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Bombardier Challenger 300 (N541XJ)


Private Bombardier Challenger 300 takes off from Van Nuys Airport while a SouthWest Boeing 737 descends to land to Bob Hope airport right above. Taken in Van Nuys, California.


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Mathias Böttcher
beautiful photo, impressive/ 5*
Dave Sheehy
Nice! 5*
Richard Bowman
I realize that a telephoto lens can compress distance, but even accounting for that, what the heck happened to aircraft separation? I wouldn't want ATC playing with my life like this.
Jim Quinn
Alexander, you have really good timing, or incredibly good luck. Either way--nice shot!
plenty of ( legal ) space there --just the photo illusion---nobody's life is in jeopardy
Nice Shot
wow meravigliosa foto
is that concedered a near miss?
Excellent photo illusion. Only the comparative size of the aircraft gives away how safe the actual separation was. Great shot!
I can see this ending up on youtube in one of those horrendously misinformed 'near-miss' videos XD
Frederik deCockBuning
do we know the altitude of both planes ,super shot
Ian Saunders
Great shot. The tail number should be 541XJ. Those of you that have already commented there is plenty of separation on VNY departures and BUR arrivals
Al Bauer
Talk about right place, right time. Excellent shot.
renato basso
Gary Butt
Scary stuff I agree with Richard B.
Nice! *****
Jim Fisher
A lot does depend on the lens used shooting this shot. I saw several comments that there was legal separation. I’m not sure what that is regarding on crossing routes on Arrivals and Departures. However, to me, they seem awfully close, especially regarding wake turbulence from a descending 737. On that point, the flaps don’t seem to be extended on the Southwest aircraft (doesn’t seem to be a separation in the line between the flap and the wing like there is on the Challenger) which would belie that it is landing. Also, sure doesn’t seem like a departure attitude on the 300. Looks like level flight to me. Photo-shopped perhaps?
Camera lens must distort distances a bit! Great pic!
Alexander Viduetsky Photo Uploader
This photo is NOT altered in any way, except cropping and minor contrast/light adjustment. Anyone who ever watched the planes taking off from Van Nuys airport over lake Balboa in Van Nuys would have seen a scene like this once in a while. The Challenger IS ASCENDING here. I have the original - straight from the camera shot to prove it. Apparently, some folks simply don't understand the difference between real and fake photos.
Alexander Viduetsky Photo Uploader
I took this shot with a telephoto lens @ 400 mm focal length.
Alexander Viduetsky Photo Uploader
One may also read the Paul Burke comment on this photo on my Google+ page:
"Saw something like that from a Tristar.. We were in the landing pattern at Palmdale, when I saw a Cessna in a steep dive looking out a window on the left side.. It had blundered directly into the approach area there.. and just in time noticed the problem.
Another time a shadow passed over the L-1011 while it was in the pattern..."
Alexander Viduetsky Photo Uploader
Considering all the factors, from my calculations, it seems like the actual distance from the lens of my camera to the Challenger is approximately 436 meters, to the Boeing 737 is 725 meters. Therefore, the separation between these two jets is about 289 meters. Sounds right to pilots?? The distance from the Van Nuys airport's runway to my vantage point is approximately 1.3 miles (2.15 km).
Dwight Hartje
Outstanding camera work! Seen in Daily Newsletter!
Very nice...!!!👍🏻
Superbe photo! Un parfait timing! Je suppose qu'il n'y a aucune manquement aux règles de sécurité et qu'il s'agit simplement d'un effet d'optique!

I want to believe that this beautiful shot reports a non near miss situation and it is just some optical effect!

Congratulations Alexander Vidueetsky for this!
Greg Byington
When you consider how much bigger the 737 is, and that it was a 400mm lens, it makes sense. Very nicely done, Alex!
Penni Harju
Impressive picture... If I didn't know it was an amazing illusion I would be terrified
Very nice shot Alexander! There are a couple of things about the photo and the aircraft separation. It is difficult to determine if there was or was not separation at the time the photo was taken and before. The first thing I see at the time of the photo there was diverging courses between the aircraft. Another part of separation is the altitude each aircraft was cleared to; there may have been altitude separation. Without more information it is impossible to determine separation. All the speculation and questions this picture creates testifies to what a great shot it was.
Alfredo Erculiani
Excelente e impresionante imagen.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
27-Apr-2017 CL30San Francisco Intl ()John Wayne () 12:43PM PDT 01:44PM PDT Scheduled
27-Apr-2017 CL30Vancouver Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 09:10AM PDT 10:50AM PDT Scheduled
26-Apr-2017 CL30Los Angeles Intl ()Vancouver Int'l () 04:26PM PDT 06:57PM PDT 2:31
26-Apr-2017 CL30McCarran Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 12:40PM PDT 01:23PM PDT 0:43
25-Apr-2017 CL30Santa Barbara Muni ()McCarran Intl () 10:14PM PDT 10:59PM PDT 0:45
25-Apr-2017 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Santa Barbara Muni () 06:16PM PDT 06:58PM PDT 0:42
25-Apr-2017 CL30Portland Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 03:15PM PDT 04:28PM PDT 1:13
24-Apr-2017 CL30Vancouver Int'l ()Portland Intl () 07:12PM PDT 07:56PM PDT 0:44
24-Apr-2017 CL30San Jose Int'l ()Vancouver Int'l () 04:26PM PDT 06:23PM PDT 1:57
24-Apr-2017 CL30Mc Ghee Tyson ()San Jose Int'l () 01:17PM EDT 03:02PM PDT 4:44
23-Apr-2017 CL30John Wayne ()Mc Ghee Tyson () 08:58AM PDT 03:37PM EDT 3:38
22-Apr-2017 CL30Mc Clellan Airfield ()John Wayne () 05:22PM PDT 06:32PM PDT 1:10
22-Apr-2017 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Mc Clellan Airfield () 02:04PM PDT 02:28PM PDT 0:23
22-Apr-2017 CL30Los Cabos Int'l ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 12:42PM MDT 12:51PM PDT 1:09
21-Apr-2017 CL30Palm Springs Intl ()Santa Monica Muni () 12:36PM PDT 01:00PM PDT 0:23
20-Apr-2017 CL30Santa Monica Muni ()Palm Springs Intl () 05:21PM PDT 05:48PM PDT 0:27
20-Apr-2017 CL30Newark Liberty Intl ()Santa Monica Muni () 01:56PM EDT 04:34PM PDT 5:38
20-Apr-2017 CL30Piedmont Triad Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:25AM EDT 12:37PM EDT 1:12
17-Apr-2017 CL30Nashville Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 04:03PM CDT 05:55PM EDT 0:52
17-Apr-2017 CL30Will Rogers World ()Nashville Intl () 01:45PM CDT 03:05PM CDT 1:20
17-Apr-2017 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Will Rogers World () 07:35AM PDT 12:14PM CDT 2:39
15-Apr-2017 CL30Cleveland-Hopkins Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 06:42PM EDT 08:52PM PDT 5:10
14-Apr-2017 CL30Chicago Midway Intl ()Cleveland-Hopkins Intl () 05:19PM CDT 07:04PM EDT 0:45
14-Apr-2017 CL30Scottsdale ()Chicago Midway Intl () 11:08AM MST 04:10PM CDT 3:02
14-Apr-2017 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Scottsdale () 07:44AM PDT 09:12AM MST 1:27
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