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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:04 AM

Self imposed Apocalypse Rules

whereby I search for interesting photo opportunities from my backyard. Both of these subjects, not everyone's cup of tea certainly, are approximately 1.5 to 2 nautical miles away, taken with a 1000mm lens. Not being in line with the runway of either TIA or MacDill AFB, the opportunities are not common, which makes it something of a game for me.

#1 is a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 leaving TIA, 2nd is a KC-135 tanker taking off from MacDill AFB. The wingtip vortices I love, as opposed to contrails caused by the engines. Wingtip vortices are circular patterns of rotating air left behind a wing as it generates lift. One wingtip vortex trails from the tip of each wing, seen more in humid air.

(The photo of AF1 I posted last week, I did leave my backyard for a park ~1 nm east of the TIA approach)





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HAB911 Aug 2020 OP
flamin lib Aug 2020 #1
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alfredo Aug 2020 #4
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alfredo Aug 2020 #6

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:39 AM

1. Ah, the C17, AKA

The aluminum overcast

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:01 PM

2. I would love to catch a C5A,

Now that I've grabbed AF1 I think my holy grail is the Antonov An-225, a truly rare bird

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:08 PM

3. Oh, you're right. The C5 is the overcast.

The C17 is only rain cloud by comparison. My bad, confusing my war birds.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:51 PM

4. I remember C-141 landing at Asmara airport.

They were so big, it was scary.


I remember an F86 sticking nose down near the runway.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 06:31 AM

5. thanks, I've never seen one of those

I see they were all retired from service by 2006

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 22, 2020, 02:44 PM

6. This was the late 60's.

There were other large MAC aircraft touching down there.

When they brought supplies, members of Hallie Selassie’s family would pick through the supplies and took what they wanted. They’d send a truck and backed it up to the PX and took whatever they desired. Sometimes we had waited for an item for months only to have it hijacked by the royal family.

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