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More: United Airlines
More: Boeing 747-422
More: Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY)
More: Australia - New South Wales, August 24, 2005
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N195UA (cn 26899/1113) 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.
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A visitor from Denmark posted Sun June 29, 2014:
Lovely picture!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon April 8, 2013:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 30, 2012:
This is a very memorable photograph. I remembered it from a couple years ago, and pulled it up today. Nice shot!

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 23, 2012:
Definitely extending the nose-up, spoilers and thrust reversers are already deployed!

A visitor from - posted Sun November 27, 2011:
A really beautiful shot !!! I don't think the " grey " 747 is very gorgeous , but what an amazing photo !!! What an impressive plane !

A visitor from - posted Sun November 27, 2011:
That's a close one...another foot and that would have been an interesting pic indeed

A visitor from Chile posted Wed August 31, 2011:
Marvelous

A visitor from - posted Sat July 16, 2011:
Wow

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 8, 2011:
Honestly the most impressive 747 picture i have ever seen!!!

A visitor from - posted Sun September 12, 2010:
A highly skilled pilot for a big bird of steel. Great job.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri August 27, 2010:
Ai that is low.i am not sure if this was planned.great capture

A visitor from - posted Sun June 20, 2010:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 4, 2010:
A sitting 747!! haha

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 31, 2009:
You can feel the 747 plopping down on the runway

A visitor from - posted Wed October 28, 2009:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 10, 2009:
The profile

A visitor from France posted Thu October 1, 2009:
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 !

A visitor from - posted Sat August 15, 2009:
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.

A visitor from - posted Wed May 6, 2009:
Lol why does it say "white lady funerals"?

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 1, 2009:
I bet it's a cool view sitting in the back window seat under the tail number!

A visitor from United States posted Sat December 27, 2008:
For the people in the back, it must have felt like they were taking off!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri December 26, 2008:
Low rider eh

A visitor from - posted Fri October 24, 2008:
THIS is why I like the 747 more than the A380.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 26, 2008:
Amazing... The background looks like a very detailed oil painting!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 16, 2008:
This shot shows very well lots of tecnicals parts of the airplane. thurst reversers, flaps, spoilers, vertical stabilizers in movement, are visible altogheter.

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon August 18, 2008:
Great, excellent, amazing... whatever, whata fkn shot!! beautiful, indeed. In all details. Very nice, should be 6 stars ;-)

A visitor from - posted Wed June 4, 2008:
Excellent shot!!, quite high nose attitude for a landing, thanks for sharing!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 15, 2008:
Awsome shot almost looks like a tail strike

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 7, 2008:
What an amazing perspective on the aircraft. It really makes the 747 look big. Great Shot

A visitor from United States posted Sat January 19, 2008:
I like the sign in the background!! The plane looks like it was a very heavy landing...

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 7, 2007:
I don't think there is a more graceful aircraft that 747. Absolutely beautiful aircraft!

A visitor from Chile posted Mon August 20, 2007:
A great shot, just the perfect moment..

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri August 17, 2007:
Great photo! The plane even looks heavy!

A visitor from United States posted Tue August 14, 2007:
Awesome shot...sooo much action on the wings. Gives you a sense of the massive size of the aircraft

A visitor from Australia posted Sat August 11, 2007:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun July 15, 2007:
Loving the action shot. Did anyone notice the "White lady funeral" in the background?
Thank you for sharing! Lovely shot!

A visitor from Sweden posted Wed May 23, 2007:
Very very nice.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue April 24, 2007:
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!

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu February 15, 2007:
Looks low... great pic!!!

A visitor from Sweden posted Tue January 2, 2007:
This shot is just awesome!

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 2, 2007:
It looks like the giant bird is performing a balancing act! Amazing capture, talented pilot.

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 22, 2006:
What great shot. Wonderful.

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 24, 2006:
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.

A visitor from India posted Thu November 16, 2006:
747-422 is a king of the sky

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 26, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Sat October 7, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Tue October 3, 2006:
Nice quick finger here to capture this heavy with a nice lean back

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 28, 2006:
What a lovely shot! That's low like a mug!

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 17, 2006:
That s too amazing

A visitor from India posted Fri August 4, 2006:
Great

A visitor from United States posted Sun July 16, 2006:
Great photo! Fabulous aircraft! Great airline!...It's time to fly!

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 12, 2006:
This is a cool picture, and the photographer was in the right place at the right time!

A visitor from - posted Tue May 30, 2006:
Nice!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed May 17, 2006:
Wow too low

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue May 16, 2006:
Ace photo

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue May 9, 2006:
Great shot showing a real heavy in action!

A visitor from Australia posted Tue April 4, 2006:
Excellent pic!

A visitor from Finland posted Fri March 31, 2006:
This is ´heavy` traffic at its best! Love this shot!
Harri

A visitor from Poland posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Great shot! But flaps are not fully extended!

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 10, 2006:
AWESOME!!!! That is one nose up, tail down landing with all the action.

A visitor from Greece posted Mon February 27, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 8, 2006:
Where is the smoke??

