Sunday, October 28, 2012

Strip Puzzler

I saw this strip yesterday, and happened to notice something interesting. Any guesses?

Saturday, October 27, 2012


I was scrolling through my photo archive the other day, looking for the Southwest Triple Crown One shot I used earlier this week. Along the way, I started noticing pictures of aircraft and liveries that we don't see any longer at LAX, and that seemed worth sharing.

Don't see these guys at LAX anymore

It's been several years since we've had Aer Lingus at LAX

Shanghai Cargo merged into China Cargo last year

We still have American Eagle E140s, but I haven't seen this Make-A-Wish plane in years

Two superseded paint schemes. It's been a long time too since I've seen a Delta B767-400

The final Northwest livery, modeled here on a pair of B757s

We don't see Air India at LAX anymore

The Delta Song aircraft disappeared several years ago

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Prez comes to town

The president stopped by this afternoon for an appearance on the Tonight Show. It was a quick in-and-out again visit; I think he was on the ground for maybe two hours.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What was wrong with those photos

Although I couldn't definitely remember why I had selected those two photos as candidates for the What's wrong with this photo series, I figured that you guys would find something noteworthy about each. Which you did. Which, in turn, jogged my memory enough to compose this follow-up. I'll give you the first photo again here to save you having to go back to look at it:

What's happening here is that the Southwest on the left is entering the alley, while the one on the right is pushing off of gate one. That's obvious enough. What made it noteworthy though, is that the inbound aircraft is headed not for gate seven, the open gate off its right, but instead for gate three, which is now blocked by the pushing aircraft. As I recall, this was an error by the ground crew at gate one, who were supposed to wait for the airplane coming into gate three before starting their pushback. In the end, they pulled their plane back onto gate one so that the arrival could make it into gate three.

A few comments noted the tri-color tail on the aircraft parked at gate five. That's actually this airplane:

Triple Crown One

The second photo shows a DHL DC-8 just lifting off runway 25 right. We don't get DC-8s on a regular basis any more, but that airplane wasn't the anomaly in this shot - it was the Delta B757 on taxiway A in the background. There were some speculations that this was caused by the recent runway and taxiway closures, but in fact this Delta flight was a charter and was headed over to the Atlantic Aviation ramp. Here's another shot, showing another Delta aircraft on the Atlantic ramp:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's wrong with this picture? II & III

I just realized that it's been ten days since I've posted; apparently I don't have much worth sharing right now. However, I do have a collection of post drafts that I've started but not published, and so I'm pulling a couple of photos from there and putting them together here, as they originally were intended to be items in the What's wrong with this picture? series. The irony is that I'm not sure I remember now what it was that made these two shots candidates for the series in the first place, so good luck!

It's time once again for everyone's favorite feature: What's wrong with this picture?

This mini-series was so popular before, that I now try to keep my eyes open for new opportunities. Some, like this one, may not be as obvious as the earlier ones. So, what's wrong with this picture?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

One final set of shuttle shots

Okay, okay -- I know this is becoming a dead horse, but when you've taken nearly 600 photos, there are bound to be more than a few worth sharing. This will be the last set, I promise; thanks for your forbearance.

NASA folks arrived ahead of the shuttle on this DC-9; after the Endeavour arrival, they headed home again

Climbout after the north side fly-by

The south side fly-by

Climbout after the south side fly-by

Based on some of the comments, some of you guys are in these photos; see if you can find yourselves!

Passing south of the airport on downwind, before landing

The final moment of flight

The awaiting crane, days beforehand

Links to the previous shuttle photo entries:  The Endeavour has landed
                                                               More shuttle shots

Friday, October 5, 2012

Taxiway tour

I got the opportunity to take a ride with one of the airport ops guys recently, so today I'll take you down to ground level. We'll start in the middle of the airport, just west of the TBIT, on Taxiway Sierra, shown in red on the airport diagram:

Looking north along the centerline; that's the old TWA maintenance hangar on the left, and the north end of the remodeled TBIT (including new gate 134) on the right. That thing in the distance is a large lighted "X" used to show that the taxiway is closed.
This is what it looks like up close

Seen at night
Sierra, looking to the south

As I've mentioned before, Taxiway Sierra is closed. And here's why:

One of the recent earthquakes broke a water main that runs beneath the taxiway. It was several hours before the gushing water was turned off. In the meantime, the compacted earth base supporting the taxiway was severely eroded, making it structurally unsound.

The airport is currently excavating to determine the extent of the damage.

A section of the removed pipe, with my foot to illustrate the size.

Some more views of Sierra:

The north end of the TBIT, with a Cathay Pacific B777 at gate 134.

Since Sierra is going to be closed for a considerable time, the airport has designated several temporary parking spots on the southern end; here demonstrated by an Allegiant MD-80.

There are more parking slots along Taxiway Romeo (shown in blue on the diagram above), seen here from the southern end. That's the American maintenance hangar on the right.

A pair of Qantas A380s on the ramp, waiting for their evening departures

Seen in a couple of the earlier photos are these ultra low profile barriers:

To help you see the size of these things, that's a standard Monster can between the lights

Mentioned in comments posted to a September entry, these are one of the ways the airport uses to block off closed taxiways. In an (apparently now deleted) post on another blog, a B757 captain told the story of how these are very difficult to see until you're nearly on top of them. That's understandable, considering that they're only 10" high.