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RA-86140 (cn 51483211102) No more runway left = Must rotate! Look at where the 1000 ft marker sign and where the plane is! One heart-stopping takeoff! The front gear of the plane actually got up before the '1' marker but the body remains heavy. I think the pilots know exactly where to rotate. The Ilyushin also kicked up a large sandstorm on the beach and it was barely above it after finally airborne. IL86 is such a beast! [Nikon D2x, High speed crop mode]
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A visitor from China posted Wed July 9, 2014:
The pilots is crazy!The plane almost ran into the ocean!

A visitor from - posted Sun January 19, 2014:
I remember watching a youtube video someone took while the IL86 he was in was taking off. The takeoff roll took 50-odd seconds, compared to around 30 for the A330 or 777!

A visitor from - posted Sun November 17, 2013:
It seems like a ryanair take-off :)

A visitor from United States posted Mon August 5, 2013:
Typical Russian takeoff.

A visitor from - posted Mon April 8, 2013:
Amazing takeoff.
My father is a retired IL-86 captain. Looking at this pic, he said he could indeed recall many takeoffs from "last stabs" there. Pilots relied on examplelary reliabilty of IL-86.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue January 1, 2013:
This seems to be a perfect lucky shot!
At the right time at the right place!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 10, 2012:
"More proof that adrenaline is brown." I bet a bunch of shorts were brown.

A visitor from - posted Mon July 9, 2012:
Amazing !!

A visitor from Iceland posted Mon June 18, 2012:
On time!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu May 31, 2012:
In Russia we have a famous phrase.

"Pot-bellied "eggplant" IL-86, rotates from the runway due to the curvature of the planet."

Now we miss him soooo much:(

Amazing shot! Finally I found what to write in comment.
5* Artyom

A visitor from Ireland posted Fri March 23, 2012:
Super

A visitor from United States posted Mon March 19, 2012:
Good thing it rotated. What if it had engine failure right then. Anyway Sam, you take the best pictures!!!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue March 13, 2012:
Wow! More proof that adrenaline is brown. :P

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 1, 2012:
Great Shot! The Il-86 tends to eat up the runway because of its weak engines.

A visitor from - posted Wed February 29, 2012:
The ancient (early 80's) joke about IL-86: It could a take off due to the Earth's curvature (because the Earth is a ball).
So, the Thai's land has no curvature?

A visitor from - posted Tue January 3, 2012:
Stink alarm in the cockpit.... fo just had a code Brown

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri December 16, 2011:
Wont make it over the fence !!!

A visitor from - posted Fri December 16, 2011:
Crazy Russians!!!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue December 13, 2011:
Excellent timing and perseverence (or just luck ;)

A visitor from Argentina posted Tue November 29, 2011:
Perfect timing. hope the pax see this pic.

A visitor from Poland posted Thu November 24, 2011:
"The Vodka burner is rolling" :) Great photo.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat November 19, 2011:
WOW I wonder what the ATSB would think if they were referred this 'near crash' situation??

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 18, 2011:
Great photo.

A visitor from - posted Fri October 14, 2011:
Russians the best!

A visitor from - posted Sun October 2, 2011:
Going to the beach - maybe next time ...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 9, 2011:
I bet that pilot's backside was going like a rabbits nose......!!

A visitor from - posted Sun August 21, 2011:
Think he's having a St. Martain flashback....PULL UP,PULL UP, PULL UP lol.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun July 10, 2011:
Rotate! Rotate!

A visitor from - posted Tue June 28, 2011:
Thanks to pilots for such a picture :)

A visitor from Canada posted Sat June 18, 2011:
If anyone knows about hockey, this one's a one-timer!

A visitor from - posted Mon June 6, 2011:
Wow, superb! Good thing that's not an actual beach!

A visitor from - posted Mon June 6, 2011:
Great picture

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 28, 2011:
We know he'll never let that happen again ;)

A visitor from Philippines posted Thu April 7, 2011:
Amazing! At the end of the runway.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed March 2, 2011:
That's what you call "Last Chance" ;-)

A visitor from India posted Sun January 23, 2011:
The timing of the shot was good. wish the picture was sharper. those fishes must have gone deaf. That thing is loud.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun January 16, 2011:
Absolutely Amazing!
One of my most favourite pictures on Airliners.net!
Diego

A visitor from - posted Thu January 13, 2011:
I thought it was Hong Kong kai tak.

