The photos in the slide show below are screen shots on the in-seat television of an Emirates Boeing 777 which display the scene from the out-board camera on the aircraft. This is, basically, the view the pilot has of what's in front of him. The slide show demonstrates the approach and landing at Frankfurt. The weather is not great, so the shots are not as clear as they could be.
The first photo is from about twenty miles out on the glide path to runway 2r left. The airport is the light patch in the centre of the photo. This will become more apparent at the aircraft gets closer.
The light line curving through the middle photos is the A3 autobahn, one of the busiest highways in Europe. The parallel runway, 25 right, is--where else?--on the right.
The terminal is on the right side of the runway. On the left side is the site of the former Rhine Main Airbase, which will soon become Terminal 3 of Frankfurt airport. The space is currently being used for freight operations, private jets, and maintenance hangars.
The last photo is just before the aircraft veers to the right, following the yellow line to a taxi way.
The fool on the hill sees the sun going down...
Fool, yes; hill, no--but on the 11th floor. To celebrate escaping the hospital (it felt like a convict walking out of prison with his meager belongings to a waiting car), I offer the promised view to the west. Quality is not great, because the photo was taken with an iPhone. Sorry, best I could do. If one looks closely, the Frankfurt skyline is visible on the horizon directly below the setting sun.
For history buffs and anyone interested in irrelevant facts, the distance is about the same as the nearest the Germans managed to fight their way to Moscow during WWII. I've passed the monument marking the spot many times, luckily having an easier ride than folks in the 40's. I'm sure that it irks some Germans, that the French made it all the way...even if they suffered equal humiliation in the end.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.