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More: Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148)
More: Geilenkirchen (GKE / ETNG)
More: Germany, September 6, 2006
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60-0365 (cn 18140) 1200 mm ... doing a very shallow climb, the flight crew preferred to gain speed first before pulling up. Great experience ...
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A visitor from United States posted Thu July 14, 2011:
Love this shot, makes the aircraft look so nimble

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 20, 2008:
The detail is amazing, from the spinning turbines to the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit. It must've taken some intestinal fortitude to capture this shot without cringing!

A visitor from Pakistan posted Mon January 7, 2008:
Thanks to the photographer for a great photo

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 3, 2008:
Great Work! Keep it up

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue December 18, 2007:
Nice shoot. Interesting tyres marks at the the end of the runway at the bottom of the picture

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon November 12, 2007:
Nice photo! I always like shots from this angle as they tend to be pretty impressive. I must say that I like the KC-135 a lot better than the civilian version, the 707, even if it were only because of its bigger engines. I think those long narrow engines of the 707 look pretty bad, while these ones look really good on this bird (it's the same thing with the 737-200 and all later versions of the 737, compare the engines...).
Btw check out the rubber on the runway! I thought pilots were not allowed to do burnouts!!! ;)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 6, 2007:
What a photo!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 6, 2007:
This photo is amazing perfect angle and seeing the jet streams behind it showing how much thrust is behind that beast is amazing

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 12, 2006:
I don't know if my eyes are tricking me or not, but it looks like the centrifugal force of the spinning tires is causing the main wheels to increase in diameter and shrink in their lateral dimensions.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat December 2, 2006:
This photo really illustrates the shallow climbout of the old KC135s, but one thing confuses me: why did this aircraft have the 717-148 designation? I understand the 717 part, but "48" is for Aer Lingus and I'd have noticed by now if they had inflight refuelling tankers!

A visitor from United States posted Tue October 31, 2006:
The plane looks awesome with those CFM56's. Awesome!

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 7, 2006:
Unusual and interesting! Very nice detail of the runway contour and tire scuff marks, in addition to the plane itself.

A visitor from Germany posted Wed September 20, 2006:

A visitor from Germany posted Tue September 19, 2006:
Just WOW

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 16, 2006:
Feel as though I'm right there...can't you hear the whine of the engines? The anticipation of the gear doors about to open as this bird is moments from pulling in her feet and roar right on by. Magnificent and thank you for the nice photo!

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