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Good to see the pilots were at least social distancing!

Written on 30/05/2020 by Tim Doran

Thank you Dwight!

Written on 30/05/2020 by Brian Carlin

Okay, thanks Stuart! I was in Anchorage briefly last July. I'll try to get further north up to Fairbanks next time. Who knows when that might be...

Written on 29/05/2020 by CHRIS ROBEY

Thanks Gavin - Unfortunately I didn't know it was coming until it had arrived, but still great to capture such a rare movement.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Caleb Hotz

Is this called a ghost flight? Looks like something out of the movie "Airplane" in the opening credit's.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Loren Wood

The US Navy fly over in support of COVAD 19 1st responders. NASA / JSC May 6th 2020

Written on 29/05/2020 by Tim Laird

This is the departure of the 4th once weekly SIA cargo only flight into and out of Adelaide but this shot shouldn't have happened.

The wind was 8 knots from slightly west of north normally dictating runway 05 ops. A Fokker 50 had landed just minutes before this on 05 and group had gathered for the A359 departure expecting a 05 take-off.

The jet pushed back, tail to the north-east as expected but when it entered the taxiway it turned for runway 23 instead of going down to 05. All of us got stranded in the wrong place and the best shots were only ground shots.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

They say you can choose your friends but not your family. Well that can apply to aviation photography, where you can choose your location but you can't choose the rotation spot and in this case it just had to be with a tree between the plane and me!

This is the departure of the MASKargo flight that had arrived less than two hours before and in the meantime, the wind direction had changed making the duty runway 05 from 23 when it landed.

This is more favorable by not having to go to the opposite side of the airport, but with a relatively short take-off run, the rotation was far back enough to still be caught with some heat haze and that tree being in the way.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

I'd intended going out to get some practice with two new lenses and hadn't noticed this on FA arrivals until after I'd printed the list (which these days isn't very long!) so it was a nice surprise.

I was told there had been another MASKargo flight a couple of weeks earlier but it had been at night so maybe MAS are doing semi-regular flights here but that's only speculation.

For those who like to know...this was at 0900, and as you can see, the weather wasn't bright, plus this was about 3/4 mile from my photo spot. Taken on a Nikon D7500 with a Sigma 100-400 mm lens @ 400 mm.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Those planes were fun to fly on.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Mike Boote

Look at all that social un-distancing.

Written on 29/05/2020 by cverbil

Super shot of one of the true masterpieces of design and engineering.

For Frank Theriault, De Havilland designed another similar looking fighter, the DH103 Hornet which was based on the Mosquito and using techniques learned from the Mosquito. The story on Wikipedia is worth a read.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Mike and Brian...This particular aircraft did crash and was destroyed November 27, 2008.

What I didn't realise when I made my comment was that ANZ had (at least) another one, ZK-OJO, which was the one that visited here in '07. I got pics of the 'other' side of OJO and the livery was the same as this one.

By 2015, OJO was in the white with blue tail ANZ livery and by 2018, in the new white/black livery.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes


Written on 29/05/2020 by STEPHEN FURTAK

Thank you John.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Look at all that altitude - and he hasn't even started to retract the gear!
Geesh! What is this world coming to???

just kidding, everyone.

Terrific shot!

Written on 29/05/2020 by David Seider

I hear what you're saying!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Thanks Darryl. We don't normally get Lion aircraft here so it was a rare moment for us. The best we got was Lion subsidiary, Malindo using B738s. Hopefully one day, they'll be back.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Great stuff Caleb - you're a lucky man to have such visitors AND to know about them coming/going.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Gavin Hughes

A stunning photo of a beautiful plane. Thank you Todd for sharing.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Nicholas Green

A nice shot of the ultra-rare P-51H.

Written on 29/05/2020 by jim gevay


Written on 29/05/2020 by Brian Buckley

Thank you everyone for the positive comments

Written on 29/05/2020 by Todd Royer

Great shot Gary!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Maurice Quirin

No "wide body" anything aboard these. Uncle AL on Cincinnati TV had one of these.

Written on 29/05/2020 by David Ingram

Is there an AC with a more unique profile? One of a kind, beautiful - and a great shot, too!

Written on 29/05/2020 by frank theriault

A few weeks ago on May 10th I stood at the end of runway 1L at MCI and was awestruck as I watched this plane takeoff over me. It was the first time I've seen a 707 takeoff and I'll never forget it.