A visitor from United States posted Sun December 26, 2010:
I think this photo is great because I like the angle that this photo was taken. It shows that the airplane has almost ran off the runway and into the ocean!

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 3, 2010:
I wonder if anyone has counted the number of comments this photo has? Maybe a record?

BTW, that's a pretty "hairy" takeoff!

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 3, 2010:
Great shot, but very dangerous. I don't think this pilot (or dispatcher) knows how to run TOLD (either that or something was really messed up). Even more dangerous in that ICAO runways are TERPSed for a departure end of the runway crossing height of 35 feet.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon November 8, 2010:
I can imaging sound of heavy rocket when Ilyushin was taking off.

A visitor from - posted Mon October 25, 2010:
The airport officals were complaining that airliners never use whole runway for takeoff so this one did. Nice shot.

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 20, 2010:
Only the Russians can dare. Why are take offs reffered to as a rotation?

A visitor from France posted Wed October 20, 2010:
It's very funny ^^

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed October 13, 2010:
Pilot: "Woahhh! Pull way up!"

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu August 26, 2010:
This could have been a second for disaster,glad vaso is not operating in our region.MAD

A visitor from - posted Tue August 3, 2010:
Il-86 takes off only because the earth is round

A visitor from Greece posted Mon July 12, 2010:
This picture needs two Australian air traffic controllers..

A visitor from United States posted Sun June 13, 2010:
Like the take-off from the Carrier.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 25, 2010:
Every time I see this aircraft takeoff, they always seem to takeoff very late like this. The Il-96 doesn't seem to have this problem though. Great capture of this stunning takeoff! 5*

A visitor from - posted Wed May 19, 2010:
The pilots of this airline are bit crazy, cause they managed to land this plane in my hometown airport...neverminding that takeoff was not specialised for this type of aircraft)

A visitor from Italy posted Tue May 18, 2010:
It does not happen so often...I hope !

A visitor from - posted Thu May 13, 2010:
Either we say luck you! or lucky pilot...

A visitor from Australia posted Wed April 28, 2010:
AWESOME!!!!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed April 28, 2010:
Very impressive!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed March 31, 2010:
You were very lucky to be able to witness this on camera.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 27, 2010:
Is it me or did this pilot set his flaps one setting more than required. This happens when one does.

A visitor from - posted Sat February 27, 2010:
OMG! unbelievable. Il-86 are indeed gentle climbers

A visitor from - posted Tue February 23, 2010:
Great shot of this Soviet Classic!!!

A visitor from - posted Wed January 27, 2010:
Are Russians familiar with the so-called "balanced field takeoff" at all? If you cannot comply, reduce the weight and/or wait for cooler temperature, stronger headwind, etc. I understand, time is money, but how can there be excuses for taking risks when there are 200-300 people seating behind you! I wonder how leaving the ground effect felt like.

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 23, 2009:
Perfect point where Il needed rotate--scary indeed.

A visitor from Poland posted Thu December 17, 2009:
Perfect time...great

A visitor from Croatia posted Fri November 20, 2009:
OMG! He probably "collected" the fence at the end of runway..

A visitor from Canada posted Wed November 18, 2009:
Accelerate in Ground Effect.

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 30, 2009:
Note to self- never fly VASO

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 30, 2009:
Bird strike! abort take off, abort take off! bubbles. bubbles bubbles!!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 21, 2009:
After point of no Return.

A visitor from Thailand posted Tue September 29, 2009:
Awesome. visit thailand again and again.

A visitor from - posted Thu September 24, 2009:
That's what I call: using the clearway!

A visitor from Singapore posted Tue September 22, 2009:
The different between life or dead.

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Mon September 7, 2009:
Russian Navy pilots!!! US F-18 pilots must learn!!!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu August 27, 2009:
CPT to FO: "We paid whole runway, we use whole runway!"

A visitor from Australia posted Mon August 24, 2009:
Wonderful. Absolutely exhilarating. Thank you Mr. Sam Chui.

A visitor from - posted Fri July 24, 2009:
Wow! that is nuts. did those pilots check the performance charts on the preflight?

