Aviation Photo #0917297 Boeing 747-422 - United Airlines

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Love this shot, just after touch down flaps fully extended, with the back looking so low as the pilot held it up for a long time.
New South Wales, Australia
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    Morris Biondi
    United Airlines
    Boeing 747-422
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    26899
    1113
    N195UA
    Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot)
    New South Wales
    Australia
    August 24, 2005
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Comments (138)

Anonymous
11 years ago
As Paris Hilton would say..."That's Hot!"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice picture but what's up with the "White ladies funerals" in the background
Anonymous
11 years ago
This picture gives you a feel for the weight of this beauty!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yeah, feel the weight!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a wonderfull picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Always amazing watching these birds land.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I Love the White Lady Funeral...:-)
Simply Awesome!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pure graceful elegance! She is the Queen of the Skies.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wonderfull timing. Great shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful picture, it looks like an excellent vantage point. I need to make my way to SYD someday.
Anonymous
11 years ago
In all this years I didn´t got to get any kick out of that kinda grey of UA - just don´t like it. Anyway - good shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love watching those things land. That is one good picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great angle! Looks majestic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
You can really feel her weight as she lands gracefully. Excellent shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The angle is great and the aircraft is in a great spot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Congratulation! Great photo opportunity. The 747 is one of the most graceful airplanes.
Oakville, Ontario
Anonymous
11 years ago
The lighting makes for an excellent shot. The Plane as it rotates makes it easy to see most all of the 744
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great angle. imparts a sense of action and dynamics not usually seen. awesome.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I Love Sydney Airport & this is just another awesome photo of the popular wide bodys landing here.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The picture says it all
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dramatic shot, bloody ripper mate !
Anonymous
11 years ago
This foto is awesome! i have never seen a 747 land with the tail so close to the ground. i have never seen any plane land like this before (except a taildragger!)
you must be prettylucky to have gotten a chance at a shotlike this
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wauw what an beautyfull shot men!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can anyone say ex Navy?
Anonymous
11 years ago
"Very nice picture but what's up with the "White ladies funerals" in the background"

Hehe, I was thinking the exact same thing.

