Aviation Photo #1019441 Boeing 747-47UF/SCD - Atlas Air

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The result of a short and very hard landing. The captain apologised to the ATC for the mess he made of the landing.
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    Seth Jaworski
    Atlas Air
    Boeing 747-47UF/SCD
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    32838
    1307
    N416MC
    Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot)
    New South Wales
    Australia
    October 9, 2005
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent vortexs
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, look at those vortices.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I really loved the smoke and how you can see it turn as the plane displaces the airflow. Amazing picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot capturing the motion within the photograph
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice close-up shot. It really shows the difference in height between the tail section and the nose. Guess they really used their landing fee on this one.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oh my...
that's crazy
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a great photo !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, now that's what I call a smokey toucdown!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply an amazing shot!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like how the tyre smoke looks like wake vortex. An amazing picture, I love such hard landings!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The most beautiful landing photo i have ever seen ... amazing ;-)))))
Anonymous
11 years ago
It looks like a space shuttle that lands, because of the circles of the smoke when it touches down!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Runway check needed by airport ops maybe after such a heavy landing and a couple of new radials
Anonymous
11 years ago
Did the captain say "Sorry for the vortex?"
GREAT SHOT!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Biggest landing vortex i´ve ever seen after a hard landing. Maybe ATC said WOW after touchdown. T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I'm not doing good landing these days. I didnt know that you get this kind smoke after a hard landing! so from now on, I will do my best to make it as smooth as possible.
Anonymous
11 years ago
BRILLIANT SHOT!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen if you care to look out the window you will see we have swirling vortex just outside!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice pic but could improve the landing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW,
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a picture, WOWWWWWWWWW.
But sometimes I wonder how the pressure of the flaps. Just look at it, it's almost touch the ground.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot Seth. No runway inspection required unless aircraft damaged or missing rubber when inspected by engineers on the bay.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wonderful , wake turbulence votices
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is call the wake turbulence! I loving it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I have already seen this event thousand times, but this one is one of the most impression photos that I have seen before. I had posted this photo to my desk wallpaper.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Must have been a messy approach, with a marginal touchdown, but with a tough airplane, you can hardly hurt it too bad.
Great picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I can smell the rubber from here hehe...great picture indeed!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good stuff!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome steam kickup!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo shows not only motion of the aircraft, but its size and power to generate massive wake turbulence. It encorporates everything that we love about heavies.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like they landed on a geyser or something hehe ! Very nice picture :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
A fantastic rear shot. The landing may have been hard, but consider the fact that the Boeing 747 is a very forgiving aircraft. No matter what, she looks gorgeous from any angle. All the more reason that Boeing makes the best.

S Meiyappan
Ft Worth Tx
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's all in the timing & staying focused when the situation presents itself. A little rough on the aircraft I would imagine!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great angle, all together a great shot, I like it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome
Anonymous
11 years ago
At least the Captain didn't have passengers and flight attendents to apologise to! Absolutely stunning shot, and right at the top of my 'wish I'd taken that' list.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome shot! great to see the wake turbulence and such an impressive A/C
Anonymous
11 years ago
No apologies mate, thanks for that landing...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot! right time to see the effect while lending
Anonymous
11 years ago
Execptional
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome! Fantasic clarity. I can almost feel the wake turbulence form that giant. Nicely done.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo awesome landing I want to be a pilot my self and i want to fly a 744 but nice photo great timing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool "swirl" effect.

YEG
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb shot! Exactly the right timing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incrinable !!! spectacular!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a great picture of wake turbulence. Very nice!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think this landing is magisterial.where was the fotographer.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool Pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a nice picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wicked cool!!! Wake vortices materializing out of tire smoke -- I can hear and SMELL that touchdown from here!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very very good
Anonymous
11 years ago
Got to love shots of vortices. Kinda looks like the captain was on the brakes at touchdown or its peeling out and doing a wheelie.
Anonymous
11 years ago
First of all, a brilliant shot. To capture the second of touch down is a great thing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot, Seth, congrats! It's neat when you can see a detailed manifestation of the aerodynamic forces acting on these massive aircraft, with the opposite direction of rotation of the horizontal stabiliser vortices clearly visible.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Photo capture, glad it wasn't one of my landings!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That´s a great shot, because ist shows the power and weight of a 747 in just another way.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ok dude. Last chance.More 100 hours of simmulator.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Was I on that flight? Nice shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic Very good work.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its beautiful i think that the atc should have congratulated the captain instead for giving them such a stunning display of raw power
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Shoot, Beautiful vortex
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing Clarity...Great Job.!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Gosh huge power is in game!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I dont think the pilot should have apologised because those planes are not easy to put down. great shot though
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great time and beautiful pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. These kind of pictures really show off the huge size of this beast! :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thought it was a fab picture jst because u can see the lil tornados still appearing in the smoke perfect shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its good cos u can see spray bein flicked up
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's the right place to be, nice job
Anonymous
10 years ago
I believe you have to be very lucky to be in a possition, where it is possible to get a shot like this, it is first time I see one like this, great
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool photo! I love the smoke or dust effect
Anonymous
10 years ago
That has to be the most beautiful puff of smoke ever produced by a jet!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo is perfect. Angle, lighting and the affect of those powerful engines makes this a five star shot. Well Done indeed! I love the 747, and they are really big girls, I am gobsmacked at how some captains put them down so safely,they are magnificent machines! Really a perfect photo, and thanks to the captain for such a perfect affect!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a really hard landing! Gorgeous shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Excellent
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice, love the rubber touching down and having a puff like that
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hahahaha, a plane fart.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow the elevators are creating wing tip vortices
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a great shot - An excellent view of the vortices can be seen in the smoke!
Anonymous
8 years ago
The great thing about being a cargo pilot and making this hard of a landing is that packages don't complain.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Good thing cargo neither pukes nor complains ;)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Tell one of the ATC staff to come and land one of these heavies and he'll know; no need to apologise. Marvellous photo with the air brakes and the flaps and the smoke....great shot Seth, keep it going.

nagi from Pakistan
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome display of turbulence!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WHAMMO! Great photo...love the intense detail and the ATC dialog was priceless
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is what i call a heavy bird. 5st for detail
Anonymous
7 years ago
Featured in AERO magazine's January 2007 issue as one of the top photo's of 2006 (despite the shot being taken in 2005). The (German) caption read: "Eine ausgesprochene rustikale Landung", haha... And I first thought it meant peaceful... :O
Btw The captain was like: 'Sorry for the rubber on the tarmac', or 'sorry for the gorgeous sight i gave you?' Clearly it should have been a mix at worst.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Bet you that the passengers were a bit shaken up after that landing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's a cargo
Anonymous
7 years ago
I hope they checked out the landing gear - and probably needed tires!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Transporting lead by air? poor tires.. very good shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Catergory: Abstract Art & Artist: Atlas Air B744. Bravo!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome!!! Can actually see the ground effect as the smoke pattern!! :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
LUV ATLAS
Anonymous
5 years ago
Epic wake turbulance!!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
5 years ago
To the visitor from Australia referring to the vortices off the tail. Those swirls are a result of the airflow off the inboard edge of the flaps. Vortices only form at edges when the upper and lower airflows mix, they don't form below the horizontal stabs. Wake turbulence is strongest and most dangerous when following departing aircraft. Anyway it's a great shot for sure!
Anonymous
4 years ago
This is a 5 star photo, not just for the smoke and drama - but for how well this unusual angle captures how "fat" this plane really is.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great angle

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