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Old 10-07-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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October 7, 2006: Night takeoff



A UPS-owned B767 departs Des Moines Int'l and turns south.

via airliners.net, and one of the most interesting photos I've seen recently!
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:23 PM   #2
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WOW, too cool.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:25 PM   #3
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Very cool! But it looks wierd from here, doesn't it? Far to steep an ascent.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:29 PM   #4
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Is is a cargo plane ... so nobody's drinks get spilled in a steeper ascent ...

I actually think that the image is foreshortened by the wide angle camera lens and shot angle. Look at the spacing on the red light.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:44 PM   #5
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Is is a cargo plane ... so nobody's drinks get spilled in a steeper ascent ...
Hehe, unless you stall. How do you know it only carries cargo, by the way?

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I actually think that the image is foreshortened by the wide angle camera lens and shot angle. Look at the spacing on the red light.
Yeah, it's a good thing the lights are there.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:55 PM   #6
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Hehe, unless you stall. How do you know it only carries cargo, by the way?
Because the plane belongs to UPS ("United Parcel Service").
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:06 PM   #7
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And UPS never spirits political prisioners out of Des Moines.


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Old 10-07-2006, 07:36 PM   #8
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And UPS never spirits political prisioners out of Des Moines.
Sometimes it does. But it refuses to give them drink service. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:50 PM   #9
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I've tried taking pictures exactly like this one. It's hard to get the exposure right. This was a very clear night. The sky isn't all washed out.
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:22 AM   #10
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Around here the light pollution around the airport would kill any chance.
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:59 AM   #11
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I just dug out an old shot I took in 1994 at Washington National. There's a cool park right next to the end of the runway in the flight path of the approach. This is a long exposure that caught a couple flights. Flights are about a minute apart, so this must be a 3-4 minute exposure.
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Old 10-08-2006, 01:17 PM   #12
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Sometimes it does. But it refuses to give them drink service. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
Just as long as they're packaged properly.
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:59 PM   #13
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Fantastic shot.

Why does the red tail light miss about 5 flashes at the top of the steep bit?
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:12 PM   #14
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Why does the red tail light miss about 5 flashes at the top of the steep bit?
As the plane flops forward onto the flattened traveling plane, the tail moves faster and therefore we don't see the 'motion' in the picture because it moves from red light to the next red light?

OR...

The back wings at the tail of the plane are blocking the view of the red light.
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:17 PM   #15
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Need to add...

I showed this pic to Hubby tonight as I knew he would enjoy looking at it. When we were married, we flew to SoCal for our Honeymoon.
When we left John Wayne Int'l Airport to come back home, the plane went straight up with full thrust and when it reached the altitude it wanted, it cut the engines back to nearly nothing (compared with take off and the climb) and the plane dropped a good bit.

Hubby was wide eyed, gripping the arms of his seat and staring around to see what the other passengers were doing. I was calmly flipping through a magazine and he jerkily twisted towards me and stage whispered "Is this normal? Are we okay?" I gave him a puzzled look until I understood what was bothering him...

He hadn't flown much and had NEVER taken off somewhere where the planes had to get out of residential noise areas... He thought the plane had cut out and was gonna go down!
Poor guy. He's much better about flying, now.
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