Aviation Photo #1064314 McDonnell Douglas MD-11CF - Martinair Cargo

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Just when I thought I had seen everything when it comes to condensation in July last year on a KLM MD-11, this Martinair MD-11 comes along and made me rethink what I knew. The vortices on this thing are way beyond and are the very best the MD-11 can produce! Strangely enough the other MD-11s that morning didn't produce nearly as much.
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    Tim de Groot - AirTeamImages
    Martinair Cargo
    McDonnell Douglas MD-11CF
    McDonnell Douglas MD-11
    McDonnell Douglas MD-11
    McDonnell Douglas
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    CS-503
    Amsterdam - Schiphol
    Netherlands
    June 8, 2006
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Comments (104)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow!
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG! What a stunning view! rgds Robin
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fab!!

Now you can see why you don't want to get too close behind these things in your 172s...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely incredible. Very well captured, 5 stars.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely stunning!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice job with the condensation and tip vortices.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW..amazing. No doubt 5 stars.
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG! What a great picture! Very nice job!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely beautiful. congratulations on this amazing shot! condensation never ceases to amaze me!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Erie... we just don't get those kind of conditions in the tropic. Great back ground lighting as well. Well Done!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a fantastic capture
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's a lot of condensation. Good job, I like the color contrast between the condensation, the plane, and the sky.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is what it is about, just perfect!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Lovely shot!!

--Nate
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow... a true study in art. Tim, you got it.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent shot. Superb camera work.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm not easily impressed but this image is absolutely awesome. Congrats on capturing what could be a once in a lifetime shot for many photogs. Don
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incredible effect / lighting!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is one AMAZING photo there, great job!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hard to get such conditions, great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have never seen anything like this before. Outstanding shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incrediable
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing! (gp)
Anonymous
10 years ago
That looks so beutiful! Pictures like these remind me why I love aviation! Five stars!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Revelation!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This has got to be one of the best pics on A.net. Well done Tim, the patience was worth it!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice....
Anonymous
10 years ago
A Beauty!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love the small vortices coming off the winglets - they look so delicate compared to the monster condensation everywhere else.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have been flying for 55 years and have never seen condensation and vortices like this before
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely the best I've seen !! Nice photograph.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good advertisement for wake turb. avoidance
Well done.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very good shot...looks as if it brought the clouds down with it for this landing.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great atmospheric shot!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb image - well done.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A bettee example of vorticies and wing ectoplasm is hard to find
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Aerodynamics tranquility-
Anonymous
10 years ago
A perfect example of melding technology and art. Great picture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ive never seen anything like that
Anonymous
10 years ago
Without a doubt 5 stars. Excellent shot! Truly amazing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great Camera work, perfect positioning... excellent shot - very unique and cool!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Suuuuuuuperb shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent photo. Provides a good lesson on vortices, air density. and condensation.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Sometimes nature produces the best effects. The color of the background sky is great too.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Lucky (photo) day . one in 1.000.000
Anonymous
10 years ago
The details of this beauty, plus the vortices are excelent, making this picture one of a kind. keep up the good work.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The background lighting, and interesting vortices
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is very unusual with much more vortices than normal well captured
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo! The composition, light and speed are very well balanced. Good job fellow!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Tim that is absolutely stunning. Doe so voort
Anonymous
10 years ago
Tim is Top! Always enjoy his shots! Keep 'm coming!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This picture not only is beautiful for its colour-distribution and its balance, it gives in a single shot all the explanation of what makes an airplane fly. if you tell somebody that where air is less dense its temperature goes down, one can actually see the lift/condesation that pulls the plane upward and how the fuselage does not contribute to this fenomenon on which a hole industry feeds. best regards, thomas-michael
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing condensation on a beautiful machine. love the MD11
Anonymous
10 years ago
Looks like the plane is vanishing slowly, very good photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
How do you do that ? really cool
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just amazing!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Super!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Tim, this is worth 6 stars for me!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love the votexes, and i just love the fact that its an MD-11
Anonymous
10 years ago
A good photo of the MD11. It is a ghostly shot with the red skies and clouds of condensation from the rear. I wonder what the passengers thought
Anonymous
10 years ago
The clarity and color of the sky, absence of clouds, and intense vapor coming off the surfaces make this shot very special!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect place at the right time, 15 years working around planes very nice.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It seems to me a perfect balance of form, composition, and content. When I look at it I almost feel like I'm there! Really!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool shot !!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent- perhaps the greater vortices can be explained by a heavier landing weight than the other MD-11s you saw...cargo is like that!

Anonymous
10 years ago
This photograph demonstrates the wing and tail tip vortices and the pressure change on the top wing surface. note also the votex from the flap section.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great !
congratulations Tim
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing...
My favourite airliners photos. Condensation.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, i searched a long time for such a vortice pic! ty
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a great shot, the colour the atmospheric conditions and a savvy photographer in the right place at the right time. Kudos
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
10 years ago
What we learn about physics in school, this pic is absolute example of pressure/energy/temperature.Amazing shot "WELL DONE" (irfan piac)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Every aspect of this photo shows an expert at work. The aircraft fills the frame and the photographer's position,angle,lens size and non-distracting background are perfect. The spectacular vortices (beyond the photographer's control)have been captured at the "right" moment.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gratefull!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very rare sight, thanks.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Landing weight 229.000 kg it shows.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Perect illustration of what following pilots should be aware of.. Terrific humidity humps on the wings casting off into wake turbulance from the flap edges- BEWARE! Also shows small wakes from wing tip fences, proves they do work.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I am not a photo guru but I know what I like.
Brilliant shot.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shoot, you really were at the right place at the right time
Anonymous
9 years ago
Good shoot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing, just amazing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great picture, top website .
Anonymous
8 years ago
I always wave at you guys snapping on the side from Polderbaan, and quality pictures like these are why!
Anonymous
8 years ago
The most stunning pic in my life.Beatiful colour!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Holy Crap! This sure is one good picture!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great picture. I never knew that one airplane could generate that much vortices! Really great!
Anonymous
8 years ago
That is the most amazing condensation picture i have ever seen on this site..... shows just how low the pressure gets above the wings and what helps these giants fly.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great pictures!! im gonna take it to my class tonight...great example for flight students!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I think its deadly the smoke action it just looks wicked.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Say hello to my desktop 5/5
Anonymous
7 years ago
Rarely have I seen a photo of such breathtaking quality.I can only describe this photo as what it is,stunning.I never knew there were such vortices as shown it this work.Well done to all concerned!
Anonymous
7 years ago
So this one was the heaviest
Anonymous
7 years ago
The relative size difference between the wingtip vortices and those on flaps really demonstrates how much lift is being produced with this heavy and "dirty" guy.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sometime in your life comes that one photo that makes the rest seem dull. beautiful colours, excellent position, and what vortices!!!! any light aircraft following--- watch out!! great pity that we can only give 5 star rating.......KeiSan,Poole,UK.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is so amazing i love it very beautiful too
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very very closly pics i like it
Anonymous
7 years ago
Makes me want to throw all my photography equipment away. Amazing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a great shot again!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The shot frooze the experience. Feel like u r there! Graet shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice!!!

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