Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Night shots

I left the camera in the tower one night, and apparently someone got bored while he was on break.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Heavy Arrival

It's been a solid month since last I posted, so apologies for keeping you waiting. I caught this sequence of an arriving C-17 last month. The C-17 is an aircraft of some local interest, since the factory that built it is here in Long Beach. Not for much longer, though: the last C-17 (of a total of 279 built) rolled off the line earlier this year. Boeing has already begun dismantling the tooling, so it's unlikely that there will ever be any more. The C-17 plant was the last aircraft factory in Long Beach, which used to be the home of the Douglas, and later McDonnell Douglas, airliner production facilities. Thousands of DC and MD jets were built in Long Beach, and thousands of piston airliners and military aircraft before them. It's the end of an era; Boeing has announced no plans to produce other aircraft in the Long Beach facility.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stormy weather

Last week we had some unseasonably rainy weather in southern California. While it wasn't enough to make a dent in the on-going drought, it was sufficient to snarl air traffic for a few days. A number of our controllers wanted you to see these shots. While they don't tell the whole story, you can certainly get the idea.