A visitor from - posted Wed July 1, 2009:
Arn't we suposed to cross the threshold at or above 35ft?

Great picture by the way.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed June 24, 2009:
What a heart stoping moment!!!
it does look like it is training than the real thing.
if i was on that flight i would hopfully be out the exit and half a mile down the beach!!!!
very good shot....so cool!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri June 19, 2009:
Incredible photo, but I'd have to say the pilots exhibited some very poor airmanship in this case.

A visitor from Croatia posted Fri June 19, 2009:
This pilot knows his job! :)

A visitor from Germany posted Fri June 12, 2009:
A near escape ;)

A visitor from - posted Mon June 1, 2009:
Amazing shot!! Wow!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 15, 2009:
Quite unusual photo

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Fri March 20, 2009:
The photographer took the shot at precisely the right millisecond. If it was before or after this very moment and one would not get to witness the significance. Keep 'em coming.

A visitor from Estonia posted Mon March 9, 2009:
Very critical, once in tll i saw same kind of take off and it was il-62.

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Tue February 3, 2009:
^^very nice photo. Russian pilots like to do that. I don't know why, but they don't crash

A visitor from Canada posted Wed December 24, 2008:
This is enough to make a nervous flyer like me never step onto an airplane ever again! Talk about cutting it close! Seriously, though...it's the kind of shot that makes you go "Wow!":-)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun December 21, 2008:
I can't believe it!

A visitor from - posted Sun December 7, 2008:
Bad thing.

A visitor from - posted Wed December 3, 2008:
Great Runway and great pilots makes a Great Journey and Photograph

Cheers
Varun

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 26, 2008:
That it the kinda takeoff I hate :p

A visitor from - posted Thu November 6, 2008:
The heavy Russian. a wonderful picture. They paid for using the runway. so why not use it? all of it

A visitor from - posted Mon September 29, 2008:
They paied for the aircraft, they did the airport and they need to make it valuable!

A visitor from Netherlands Antilles posted Mon September 29, 2008:
The photographer fergot to mention this was a traning flight, and that this was a touch and go performed by an trainee. as a training captain on this type i know this aircraft very well and this is the exact moment the flaps were retracted enough to initiate a Vx climb out. There were no pax involved and no weight problems and no lack of speed and no thrust reverses. look aviation you can speculate alot about, but untill you actually see some real data- 1 picture can tell a million stories. but 1 is true ! I'm a frequent visitor of Phuket - Trainings Captain - P.Y.

A visitor from - posted Tue September 16, 2008:
The photo is not as spectacular as the event. It is obvious that the ariplane was overweight, the crew calculated the numbers wrong or they experienced an engine(s) failure at the most critical point.

A visitor from Venezuela posted Thu September 11, 2008:
Incredible picture... and scary take-off. I wouldn't want to be the pilot that day.
Actually, who am I kidding? I'd love to be a pilot any day; but I wouldn't take-off like that.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun July 27, 2008:
Great Shot Ok

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue July 22, 2008:
Perfect shot, perfect aircraft (86s are really one of the safest), but seems to be overweighted (or risky pilots)
5*

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 3, 2008:
The pilot is getting his money's worth by using every inch of the available asphault!

A visitor from Italy posted Wed May 21, 2008:
Those holes on the engines are not reverses but intakes present on the typical Il-96 engines. The flaps seem very low for take off but the landing configuration is even more than that.

A visitor from - posted Tue May 20, 2008:
Very, very nice moment... I don`t think that this take off is dangerous for the passengers, simply almost all of the planes do it there.

A visitor from France posted Mon May 19, 2008:
So tricky !

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 15, 2008:
This is freaken awesoeme i did that on fsx

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 7, 2008:
Close call! Remind me never to fly Vaso Airlines.

A visitor from Austria posted Tue April 29, 2008:
Wow, looks dangerous, great timing

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat April 26, 2008:
Really impressive take off... i watched somethin similar when working at the airport in geneva with a similar aeroflot aircraft... it took so long to gain alitude that i tought it was going to go down!!...

A visitor from - posted Wed April 23, 2008:
OMG! They had to take off with max flapsa nd they still couldn't take off, this is an incredible shot mate .

