Aviation Photo #1322613 Boeing 747SP-21 - NASA/DLR

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NASA's SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), the world's largest airborne telescope, is seen here after its first flight to Moffett Field where many of the components where designed. Viewed from the tower at 0359 Zulu Time, you can see the radar terminal station in the lower right displaying, from left to right, the Class 'D' airspaces' of PAO, NUQ and Class 'C' airspace of SJC. The green blurs are aircraft flying around the area; including one on final to SJC.
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11 years ago
Magnificient picture of a very rare subject!
11 years ago
Stunning. Lights up the 747 in all of its glory.
11 years ago
This is a classic shot! Combining the detail in the tower (already a rare shot) and the lighting outside on this extremely rare bird gives me the shivers. Bonus features: the ANG ramp in the background; tiny lights all over the field; controller display; ZULU timestamp in neon tubes. Outstanding!
11 years ago
It seems that the foreground tower instruments really make this picture. As an award-winning stereographer, I know that foreground interest is important. Maybe the plane itself could have been lit better, but the photographer knew his subject, and made the best shot possible.
11 years ago
Nice picture of a rare aircraft.
Love the view from the tower.

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