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KLM Boeing 747 arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport.


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Fisheye view of B-17 "Nine-0-Nine." It would sadly crash less than 2 weeks later.
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Me at age 22 with one of the four C-47's rigged up for electronic recon at Osan Korea in 1960. I went on to Yokota Japan to backend crew on first RB-50's and C-130B's configured for the same kind of missions but we were not allowed to photograph those.

Taken with a YashicaMat twin lens on 120 film.

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Agree. It must be very difficult keeping those old planes in flying condition.
Actually, it's no more difficult than any other airplane. They have to meet the same requirements, airframe inspections, etc. I don't think there's a single one flying that hasn't been rebuilt from the ground up. But like anything else, accidents happen. When the Liberty Belle burned up several years ago it was particularly painful because they landed in a field with an engine fire. The airplane came down on it's gear and could've been saved, but the local fire department was afraid they'd get their truck stuck in the field, so everyone just watched it burn. As a former volunteer firefighter, I find that unconscionable.

The good news is that the Liberty Belle is currently being restored (again), which is amazing in the there wasn't much left after the fire. You can find photos and videos online.
 
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Brussels Airlines A330 arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport
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The MiG 21MF (8008) which previous served with 2 PLM Goleniow of the Polish Airforce. It is now a promo prop for a rich businessman.

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I liked the light on the tailfins of these American Airlines jets from a recent flight, was less impressed with how one of these jets didn't get me to my destination...

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Here's a few from a recent visit to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It's a great little aviation museum if you're visiting Honolulu. Well worth the trip. https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/

The revamped P-40 and F4F display inside Hanger 37, the main museum.
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A snarling tiger is the last thing some Japanese pilots saw!
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Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat, the type used in the first six months of the war and by the Marines at Guadalcanal. The photo is of Joe Foss, the top Marine fighter ace, who won a Medal of Honor for defending Guadalcanal.
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The hero of Midway, the Douglas SBD Dauntless. These dive bombers sank four Japanese carriers at Midway.
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Pilot getting into his Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
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Remains of a Nakajima B5N2 Kate torpedo/attack bomber. For the first year of the war, the best carrier-based torpedo bomber in the world. According to the museum, this is the most intact Kate in the US. Replicas of the torpedo and bomb it could carry in the foreground. The Japanese had the best torpedoes, which is really what made their torpedo bomber and surface torpedo attacks so effective. Americans had terrible torpedoes that seldom hit their targets and often failed to explode when they did, which made the sacrifice of the torpedo bomber squadrons at Midway even more tragic.
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Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger undergoing restoration in Hanger 79. The Avenger replaced the obsolescent Douglas TBD Devastators that were annihilated at the Battle of Midway. The late President George H. W. Bush flew a TBF in WWII. The museum even has the Stearman biplane trainer that Bush flew. Wings of an SBD Dauntless in the foreground. The restoration shop is in the same hanger with displayed aircraft.
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Hanger 79 has a lot of modern and vintage aircraft. They have so many aircraft that a bunch are parked outside in the sun.
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Lest we forget, Ford Island was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. These are bullet holes from Japanese Zeros that strafed Hanger 79.
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More photos here. https://www.flickr.com/gp/92624968@N02/aiAF4A
 
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Hi all,

I've been asked to try capturing a plane landing for work pretty soon. Haven't done it before, and not generally my type of photography. The only thing I have for telephoto right now is the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 (the el cheapola). I'm assuming 150mm isn't far enough, so looking at getting maybe picking up the Olympus 75-300. That's really about the only thing my budget allows at the moment.

Questions are: Am I right in thinking my 40-150mm won't work? Is this 75-300 a good alternative (sorry, there's 132 pages on this thread!)? Another recommendation that won't require me to get a second mortgage?

Thanks!

Dion
 

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Hi all,

I've been asked to try capturing a plane landing for work pretty soon. Haven't done it before, and not generally my type of photography. The only thing I have for telephoto right now is the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 (the el cheapola). I'm assuming 150mm isn't far enough, so looking at getting maybe picking up the Olympus 75-300. That's really about the only thing my budget allows at the moment.

Questions are: Am I right in thinking my 40-150mm won't work? Is this 75-300 a good alternative (sorry, there's 132 pages on this thread!)? Another recommendation that won't require me to get a second mortgage?

Thanks!

Dion
It all depends on where you are going to shoot, is it close to the runway or far away?
Will you try to get a head on approach picture or is a side view the plan?
Check out your airport and find out where the enthusiasts tend to take their photos from, they know the best angles.
I think the 40-150 should work from the right place.
 
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It all depends on where you are going to shoot, is it close to the runway or far away?
Will you try to get a head on approach picture or is a side view the plan?
Check out your airport and find out where the enthusiasts tend to take their photos from, they know the best angles.
I think the 40-150 should work from the right place.
Hmmm, OK, wasn't quite expecting that response... It is a welcome one though! Ironically, I'll be on the runway :) . I'm trying for a head-on but frankly, I'm not going to quite know where it's coming from until it comes...

If the 40-150mm will work, that's terrific. I love the lens, particularly since it's so light, but I've had mixed results from a distance with wildlife, so wasn't sure how it would do with aircraft... I know I can't afford $2K to $3K for a really good lens though :)

Dion
 
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Yup, depends on how close you get to the plane, where you position yourself and what kind of an airplane you are shooting. Most often I use the 40-150 and sometimes i go down to the 12-40.... If it is a jet feel free to use as high a shutter speed as you want but if it is a prop plane you probably want to keep it under 1/500 just to give some motion blur to the props
 
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I'm trying for a head-on but frankly, I'm not going to quite know where it's coming from until it comes...
I presume you will have an escort on the runway, they should be able to tell you where the plane is coming from. It will be based on wind direction - aircraft typically land in to wind. I am sure this is unnecessary for me to say but please do not go out on the runway alone, have someone from the airport staff escort you. Apologies if this sounds condescending but I have had the misfortune of someone running out in front of me while on final approach and it is not a fun situation.
 
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