…a funny thing happened to me yesterday – December 9, 2012. – I was out and about and discovered that El Segundo was having their Christmas Parade that afternoon. OK, fine…I got camera and decided to stay around to get some parade shots…turns out El Segundo put on a pretty substantial parade…
As I moved around from positions I saw of course the planes departing from LAX and wouldn’t you know, I happened to look up to see Air New Zealand’s Hobbit plane, ZK-OKP, so I fired off a shot just for the heck of it (proof).
Later that afternoon I went to do what I had planned to do – go to some spot along Vista del Mar (north of Imperial and south of Napoleon for you google map streetview mavens) to sit and read some material I had kept for such an occasion.
…so I sit about right where the departing planes fly over…and I don’t bother too much with it.
But after a while I did hear a somewhat louder plane and decided to stretch my legs and check what it might be – and it was a “WTF” moment – it was an Air New Zealand (Boeing triple seven) departing – SPORTING THE HOBBIT LIVERY!!
…I just stared at it slowly disappearing…how could this be…? – I had heard that a second “Hobbit plane” would be forthcoming, but so soon…? – …had the first one I did snap a shot of returned for some reason…to make a second departure…? – …did I hallucinate…?
…no, I did not hallucinate…it was Air New Zealand with a full body length illustration type livery…(but I was out of memory in my cam – no proof)
Due to the parade, the usual gang of plane spotters were not at the Imperial overlook, so fewer people than usual would probably be observing…still, some would see and notice…got info…?