Written on 29/05/2020 by masonite

Damn, that's one weird looking aircraft.

Written on 29/05/2020 by James Driskell

Thank you, Gavin, for the comment, and agreed!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Dwight Hartje

Thank you, Gary! Your comments are much appreciated1

Written on 29/05/2020 by Dwight Hartje

Love this plane, what a great shot, how many types WWII GB aircraft used the the Merlin engine?

Written on 29/05/2020 by Robert Mott

Yes, painted for the Rugby team "ALL Blacks". The Black paint also is showing the first delivery of the Model for the airline. All other's are painted in reverse.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Brian Rhodes

Here an aircraft owned by a bank from SLC comes into DSM and parks up by the hanger directly behind where I toke this shot. Des Moines is one of the biggest financial service cities in the midwest with John Deer Financing, Wells Fargo, and other companies having a manger presence here.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Dwight Hartje

Cancelation of the Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino, CA, meant we didn't get our annual look at this great beast.

Written on 29/05/2020 by David Malsher

Nice to see a pic from my former unit! Was a Squadron & Group Commander and instrumental in bringing the Antarctic mission to the 109th.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Karl Doll

This particular aircraft and stablemates are actually even older (technically). They were built as Navy LC-130Rs in two lots, delivered either 1974 or '76 for the Navy Sqdn VXE-6. A Lockheed Georga contract completed a major rebuild in 1983 that converted their designation to LC-130H and reset their USAF registration to 83-. All in all, I would guess these are both some of the oldest 130s flying and some of the best maintained. I'd love to hear the story about those props...

Written on 29/05/2020 by skylab72

Planes of Fame Museum is one of the best in the country! Their Airshow is always amazing with so many warbirds flying at once.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Jim Metzger

It is so good it almost looks photoshoped around the edges but. If it is actual photo it is a awesome shot.

Written on 29/05/2020 by William Curd

Beautiful bird even with the bumps and warts LOL
My very favorite aircraft

Written on 29/05/2020 by Robert Dickey

Referring back to the aircraft log, this was 10 Feb 2010. The caption says PAFA (Fairbanks Intl.) but we had just moved the airplane to China Marina (AK28, 2 miles away) for the annual. No room in Erk's hangar so we put on the covers and left it for him.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Stuart Sibitzky

A dizzying perspective to be sure!
Great pic

Written on 29/05/2020 by marylou anderson


Written on 29/05/2020 by marylou anderson

Another super snap Gary! Love seeing all those aircraft in that AA livery and the Lufthansa A343 in Star Alliance livery is nice addition to the background. Well done and thank you for sharing this history!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Darryl Sarno

@jmonroe Yes, the skis do retract. Somewhat. They are affixed to the landing gear so that when the pilot selects "gear up" the wheels and the skis move up. The skis move up flush to aerodynamic fairings (you can see these in the photo - especially the nose gear) The skis can move independently, so the wheels can remain up when landing on the skis on snow. To land on pavement, the wheels extend a bit below the skis - again visible in this photo. These are based out of KSCH, Schenectady New York, the 109th NYANG squadron.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Barry Witte

The yellow and black stripe that is Korean War vintage is for a USAF Tactical Fighter Squadron. But it looks cool on a P4Y... Matching wing-tip is a nice touch.

Written on 29/05/2020 by skylab72

This photo clearly shows the two strut steering wheels of the AN-124. I think one other Russian monster transport has such steering wheels. I do not believe any western designed planes have them, certainly not the Airbus A-380. I had understood such a design was very difficult and the one strut steering wheel was a design limit on the maximum size of an aircraft. Anyone know more about this design issue?

Written on 29/05/2020 by westcoasthori

ERCO, which designed and built the first Ercoupes started building Flight Simulators, including the earliest KC-135 sims (later referred to as Cockpit Procedures Trainer, CPT). In the '70's I worked on the Sim at Barksdale AFB and remember some of the structural parts had the 'ERCO' name on them.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Will Sutton

Per the 22 May entry below from KIX to PANC. I honestly didn't realize a 738 could fly for 7 hrs at a time.

Written on 29/05/2020 by Joe Wood

A variant of the very successful B-24. Great photo!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Will Sutton

Great shot and capture!

Written on 29/05/2020 by Darryl Sarno

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