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
10 years ago
Wow, that's really close. I wonder what the airline would say if they saw this picture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice picture. Does the 777 have a tail strike avoidance system in its fly by wire?
Anonymous
10 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
10 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
9 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
9 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
7 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
3 years ago
Wow

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