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With LH 744 D-ABVE. The two planes appear to be touching! The 757 is on final for 28L while the 747 is for 28R. The runways are 750 ft apart, so there is still plenty of room between them. Incidentally, Lufthansa 455 is seen here returning to SFO due to an oil leak and eventual shutdown of the number 2 engine. Note rudder is deflected to the right compensating for the failed engine on the left side.
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    Ben Wang
    United Airlines
    Boeing 757-222
    Boeing 757-200 (C-32)
    Boeing 757-200 (C-32)
    Boeing
    24763
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    N509UA
    San Francisco - International
    California
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    August 15, 2004
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Comments (219)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice and lucky shot. Anyway Ben Wang has valued this scene at its top!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I have rated the photo with five stars because when I saw it I thought that the two aircrafts (the b747 and b757) had touched each other. So the site from where the photo had been taken was the best it could be.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good job, ben!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That picture was cool
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice picture, I wondered what the people in the plane thought when they looked outside.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Remarkable!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing! I wouldn't have noticed the rudder had I not seen the comment. I wonder if any of the passengers captured the moment on film?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just amazing. Excellent shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That scared the bit jesus out of be when I saw the preview picture on the frontpage until I read the comment.

Danil Premgi.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a shot! it took a while for me to figure this one out!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like a race. The perfect time to take it. Great photo Ben Wang!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very good picture take at the right time.
You can almost imagine the pilot sticking his head out and say "Can you please tell me the right direction too Germany"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hey i thought pilot of united airlines is saying,"give me 100000$ otherwise i will get in the german one". hey don't mind jus kiddin;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just Marvellous
Anonymous
11 years ago
One of those rare shots you could wait years to get. Well done, Ben. The right place at the right time!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo "i would be rather scared beeing in that 757"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Shot of a lifetime,ben, and so timely with soia/prm being introduced on the 28s at sfo,which will mean intersecting approaches under radar surveillance in poor weather with a last minute turn for the plane on28r,aphoto opportunity there maybe, mick west,england
Anonymous
11 years ago
It looks like they are taking a family photo. "Get a little closer guys, thats it, that's it, SNAP" It seems the 747 has his wings on the shoulder of the 757. Really nice photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
How if these aircraft collide with each other?!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very beautiful
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW, wierd!
Anonymous
11 years ago
At first I thought that it's some kind of a new plan. Very good shoot. My congratulations for the idea.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can't find a better angle
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It looks like they're buddies!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot. Chevere!
Imagine each pax. windows planes !!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Smart shot but a great photographer. its the planning that counts
Anonymous
11 years ago
Loved how the planes appear side-by-side! I wonder how far behind the 747 is?
Anonymous
10 years ago
How rare it is and the illusion it creates
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incredible they appear to be shagging
Anonymous
10 years ago
INCREDIBLE!!! AWESOME!!!U're great Ben!
Anonymous
10 years ago
If you see it the first time,you think they are really near to each other but it`s not true!!
Unbelievable picture!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is called the real Star Alliance!! Superb Photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just... WOW!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Impressive shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It really looks like those aircraft are going to collide.I hope the Lufthansa 455 was all right after its oil leak this is a really special photo and my congrats go to Ben .Merry Christmas!!!!-James
Anonymous
10 years ago
Imagine being in that UA752 seeing a giant LH 744 right beside you!
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!!!!! Very Cool it really looks like the two aircraft are just a couple of feet apart great photo Ben.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Simpy breathtaking. Great photography. Almost like siamese twins.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow it is fun to see two of my favorite aircraft
= - ))))
Anonymous
10 years ago
At first i thought this is "hap-sung", which means "modified photo" in Korean. :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Who's gona land first?????????????
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, terrific picture.. Go Ben!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great Shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love boeing aircraft!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What might passengers think in both planes when seeing another plane so close?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
The apparant closeness is a very eye-catching effect.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW...great shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
10 years ago
What an illusion!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats amazing, Im shocked there isnt more of these
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh my god! I got scared to hell. It looks like the 747, well lets just say its rear end sorta spurted out some gas! :)^_^(: Nice shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing !
