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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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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
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 ViduetskyPhoto 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 ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
I took this shot with a telephoto lens @ 400 mm focal length.
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto 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 ViduetskyPhoto 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.
Jim Costello
Gear up and gear down.
Kenny Schulte
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
18-Sep-2018 CL30John Wayne ()Van Nuys () 08:15PM PDT 08:41PM PDT 0:26
18-Sep-2018 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()John Wayne () 06:17PM PDT 07:25PM PDT 1:08
18-Sep-2018 CL30Scottsdale ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 01:35PM MST 03:09PM PDT 1:33
18-Sep-2018 CL30Tulsa Intl ()Scottsdale () 11:52AM CDT 12:02PM MST 2:10
17-Sep-2018 CL30Corpus Christi Intl ()Tulsa Intl () 02:19PM CDT 03:47PM CDT 1:27
17-Sep-2018 CL30Eagle County Rgnl ()Corpus Christi Intl () 10:10AM MDT 01:20PM CDT 2:09
16-Sep-2018 CL30Flying Cloud ()Eagle County Rgnl () 05:09PM CDT 06:03PM MDT 1:54
15-Sep-2018 CL30Eagle County Rgnl ()Flying Cloud () 12:48PM MDT 03:26PM CDT 1:37
15-Sep-2018 CL30Schulz-Sonoma County ()Eagle County Rgnl () 08:25AM PDT 11:13AM MDT 1:47
14-Sep-2018 CL30Teterboro ()Schulz-Sonoma County () 03:18PM EDT 05:56PM PDT 5:37
14-Sep-2018 CL30Laurence G Hanscom Fld ()Teterboro () 12:37PM EDT 01:26PM EDT 0:49
13-Sep-2018 CL30Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Laurence G Hanscom Fld () 06:25PM EDT 09:13PM EDT 2:48
13-Sep-2018 CL30Teterboro ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 11:49AM EDT 02:25PM EDT 2:35
13-Sep-2018 CL30Newark Liberty Intl ()Teterboro () 09:53AM EDT 10:03AM EDT 0:10
12-Sep-2018 CL30Mc Clellan-Palomar ()Monmouth Executive () 11:31AM PDT 07:20PM EDT 4:49
11-Sep-2018 CL30Los Angeles Intl ()Mc Clellan-Palomar () 02:46PM PDT 03:10PM PDT 0:23
10-Sep-2018 CL30Albany Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 08:10AM EDT 10:28AM PDT 5:18
10-Sep-2018 CL30Hancock County-Bar Harbor ()Albany Intl () 05:41AM EDT 06:31AM EDT 0:50
08-Sep-2018 CL30Tacoma Narrows ()Hancock County-Bar Harbor () 10:15AM PDT 05:56PM EDT 4:40
07-Sep-2018 CL30Boeing Field Intl ()Tacoma Narrows () 03:56PM PDT 04:05PM PDT 0:08
06-Sep-2018 CL30Vancouver Int'l ()Boeing Field Intl () 11:29AM PDT 11:55AM PDT 0:25
06-Sep-2018 CL30Mc Clellan-Palomar ()Vancouver Int'l () 08:06AM PDT 10:41AM PDT 2:35
05-Sep-2018 CL30Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()San Diego Intl () 01:37PM CDT 02:05PM PDT 2:27
05-Sep-2018 CL30Centennial ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 08:52AM MDT 12:46PM CDT 2:54
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