Aviation Photo #0804242 McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle - USA - Air Force

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Fastest take off I've seen - high AoA rotate [Canon 10D]
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    Glenn Stewart
    USA - Air Force
    McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas
    479/C029
    78-0496
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    Avalon (Geelong)
    Victoria
    Australia
    March 18, 2005
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Hope they send a bill to the USAF to repair the 2 holes they burned in the runway ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dominant display of superior air power!
Anonymous
10 years ago
F-22? Pshh... I'll take the 15 anyday! Awesome shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Jet wash effects in this picture show the sheer power behind the engines of this beauty...air power!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I bet his commander had a few words for him!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The sheer power of the takeoff and the almost vertical climb is impressive to say the least.There are few planes in the world of its size that can match it in speed,agility, poweror beauty.Retire it? Why?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm sure if there was blacktop on that runway it's ggone now.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Power of those engines to push that plane up at the angle shown is most impressive.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A great photo that shows the power of a classic old fighter. This is one of the F-15s that are used for demonstrations at airshows around the world, hence the flashy takeoff - on afterburners, I think. (The caption says Avalon, Australia - I saw an F-15 do the same thing and then fling itself around the sky in 1999.)
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photograph grabbed me because of the tremendous amount of energy being released as evidenced by the optical distortion below the aircraft. I have personally witnessed such full after burner takeoffs at air shows and this photograph brought back instant memories. I only wish that the sound could have somehow been captured, also.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very detailed shot. Beautiful image.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I like the "whooshey" effect at the back bit.
It looks like she's reversing very slowly.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing! Thank you for sharing your great photograph.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The intensity of heat wavering is amazing. The photographer must have a very quick finger to catch the plane almost at the instant of takeoff!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is an awsome photo. The clarity, the moment, and composition are excellent.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The heated exhaust shows the action and power of the jet. I just separated from the Air Force and this brings back memories.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The thrust off the ground and the extream power of the jets is amazing. it just shows us how we have come flying at kitty hawk to this.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Sweet!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hope he brought a drop tank. Couple of AF boys I used to talk to say that burns fuel in ways that aren't even funny.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Poor tarmack!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It is all about the distance between the engines and the ground....amazing! Of course the angle is impressive and the heat radiating off the rear helps one to visualize the POWER!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I like that you can see the pilot. Looks like fun up there.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is just an excellent photo. you can almost feel the power of the engines...
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'd like to see what shape the runway is in now. What a great photo of an assault takeoff.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Now that's a crotch rocket :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, a picture of pure power in many ways! Haw many G's can you pull on take off?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot Glenn.
JJ747
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gorgeous photo, great job.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Torch the runaway.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic shot - you can really feel the power here-pity you don't have sound !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Super photo. I have never seen a plane get airborne this quick.
Anonymous
10 years ago
How low can he go??? The pucker factor of that pilot beats any G's at altitude (or attitude)...
Anonymous
10 years ago
.....and I thought Only MiGs and Sukhois could do this. Boy, am I wrong. And an ancient F-15C to boot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Having witnessed many of these spectacular moments of the F-15, I must say this capture is absolutely amazing. Just raw power!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The rocket is taking off!! The F-15's thrust-to-
weight ratio is such that if set on its tail, and the afterburners are lit, it can shoot straight up
like a rocket.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! This is closer to a lift-off than a take-off!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I watched an F-16 pull a similar maneuver at an air show, the afterburners left the runway crackling and sparking.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Perfect photo, it is just awesome.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot!it deserves a five star rating
Anonymous
9 years ago
You can almost feel the power and vibrations just looking at the picture!!!! i spent the last 10 years of my 20 in the air force on the f-15. i got to experience first hand a takeoff like this while on my last tdy (in sardinia) before retirement.
lewis clanin
Anonymous
9 years ago
Man, oh man, the first time I saw this I couldn't believe the incredible power of the F-15 captured like this. Awesome as hell to capture a very special moment like this anywhere. I say many thanks go to the photographer who captured this and to the pilot of that F-15 for making this shot possible for us all. I can only guarantee anybody here that this will become classic on A.net one day. It's a shame that we won't see the F-15 in USAF service anymore. ;-)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Too bad we couldn't hear that one taking off. I love to see military aircraft, but I think the sound is the most impressive aspect of watching these aircraft. Gotta love the Crackling roar of afterburners, you know what I mean if you have ever been there. Great shot of some geat action.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Has captured that pre take off moment and conveyed the power thrust used to get plane off ground
Anonymous
9 years ago
As a former Eagle driver, we seldom did burner takeoffs (didn't need to). The picture is phenominal, as it shows the raw power of a P&W F100. On a cold day, if you didn't have your hands on the gear handle as you rotated, you ran the risk of overspeeding the landing gear on retraction! Max speed I attained by departure end was about 480 kts...smoking. Most of all, it was just plain fun...the best perspective is sitting in the seat.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Makes my neck hurt looking at it
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo, and great plane
Anonymous
8 years ago
Defies reality.what an amaizing shot.good on you mate.
Anonymous
8 years ago
This shouldn't be physically possible. Beautiful picture.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The reason that i love this shot- i crewed 78-0496 for two years at kadena ab 93-95. i'm sad to see the red tail markings, since this was a 44th fs aircraft back then (blue stripes). it was a superbly reliable ship then and it looks good now
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow! Raw Power!
Anonymous
8 years ago
"Deus ex machina". Just impressive!. You can feel in the picture the extraordinary power of these machines... Congratulations to the photographer!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Vulgar display of power
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hey...for a moment I thought this is a static display from a museum somewhere....wow...awesummmmmm!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I have seen this done with most modern jet fighters and still don't get how you don't stall the compressors doing this?
Anonymous
6 years ago
This beautiful bird looks to be defying gravity. It shows the power behind the engineering.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Shes a beauty,of enginering an Power.
EGM2
Anonymous
6 years ago
Perfect timeing
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nothing beats the Eagle, just awesome!

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