Aviation Photo #1724855 McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (DC-10-30CF) - USA - Air Force

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A KC-10 landing in some cross wind conditions! The other Extender that landed after this one, reported some strong wind-shear! [Canon 50D + Sigma 120-400]
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    Paulo Santos
    USA - Air Force
    McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (DC-10-30CF)
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (C-10 Extender)
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (C-10 Extender)
    McDonnell Douglas
    48248
    423
    86-0035
    Lajes (Terceira Island - Lajes) (BA4)
    Azores
    Portugal
    May 19, 2010
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Comments (58)

Anonymous
9 years ago
Well, we all have seen this extreme angle of the A310! Shows the amazing hard windshear conditions at Lajes! Amazing capture again. Congrats, Kind regards. Jeffrey Schafer.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very similar shot to the SATA A310 landing shot. Great shot!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Lajes is definitely the place for spectacular landings! Great catch again!
Nuno Faria
Anonymous
9 years ago
May I have this dance ......?
Anonymous
1 year ago
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Anonymous
9 years ago
You did it again. Great shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Yikes!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Good picture
Anonymous
9 years ago
Ouch!... Not how a tanker should be landing hehe
Anonymous
9 years ago
Talk about wind sheer, those must have been huge gust rates
Anonymous
9 years ago
Whoa!
Anonymous
9 years ago
A perfect "carpe diem" !
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think this airport needs a "crosswind" runway, like NOW!
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Anonymous
9 years ago
Dance baby, dance! Really nice action!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow! Did the wing ever touch the ground? Looks like they came pretty close.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow! Glad you were there at the right time! Just imagine the stresses on those two wheels...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice capture of another MD aircraft not liking windy conditions and looking like a beast to handle. Luckily the landing gear held up this time, even if it does look under alot of strain!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Whiskey Oscar Whiskey!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
5*! You Azores Spotters never ceased to amaze us with your breathtaking shots! The dramatic scenery, the beautiful birds that land there (such as this KC-10), the windy conditions and your talent make up for consistent high-quality shots.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Dangerous to do this with DC10/MD11. There are some serious incidents/accidents which happened under these conditions.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Close call
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very unique! Check out that rudder deflection...

Cheers

Canada
Anonymous
9 years ago
Another cracker from Paulo. Right place right time. Thanks for uploading this gemstone!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Brutal. hope resulted all good
Anonymous
9 years ago
Dude any data about the crosswind component that day?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Check the rwy marker ("4") on this and the SATA pic and you'll see that both incidents occurred at essentially the same spot. Paulo has it "locked up". -rsa 2010-06-16
Anonymous
9 years ago
You can feel the stress on the main gear! and the smoke really adds something to that special feeling! a very strong picture!
Anonymous
9 years ago
The Duke Brothers join the Air Force. YEEEEEEHAAAAAA!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Reminds me of what could have been another Fed Ex Accident. Great Shot. Where was the go around?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing! Those Americans can fly. :) The guys from FedEX would have tipped it over.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I'm starting to think that you have a wind blower on, in order to managed great shots ... ;))
Great catch Paulo!
Rui S. Madeira Spotters
Anonymous
9 years ago
Congrats again Paulo ! Seems to be a right place to be to make such great shots... Here is the previous one: https://www.airliners.net/photo/SATA-International/Airbus-A310-325-ET/1615692/L/ Cheers. Patrick
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is an amazing capture. Shows the MD engineers really put their all into building a strong and robust beast!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot and perfect timing again.

Could we please keep the "unfounded" remarks about about DC-10 and MD-11 to a minimum, have previously been a F/O on the MD for 3 years and a lot of manual x-wind landings. Like with any a/c if you stay ahead of the game your fine, if not decide if you can catch up or g/a for a second approach.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Perfect Timing!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I love the capture of the right main at touchdown. Great timing and great photo!
Anonymous
9 years ago
With all certainty, plus a wire of white hair for the pilot. Adrenalin to thousand!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great image, captured at exactly the right moment - and what a great example of the excellent engineering behind this aircraft.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Close call there
Anonymous
9 years ago
That's rock !!
i would not be under ...
Anonymous
9 years ago
You always have some good shots like that Paulo! Keep up the good work!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think I might have been looking for something solid to hide behind. That's coming our way!
Anonymous
9 years ago
You can recognize these Lajes pictures while they are still thumbnails. Just look for lot's of tire smoke, scrubbing wingtips, and wide-eyed pilots!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Magnificent capture ! 5 stars ! Ilias
Anonymous
9 years ago
Looks like the 'agony of defeat' guy from Wide World of Sports got his pilot's license.
Anonymous
9 years ago
View in the engine intake is clear, underbelly markings are clear, angle of wing to runway surface can be closely ascertained, displays a landing attitude that is action oriented to the crew inside fighting the crosswind.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow, run for your lives! I would have ruined my underpants either being on board or standing next to it while it is leaning dangerously towards me.
5* for one of the most dramatic shots on A.net.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Woow! What a dangerous landing!
Great shot and great timing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great Mad Dog!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice Shot!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I was in the seat on this landing. It's a text book crosswind landing. X-winds were gusty around 30 kts that day. The wingtip clearance is a bit of a visual illusion in the photo. The co-pilot did an amazing job and got a standing ovation from the fighter crew chiefs after we taxied in. Notice the center gear and nose gear are lined up with the centerline. This is how it's done folks!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Right wing down and probably full left rudder.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The composition and drama of the shot is superb.
Anonymous
6 years ago
American air force at its best. 'Murica
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wooooooooooooooow
Anonymous
4 years ago
Brilliant photo and a unique angle! Good effort!
Wisconsin, USA
1 year ago
Nothing to be worried about.. give it a rest

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