Aviation Photo #0968767 Boeing 747-438 - Qantas

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Guess this is how QF pilots clean their cockpit windscreens...the captain pouring the water while the first officer activating the windscreen wipers..
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    Damien Chng
    Qantas
    Boeing 747-438
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    25067
    857
    VH-OJK
    Singapore - Changi
    Singapore
    November 20, 2005
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Comments (90)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding! Love a photo with some homourous content!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hehehe lol! very funny! but aren't there waterjets in front of the windshield??? like they do on cars! anyway, brilliant capture of momenT! i like it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
:-) nice and funny, thanks for making me laugh.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice catch! These are the different shots which make me look at the most popular section day by day.
Anonymous
11 years ago
OMG!!!!! Actually when I saw this photo,I laughed in front of my computer.LOL
Thank you for sharing a funny photo!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ancient Pilot secret. Aerodynamics anyone?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hehe! Guess now I've found something my old Fiat as in common with a 747...Well caught!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Funny picture! The plane is so durty that the pilot decide to wash it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Funny Pic
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice and funny, thanks
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice and funny thanks for shearing it with us
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice to see human technolgy is still the best!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice idea ;-) ...maybe the captain was bored and didn't know what to do else...?! so why not wash the plane!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love this photo, not for its photographic qualities, but for the humour. A classic piece of aviation photography which to the outsider looks weird, but to us in the know is hilariously funny for all the right reasons. Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Two guys having fun
great picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Classic piece of Aussie ingenuity. If they had taxiied down to the holding point some local with a homemade squeegee and bucket would have done the job, but wanted money for it, thus delaying the flight until some agreement in local currency had been reached. This method of cleaning windscreens could provide huge savings especially at places like KLAX.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very funny! I ever seen it before, these people beside me were laughing at the pilots!

Thomas Loh
Anonymous
11 years ago
Why they don't use the cleaning nozzles? It looks like a big show for me.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The captain made a bet with the FO saying it was gonna rain and didn't want to lose it...

Great close-up! The pilot seems to be as fond of the aircraft as we are of our cars... Well, he certainly is!
Anonymous
11 years ago
HAHAHAHA, LOL, i thought that they had waterjets in front of the windscreen liek in cars. Imagine trying 2 do that at 42,000 feet!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ha,are the captain give his big bird drink.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a sight.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can you imagine how many bottles of water it would take to wash the entire plane, excellent photo and very funny.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ran out of blue stuff fot the w washer?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Is this included on their paycheck? =)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Quite ingenious!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hey big boy! Are you thirsty? Got some water!! Funny moment captured!! Cheers to Damien!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very funny indeed but.. Is that mineral water? The QF pilots and Changi ground staff should be more conscious about the lack of potable water resources we will be suffering in the upcoming years...
Anonymous
11 years ago
I don't understand...there's no special liquid for windscreen like on the cars???...but it's really funny to pour the water this way...not easy while flying...
Anonymous
11 years ago
I wonder if that's included in the job description :)

