposed to stay at the left side of the airplane all the time?

Is the globe map wrong?

Here's your homework assignment:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_distance


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_navigation
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So those guys can't fly armed?
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It departed from America so obviously it was America airlines. Duh. Welcome to how the public thinks. Scary, ain't it? And they can vote, too.
I had three guys this year telling me the earth is flat.
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I had three guys this year telling me the earth is flat.
Arado,

This guy makes a lot of sense....can't go wrong with a bottle of Zima either!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulw8DGc5kPM
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I had three guys this year telling me the earth is flat.
Ok you win - those guys can vote on our contract!
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I had three guys this year telling me the earth is flat.
Not yet, but it has a slow leak.
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