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 9, 2008:
Somebody call tha police!!1

A visitor from Malaysia posted Thu April 3, 2008:
Yes it;s photo si nice i like iy's photo

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 24, 2008:
I am just glad I wasn't on that airplane!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 19, 2008:
It's a nice shot. hope everyone was okay.

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 19, 2008:
Its a nice shot. hope everyone was okay.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat March 15, 2008:
My dad was flying in Tu-134 a few years back a was the same takeoff. Apparently dad said that there was something wrong with the plane and the pilot didnt want to fly, but the russians started yelling and abusing the pilot so he forced to takeoff and about half a second after is took off the runways ended and the fence was under them.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 13, 2008:
Great Photo, but it shows what happens when flight crews make mistakes that could end in disaster. On any take-off, allowance must be made for a rejected take-off or engine failiure. If an engine were to fail in this example, that airplane would have ended at the bottom of the sea... Poor performance by the flight crew in my opinion

A visitor from Croatia posted Thu February 21, 2008:
Ahh those crazy ruskies....
hehe

A visitor from Australia posted Thu February 21, 2008:
Unless they lost an engine just before v1 and had planned to continue the takeoff this is very poor planning which resulted in a great photo

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri December 14, 2007:
Poor airmanship!

A visitor from Bahamas posted Sun December 9, 2007:
It's obvious by the comments attached to this photo that the visitors to this site know nothing about being a pilot. It is an awsome photo, but is 2 seconds from being evidence in an investigation. The pilots of this airplane felt nothing about putting the passengers lives at risk by performing a take-off in an airplane whose performance on that day was marginal for the mission. These pilots should be grounded. This take-off goes against everything us pilots spend our careers trying to perfect

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 6, 2007:
This is a very exciting photo to look at.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Tue December 4, 2007:
Crazy... sure, he is overweight..

A visitor from Germany posted Sun December 2, 2007:
In my opinion we see in this picture a dramatic mistake of the cockpit crew. As said before the pilots have to check the weight of the aircraft before takeoff. This takeoff was close to a fatal accident. Thank god the aircraft rotated in the last possible moment.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 27, 2007:
Great shot, but for passengers are not great at all:)

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 20, 2007:
I just hope those pilots didn't get it trouble, nice shot!

A visitor from China posted Fri November 16, 2007:
Great shot!!

A visitor from China posted Fri November 16, 2007:
Well, if you see carefully, the runway marking says "GO", that means at that point the pilots will have to rotate the aircraft. :D

Great Photo!

A visitor from United States posted Thu November 8, 2007:
Excellent shot. A heart stopping takeoff!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue November 6, 2007:
Breathtaking!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sun November 4, 2007:
A perfect picture taken at the exact moment. Congratulations. Defenitely an Airline to avoid flying with! Just imagine what would happen in case of an engine failure ...

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat October 27, 2007:
This Il-86 used every available inch of the runway!!!

A visitor from Spain posted Sun September 23, 2007:
Last second take-off or ending up in water. A thrilling photograph! Congratulations.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Mon September 17, 2007:
Exciting moment

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun September 16, 2007:
Good or bad pilot??? I think you have to check the airplane´s weight and balance first............but the photo is excellent

A visitor from India posted Sat September 15, 2007:
Incredible shot....simply stunning rotaion

A visitor from Spain posted Mon September 10, 2007:
Congratulations to the pilots and to the photographer

A visitor from Estonia posted Sat September 1, 2007:
It shows great capabilities(sp) of pilots who know exactly what their aircrafts are capable of.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon August 27, 2007:
This is what you look for. Amazing someone could actually this photo. Another second and and plane takes a plunge. Thank you

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu August 16, 2007:
Great plane, heavy take off, just praying to lift up!!!!!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Thu August 9, 2007:
Great photo and great plane!

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 1, 2007:
This is a great shot. It makes me nervous just by looking at it. I guess the passenger might not notice about it...

A visitor from Cyprus posted Mon July 30, 2007:
Yeah that was close..... superb piloting ;P

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun July 29, 2007:
I bet ATC were worried!!!

A visitor from Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The posted Mon July 23, 2007:
Nice view of takeoff!

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 18, 2007:
Now that's quite a scary takeoff!

