Aviation Photo #0981349 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - USA - Navy

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Several aircraft approach... one causing a substantial amount of sparks. [Canon 300D 18-55mm EF-S]
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    McDonnell Douglas
    Pacific Ocean
    International Airspace
    October 15, 2005
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Comments (7)

12 years ago
Excellent idea resulting in a great picture!
12 years ago
5 Stars, very great!!
12 years ago
Perfect shot! The gray and blurry background makes the whole scene locking a bit ghostly ;-)
12 years ago
Just perfect! What was the exposure? Or was it a multi-exposition? How far apart should the aircraft be when landing on a carrier?
11 years ago
Excellent! A work of art, and one of the coolest 3D line graphs I've ever seen!
Crackin' Super, Mate! Absolutely Sewpah, Dewpah!
9 years ago
Great time exposure. I see that the plane guard ship lights in the background bouncing up & down in the waves. Also the great wavy line showing the planes compensating for the rocking and rolling of the aircraft carrier. If my memory serves correctly those sparks are from the plane that hit the desk early and scrapped the deck instead of the cross desk pendants (arresting wires) just in the lower edge right edge of the photo. Again great photo.
7 years ago
Love this image. Photographs of military operations taken with an artistic eye like this are a real treasure.

To the visitor from the United States:
Much of the movement of you see in the streaking aircraft lights will be caused by the ships pitching itself, and less by the aircraft bobbing up and down. The deck seems stable to the camera because it is effectively attached to it, but in fact it is the aircraft that is probably following a smoother glide slope.

Also, in a low light shot like this, almost all carrier landings will result in visible sparks. The arresting wires have a gaps between them and are supported above the flight deck by leaf springs. When the hook impacts the deck, it will actually slam into the deck every time. Daylight is just too bright for you to see it most of the time. Similar to daylight hiding the muzzle flash of a gun that is plainly visible at night.

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