Yea, it really has changed at STL
. I remember the days of frequent heavy visits too.
Regarding the 747 photo, I didn't get one of one landing, but several years ago, a friend of mine worked for the Operations department for the airport authority. (A position that I also had recently until I was laid off, but thats another story... ) Anyways, I got permission to be in the "opposite end" approach lights. I got the most incredible shot of a rotating 747 that I have ever seen. A little biased yes, but to this day, I think it's one of the best shots of a 747 I had ever seen. The 747 used a good 9,000'+ of runway on 30L. I was so close that the wind damn near knocked me over it was so strong.
Now the sad part. I have no clue as to what I did with this photo. I had it made up onto a slide because I entered it in an Aviation Week & Space Technology photo contest.
Man, I wish I still had that picture.
I'm not a real aeronautical engineer, I just play one on Airliners.net.