Remarks: In perfect synchrinosity, three F/A-18F Super Hornets shadow the Omega Tanker as the fourth takes gas out of view. These birds, from VFA-41 at NAS Lemoore, California, are known as the "Black Aces."
Remarks: Classic, noisy, and smoky, four JT3D turbofans power our ex-Pan Am Boeing 707 away from McCarran Airport over the Las Vegas strip! The sound of these four buzzsaws screaming is something I'll never forget!
Remarks: All of the conjecture as to where BMI will operate their newly acquired 767-300 ends as BD751 touches down in Las Vegas on a crystal clear winter afternoon. As a bonus, a Southwest Airlines 737 can be seen in the distance flying its base leg for runway 19R.
Remarks: Another picture perfect day in paradise as Air France 488 arrives, ending the daily run from Paris CDG. Lots of people to greet her at Maho Beach today! Oh, and you have to give props to the miscontorted guy on the new sign. ;)
Remarks: JT3D's rock! The sights, and most importantly, the sounds of these relics will stay with me for the rest of my life! Add an F-18 100 meters off the starboard wing, and you have the experience of a lifetime!
Remarks: Nothin' beats a smoker!! What a great surprise to see not one, but two, non re-engined DC-8-63s from Arrow Air helping out with the UPS Christmas rush at the Louisville hub. Smoke pours out of all four engines as this classic freighter gets up in less than 6,000 feet, bound for Jacksonville, FL.
Remarks: The uncharacteristically rough waters of Maho Bay provide the perfect setting for this Continental 757 from Newark as she glides in over Maho Beach on another beautiful winter day in the Netherlands Antilles!
Remarks: Beautiful overview of Juliana Airport from Caribbean Sun flight 724 bound for San Juan. After several days of clouds and periodic rain, the waters of the Caribbean Sea were as brilliant as I've ever seen!
Remarks: Riding the ILS to runway 12 at Los Rodeos on a beautiful Tenerife evening after the short flight from El Hierro. Many thanks to Captain Ramos, First Officer Bello, and the great Binter crew for making this flight so enjoyable!
Remarks: If he didn't have his flight helmet on, we could've made eye contact! A 25mm shot of this Hornet from MCAS Beaufort, SC as he stays close by while his buddy takes some gas from the Omega Tanker near Lake Havasu, California.
Remarks: Flying racetracks over southern California for nearly six hours gave me the opportunity to, for the first time, experience what really goes on in an airliner cockpit during flight. With literally thousands of gauges, switches, and breakers to keep in check, these 707 flight crews really do earn their keep! [1600x1057]