Aviation Photo #0541868 Boeing 707-123 - American Airlines

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An old waterburner uses more than 7000 feet of Runway 25L as it struggles to get airborne on a warm late morning departure to Idlewild
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    Charlie Atterbury
    American Airlines
    Boeing 707-123
    Boeing 707-100 (C-137)
    Boeing 707-100 (C-137)
    Boeing
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    Los Angeles - International
    California
    USA
    June 1960
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Photo Added: March 26, 2004

Comments (67)

Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice shot, but look at all the pollution!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Just a great picture!!!!!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Something for the environmentalist's? Nah.... look at that clean air!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Love the picture.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great Picture! But why did it need 7000ft of Runway????
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent photo, the contrast with newest planes is amazing with all that smoke. I'd like to hear the sound too!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oooo yea!! god bless america
Anonymous
11 years ago
Long live the good ol' smoky Pratt Turbojets! Sweet shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great oldtimer... I love him too bad I never seen him in real life... Too young so I missed those beauties :(. Lot's of smoke...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Long live the water-burners
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love the pratt and whitney jt3C6 engines those were the days water injected power
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply a non-healthy shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
With smoking engines like these ones you didn't need
cigarettes to get lung cancer. what a mess, thank god
the laws have changed.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The smoke engine is beautiful and 707-100 of American Airline ASTROJET is my favorite aicraft of this airline
Anonymous
11 years ago
When you consider all the hub bub about air pollution caused by the Concorde (which flew for the first time only 9 years after this photo was taken), it is amazing how one-sided and politically motivated the US has been about foreign competition and invention. Unfortunately, you cannot hear the incredible noise the 707 made when it took off. Concorde was a lot quieter in my opinion. The Vicker's Super VC-10 was a far superior plane for subsonic long-haul routes --- although it was not until BOAC stopped flying that plane before VC-10's superiority became obvious. But the fact that the RAF is still flying the VC-10 today is evidence of what a wonderful aircraft it really was. You almost never see a 707 or KC-135 flying these days.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lovely picture, i would like to see this in real and hear the sound too :)
loong live b-707's
Anonymous
11 years ago
So nice, smoky and probably noisy too ! Not being an expert, can someone explain the purpose of "burning" water here : I mean, ain't water in the fuel supposed to be bad news ?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Mmmmm! that's one reason for L.A. pollution. How many of these was taked of every day? (excluiding cars and industry).

But, the photo is very clasical and nostalgic :D(even if I'm youger), I apreciate this revolutionary aircraft.

Nice value.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply the best shot on airliners.net. I wonder what the passengers in the plane thought when they looked out their windows and saw all the smoke.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Mmh, takin' a deep breath...
I was wandering too about the so-called "waterburner". Found some info at wikipedia/turbojet:
Some US jet engines in those days had the ability to inject water into the intaken air flow, cooling it down and preventing some fuel from burning (thus creating a lot of dark smoke). This would make the engine run cooler and prevent it from overheating, which would eventually lead to mechanical failure, i.e. melting the compressor blades...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excelent capture. I'd say this a/c alone has contributed to about 80% of greenhouse gasses. ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sometimes I just wish I could travel back in time.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Golden age indeed! However, it would have been ecofriendly too
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing quality and smoke to go with this beuty
Anonymous
10 years ago
Neat photo. The black smoke just screams volumes about power.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Looks like its running on diesel!

Looks better with a big cloud of black smoke behind it!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gotta love diesel planes, lol
Anonymous
9 years ago
Heroic!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great picture quality, because this photo was taken in 1960!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Whoa! Smokey JT3's!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Quintessential old 707 smoke pic, great position, great timing - wheels on the way up.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It captures the raw power of this classic jet...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great Shot, however they used to use water injection in the engines back in the day to increase the density of the air going into the engine, this makes for a more efficient burn.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Gotta love the smoke! :P
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wonderful colour of image
Anonymous
8 years ago
Bit slow with the gear!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Them was the goog old days!
Anonymous
8 years ago
The wheels and the plumes of smoke give you a sense of power and force and balance. The plane looks like it just left the ground but already is far away because of its magical way of flying.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy Smoke!! What an amazing sight, I love to see these pictures of the good old days!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy #@#* thats a lot of smoke
Anonymous
7 years ago
Now Boeing is making a plastic airplane..this one is a REAL AIRPLANE!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great shot just as the gear is coming up with a huge smoke trail!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It might just have made the 35 foot screen height
Anonymous
7 years ago
POWER!!!!!!!! THE PLANES, PILOTS, FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
HAD IT.ACTION WAS THE TICKET TO EVERY FLIGHT.
M.G.DAVIS EAL
Anonymous
7 years ago
The combination of the visible exhausts from the four engines, the height above the runway and the partially retracted landing gear, conveys action - you can almost hear the engines roaring.
Anonymous
7 years ago
He sucked the gear up over the numbers. Of course it's a "he". Back then there was only one kind of pilot. No bypassing turbofans back then, just good old cast iron coal burning J-57 screamers.

(From an old pilot, born before WWII who knew Igor Sikorsky and flew helicopters with wooden rotor blades. Yeah, what I write will "stand alone as a comment" and it will "make sense to" those who have been there and done that.)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very impressive...reminds you of kc135's or b52's
Anonymous
7 years ago
This reminds me of my days with SAC. I loved to get to the end of the runway and watch those B-52's B47-s come off, screaming, billowing (water) smoke as they climbed to the heavens to protect the lives of Americans.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I Miss those days, with all the no extinct airlines and planes
Anonymous
7 years ago
Noise abatement!?! we don't need no stinking noise abatement! This was the first P&W wasp-waist, split spool turbojet. Tested in the navy a-3d skywarrior in '53 as the j-57. comm version was the jt-3. f-8 had one of these with an afterburner. what a great screeming engine it was.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Days long gone - when you could go to the airport and see jets that were fast and furious. They looked fast, and sounded and smelled like a rocketship blasting into space! They were the reason I became an airline pilot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
A great photo of a waterwagon. i started my career in Los Angeles air traffic control tower and there were still some of them around. I retired from the FAA and ATC in 2002.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Maybe time for an oil change??
Anonymous
6 years ago
The vision of power and control while retracting the wheels at a low altitude gives the feeling of confidence in the crew. Thanks for the shot. Dan K.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This remind me of why i was proud of being an american airlines employee-- i remember when they took off and said"there goes one of my babies"..when i worked at the hangar at o'hare and saw one roll out and then take off--i had a sense of accomplishment...
Anonymous
6 years ago
It shows the early history of the jet age---and just how far we have progressed in 50 years!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
- evidence of poorly refined [kerosene-based] jet fuel and, as would be expected, older combustor design as part of a great aircraft which iirc superceded planes such as the prop driven DC-6D.
Anonymous
6 years ago
*Over the PA System* Please keep in mind that this is a non smoking flight* hahaha
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantrastic shot, those old straight jets crying out loud, using water-injection to get the power-settings right. A real smoker.....
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's a great shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful shot of a beautiful aircraft. I really wish I could ride on one of these before they're all gone...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Holy smokes!...Quite literally!
Anonymous
5 years ago
You are a lucky man to have been there live! And a Great photographer for capturing it so well. 5* from me!
Jason W
Anonymous
5 years ago
Unthinkable smoke! And gear already up! Indeed a different time!
Anonymous
4 years ago
I just can't get over how soon they retracted the undercarriage....
Awesome pic, just awesome.
If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.....
Anonymous
3 years ago
Gotta love the waterwagons!

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