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747 At Toledo Express  
User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Hi there,

I was cruising around Toledo, Ohio (where I live) with my wife this afternoon. We were shopping. We happened to notice in the Sky a Northwest 747 coming in for a landing- at Toledo Express Airport! This is NOT usual for Topedo- usually I have to drive an hour north to DTW for plane pictures. So I convinced Amy, my wife, to head to Toledo Express, where I usually go to shoot comparatively small planes when I can't get all the way up to Detroit. Anyway, we get to TOL and lo and behold I am not the only spotter (for the first time ever!) All these people are there. Having lived in Toledo only a year, I asked the people if it is common to see a 747 coming into Toledo Express. Everyone said it was the first time it had happened as far as they knew. (I'm sure it has happened, but it is quite infrequent). It was enough of a fuss to get the local TV station crew there! Anyways, I happened to have my camera as I try to carry it everywhere, and here are a couple of shots I was able to get off. I know they aren't the greatest, but since I made it in just enough time to catch two go-rounds, I guess that has to be as good as I could get. Anyway, I guess they were training someone to land a 747 at smaller airports.

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Be sure to go to the album "747 in Toledo, OH"

So you have the story. And now I wonder if either of these shots is any good, and if any special consideration is given the fact that they were taken at an airport that very rarely sees the big daddy of airplanes. What do you think? I know that the close-up of the plane is the best of the two, but it isn't the best framing job in the world. And I know the touch and go is not that great of a shot (it was shot at a long distance) but it isn't every day you get to see a 747 doing touches and goes (at least not around here!)


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User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

This is me replying to my own post- just to clarify something (even if it is for myself!)

My original post was quite lengthy, but through the story I was hoping to get a response on the photos I have posted on fototime:


in the album "747 in Toledo OH" I was mainly wondering if it would be worth uploading the closeup of the 747 nose on landing, especially given the long wait that there seems to be on acceptance replies these days.

I was also wondering if a photo is considered "rare" if it is of a very rare appearance of an airliner at a small airport.

Any feedback would be nice.


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

I would think such a pic is only really RARE if it's obvious from the pic that's where it was taken. So, for example, without any sort of a background, your pics could have been taken pretty much anywhere.

Having said that, yes, I would suggest uploading the close up shot. The quality isn't bad, and what have you got to lose?

User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2397 times:

Well, i could definately understand why a 747 would land at TOL instead of CLE. Even though both airports are close to DTW, TOL is closer, and has a longer runway than CLE, at almost 10,500 feet. It's been ages since a 747 has come to CLE, besides the emergency landing of the UPS 747.

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