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Is This The April Fools Photo Of The Year?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8074 times:


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Seriously?  Wow!

Thom@s


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User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 912 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8070 times:

There is a thread on Pprune currently with the resident photographic "experts" claiming this is a fake. I don't think it is. If it is it is a very good one.
Not sure it is very smart flying though. I believe Russian ejection seats are good!

Derek



Whatever.......
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8046 times:

Seems like an interesting coincidence that the flyby is in the same height as the plane would be with the landing gear down. Hehe.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 974 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8026 times:

If the gear were down wouldn't the aircraft be on the very edge of the runway rather than the centreline? You can also faintly see, I think, the afterburner flame of the left engine, behind the tailcone, which would suggest that the aircraft is under high power.

User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8024 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
Is This The April Fools Photo Of The Year?

I believe it is as well.

For one the IFR probe is out. Why would it be out on a fly by? It wouldn't. Why would it be out on the ground? Because if you extend it, it sets all the fueling valves to the proper position for a "hot refuel", as would be the case during in flight refueling. A very common practice to open it on your way to the fuel pit.

Also, the AOA is wrong for that aircraft, it should have slightly more. Look at the stabilator...with flaps up, and at a speed that would allow them to be up, if the stabilator was in that position, the plane would dive into the ground. It's the wrong angle.

Lastly, there is absolutely no blur to the image. Under that lighting, and at the speed it "should be" moving, I would think it close to impossible to NOT have any motion blur.

Just a few quick observations.


User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2744 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7989 times:

My biggest concern is with the apron lines visible through the canopy. One line seems to just disappear and not pass through the canopy (the thick one from top right) and another line seems go in a curve top left to botom right inthe canopy. What does this connect to on the apron/runway areas behind the aircraft?

Indeed it is a strange photo in some ways.


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7973 times:

I'd be surprised if someone is idiot enough to produce such an elaborate fake and then chop off the nose... must be real IMO.

j



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1284 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

I don't think it is fake. If you look at the top right of the photo, in front of the red fire trucks, you can see a few firemen looking towards the plane - lends a lot of credibility to the shot.


You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7904 times:

Well, I did a brief search of that airshow, and it does indeed look like the stunt shown was done.. I'll retract my comments on the fake photo. Apologies to the photographer.

A link to the article..

http://app.newsgd.com/NewsGD/UI/NewsGDSkin/Gallery/275.aspx?camid=275



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These photos must have been taken on different passes, as the probe is out on one, and in on the other.


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7898 times:

It's a superb shot and kudos to the photographer. I love anything historical like this.  drool 

User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7856 times:

In a case like this does Johan (or any one esle) email the photographer to ask if it is fake or not.

Just curious.



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 10):
In a case like this does Johan (or any one esle) email the photographer to ask if it is fake or not.

would you own up if it was you?


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7558 times:

Well, those pictures explain it. But it still looks almost too good to be true.  Smile

Thom@s



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User currently offlineC133 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7460 times:
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If the gear was raised before the start of climb on takeoff it would be tough enough, but to descend to a meter or two altitude at high speed would take nerves of titanium. It looks real to me though, and hats off to the crew as well as the photographer. Now, when does the court martial begin?


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

I don't imagine it was a low transition take off, rather a low pass. With the aid of a spotter on the ground, as is common for all airshow participants, the aircraft's altitude was probably relayed via radio to the pilot as you surely would not want to be looking anywhere except straight ahead. Even a glance to the radalt display on the HUD could be distracting at that point.

User currently offlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 974 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7234 times:

Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 10):
In a case like this does Johan (or any one esle) email the photographer to ask if it is fake or not.

Just curious.

No doubt it is part of the screeners' job to be on the lookout for dubious shots but I wonder why so many people's first reaction is that it must be a fake. There are plenty of pictures around of pilots performing very low flypasts. While one might regard them as dangerous, they are not an impossibility, even with large aircraft.
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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5697 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7065 times:
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Quoting JeffM (Reply 8):
Well, I did a brief search of that airshow, and it does indeed look like the stunt shown was done.. I'll retract my comments on the fake photo. Apologies to the photographer.

Good to see someone actually take the time to check the facts rather than just speculate..and be big enough to apologise, don't see a lot of that around here!!(having said that other forums are worse than this one!!)

Cheers



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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 16):

Good to see someone actually take the time to check the facts rather than just speculate..and be big enough to apologise, don't see a lot of that around here!!(having said that other forums are worse than this one!!)

Especially JeffM - Well done mate. Not as tough as I thought you were!!!


User currently offlineGrbld From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 353 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6391 times:

It's not so hard to believe. If you know anything about formation flying, you'll know that they can fly formation with distances just like this between planes at higher speeds than this flyby. Which is much harder, because the other planes are not static and moving in three dimensions. The ground is fixed stuck on a single "plane" so to speak.

And where formation flying is done by a lot of people, these airshow pilots are the cream of the crop. They know the aircraft inside and out and also know how to push it to the limit!


User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6321 times:
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Also in the airliners.net database:

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User currently offlineStratofortress From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 178 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6220 times:

I started a thread on this photo last week and havent been able to get conclusive evidence from anybody regarding authenticity of it.

For the record, I belive it is real, however the lack of heat plumes behind the engine and almost no blur makes me wonder if I am right. Also, flying that low away from the center line poses a risk of getting FOD sucked into engines.

So, heat plumes, blur, and position of the aircraft make me questions this.

To the photographer, if this truly is real - WOW!



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User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6212 times:

Quoting Stratofortress (Reply 20):
I started a thread on this photo last week and havent been able to get conclusive evidence from anybody regarding authenticity of it.

I would think the photo in the post above your last one should prove conclusive enough.  Wink



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Quoting Stratofortress (Reply 20):
however the lack of heat plumes behind the engine and almost no blur makes me wonder if I am right.

So you think it is fake?

If you thought it was real you wouldn't need the evidence of any 'heat plumes' to prove you are right.


User currently offlineStratofortress From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 178 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Reply 21):
I would think the photo in the post above your last one should prove conclusive enough.

That one is no doubt real. Look at the heat plumes, background blur, and is reasonably high off the ground. It is the one from the other angle that is making me curious because it's so low to the ground, no heat from the engines, and no background blur. If something can explain that, I am all ears - or eyes in this case.

Quoting EGGD (Reply 22):

So you think it is fake?

If you thought it was real you wouldn't need the evidence of any 'heat plumes' to prove you are right.

I may believe something, but that doesnt mean that it's right What I am trying to establish is that my belief is right.... Didnt think about it that way did ya?

[Edited 2006-04-11 00:59:05]


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User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

In the information that comes with the above photo, you'll see he mentions the first one as coming from a fellow photographer at about the same time. I think that because it's taken from slightly above the aircraft, it looks closer to the ground than it is.
You are indeed right in your belief that the marvelous photo is genuine.  Smile



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