Monday, July 27, 2009

JFK... in good and bad weather.

I really have little to say with regard to these pictures. I'd planned to just portray taxiing an airplane around a major airport in both good and bad weather. I like good weather when I'm home playing with the Cub or working around the house, but when I'm out and about in the 757, I prefer inclement weather. It's more interesting. It's more fun, but you decide. When you finish here, click on over to see what Mark Lawrence is up to and read his thoughts on aviation photography. In the meanwhile in about an hour or so, United Van Lines will be here to move Linda and me to our new home, so it's time to pull the plug on my computer and move along. I don't know how long I'll be off line, but I hope to see you soon. And congratulations to Sarah for identifying the first header shot to this post. She's "exactly" right.

Before we get into it, let me give you an overview of JFK. Located in Queens, construction started in 1943 on what would be known s Idlewild Airfield. Renamed JFK in 1963, this busy airfield serves nearly 48 million passengers annually. Now on vectors, we've made a climbing left turn towards Montauk at the end of Long Island. OK, let's slow to VZF, put the gear down, extend the flaps, land and look around the airport for a while.

I love my vantage point, as we fall in behind a Lufthansa 747-400 destined for Frankfurt, Germany. We'll be behind them for some time until we enter the North Atlantic Oceanic Track System.

Founded in 1961 with four Cessna 180's, TAM Linhas Aereas, flies 133 jet aircraft from it's home base in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

We'll be airborne shortly as we watch a Delta 737 land past Lufthansa.

Now, to the inclement weather!

Thanks to dedicated ground crews, who perform in rain, sleet, snow or scorching conditions, we've pushed back on schedule and will deliver our passengers as advertised at AMS.

Singapore, taxiing past the 320 foot JFK control tower, completed in 1992.

V1, rotate as this World Airways MD-11F departs JFK. Built in 1995, N275WA is one of 109 aircraft owned by International Lease Corporation.

At first glance I thought that this American jet was a B-767, but closer inspection revealed that it's an A-300. Years ago I flew on an Eastern Airlines A-300 jumpseat from BOS to someplace aboard an early, three man crew version of this airplane. This -600 is far more advanced and supports a two man crew. As he's been cleared for takeoff, exterior lights illuminate, engine power advances and she starts to rumble.

We're number three in line now to depart on 4L, as this DAL 767 emerges from a heavy, moisture laden, grey overcast to finish their day in New York. There really is nothing quite like maneuvering an airplane, configuring it in a timely fashion and breaking out at minimums, on course and on speed. This is a lot of fun!

Here she is over the fence. Although not as sleek and beautiful as a 757, she's a magnificent looking airplane. I've been told to expect to attend 767 transition training this winter, probably my last great airliner adventure. I don't particularly care for this tail design, but I prefer the old style or pre-merger Delta widget displayed here... what do you think?

jetBlue touching down on 4L

Para mi amigo Miguel quien es con Mexicana en la ciudad de Mexico.

4L at JFK. Next stop.... Amsterdam!

Just a few miles away, runway 4 at LGA

Do you crave more aviation photography? Click over to see what Phil and Matt are up to at NYC AVIATION. Another great site that I'm sure you'll enjoy! As usual, thanks for following along, hopefully I'll have my computers up and running soon. Looking at the rats nest of wires beneath my desk sends a chill down my spine. Will I ever get these things back to normal?

Built in 1780, the new world headquarters of A LIFE ALOFT. Yes, it does have electricity and running water.
Flyboy80, aqui es la pictura con el gato!


  1. I love the grey and rainy shots Rand. Awesome...

    And that A300, I took a shot of an American 767 at KSFO and your comment made me look again (yes it is still a 767!).

    BTW, I love the old 80's style Delta colours (spelling like a Canadian here ;) )

  2. Where are we?

    Taxiway Echo short of E11 at LAX. Not too many places to park an A380 so far! I'll be at OSH later this week so I'll get a chance to walk through and be amazed by the beast at a more reasonably sized airport.

  3. you are right, crosswind and weather makes flying interesting, but not too much!

    I saw a 757 with new delta/northwest on the tail resting on tarmac in Kuala Lumpur, any idea what it was doing there? being sold?

  4. Great shots Capt. Peck... the bad weather always puts a particular atmosphere to airliners. Thank you very much for your Mexicana picture :D... you're very kind.

    So, you're bound to 767? Good for you... congratulations :D Maybe you will have a wingleted 767 under your command in the near future.

    Now I'm practicing more my English by putting my blog notes in 2 languages... hope you like my new notes. Take care and good flights...

    Your friend in Mexico City,

  5. From Delta designs... I particularly like the pre-merger one. The moving flag design is particularly impressive to me... the new one is the extreme of simplicity in my opinion. Besides, Delta joined the trend of making the logos bigger than the tail space... it seems to be a club now.

    Best regards,

  6. Bonita casa Rand!!

  7. Nice shots and a great article to read! Congratulations on the 767 move! Hope the move to the new home goes well!


  8. A wonderful read as always (pictures too--love the rainy shots)--thank you so much! That house is to die for. Just perfect looking--congratulations and enjoy! Hope the move is painless as possible.

  9. love the new house (does the cat come with it?)
    look fwd to continued posts as soon as you get back 'on line'! Carol

  10. Where are we?
    Looks like you are holding short for inbound traffic on 28L? What a "golden" photo opp!
    Tim G in MN