Well, as I mentioned in THIS THREAD, I got with my instructor to get me into KIAD for the event. He was concerned about “playing with the big boys in their sandbox”, so he wanted another IFR pilot with him, so we took a 4-place Piper Warrior N20977.
It was a big guessing game as to which FBO we would park at once we arrived. Signature is at the north end of 1R/19L and Landmark is at the North end of 1L/19R. We called the Dulles ATIS on the phone, and they were reporting arrivals on 19L and 19R and departures on 30. We figured our best chance would be to go to Landmark where we could at least see the departure from 2 miles away, and hopefully it would arrive on 19R.
We were ready to depart Winchester, VA (KOKV) at 11:20 EDT and called clearance delivery - they made us wait 10 minutes. We shut the plane down and waited - then called them back - they made us wait another 10 minutes. I was concerned about missing the takeoff. We called again and got our clearance and squak code and were off at about 11:40 EDT.
We got clearance to the COGAN fix and then told to expect vectors in from there. After we were airborne, the controller told us we’d see the Airbus 12 miles to the southwest… Yeah - we missed the takeoff, but we were able to make it out in the distance during arrival. Hopefully we’d get to see it land.
Even though the ATIS was reporting departures on runway 30, we were vectored for landing on the same runway, 12, in the opposite direction! Hey - whatever works for them…
So we taxiied down Q to Z, and then down the entire length of Z down to Landmark (AIRPORT DIAGRAM). As we were taxiing, we noticed a plane approaching on 19R. It just happened to be “The Whale”! We were near the area where it touched down on the parallel taxiway! Just dumb luck! I got video of it, but no pictures. I’ll post the video on YouTube soon, and then post a link to it here. As it turns out, I never actually saw the plane with my eyes - I watched it all through the viewfinder of my camcorder
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EDIT: Thanks again to Planeaholic for providing me with the details of the event!