Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year-end turn around

As it often does, it starts out peacefully enough. The evening before:

Red sky at night, sailor's delight . . .

By sunrise, things look a little different:

Red sky in morning, sailor's warning

Then a lot different:

The wind shifts . . .

Next thing you know, the airplanes are going the other way!


Here's a clue to the strength of the wind. In this shot, the aircraft is not yet under power; look at the rudder:

And now, with the engines running:

Obligatory departure shot:

 My favorite shots of the day:

Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year......Captain Vector......I believe I left a last 'post'...........!!??......
    Well, I wish you and your family all the best in the coming New Year...!!

  2. Nice shots as always, Cap'n Vector! Like your sequence shots--they really tell the story ;)

    Got me some nice sunrise shots this week as well, pulling the early mornin' shift...

    Happy 2013!

  3. Preflighting my little ship today at gate 14, paused to watch Air France A380 land on 24R. Impressive? Yes! (But for beauty give me the 747 anyday).

  4. Beautiful shots! Just out of curiosity: about how many days out of each year does LAX have east operations (not including the overnight over-ocean ops)? I'm guessing it's less than 14!

    Happy New Year!