Monday, November 19, 2012
However, this wasn't the end of special schemes for the day - just before this while waiting - an American B737-800 came flying down the runway. As the light was so good, I couldn't resist shooting it - and - to my surprise - it had a lovely yellow ribbon on the tail...
Hopefully the rest of the month will be good to me - I did see that Southwest's Colorado One had been at FLL over the weekend - so - I'll be searching it out again...
In the meantime, more time spent behind the camera lens....
Sunday, November 4, 2012
|VC-25A 92-9000 approaching Fort Lauderdale|
Another wonderful few minutes spent behind the camera lens....
Friday, November 2, 2012
So, I went to sit up at the viewing park at Fort Lauderdale to enjoy some of the lovely weather. There happened to be a C-17 at one of the FBO's that was due for a departure at some point, so I was keeping a good eye on that and a slightly interested ear to my scanner that was in the car next to me. During one of the transmissions, my ears perked up a little - it kind of went something like this.
WN XXXX: Tower, Southwest XXXX, ILS runway 27R.
Tower: Southwest XXXX, you are number 2 to a heavy Boeing 707, runway 27R cleared to land
BRA2401: Tower, Bravo Romeo Alpha 2401 short final for runway 27R.
I have to admit that my ears perked up at the words Heavy Boeing 707. I got out of the car and looked east and there they were, the tell-tale 4 streams of smoke trailing behind this object out to the east. Well - it lands on runway 27R and because of 2 exits that were closed, it comes all the way to the last exit, Bravo 1, turns onto taxiway Bravo, goes to the end and does a 180 degree turn and heads down taxiway Charlie to Signature.
Oh - what was it? Brazilian Air Force KC-137 - that came out of nowhere - who knows why - but - I'm glad it did. It was a perfect start to the South Florida Fall shooting season. Some more time spent behind the camera lens.....
|FAB2401 - Brazilian Air Force KC-137|
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Watch this space.........
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The approach took Warrior One past the towers of the refinery - a normal sight for pictures at Fort Lauderdale with approaches from the east.
Warrior One over the runway - with the city of Fort Lauderdale in the background.
About to settle on runway 27R.
Taxiing back past the terminals towards the Southwest ramp.
A water cannon salute welcomes Warrior One as she enters the Southwest ramp. Originally, the fire trucks were parked on either side of the B6 entry to the ramp, which would have given a perfect water cannon head-on shot, but - they moved down to the entry to the ramp before she arrived.
The very next day, the second -800 N8302F made her appearance and the two now operate on alternate days into Fort Lauderdale - soon - we'll have to keep an eye out for newer aircraft with the delivery schedule for Southwest being rather aggressive for 2012 and 2013. Although it's been a long time since I last posted, there have been a lot of time spent behind the camera lens (and new lenses too! :) )
Friday, February 17, 2012
I was lucky to catch this at Ft Lauderdale today - it had left Ft Lauderdale for La Guardia in the morning and came back - seems like it had been shuttling this route for a few flights. Fortunately, the clouds that were around broke up in plenty of time for the approach.
More time spent behind the camera lens....
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I've long admired the great color schemes that Frontier Airlines brings. I think a lot have seen the adverts on TV - the talking animals - Frontier had a great set of ads that ran for a while. This winter season, they have started to bring the A320's into Ft Lauderdale - the A319's have been flying into Ft Lauderdale for quite a while - as have the E190's. I'm trying to get the complete series of the A320's, but, in the meantime, 10 out of the 14 have been caught in the view finder.
I'll be getting my collections of the A319's and E190's together as well...in the meantime, some more time spent behind the camera lens...
Monday, January 23, 2012
A lunchtime spent at Ft Lauderdale today revealed a rare visitor to Ft Lauderdale - not only a rare visitor, but a very rare aircraft type in the US now - a British Aerospace BAe 146-100. I personally haven't seen one of these in about 10 years - not since Northwest last flew them into St Louis on occasion. This perfect specimen - N114M titled "Lucky Liz" came through Ft Lauderdale on its way from the Bahamas to its home base - Ft Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW). Another of those - perfect place at the perfect time in perfect weather.....
Some more time spent behind that camera lens...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Every year at this time, photographers from all over the world gather in Miami for the Digital and Slide Festival. Each year, thanks to great organization, we are privileged to get access to the airport grounds and get some awesome pictures. This year, unfortunately, the weather didn't play along with the tour - two cold fronts caused cloudy conditions for most of the day, but, any day on airport property with a camera is a great day! Still, I managed to get some decent shots...
The major attraction was the arrival of the "whale" - the A380 from Frankfurt - and we managed to get right next to runway 27 for the arrival. This was one of the latest A380s in the Lufthancsa fleet - D-AIMG "Wien".
A couple of attractions that were around the field were the classic Boeing 727s - both cargo planes - the first being this visitor from Brazil.
The second being this local aircraft from Amerijet - this we were able to shoot close to the runway as she completed a long take off roll down runway 27.
One of the other major attractions was the ability to photograph right next to the arrivals on runway 30 - on westerly operations at Miami (which is was this day), the majority of the European arrivals land on runway 30 and getting close to the touchdown point made for great shots. I could live in a tent next to this spot on westerly operations!!!!
Virgin 5 from Heathrow - recently changed from an A340-600 to the Queen of the Skies - this is G-VHOT "Tubular Belle".
Iberia brought in an Airbus A340-300 instead of the usual A340-600 from Madrid.
One of the many American jets to land on runway 30.
TAM from Brazil with it's regular A330-200.
Hopefully, next year's festival will bring better weather - I really could live right next to this runway! A lot more time spent behind the camera lens....
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Suddenly it appeared at Ft Lauderdale - parked over by National Jets - something that I haven't seen before - and - it turned out - a brand new airline - Fly Jamaica Airlines - with it's plain but interesting scheme. The airline plans to fly from Kingston, Jamaica to Georgetown, Guyana, New York and Toronto. The plane itself is an older Boeing 757-200 that previous served with ATA (callsign AmTran).
A really nice special catch for me...
Some more time spent behind the camera lens....