Beautiful photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like the pilot is having fun
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool Shot...looks like it is about to rub its bum on the runway.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a shot!!! Great going. A real pleasure to look at.
On a side note -- reminds me of the UA jumbo the had its nose up in the air at SFO a couple of weeks ago. Only difference is paint job and this one is really flying. Thanks for the photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo brings out the degree of skill required to land such a huge aircraft,as there seems to be only a little gap between the tail and runway.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Clearance is dangerously low...risky landing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Like a HotRod suspension. Nice Shot! Give you the perfect feeling of her landing gear system...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very good pic Morris, great angle and the plane looks beautiful.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo just love the advert for White Lady Funerals over the top of the aircraft made me smile wide
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very unusual view for such an spectacular landing manouver. Have you seen the sign above the 747 in the background? "White Lady Funerals"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply breath-taking picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I've got a great pleasure to see this plane. But the funerals on the background... :) nice shot! Thanks for fun.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice photo of the coke truck, next time try to move the aircraft tail out of the way ;) seriously though this is an amazing shot and brings out the bueaty of the 744. RIPPER!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Really skilled people make this look much more easier than it real is, if you thing its easy try it at Flight Simulator....its not!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice, with a funeral agency right by the runway...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Touch Down!! Flaps Down,spoilers up,Full reverse. Very Impressive.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice... no more than that
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice picture. I too have never seen an airplane with its rear end so close to the runway on landing. The pax in the last row must have gripped their armrests a little tightly! I saw an F-16 land once and he kept the nose up for quite a while on the landing roll! I think they call it "aerobraking"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot and great angle.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfectly framed shot. The particular angle compliments the sheer size and flair of the 747 at the same time.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow what a picture, i remeber this, working on it with my good work mates. All things come to an end even a job which i left today but what a beautiful plane i would like to dedicate this wonderful picture to all the works mates of my old Hanger. WOW it is just beautiful to see this lovely big girl fly.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great snap. Now I know why the 747's and their ilk are called "heavies".
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice foto... Keep up the good work
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thank you the pilots, thank you Morris!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Friend just left to United in Toronto, he for sure will love this great photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Shot! Could the pilot be an ex F-15 pilot remembering the standard aerodynamic breaking practice upon landing?
Anonymous
11 years ago
This shot is sweet. I just got an issue of Airlines and it was about Sydney-Kingsford Smith International and I saw a United 747-400.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice angle! At first glance, it looks like it almost was a tail strike.
Anonymous
11 years ago
First time I've seen a jetliner doing a "wheelie". That UA pilot most race funny cars in his spare time.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic - that's all I can say!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sign in the background is interesting "White Lady Funerals".....I though Australia was more PC?
Nice snap.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dude, I wonder what passengers in the last row were thinking at the time... compare heights between the lower deck forward windows and rear windows! That´s what I call distance! Great job!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo gives the essence of what Heavy actually means. Great picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Shot, inches from a tailstrike!
Anonymous
11 years ago
An extraordinary moment caught on camera! Great angle and composition--the White Ladies billboard is a nice ironic touch, too. I usually book seats in the tail, but I'm really glad I wasn't sitting there on this flight!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Would expect an F 15 to use aerodynamic braking, it's not every day you see a commercial pilot do that.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great angle and content
Anonymous
11 years ago
The reason why I rated this photo as a three star is because of the nitigrities involved in this. That is the precision with which the person has taken the shot and has ensured to define the details. Good shot!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ex-fighter pilot? Using those dirty wings to save those brakes! Great photo- B. Sheppard (KFSM, USA)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great capture of the huge 747 landing notice the way the rear is very close to the ground
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice angle on the landing jet. Large image encapsulates the highway surrounding Sydney Airport. Perfect shot of the flaps fully extended, whole plane in image
Anonymous
11 years ago
The tail is actually a couple of feet from the RWY not inches. Nor is it doing aerodynamic braking. Airliners mainly land with LG breaks. If its a long RWY they either user very little or no reverse thrust. BW they use "autobreaking"
Anonymous
11 years ago
By seeing the picture it seems that the huge aircreft is actually moving down the runway. i feel the power and the movement
Anonymous
11 years ago
The Boeing 747 still looks to me as too big to fly. This photo in particular shows such a heavy bird, happy to be on the ground again... Fantastic shot and aircraft.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice detail of the Plane but unfortunate Billboard location behind AC.
Anonymous
11 years ago
There is no picture like it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Where is the smoke??
Anonymous
11 years ago
Another explanation could be the low approach speed, that could made the pilot give such an attitude in order to keep a smooth VS when touching down.
Anonymous
11 years ago
AWESOME!!!! That is one nose up, tail down landing with all the action.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot! But flaps are not fully extended!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is ´heavy` traffic at its best! Love this shot!
Harri
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot showing a real heavy in action!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ace photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow too low
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a cool picture, and the photographer was in the right place at the right time!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo! Fabulous aircraft! Great airline!...It's time to fly!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great
Anonymous
10 years ago
That s too amazing
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a lovely shot! That's low like a mug!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice quick finger here to capture this heavy with a nice lean back
Anonymous
10 years ago
Either the plane landed near stall speeds, or else it was bringing in people for the annual "How to control Obesity" workshop. Plane really came close to kissing the tarmac...could have been catastrophic, and On a side note, Notice the funeral parlour soo close by. Either that's irony, or just my sick mind.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice pic. The White Lady Funerals sign is only a billboard. It has been since removed.
As for there being no smoke, it should have touched down nearly 2500' or 8-900 metres ago! The construction in the background is Sydney's first A380 designed stand-off bay.
Anonymous
10 years ago
747-422 is a king of the sky
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic photo! i love the angle of the shot, as it shows what appeared to me to be a take-off until i read the photo caption. (i guess the raised spoilers should have been a clue) the focus is terriffic, you can even read the billboard in the background.
Anonymous
10 years ago
What great shot. Wonderful.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It looks like the giant bird is performing a balancing act! Amazing capture, talented pilot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This shot is just awesome!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Looks low... great pic!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A totally awesome shot! The angle of the photo emphasises the low rear of the aircraft, as this pilot held the nose up for longer than usual.The 747 is the queen of the skies!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very very nice.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Loving the action shot. Did anyone notice the "White lady funeral" in the background?
Thank you for sharing! Lovely shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is a pretty perfect shot. I love the angle, it looks like she is about to sit down. Perfect angle, lighting and of course her magesty-the 747. Say no more. 5 Star well done.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome shot...sooo much action on the wings. Gives you a sense of the massive size of the aircraft
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo! The plane even looks heavy!
Anonymous
9 years ago
A great shot, just the perfect moment..

