SP's St. Louis Plane Spotting

Showcase the beauty and grit of St. Louis in pictures.
Great photos as always. They never look that good on my iPhone. lol.
jshank83 wrote: Great photos as always. They never look that good on my iPhone. lol.
Oddly, I've taken some of my favorite pictures at airports on my phone, but usually not of planes flying. I need a longer lens. Longer and faster. Phones now do great, though, for wide angle stuff. Anyway . . . thank you!
Nice aircraft pics.
^Thank you Browntones!

Somehow or other I hadn't gotten my aircraft pictures from the last trip uploaded, even though I got most of the airport pictures on here. Now, this is only the St. Louis pictures. The pictures elsewhere are, of course, in my flickr flightline album starting at Midway and moving on to LaGuardia and in particular the Marine Air Terminal and . . . just gobs of traffic large and small.

But here's the St. Louis stuff:

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Looks like it's been a while since I updated . . .

A few from inside A last December. Phone experiments:

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A friend of my wife's rode this 757 east.
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And from a month or so back when my wife headed west and I did a general airport photography trip:

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She's Leaving on a Jet Plane
(Which is to say this was her flight.)

And lastly a few from the other day. Here's some experiments with a new (to me) lens:

About 300mm of zoom
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The old zoom lens, for comparison.
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About 600mm with the new lens again.
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(Note the catfish in her nest.)

I just can't quite seem to get the hang of using older manual lenses with the darn camera yet. I feel as though it will work, if I can get the ISO and shutter speed about right, but I've no through the lens light meter to help me along. (At least not that I can see.) I really will need a stand alone unit to really get this right. 600mm is great. But man, my camera is noisy when there's not enough light. (And at 600mm that lens is probably about an f8 lens. Not fast. Not at all. Best get a lot of sunshine.)

And again at about 300mm

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It's a clear enough lens, I just can't get the exposure where I want it.

Anyway . . .

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Excellent work, as per usual :)
Thank you TZ. Went out train spotting with Shadrach yesterday, so it might be time to start a separate rail thread as well. :) (For the new stuff.)
Wish I'd gotten a better shot of this, but I grabbed it out my car window without even so much as looking. (Had to watch the road.)

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Bird on a Wire

If you look closely you will see that there's a person hanging below that helicopter. He's a lineman and the helicopter is about to set him down on a transmission tower. Bird style. Which causes me to wonder if the dang thing is still energized. Almost has to be. Neat operation. Crazy looking stuff.

No matter how much I tried I never did get another shot of the helicopter actually moving people. Just supplies. But here's a few more that better illustrate the transportation, anyway.

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Shadrach was a little surprised the other day when I didn't make it out to Lambert for the inaugural Wow flight. I rather wanted to, but nobody was paying me for that and I had company in from out of town, so I couldn't make it out until today. That said, I hate to disappoint:

One purple bus to ride to Keflavik.

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And some friends . . .

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WN330 from San Diego.

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AA2371 from DFW with yet another TWA veteran.

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And a little more local flavor with some Lodge of the Four Seasons/ Waterski/ Trans States parked for the night.
stl07 wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:55 pm
For those of you who like spotting, swift has a 767 widebody in for the Carribean flights.
That right there sounded like a great reason to go spotting, so I decided to head up to the airport this holiday season.

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If you look closely at this next image you'll see that it's raining or has rained over half the airport, but not the other half. Took me a while to see it in person too. Thought it was heat mirages at first, but it was legit. T1 was soaking wet. T2 was bone dry. Seems like the squall line ended right about at the end of the C concourse. Even though I was standing out in the open through the whole thing I never felt so much as a drop. Just saw it through a telephoto.

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Rainy Day Runway
. . . You do not usually get to make that shot from the comfort of the dry outdoors.

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So . . . uh . . . were these at the airshow? USN aggressor squadron. Top Gun stuff. (Quite literally. Start singing Danger Zone any time you feel appropriate.)

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(Not a great picture, but it's my first 737 Max8.)

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And no 767 . . . It had been scheduled to arrive around quarter after four. When I left at six it hadn't even taken off. When I went back on the fourth I made sure it was actually in flight first.

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See the tiny little Cessna with its landing gear already stowed? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've been on ladders taller than that. Literally. Okay, I get on tall ladders. One of the quirks of working in theatre. But still . . .

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Oh hey! Would you look at that! That's why I'm standing on this hill in the scalding July sun. To see an Eastern 767 arrive at Lambert. Eastern! You didn't mention that part stl07.

Oh the odd thoughts seeing this livery connected with Swift and Apple Vacations puts in my head. This is . . . interesting. Anyway, I bagged that 767. Thank you very much!

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This concludes an unusually extended couple of trips for some rather intensive spotting. Thank you for flying with us and we hope you'll fly with us again soon. Stay safe out there in the summer heat.
Excellent work, as per usual!
Thanks TZ. :) Will be fun when Sun Country comes to town too.
Great pics as always!

I like how the first one in the last batch makes it look like the Frontier plane in a ditch, haha. It is nice to see some United mainline. I am jealous you got to see the 767 in action. I have only seen it parked so far.
Actually, where were you shooting from? Did you get permission to use that ridge adjacent to the bulldozed neighborhood on the northeastern part of the field (the one that'll be turned into the new fuel storage area)?
I parked legally away from the airport and didn't go anywhere it said no trespassing. Further, no one said anything and I wasn't exactly hiding. And airport police drove past once or twice, though I suppose they might have been utterly asleep. No, I didn't ask permission. No reason to believe I needed to. Didn't venture down any closed roads. I use a fairly long lens, which might be deceptive. I really doubt it was the location where they plan to put the fuel storage area, as I was too far away from most everything for that, and it wasn't remotely far enough from the road, though you do have me curious now. I forget precisely where that was supposed to be, apart from north and east somewhere. Somewhere I don't want to be, I expect. I'm not out there to cause trouble. Just take pictures.
symphonicpoet wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:28 am
I forget precisely where that was supposed to be, apart from north and east somewhere.
It is going in this old neighborhood.

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That makes sense. You can see what looks like it might be some recent excavation on G-maps here:

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