A visitor from Canada posted Tue December 27, 2005:
There is no picture like it!

A visitor from Australia posted Sat October 8, 2005:
Nice detail of the Plane but unfortunate Billboard location behind AC.

A visitor from Iceland posted Tue October 4, 2005:
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.

A visitor from Italy posted Sat October 1, 2005:
By seeing the picture it seems that the huge aircreft is actually moving down the runway. i feel the power and the movement

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 25, 2005:
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"

A visitor from Australia posted Sun September 18, 2005:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 16, 2005:
Great capture of the huge 747 landing notice the way the rear is very close to the ground

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 14, 2005:
Ex-fighter pilot? Using those dirty wings to save those brakes! Great photo- B. Sheppard (KFSM, USA)

A visitor from India posted Tue September 13, 2005:
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!!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Tue September 13, 2005:
Great angle and content

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon September 12, 2005:
Would expect an F 15 to use aerodynamic braking, it's not every day you see a commercial pilot do that.

A visitor from Bahamas posted Mon September 12, 2005:
Nice!

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 11, 2005:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 10, 2005:
Great Shot, inches from a tailstrike!

A visitor from Italy posted Sat September 10, 2005:
This photo gives the essence of what Heavy actually means. Great picture!

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat September 10, 2005:
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!

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sat September 10, 2005:
Sign in the background is interesting "White Lady Funerals".....I though Australia was more PC?
Nice snap.

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat September 10, 2005:
Fantastic - that's all I can say!

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 10, 2005:
First time I've seen a jetliner doing a "wheelie". That UA pilot most race funny cars in his spare time.

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 10, 2005:
Nice angle! At first glance, it looks like it almost was a tail strike.

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 10, 2005:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great Shot! Could the pilot be an ex F-15 pilot remembering the standard aerodynamic breaking practice upon landing?

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Friend just left to United in Toronto, he for sure will love this great photo!

A visitor from Viet Nam posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Thank you the pilots, thank you Morris!!!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Very nice foto... Keep up the good work

A visitor from India posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great snap. Now I know why the 747's and their ilk are called "heavies".

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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.

A visitor from Finland posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Nice picture.

A visitor from South Africa posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Perfectly framed shot. The particular angle compliments the sheer size and flair of the 747 at the same time.

A visitor from Oman posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Nice shot and great angle.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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"

A visitor from Romania posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Nice... no more than that

A visitor from India posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Touch Down!! Flaps Down,spoilers up,Full reverse. Very Impressive.

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Nice, with a funeral agency right by the runway...

A visitor from Greece posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri September 9, 2005:
I've got a great pleasure to see this plane. But the funerals on the background... :) nice shot! Thanks for fun.

A visitor from Malaysia posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Simply breath-taking picture.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Beautiful shot!

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Very unusual view for such an spectacular landing manouver. Have you seen the sign above the 747 in the background? "White Lady Funerals"

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great photo just love the advert for White Lady Funerals over the top of the aircraft made me smile wide

A visitor from New Zealand posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Very good pic Morris, great angle and the plane looks beautiful.

A visitor from Chile posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Like a HotRod suspension. Nice Shot! Give you the perfect feeling of her landing gear system...

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Clearance is dangerously low...risky landing

A visitor from India posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Cool Shot...looks like it is about to rub its bum on the runway.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Looks like the pilot is having fun

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 9, 2005:
"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!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Can anyone say ex Navy?

A visitor from Aruba posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Wauw what an beautyfull shot men!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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

A visitor from Australia posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Dramatic shot, bloody ripper mate !

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
The picture says it all

A visitor from Australia posted Fri September 9, 2005:
I Love Sydney Airport & this is just another awesome photo of the popular wide bodys landing here.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great angle. imparts a sense of action and dynamics not usually seen. awesome.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
The lighting makes for an excellent shot. The Plane as it rotates makes it easy to see most all of the 744

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Congratulation! Great photo opportunity. The 747 is one of the most graceful airplanes.
Oakville, Ontario

A visitor from - posted Fri September 9, 2005:
The angle is great and the aircraft is in a great spot.

A visitor from France posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Excellent.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 9, 2005:
You can really feel her weight as she lands gracefully. Excellent shot

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Great angle! Looks majestic!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
I love watching those things land. That is one good picture

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Beautiful picture, it looks like an excellent vantage point. I need to make my way to SYD someday.

A visitor from Venezuela posted Fri September 9, 2005:
Wonderfull timing. Great shot.

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 8, 2005:
Pure graceful elegance! She is the Queen of the Skies.

A visitor from Portugal posted Thu September 8, 2005:
I Love the White Lady Funeral...:-)
Simply Awesome!!!

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 8, 2005:
Always amazing watching these birds land.

A visitor from New Zealand posted Thu September 8, 2005:
What a wonderfull picture.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Thu September 8, 2005:
Yeah, feel the weight!

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 8, 2005:
This picture gives you a feel for the weight of this beauty!

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 8, 2005:
Very nice picture but what's up with the "White ladies funerals" in the background

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 8, 2005:
As Paris Hilton would say..."That's Hot!"

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