Anonymous
10 years ago
They really do look like they┬┤re touching each other! T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's amazing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crash waiting to happen!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I really don't want to be the passenger on one of these 2 aircrafts ! great photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've flown back home to SFO before with a UA747 next to our plane....it's the most awesome view!!! It makes the 747 look so graceful, as if its floating......
Anonymous
10 years ago
My good lord! That's quite a pick. Kind of airplane pals trying to hug each other.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The photo of the Greatest Airplane hug is by far the coolest thing i have ever seen.
Anonymous
10 years ago
An awsome shot with two aircraft almost touching. one of the best pictures i've seen in a very long time that made my jaw drop.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Size does matter !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh pleas dont hurry, its not an air race. both of you can land but boeing 747 first.
i love the shot, thank you BEN.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Get out of my way !
Anonymous
10 years ago
The first impression I got was "there is gonna be a crash" - and I was ready to look into the online news for an incident at SFO on this date... poor me and my soul, all I had to do was read the comments. HAHA! This is brilliant! - a keeper.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This like many others show how cameras can fool the eye. It also demonstrates the difference in size of the sister aircraft. Nice photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
He-he-he... star alliance, in action
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! :D
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo is just so bizarre, it so doesn't look 750 ft apart... :O
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
AWESOME!Can they really do that
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome. It looks like the wings are touching. It must have been scary for the passengers on both planes.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow that would be a pretty amazing expiriance to be abor one of those planes.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Siamese Twins?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Are they glued together?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Mommy wait for me...haha. Nice shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
The timing of getting both aircraft on different glide paths in almost parallel positions is pretty difficult to pull off. A pretty good shot, definitely.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Touch, dont touch, touch, dont touch ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clarity and depth of field -- colors appear to be true renderings -- composition is excellent.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've heard of road rage but never 'air rage', great shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I hope they didnt crash!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool photo !!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent capture of hte two jets. Eventhough they ae so far from each other, they seem to be so close at the same time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing visual illusion. Great shot angle.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The front top of the United looks superimposed on the other.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool pic
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh my... super shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is such a beautiful shot because it seems the 747 is about to swallow the 757.good job Ben.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Its a beauty seeing two Star Alliance aircrafts close together, and I wouldn't think they would be 750 ft apart. Wished I was on one of those.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I wonder what the people in each aircraft thought when they saw another plane was THAT close! may be they startd to wave at eachother?? who knows?? :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Who won the race???? Cool pic....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hello everyone. I love this picture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot man who shot this deserves a clap
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was there several days later. I have seen both planes but never in such a fantastic shot. One of the greatest photos of all time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I didn't know you could do stunt flying with a 747 and a 757. It doesn't look like they're 750 feet apart!! I wonder how many passengers headed for the restrooms after getting off, LOL! Very shocking, very cool photography!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is an amazing photo. Like everyone else I thought they were almost touching and they sure look a lot closer than 750 feet apart. Lucky you to have been there ready with camera to catch it.
