A wild Airbus A380 appears.

I was driving to Midland on Saturday and stopped for gas in Garden City, TX (a misnomer if ever there was one). I looked up and saw four chemtrails contrails in the sky, and grabbed the camera for a better look. I was pleasantly surprised (excited, actually, I’m such an airplane nerd) to see an immediately recognizable Qantas A380. Not a bad shot for something 39,000 feet up in the air and about 10 miles offset.

Here’s what FlightRadar24 had to say about it. When QF7 (VH-OQE) landed in Dallas 38 minutes after this snapshot, it completed a flight of 8,577 miles (13,804 kilometers), the third-longest flight in the world. It used to be the longest.

And here’s what an A380 might look like landing at DFW. This isn’t the same aircraft that I saw on Saturday. I took this photo of VH-OQI about two years ago.

If anybody is wondering, the top photo was taken with a Canon 50D with a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 @ 200mm, 1/400, f/10, ISO 160 (Av).