A visitor from Greece posted Sun July 8, 2007:
WOW!!! That's a last-minute take off
Cool pilots

A visitor from France posted Sun July 1, 2007:
Very brave pilots...Best shot ever for me.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat June 30, 2007:
Very exciting moment!!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 27, 2007:
Wow awsome pic that would be soooooo scary

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 26, 2007:
Amazing! it seems plane is pretty heavy and almost ended at the beach.

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon February 26, 2007:
I would like to know what the copilot was thinking about this take off

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri February 23, 2007:
Very, Very, Very, good!!!Excelent!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu February 1, 2007:
You must have been just in the right place at the right time!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 30, 2007:
In other news, Vaso Airlines replaces every seat bottom on RA-86140. ;P

A visitor from Slovakia posted Sun January 28, 2007:
Russian roulette!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue January 23, 2007:
a heart stopping moment you do not get second chances for a shot like this unless the ilyushin does it all the time

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sun January 14, 2007:
Excellent aircraft, one really "born to fly". Safe and able to form an effective symbiosis with pilot. I love it.

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 8, 2007:
Awsome!

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 7, 2007:
Cool Picture

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 21, 2006:
Quality of photo and the point of wheels off the ground

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 12, 2006:
Reminds me of that joke of the two blind pilots, "everybody in back is screaming so I guess it's time to rotate."
Amazing takeoff photo

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 11, 2006:
I HAVE to fly on an IL-86 one day...what fun! Great photo, Sam!! You always seem to be in the right place-right time...!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 7, 2006:
Remind me to never fly with this guy!

A visitor from Japan posted Thu December 7, 2006:
Best photographer,best pilot and worst aircraft

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 6, 2006:
Great detail, once in a lifetime chance to catch this kind of event on film, he followed up with more details than are evident in the photo. I'm impressed!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 28, 2006:
Toooooo heavy!

A visitor from Netherlands Antilles posted Mon November 13, 2006:
Please, please, give me some iron nerves. This is extremely close. This picture causes a lot of adrenalin shooting through your body. (It makes me remember the shortest commercial runway in the world, the 1.312 ft. runway of Saba, Netherlands Antilles, on top of cliffs, where only DHC-6 Twin Otters of WinAir do land and take off.)This picture of the Ilyushin II-86 is superb!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 27, 2006:
Great shot! I wonder how far back V1 was?

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 14, 2006:
ATC probably shat itself.

A visitor from Spain posted Thu October 5, 2006:
Wow it's incredible... the aircraft save for a little

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat September 30, 2006:
Wow this is a great photo! :-) well done! i hope it did get airbourne in time! xxx

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 30, 2006:
It has great detal

A visitor from Japan posted Tue September 19, 2006:
Fantastic take off!!

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Mon September 18, 2006:
WOW!!! If that's a landing I'm afraid he's not gonna make it......

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon September 4, 2006:
Great shot! But very dangerous TO...

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat September 2, 2006:
Don't see something like this all the time. Great shot

A visitor from Australia posted Sat August 19, 2006:
Very exciting takeoff. Good camera work.

A visitor from France posted Thu August 17, 2006:
Impressive picture... Great job, congratulation :-)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun June 25, 2006:
One of the best pictures Ive seen! Makes me nervous just looking at it.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 16, 2006:
Fantastic shot

A visitor from Canada posted Wed June 7, 2006:
Incredible skill! The pilots must have nerves of steel. Imagine what the view would be like from the cockpit - the end of the runway rushing towards you!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Heart stopping action

A visitor from New Zealand posted Thu May 18, 2006:
What a brilliant photo!!! Very clear image from what must be quite a distance. I would hate to have been on the plane in question - must have been nerve-wracking!!

A visitor from Ireland posted Thu May 18, 2006:
Unbelieveable!

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 17, 2006:
Graphic alarm

A visitor from Canada posted Mon May 15, 2006:
Oh my God!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 8, 2006:
Good job, photographer.
I want the pilot to get fired, though.
This is not funny.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 4, 2006:
You can't get much scarier without having a crash!

A visitor from Lithuania posted Tue May 2, 2006:
One of the best...

A visitor from Cameroon posted Mon May 1, 2006:
Geeee ... last minute take - off ... rotate or die !

A visitor from Indonesia posted Thu April 27, 2006:
ITS A GREAT PILOT ! AND AN AMAZING SHOT !!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat April 22, 2006:
Watch out! Attention passengers, we have reached the end of the runway. Nice photo.

