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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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!)