Anonymous
9 years ago
I don't think there is a more graceful aircraft that 747. Absolutely beautiful aircraft!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I like the sign in the background!! The plane looks like it was a very heavy landing...
Anonymous
9 years ago
What an amazing perspective on the aircraft. It really makes the 747 look big. Great Shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awsome shot almost looks like a tail strike
Anonymous
8 years ago
Excellent shot!!, quite high nose attitude for a landing, thanks for sharing!!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great, excellent, amazing... whatever, whata fkn shot!! beautiful, indeed. In all details. Very nice, should be 6 stars ;-)
Anonymous
8 years ago
This shot shows very well lots of tecnicals parts of the airplane. thurst reversers, flaps, spoilers, vertical stabilizers in movement, are visible altogheter.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing... The background looks like a very detailed oil painting!
Anonymous
8 years ago
THIS is why I like the 747 more than the A380.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Low rider eh
Anonymous
8 years ago
For the people in the back, it must have felt like they were taking off!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I bet it's a cool view sitting in the back window seat under the tail number!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Lol why does it say "white lady funerals"?
Anonymous
7 years ago
That is sooo low! Fantastic timing!

BTW... the "White" in 'White Lady Funerals' is a name, it is not refering to the race of people.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful picture indeed... The 747 is and remains my favourite aircraft. One detail though, flaps are not fully extended on this picture, but who cares ! ^^ Great job taking this one !
Anonymous
7 years ago
The profile
Anonymous
7 years ago
Shows the graceful lines of the 747 - the designers should be proud of themselves - this is a work of art. Brilliant timing on the photo - aerodynamic braking - not often seen in commercial planes.
Anonymous
7 years ago
You can feel the 747 plopping down on the runway
Anonymous
6 years ago
A sitting 747!! haha
Anonymous
6 years ago
White Lady Funerals.. it is a female based funeral company for ladies.. but if that bird had've been any lower, it would have been more than irony in that photo! High marks.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Ai that is low.i am not sure if this was planned.great capture
Anonymous
6 years ago
A highly skilled pilot for a big bird of steel. Great job.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Honestly the most impressive 747 picture i have ever seen!!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
5 years ago
Marvelous
Anonymous
5 years ago
That's a close one...another foot and that would have been an interesting pic indeed
Anonymous
5 years ago
A really beautiful shot !!! I don't think the " grey " 747 is very gorgeous , but what an amazing photo !!! What an impressive plane !
Anonymous
5 years ago
Definitely extending the nose-up, spoilers and thrust reversers are already deployed!
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is a very memorable photograph. I remembered it from a couple years ago, and pulled it up today. Nice shot!
Anonymous
4 years ago
I do like this colourscheme (though agreed with most, the next one was better). In fact I would maybe put it around 7th for best standard c/s ever applied to a 747, behind the current and previous KL, the current KE, the UA blue and UA Rainbow and BA Landor. I'd rate The Delta 70's scheme and the Pan Am with cheatline a little behind this one on the 747. 70's Air Canada is a nice one too. The difference in height for the position of the most rear passengers and those in the very front or in the first row of the upper deck is significant indeed, I think with the latter the difference might total to about half the height of the entire plane, so almost 10 meters...
Also, touching tail to tarmac while in these seemingly fine conditions weird, would not have been catastrophic at all, just a tailstrike and some 'uninvited' maintenance and short term replacement costs.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Lovely picture!

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