The observations of an observant Southlander
Qantas flight from Sydney to Buenos Aires?
Yeah that's my pick. Was it late in the morning?
It was late in the afternoon, but had a red Quantas tail and was travelling in the direction you describe. I'd guessed Australia to South America and thought it close enough. The plane seemed huge to this puny human.
The great circle mapper says the shortest path is south of Riverton, but not so far as to justify staying north to avoid bad weather for example. There are plane trackers on the internet that can help identify which one it was. I wondered what the big plane barrelling south way up high at about sunset was; turns out it's the regular flight to Santiago.
Curiously, a local woman, looking at the trail, said exactly the same thing as you, so, with that cross-referencing, I'm completely confident you are both correct, without even having to consult the intermanet.
I meant to say "...justify not staying north..." Curiosity got the better of me, and I found that the flight sometimes goes as far north as Wellington, as well as south of Stewart Island.There is something intriguing about big planes up high in unexpected places.
Varies its path depending on the weather. I wonder if we can get an idea on our weather but its probably the weather way to the south that decides the track. Usually see it around 5 pm in both directions
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