I was going through a few of my old photos and came across these from 2012 of a 744 which was flying without a winglet as it was damaged a few days earlier. I've attached a few more images on flickr but most are quite similar to the ones included here. P1160861 by JKKW, on Flickr P1160845 by JKKW, on Flickr P1160830 by JKKW, on Flickr P1160881 by JKKW, on Flickr
After the calibration of my Pentax K5IIs and me calibrating some of my lenses to that, the first test came today:
I had a message: three wide bodies at LHT south but the foremost LH-747 is hiding SOFIA and the new Ebola-Airbus. Close at the fence: no chance. So about 100m back and this is my very first spotter pic with my new iPhone
ok, nice but there's a need for some more power:
SOPHIA @ LHT HAM after D-Check - 2014.12.06
I then tested all of the newly adjusted lenses at the fence and I'm nearly satisfied: my second best vintage prime lens (100mm) and the Bigma II aren't so sharp as before. I'll have to measure in the M100 but the Bigma has to go to Sigma service, they don't offer that in Hamburg.. :/
Linie 9, I like that first picture of yours. On that small road you might expect a cow, and a huge aircraft shows up ! She seems to be lost in the countryside, and you wonder : how on earth did she get there ... Did she run away ..?
Does anyone believe that there was too much of a risk taken by the Cargolux pilots above in performing that 'wing-wave' manoeuvre so soon after take-off? The wing wasn't that far from the ground!
The saying goes "Any landing you walk away from is a good landing". I would add "Any take off that gets you airborn is a good take off". I'm pretty sure they knew the limits, PF (pilots flying) picking up new delivered aircraft are, to my knowledge, seniors.
EDIT: Forgot to add: the aircraft flew empty, it was not going any further than Tacoma, a couple of miles to the south, where it was loaded to start it's first revenue flight.