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Gulfstream V on Final to KPOU

This corner on Maloney Rd is almost exactly one mile from the end of Hudson Valley Regional Airport Runway 24:

Maloney to KPOU map

Maloney to KPOU map

So it’s not unusual to ride under a small plane on final approach.┬áHaving a Gulfstream V fly directly overhead, however, is a real attention-getter:

Gulfstream V on final - Maloney Rd - 2018-08-26

Gulfstream V on final – Maloney Rd – 2018-08-26

What’s not at all obvious from the picture is how big a GV looks when seen directly overhead through those trees just ahead on the corner where our paths crossed. There’s a 360 ft (above sea level) hill directly on the flight path, so it’s at maybe 600 ft ASL and 400-ish ft AGL.

Thrust-reversal thunder rolled over us 50 seconds later, as we rode up the rail trail access ramp. Figuring we’re 15 sound-seconds from the strip, the GV was 30 seconds from touchdown.

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  1. #1 by RCPete on 2018-08-28 - 11:02

    My grandparents lived near Chicago’s O’hare airport, and the drive home went just outside the airport The first time a 747 flew over us was pretty impressive.

    It was a similar occurrence near Moffett Field in California when a C5 Galaxy landed as I was driving on US 101. That thing has a lot of wheels on its landing gear.

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