Those things on the inside of the wipers are not water jets like in a car. They are the ports for the rain repellant.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Haha! I guess they had to find some way to deal with the dirty windscreen seeing that 747s don't have washer jets, or any airliner for that matter I believe.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great close-up! I always wondered what that hatch on top was for...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot...He should've used a Bars Bugs bottle instead!!! ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
LOL! Very funny pic, now I see what happens when both of the pilots are bored, and have a need for some fresh air!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Funny, I've never thought of that.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very, very nice shot!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hmmm. I wonder if the sight outside the windscreen gets any better after having poured a whole 1,5 litres of fresh mineral water onto it. Funny aviation gag after all. brgds / (gp)
Anonymous
11 years ago
A unique photo. Gives the viewer a perspective of being their rather than a shot of a plane flying by.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Really funny picture! Is this really included in the procedures before startup?
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a great and funny picture,I would like to know what is this guy doing?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hahahaha! LOL! Great humor in this shot! Maybe they should have used a gallon jug instead of a water bottle, that'll take a while! ;D
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent - How washing windows without ladder !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Same action on 20,000 feet above. Ha Ha Ha ...
Anonymous
11 years ago
One of the funniest photos! Thank you!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Haha!!I guess, the capt must have lost a bet...and wash the entire plane using bottles of mineral water. It explains the lack of interest form the FO. <lol>.
i'am just afraid it would take him ages...<rotf>.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great OZ humor... :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent timing Damien. "Ladies and gentlemen, please have your seat belts securely fastened while big bird takes a drink..."
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great!.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hahahaha what a great shot! Excellent. There are water restrictions here in Sydney, and we have to clean our cars with a bucket of water! But a bottle of water for a 747-400? hahahahaha funny stuff.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Rare occurrence caught on camera; you would think that the ground crew would spray water from a high preassure hose.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very funny, I didn't know pilots are this much independent. hahahaha
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo just begs to have a bunch of wisecracks about it. LOL Nice shot, definitely get to count the screws and rivets of this big beauty. Nicely done!
Jaysen - Shawnee, KS
Anonymous
10 years ago
My small brother is saying, so this is why cars top has got sunroof!! very nice click!
Anonymous
10 years ago
They better turn the wipers too ;))!!!Great and also funny picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hope he has an extra bottle! ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Sorry to be a party pooper folks, but that sure ain't the captain. Judging by the barely noticeable green vest that's poking out, I'd say he's a ground handler. Funny shot though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
"Now that's convenience" :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clean the window !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Im pretty sure it's the captian. The reason why he has the green vest on is probably because he just completed the pre-flight inspection og the a/c. A great photo though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just excellent... A pilot really at work ;-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Drink up ol fella, we have a long way to go
Anonymous
10 years ago
Qantas can't afford ground crew anymore... :P
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow, I didn't even know some 747s have special passage-ways like that!
Anonymous
9 years ago
"Damn Service People...they missed a spot!"
"Drink up big girl we are on water restrictions in OZ"
Love this photo, one of my faves. 5 *
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great Pic!! Thats just plain funny....
Anonymous
9 years ago
People, the reason they are pouring water on the windshield is to cool it off so do don't get the window overheat messages on the EICAS. It has nothing to do with window cleaning. It just cools the windows down from being exposed to the sun light on them.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wauuuwww! this is 747 new windows clear system,advanced technology!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Unconventional pic. None of the usual grandness and very earthy!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I think the pilot was finging cracks by knowing any pentration of water. It's z very common materials testing technique :)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great, great picture 5/5
Anonymous
8 years ago
A 747 always needs to be clean
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice to know even 747's have ghetto ways of doing stuff :P
Anonymous
8 years ago
There is a hatch there?????
Anonymous
8 years ago
HEHEHEHEHEHE, thats how one of the world's best airline,"Qantas", works! If any another airline want to be a "good" "popualr" airline, thats how you should do it LOL
Anonymous
8 years ago
I think you'll find that it is the captain with the water, just have to wear the hi vis vest during pre flight
Anonymous
8 years ago
I guess they ran out of wiper fluid...XP
Anonymous
7 years ago
"i am just cleaning my boeing!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
I never knew there's a window or door on the top of the 747 where the pilot can come out.....
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'll bet he made his way up from GA. Good honest work :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
I'm very surprise to discover a pilot with a bottle of ... Water ???? :o)
Anonymous
6 years ago
''You've been working all day, here is some water to freshen up, big girl!''
Anonymous
6 years ago
Big bird...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Hey hey! they have 2 window washers in front of the windows. they didn't use it. :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
Can you imagine this being done during mid flight?? haha!! Nice photo mate.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Fantastic method!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Captain: "Quick! The boss is coming! I gotta ditch the Everclear"
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice Picture Usually this happens
Anonymous
4 years ago
Hmmm...
Anonymous
3 years ago
The pilot is freshing this big girl up

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