Aviation Photo #0292539 Boeing 777-268/ER - Saudi Arabian Airlines

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Almost suffering a tail-strike on departure on a stormy day with measured gusts of up to 60 knots. This was the last departure from Rwy 18 on that afternoon.
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    Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
    Saudi Arabian Airlines
    Boeing 777-268/ER
    Boeing 777-200
    Boeing 777-200
    Boeing
    28348
    109
    HZ-AKE
    Frankfurt am Main (Rhein-Main AB)
    Germany
    October 27, 2002
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Photo Added: November 06, 2002

Comments (33)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Stunning K, simply stunning!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dramatic!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
He is like 3 millimeters from sanding his tail flat. really cool shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Saudian pilots are professionals !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Eye-popping take off.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW, that's really close!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great picture!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, that's really close. I wonder what the airline would say if they saw this picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice picture. Does the 777 have a tail strike avoidance system in its fly by wire?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Any more rotation and he gets himself a nice little tail strike. Interesting color contrast between the plane and the sky though.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot. If I understand correctly the -200 doesn't have tailstrike protection but the -300 with its longer fuselage does, so this rotation was 100% 'pilot'!
Anonymous
10 years ago
He is like 3 millimeters from sanding his tail flat. really cool shot.

He is more like 3 milimeters from losing his job!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing shot of a near tail strike. That had to be a 1 foot clearance for the most. Photographer had perfect timing in the perfect place.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good Photo....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Shocking photo! I'm surprised they were letting aircraft take off up to this point with 60 kts of wind?! Fantastic capturee K.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Just take it easy Captain.. The sky is ours.
B-777/2/3 I just think the most elegant ACFTs ever built! (São Luis - MA / Jorge)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
That was close...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Like always... Great work done by KONSTANTIN...but ... i think pilot was in hurry... ;)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow beutiful.Saudi arabian airlines always beautiful.
Anonymous
8 years ago
A master peice of work by the photographer this picture really worth. hats off
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow nice shot , pilot was 10 feet from losing his job
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow great timing.Saudia Pilots are great
Anonymous
7 years ago
The guy flying that is mad.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow... wow.
Anonymous
6 years ago
A risky takeoff! Perfect shot
Anonymous
6 years ago
If it had tail-strike protection it would be an tail-strike!
Anonymous
6 years ago
The parts of this photo that appeal to me are:

As others have said: there is great contrast between the pinky-gold main body of the B772 and the sky with good saturation.

The photographer also needed to be on the button (irony intended!) to catch a shot of something doing 170 - 190 knots in the split second that it nearly tailstruck.

It also documents a very close encounter of the grazed backside type!
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is an amazing photo because tailstrikes are so scary.
Anonymous
5 years ago
This photo makes the term "tailstrike" understandable to anyone
Anonymous
4 years ago
Perfect timing and angle by both the photographer and the pilot.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wow

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