Anonymous
9 years ago
To see two aircraft on approach in such apparent proximity in a photograph and with such remarkable clarity is unusual which goes a long way to making it exciting and brilliant; it also shows what a huge aircraft the 747 is when compared with a twin jet engined passenger plane.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome pic Ben!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Is incredible hoe look these 2 airplanes!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very nice, the big brother and the little brother
Anonymous
9 years ago
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet pic. unreal. how often can u get a shot like that. imagine what the passengers are thinking. lol
Anonymous
9 years ago
Is this for real? Scary!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very good picture! Very lucky, capturing a moment like this.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Fantastic... no more words...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing photo, great contrast between two beautiful airplanes!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great pic
Anonymous
9 years ago
That's an incredible shot!!! No clouds, no nothing! Just two wonderful airplanes apparently holding each other's hand trying to reach the runway peacefully and accompanied!!! wonderfully shot!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nothing more than amazing
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's amazing. I have never seen any picture such as this picture in whole of my life.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This picture has coem up i nthe random picture generator on the homepage and everytime i see it i always clck on it because it's so brilliant. This was my desktop backround for a mmonth a yr ago
Anonymous
9 years ago
The visual effect of the photo of the two planes being near each other
Anonymous
9 years ago
The pilots in the 757 didn't listen to the tower when they said they would be landing next to a 747, soon they hear a loud noise look out the right side of the plane then, HOLY CRAP
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is such an amazing pic! What an amazing illusion!It took me ges to click on that the white wing on the ua belonged to the ua.After several loong stares you can see that it is slightly lower (I think) but woww!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very nice, Really shows of the size of the queen of the skies
Anonymous
9 years ago
I would've been great if the shot was taken from the front
Anonymous
9 years ago
It looks like the 747 has a side-car.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The thing I like about this shot is you can see the heat blur on the 757 so clear, you know how to take some fantastic pictures, more of the same, Thanks.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very good picture! Well done! First i thought the big brother shows his little brother how to land carefully:D Thanks for this shot. 5 Stars*****
Anonymous
9 years ago
Not only do you have an eye for beautiful birds, but you know how to reach inside of people and touch them in a way no other photographer can. Great job. Beautiful and graceful birds. Amazing to see how much more flaps the 75 has as compaired to it's big brother as noticed by the attitude. WOW.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Beautiful
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thats a wondeful shot.....its like both of em are jostling for space....
Anonymous
9 years ago
Interesting note observing the difference in pitch attitude between the two.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Good pic
Anonymous
9 years ago
That's an amazing picture!well done!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Beautiful!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Okay switch it around
Anonymous
8 years ago
I love this picture # 1
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow! That's just amazing!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Those two planes appear to be colliding with each other. I have never seen two aircraft so close together. 5******
Anonymous
8 years ago
What a beautiful picture! Two Boeings so close! I wish i could see two Airbus in the same shot! Neva!
Anonymous
8 years ago
What a beautiful picture! Two Boeings so close! I wish i could see two Airbus in the same shot! Neva!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing shot indeed! What's also nice to see is the rather different angle of attack between the 747 and the 757.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I find it hard to believe this picture
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing amazing pic....
Anonymous
8 years ago
If the remarks is true then this is a lovely shot, i guess the photographer just happens to be in the right place at the right time.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Maybe those planes are Siamese twins!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Those two planes are best buddies.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Its really really hard to believe this pic! once in a lifetime catch!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great picture, amazing aproach, the view from the windows must be breath taking.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Excellent knowledge of perspective, time and space, congratulations, one of the best pictures I`ve ever seen in my hole life
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sfo landings are awesome!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow.. like mom and son.. haha...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great pic 5 star
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow~ it is amazing , it is the best photo i have seen.nice job man , keep it up!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Its always a wonder to see 2 planes side by side above the ground. and you guys hve done it so nicely. it looks like real...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo!
Anonymous
7 years ago
If they really could have been as close as it looks, without crashing:
*sleepy 4 year old opens his window on the United B752*
"MOM! There's a jumbo jet right next to us!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
It looks like a person could step out of the 747 and jump right onto the 757!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Outstanding photo!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow...is this even possible? It doesn't look very real. Outstanding photo though.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This was so confusing when I saw it for the first time. Thats the SFO action for you. Love this pic.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Its a spectacular sight to see the 747 for real! nice to see both of them side-by-side.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Probably the TCAS must be going off like crazy.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a moment cought. It is something you would not see every day. Even for those who flying it is looking unusual. From this angle looks like jets are about to touch each other. Very good picture!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It actually looks like both jets were racing to the runway to see who was the first to land at SFO. They also seem to be touching the tip of their wings. Awesome picture!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The overlaping wings of each plane,it loo9ks like a midair collison about to happen. Wow!!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice view angle!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good Picture :D
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's difficult to believe the two aircraft are 1/2 mile apart. Looks more like ab inpending collision.
