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A derivative of the U-2 Dragon Lady, NASA's ER-2 (Earth Resources -2). N809NA or "NASA809" is based at the Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB, California and is used for high-altitude research including Earth resources, celestial observations, atmospheric monitoring, and oceanic processes. NASA 809 is shown landing at Ellington Field after photographing the effects on the Gulf of Mexico by the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. The ER-2 was tasked with these overflights to utilize the AVIRIS Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer in addition to the Hasselblad camera with digital back.

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Welcome to HoustonSpotters.net!

This is the home of a group of plane spotters in the vicinity of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), William P. Hobby airport (KHOU), as well as other surrounding airports in the Houston, Texas area!

Bush Intercontinental is the home base of United Airlines, and Hobby airport is one of the largest hubs for Southwest Airlines.

On our site you will find information about plane spotting in and around Houston, all of the resources you will need, news and discussions about upcoming and past events, as well as a photo database of pictures taken around Houston airports.

Check out and join our forum where you can post your experiences spotting!

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