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10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon  
User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3929 times:
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It is with great pride that I am able to share with the community that Mike Bednar, aka AirNikon, or Mickey, to his friends, has finally reached 10,000 photos online here at airliners.net

When Mike passed away in late-2006 he actually had 9,999 photos in the database, one of which was later removed as it was a double, bringing his total to 9,998.

After Mike's passing his friends were instrumental in making sure his extensive photo collection was passed on to someone worthy of maintaining his vast collection, which would turn out to be the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Fellow screener Mick Bajcar made the decision to get Mike's total uploads to 10,000, a number befitting of such a long time contributor, both as a photog and as a screener. However, as with many things in life, this choose to be a difficult task. See, AirNikon was very good at uploading all his "worthy" shots, and finding two that would be accepted here was quite the task!

Well, Mick stuck with it, and today we added numbers 9,999 and 10,000.


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10,000 photos accepted, over 800,000 screened. What a legacy. Thank you to Mick and the folks at Pima for making this day possible.

RIP Buddy.

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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4816 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3914 times:
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That is great to hear! Thanks to Mick and the rest of the crew for the hard work and dedication bringing him up to that 10,000 mark.

I still can't believe he is gone. I remember seeing his shots all over the database when I first found this site over ten years ago. For me, he was the first recognizable name in aviation photography.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

Quoting clickhappy (Thread starter):
10,000 photos accepted, over 800,000 screened. What a legacy. Thank you to Mick and the folks at Pima for making this day possible.

What an awesome achievement. Certainly a proud day for Mike's memory - and another thank you to all who put in the effort for this.



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

I was wondering when I didn't have to look at the dreaded 9998 number anymore. Very much deserved and good to see this miletone reached by someone like him. Not to mention a 747-100? Awesome! R.I.P

User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3859 times:

Quoting clickhappy (Thread starter):
See, AirNikon was very good at uploading all his "worthy" shots, and finding two that would be accepted here was quite the task!

Outstanding! What a life and portfolio! You could have uploaded a shot of a cow he photographed in a pasture and it would have been great.



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User currently offlinevishaljo From India, joined Aug 2006, 473 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 1):
I remember seeing his shots all over the database when I first found this site over ten years ago.

   +1

10,000 WWow !!

Would a small little banner/hyperlink or something on the frontpage for this thread be a lot to ask ?

I think its only befitting for a contributor like Mike.

Royal, Just like Ryan said above about Mike's shots being prominent in the database back in the day, i never actually knew his last name, perhaps because i didn't troll the forums back then but I'm curious to know more about him.

What did he do ?
He passed away before his time it seems, what was it ?

Btw, here's his photo # 000,01 - Great Quality
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Going by the Photo ID: 0000065, 65th photo in the db for A.net ?


User currently offlineconoramoia From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 499 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Quoting vishaljo (Reply 5):
Going by the Photo ID: 0000065, 65th photo in the db for A.net ?

Not exactly,its only the 65th photo to be counted since counting began,which was after the site was set up.

Thanks for sharing the pic guys!
R.I.P

Conor


User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3048 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
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This is an excellent gesture by all concerned.

Very well done.

Paul


User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

Wonderful achievement - and good on you Mick for taking the time to make this happen!

User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3996 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

What a great achievement! I'm glad he finally reached the 10K mark.
Thanks to everyone involved for making this possible!


User currently offlinedendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1668 posts, RR: 61
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
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I would also like to thank John Bezosky, the Collections Registrar at Pima who has been wading through the collection and sending me images to consider. AirNikon had actually submitted virtually everything that he had taken and most that John sent me were either sub-standard or doubles and there was a point that I thought that we might not make it
But we did.
RIP Mickey

Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Wonderful guy and a wonderful achievement. I shall never forget the time I spent with Mickey and I'm so pleased a.net has done this as a lasting legacy to him.

Andy


User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 829 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
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Fantastic achievement to be the first to reach 10,000 photos here on Airliners.net.

A fitting tribute indeed.

Best regards,

Jim



Erm, is this thing on?
User currently offlineChukcha From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
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Truly great news. Been waiting for it for a long time.

Cheers,
Andrei


User currently offlinewalter2222 From Belgium, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 1299 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3527 times:

Quoting clickhappy (Thread starter):
After Mike's passing his friends were instrumental in making sure his extensive photo collection was passed on to someone worthy of maintaining his vast collection, which would turn out to be the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Thanks to all involved! Great idea to save Mike's collection!

Quoting clickhappy (Thread starter):
Well, Mick stuck with it, and today we added numbers 9,999 and 10,000.

Thanks for this big achievement, to all involved!

Quoting vishaljo (Reply 5):
Would a small little banner/hyperlink or something on the frontpage for this thread be a lot to ask ?

I think there should be a special section (under Community) devoted to all photographers/contributors that passed away, so that their work should never be forgotten.

RIP AirNikon

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlinedvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3492 times:
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There's an item on the front page news about it now. Good news for us as a community. Good work on Mick for getting those last two uploaded. I joined right around the time that Mickey died and didn't really get to know him before I started contributing. I was influenced by him, though, as I frequently saw his contributions before I registered on the site and was just a visitor. RIP.


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User currently offlinemclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

What a fantastic achievement and what an amazing legacy for future generations. Absolutely fantastic to see that a portofolio reached the mytical 5 digits.
Congratulations to everybody on A.net and a special forever thanks to Mike Bednar that would be proud of his work.



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User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2070 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3441 times:
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Very nice gesture!
I guess the question about who will reach 10000 first is answered now.  

Good work to Mick and everybody else involved!

Thierry



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User currently offlineredfox From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Great stuff.

Glad AirNikon finally made the 10,000


User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2799 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3324 times:

Mike has definitely left a great legacy here at Airliners.net. His work will always be remembered and appreciated by enthusiasts and photographers from all around the world for many years to come.

Thank you Mick and Pima, as well as everyone else involved, in continuing on Mike's hard work to get him to his deserved milestone!

-Matthew



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