Good use of a telephoto lens.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome
Anonymous
6 years ago
I look so good that at first i thought it was fake!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow I never seen something like that
Anonymous
6 years ago
Is this a PR ad for Star Alliance? Nice shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Are you sure they're not touching? Perfect timing, Welldone!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Notice the different angles of the fuselages at the same point of approach!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great pic : )))
Anonymous
6 years ago
WOW! What an amazing shot! How was this picture taken?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Hatsoff to the photographer
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great. five out of five
Anonymous
6 years ago
Superb photography,impossible to tell that there is some distance between the two aircrafts.
deb
Anonymous
6 years ago
Is it star or sky allience? code share or runway share? :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow, I can't believe you took this photo. Amazing 5 star photo.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Imagine if they were both A380s or 747s.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very rare situation to capture!
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's interesting to see the different angles of attack for the landing. The 757 seems to have a much more nose down angle than the 747. Next question? Is the rudder being held into place by a trim switch or is this a manual position by the pilots foot rudder pedal? Hope that doesn't sound dumb.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great! Hope that this was not a product of a PHOTOSHOP. It is better if this was an accidental images... ;)
Anonymous
6 years ago
First of all congrats for this amazing 5* photo. As an air traffic controller and a person who knows physics I have to explain sth. These two are at least 3 miles apart diagonally. Explanation:
1. It is not allowed to be less than that.
2. Angle at which this photo is taken is at least 45 deg and both a/c looks parallel.
All credits to the photographer for capturing the moment but these a/c are not as nearly close as you think.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great one!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Bizarre it looks like the ua is helping the lh .amazing shot
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is an awesome picture
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just amazing and what perfect timing Ben, thank you for shareing your fantastic work with us..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Terrific
Anonymous
6 years ago
The United 757 seems to be helping the Lufty 744 descend =)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing shot...looks like 757 is lending a shoulder to its brother following an injury :D
Anonymous
5 years ago
This such a cool photo - cheers!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Cute!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Star Alliance teamwork
Anonymous
5 years ago
I'm watching for a long time this incredible situation ,undoubtedly the focal lenght of telephoto lens does its part , and although it is explained that they are landing on two different tracks , I cannot imagine the real route they are.

Ciao Riccardo
Anonymous
5 years ago
Unbelieveable!
Anonymous
5 years ago
My Boeing Ferrari is better than your Boeing Mustang!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
It almost looks like they are connected! How long do you have to stand and wait to capture something like this?
Anonymous
5 years ago
And coming in to the home stretch, it's United ahead by a nose, Lufthansa making a move on the outside. They're neck and neck, it looks like it'll be a photo finish, folks....
Anonymous
5 years ago
The aircraft looks like Mother and Father.Awesome!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Ah, the magical effect of a zoom lens at work.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Incredible by the way the lufthansa 747 is wondurful.
Anonymous
5 years ago
The closeness and capture is amazing,it looks like no room for error..
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great scene
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome! It looks like they share a wing.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Looks like my FSX AI traffic...Awesome shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
It looks like they're holding hands on the way down about to land! :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
Amazing Shot!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wow!!!!!! INCREDIBLE SHOT!!!!!!!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Nice visual effect, really looks like they are in contact.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wow this is a good photo! looks like friendly!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wowww,, really stunning photo
Anonymous
4 years ago
One of the best aviation photos I've ever seen!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Awesome--Sadiq
Anonymous
4 years ago
Incredible! Good observation regarding the rudder.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Aircraft having smalltalk (or maybe discussing questions of life?), holding hands in the air... I think I don't have to go see Disney's 'Planes' now anymore, having seen the real deal! ;)
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great Shot!!!
UA: Brother, follow me
LH: Yeah, wait up!
(Rated 5***** as well)
8 days ago
Wow, nice shot

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