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Thu April 13, 2006:
Yeahhhh! touch the sky or the water!.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 13, 2006:
I wish i was on that plane

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 11, 2006:
Rare shot!! Those poor people must have been clutching their armrests:)

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 11, 2006:
I think this huge bird ripped off pieces of that fence nice shot

A visitor from Germany posted Mon April 10, 2006:
Really, a great shot, but somehow I cannot laugh about that! It's just very dangerous! What happens to them if one engine loses it's power...
Whatever, a very good shot 5/5...

A visitor from Canada posted Sun April 9, 2006:
Looks like a commercial airline taking off a aircraft carrier

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 31, 2006:
What an amazing picture! Truly one in a million.

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Sun March 26, 2006:
Mr. Chui, you are my hero, i am a 18 year old aviation photographer, and i have to admit that Mr.Sam Chui is simply the ''Right Stuff''... Congrats

A visitor from Canada posted Sun March 19, 2006:
That would have been one quiet cockpit in the climbout, I would think!
Have a look at the water... is is calmer closer to land... so this as a downwind takeoff. Yikes!

A visitor from Indonesia posted Fri March 17, 2006:
PA :Ladies and gentlements, the life vest is under your seat, please prepare it for your safety...hehehe ( Great shot..!! )

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed March 15, 2006:
Wow!!! I wouldn't like to be in this flight as passenger! Great shot!!

A visitor from Italy posted Tue March 14, 2006:
To me it seems like watching: JAWS!!! Breath-taking! Vasilis from Greece

A visitor from Lebanon posted Sun March 12, 2006:
Almost took the fence with them!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun March 12, 2006:
I think the picture is amazing it deserves a 5 star
who ever took this pic is a good photograper

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 10, 2006:
How short is this runway?

A visitor from Finland posted Wed March 8, 2006:
Play it again, Sam!

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 7, 2006:
Lots of tension!

A visitor from Indonesia posted Tue March 7, 2006:
This beutiful plan

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 4, 2006:
Did the flight crew have to change their pants after that takeoff roll?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 2, 2006:
This is "edge of the seat stuff"and the photo is drammatically alive

A visitor from - posted Wed March 1, 2006:
I don't think the plane has a square foot left to take off with. Awesome!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Close call!!!!

A visitor from Indonesia posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Wow!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Wow that was close

A visitor from - posted Tue February 28, 2006:
The sense of drama ~ last chance!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
You don't see this everyday!

A visitor from Italy posted Mon February 27, 2006:
Rare picture indeed and impressive calculation of the TODA!

A visitor from Belgium posted Tue February 21, 2006:
A hair raising experience ...

A visitor from Greece posted Sun February 19, 2006:
So rare sight mate!Congratulations!

A visitor from Thailand posted Sun February 19, 2006:
That's my country! Great shot!, cool man!

A visitor from Finland posted Sun February 19, 2006:
I cant not go to phuket more...

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Mon February 13, 2006:
Sam, Sam, Sam...your great man...Great photos.As usual:)

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 11, 2006:
Thi is pretty nice view

A visitor from Ireland posted Fri February 10, 2006:
Wow. This is a really fantastic camera angle!!! The plane looks as if it will just plonk into the water, and I would love to see what happens next!! Ooh... the suspense!!!

A visitor from Belgium posted Thu February 9, 2006:
Great picture sam, as usual.

Emmanuel from Luxembourg

A visitor from Zambia posted Wed February 8, 2006:
These pilots must be having some fun...nice shot

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 8, 2006:
Awesome Picture!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
Boy, talk about a pucker factor. You can really see the situation looks to be be grim from the camera angle. Great photo!

A visitor from Argentina posted Tue February 7, 2006:
Great picture... great moment...wow

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue February 7, 2006:
Nice...eventhough it was spot on...some of those Russians can fly!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
Great picture

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
The photo really gives you the gravity of the situation. Makes me wonder what it was like for a passenger looking out of their window...

A visitor from Canada posted Tue February 7, 2006:
From Mike in Canada. Wow! You were definitely in the right place at the right time to capture this moment. Not for the faint of heart to try this on a hot day in an aircraft that is close to its MAXTOW and is underpowered as well. Thanks for the shot!

