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10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:18 pm

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.

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:31 pm

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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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:56 pm

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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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:01 pm

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
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:10 pm

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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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:46 pm

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 ?
 
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:45 pm

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!
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:50 pm

This is an excellent gesture by all concerned.

Very well done.

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:56 am

Wonderful achievement - and good on you Mick for taking the time to make this happen!
 
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:13 am

What a great achievement! I'm glad he finally reached the 10K mark.
Thanks to everyone involved for making this possible!
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:47 am

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.
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:02 am

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.

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:39 pm

Fantastic achievement to be the first to reach 10,000 photos here on Airliners.net.

A fitting tribute indeed.

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:15 pm

Truly great news. Been waiting for it for a long time.

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:30 pm

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

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:12 pm

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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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:39 pm

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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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:52 pm

Very nice gesture!
I guess the question about who will reach 10000 first is answered now.  

Good work to Mick and everybody else involved!

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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:31 pm

Great stuff.

Glad AirNikon finally made the 10,000
 
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RE: 10,000 For Mike Bednar Aka AirNikon

Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:55 am

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!

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