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  1. FTJ = flightdeck touchdown joke = fuel the jet = for the jest = f*** this job = ????? Well, what do YOU think? As Einstein once said: "I have just got a new theory of eternity". Ryanair providing some entertainment on a murky day.SOURCE
  2. One of those rare moments when conditions are perfect for capturing the might of the world's largest production aircraft. As the Emirates giant lined up, heavy rain was just clearing the far end of the runway, and the sky was brightening. So a combination of freshly-saturated ground and good seeing conditions. Additionally a left-to-right gale to blow the spray way across the airfield back close to the terminal buildings. The total 130 tonnes of force must have kicked up many tonnes of water here.SOURCE
  3. The only time I've seen the world's largest plane toyed-with by severe weather, and in particular windshear which caused other flights to abort the approach. The Easyjet A320 simply didn't try again and diverted away. This was a day when the wind grew stronger as it moved towards crosswind direction, finally erupting as shown here. The runway having been drenched minutes earlier, the avalanche of reverse thrust spray capped the Emirates giant's performance!SOURCE
  4. Saved my favourite shot of 2018 for my last upload of the year. Thought of calling it something like "poetry in slow motion" , but anyway I had to disguise myself as a blade of grass to get it ;) For any landing gear spotters out there this is Emirates super-jumbo A6-EUO alighting on a wet runway and demonstrating its bouncy suspension.SOURCE
  5. Festive season fun. Proud mothers leading their fledglings up the taxiway towards their first flights. Motherliness supplied by Emirates A380 and Qatar 787.SOURCE
  6. This was a serious military flight, not an opportunity for showboating at some air display. The aircraft left on the short hop to its base at Brize Norton probably not much above its empty weight, but to get such a large 130+ tonnes plane (similar to a Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330-300) into the air off such a miniscule run really took me by surprise! It's built for short and poor-quality runways so certainly lived upto its design criteria on this occasion!SOURCE
  7. Those old turboprop engines drown out all other sounds for hundreds of metres! UR-CCP of AeroVis Airlines was built in 1962, and is just about the oldest of its type still flying around Europe. UR-CEZ (of CAVOK?) is only a few years younger. Here on cargo duties at BHX.SOURCE
  8. Landing gear slo-mo with slightly tongue-in-cheek narrative. Just imagine the forces acting on the undercarriage of a several-hundred tonne plane during a heavy touchdown. The planes in order are Airbus A380, Boeing 787, Bombardier Q400 and BAe 146. The last plane was taken out of service for months following this landing as it involved the tail impacting the runway - full videos are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw-EJUB4CKs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BefeYngYu6wSOURCE
  9. Here are the most spectacular Super-Jumbo liftoffs to date! Water and snow stand no chance with 140 tonnes of jet thrust blasting them. Please let me know which of the four shots here you like best. If you hadn't already guessed, the short 4th shot is actually the same departure as the second but filmed with a different camera at higher zoom. If you'd like to see the full video of this shot it's at https://youtu.be/GSNVRlm56XsSOURCE
  10. A bit of fun in the build up to the festive season. I have a few more of these plane-based vids if they go down well. Thanks to Flybe and SAS in 'co-operating'.SOURCE
  11. I could see horizon-to-horizon black sky as the Emirates monster turned onto finals, so knew there was a downpour coming. But it was only after a minute or so of rain that I realized I was now being pummelled into the ground by hail. Check the 'halo' of hailstones bouncing off the fuselage before and after touchdown! Flight EK39SOURCE
  12. Qatar 787 Dreamliner on flight QR33 into Birmingham, sucking the overhead cloud base onto itself, and then executing as perfect a touchdown as you're ever likely to see. The nebulous effects near the plane are a mixture of condensation above the wings and around the wake vortices.SOURCE
  13. A sad end for this peregrine falcon - flying at high speed probably in pursuit of a pigeon or other bird over the airfield and not aware of what was behind it. It managed to swerve away from the fuselage but was then either clipped by a propeller blade or hit the top of an undercarriage leg - it's hard to say which.SOURCE
  14. The approaches can be quite a struggle due to the turbulence which BHX hands out in strong winds - even as here when the wind is due south, and so only about 30 degrees off the runway direction, so far from a crosswind. Many planes reported "positive windshear", and the effects of these trying conditions can be seen as the wings bend to and fro, sometimes quite violently. Ryanair flight FR1213 here was one of four go-arounds, and one wing warps strongly a moment before the landing is called off. The other flight was Jet2/SmartLynx LS1204. 13th October 2018.SOURCE
  15. Emirates can be relied on to dish up something a bit special. This is their EXPO 2020 livery monster arriving on a wet runway.SOURCE
  16. And burning rubber! As if 44 mph gusts weren't enough, the wind direction kept changing. Just watch the windsocks on the right side of the airfield in this video and the other two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPg0QlwAUV0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfK9LOh2DQSOURCE
  17. Right side lifts then lands again, left side lifts, then right side has another go. Almost like a battle between the pilots for who gets to take off! They clearly had a struggle to control it. More excitement from the height of the gusts on 19th September 2018. This is flight FR1448/RYR75RWSOURCE
  18. The alarming thing was what seemed a brief struggle for the Airbus to climb away in the go-around. The freakish thing was the wind direction kept flipping between a straight headwind and a crosswind with tail component! Another first: the only time the wind has ever blown my camera and tripod over!SOURCE
  19. You won't see this at your local airport! How to reverse direction "on the spot" - with the slight drawback of plummeting towards the ground as a result. F-18 of the Swiss Air Force (RIAT, Fairford 2018) and Pitts S-1 Special (Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall 2018). The Pitts move is a tail slide.SOURCE
  20. Eye candy! Close flying by modern jet fighters and piston props from the 1930/40s at Cosford and RIAT (Fairford). The first group (USAF Heritage Flight) comprises a USAF F-35 with Mustang and Spitfire of the Comanche Fighters. The second pair is a Polish Air Force MiG-29 with Hurricane of Anglia Aircraft Restorations. The final group has the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster with F-35 and Tornado of the RAF.SOURCE
  21. All-action display by the Swedish Air Force Mach 2 SAAB at Fairford. See the canards (small 'wings' near the nose) tilt during manoeuvres.SOURCE
  22. Plenty of high-quality formation flying on display, and a particular mention here for Frecce Tricolori, but a well-deserved flugsnug award for fast, faultless and amazingly precise flying to the pair of Mirage 2000D deltawings. I think I saw the pilots in the different aircraft reach across and shake hands at one point ;)SOURCE
  23. The flugsnug award for best zoom climb with tight vortex/condensation-generating loop at the top goes to the Swiss AF F/A-18C Hornet, with the Belgian AF F-16A a close runner-up. Did you see a better one? All the vapour seen at the top of the climbs is not from smoke generators, but purely water condensation due to the fierceness of the manoeuvres.SOURCE
  24. Hugely impressive performance by this big Atlas - a military transporter with max weight of 140 tonnes propelled by a total engine power of 44000 hp (33000 kW).SOURCE
  25. High-speed aerial ballet by the Ukrainian Air Force. Some very tight turns with reheat here.SOURCE
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