Milsons Point is a recommended place for photos of the Sydney skyline and, at sunrise on this fabulously clear day, the views didn’t disappoint.
Having landed after photo 1 in today’s series of images and caught up on a bit of sleep, I went out on an exploratory run of the city. I find running or cycling around cities a great way to get a feel for the place and today was no exception. The run/cycle doesn’t have to be continuous – in fact it’s better if it isn’t – stopping to take in these sort of views is just about obligatory and it helps to catch your breath and enable you to be out and about for much longer. This photo is taken from the Botanical Gardens and is a of view looking in almost exactly the opposite direction from photo 1 of earlier today. The theme of ‘framing’ is maintained by the overhanging branches of one of the many spectacular trees growing here.
On final approach to Sydney’s Runway 16R, we were nicely stable and configured for landing – as befits a wide-bodied, intercontinental airliner at the end of an 8 3/4 hour flight – when we got an urgent cockpit indication of very close proximity traffic. Looking to our left, not only do we get this iconic view of Sydney Harbour, the Bridge, Opera House and Downtown, but we also see this little regional Turbo Prop aircraft come belting past us with about 50 knots of overtake. He’s obviously lined up to land on Runway 16L so is absolutely no threat to us, but there’s no gear down and no flap out – I had to cast my mind back a good few years to work out what’s going on?
He’s racing us!
I can just imagine the chat going on in their cockpit, “see that aircraft lined up for the other runway – bet we can overtake it before it lands” – “yeh, let’s give it a go” – “yeee, haaah, that’s shown ’em” (in an Aussie accent). I must admit I had a good grin at the situation!