A visitor from France posted Tue February 7, 2006:
Sam is without doubt the world famous photographer of aircraft shot in unusual angle

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
This is unbelieveable, great timing for this shot.

A visitor from Serbia And Montenegro posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Perfectly captured breathtaking exhibition. Well done.

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Excellent

A visitor from Canada posted Mon February 6, 2006:
That is one hell of a photo. Wow, that pilot surely is skilled and he or she did leave it just to the right moment to lift off the huge aircraft.

Amazing work by the pilot. That sure is a heart-stopping takeoff.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Great moment

A visitor from Sweden posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Catching the moment.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 5, 2006:
The photo is not pixelated and has excellent quality. The plane not to mention is also very amazing for i have never seen this airplane before

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Nice angle, great use of telephoto!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 4, 2006:
Unusual perspective

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat February 4, 2006:
What an excellent take-off! Talk about leaving it ot the last second! The photo has been taken at exactly the perfect time. It really does look as if the plane is about to enter the drink.

A visitor from Denmark posted Wed February 1, 2006:
Perfect shout. Go for it Sam !

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Even my non-aviation fanatic friends thought this was spectacular!

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Wow

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Being in the right place at the right time isn't everything, being there with the right camera, aimed in the right direction is. Excellent photo.

--JD Hood

A visitor from Spain posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Thrilling take off!! I'd love to see more photos of all the take off phases... Is it possible Sam??

A visitor from Germany posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Perfect Picture!

A visitor from Germany posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Good

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 31, 2006:
WOW. That's all I can say.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 31, 2006:
5 stars for Sam as always,It looks like that aircraft was loaded near max take off weight but
good to see they made it on time.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Well-composed, and excellent instinct to catch this remarkable shot!

A visitor from Australia posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Awesome photo. Makes a great 'pucker time' shot.

A visitor from Indonesia posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Wow....very scary take off.fantastic!

A visitor from Spain posted Mon January 30, 2006:
That´s an excellent first segment... Unbeatable!!!!
Should try one day!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon January 30, 2006:
WOW!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Photo of the year

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
It is just perfect!!!!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Incredible shot

A visitor from Austria posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Wow! must have been a thrilling experience. really not much runway left.

A visitor from Poland posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Thrilling! And it's again Phuket, again Sam Chui, and again an Il-86 lifting off with metres of runway left!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Great pic, scary photo!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Great photograph. I like it!

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon January 30, 2006:
What a shot. the plane is on the edge. as always good job sam. congratulations

A visitor from Greece posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Superb photo. I wish we had a view from the flight deck!

A visitor from Ireland posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Unbelievable

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Nice place, nice airplane, but a dramatic scene!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
It's a very unusual situation and you got it! Perfect!

A visitor from Belgium posted Mon January 30, 2006:
A piece of art again Sam !!
Reminds me that legendary picture:


Olivier.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Absolutely stunning!! Can't say more...

A visitor from Poland posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Scary... Looks like a takeoff from carrier. Great timing

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Just looking at this photo makes my heart race! Thrilling!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon January 30, 2006:
You always show us the very best photos!

A visitor from Malta posted Mon January 30, 2006:
I wish I was there!It is very scary but the sight of it is a very nice expiriance.Very good shot mate.

A visitor from Italy posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Once again Sam is the right man in the right place at the right time!

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 30, 2006:
This is one of those moments thatwill make a spotter soil his pants. He has maybe ten feet of runway left to get that center gear airborne. Spectacular shot! These are the kind of takeoffs I love to see.

A visitor from - posted Mon January 30, 2006:
This is a great example of the photographer being in the right place at the right time. The photo is so clear and calmly shot that it took me a few moments to realise just how close to the fence the plane must have been.

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 29, 2006:
Shot at the EXACT moment!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 29, 2006:
Nice Sam!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun January 29, 2006:
That is just amazing... down to the last inch of aphalt left. Wow... it certainly requires guts to perform such a T/O

A visitor from Germany posted Sun January 29, 2006:
A truly breathtaking shot! Seems like Phuket is a thrilling place for Ilyushin's to take off, hence another famous picture of you.

A visitor from Iceland posted Sun January 29, 2006:
Amazing!! Another shot like this in the database taken by you, thanks for posting it!

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