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My best friend was the flying crew chief for this aircraft when it was stationed in Belgium in the 1980’s. It was the designated aircraft for the U S Air Force NATO Commander.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Greg Szanyi

Thanks for all comments. It's funny to think it's not even half full if I remember correctly.

Written on 06/22/2018 by quentin larsen

Big beautiful bird!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Greg Szanyi

I wonder who’s driving your plane? Is it Keef? ;D

Written on 06/22/2018 by Savannah Ford

And from the angle of your shot you must have been on the west side of the airport, and I'm guessing that this flight was using runway 25C (or 25L?). (Those tall buildings in the background are way downtown; approx. 14-15 km away.) And you were probably 2-2.5 km away from the aircraft when you took the pic. Just guessing. ;-)

Written on 06/22/2018 by Greg Byington

Many moons ago I was assigned to a unit that had the RC 135S Cobra Ball- stationed out at beautiful Shemya Alaska. Those aircraft were used to track Russian Missile Launches off the Kamchatka Peninsula. Another job taken over by satellites

Written on 06/22/2018 by MIKE SWICK

Thanks a lot!!!!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Ché Stuart

Thanks!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Ché Stuart

Thank you very much sir!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Ché Stuart

and that's a beechcraft 200 the type should be B200

Written on 06/22/2018 by eric anstine

looks like a fresh paint job! nice pic 5

Written on 06/22/2018 by eric anstine

great photo just in the midst of time easy 5

Written on 06/22/2018 by eric anstine

Thanks for the photo, this brings back fun memories.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Jack Metcalf

One of the rarest SJC Shots....a keeper!

-Architect

Written on 06/22/2018 by Andy Payne

Was this taken at the overpass Alien?

-Architect

Written on 06/22/2018 by Andy Payne

An SJC classic! One day I say, one day....

-Architect

Written on 06/22/2018 by Andy Payne

View now gone. :(

Written on 06/22/2018 by Andy Payne

This link is to the Air Force fact sheet on this plane...
http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104608/rc-135vw-rivet-joint/
The bulges on the cheeks of the fuselage conceal antenna of some sort.

Written on 06/22/2018 by dejeanj

I've eaten plenty of Double-doubles at that In-N-Out and taken quite a few photos form there also. Great shot BTW!

Written on 06/22/2018 by ANGELO DROUTSAS

Love it but the plane is just too clean.

Written on 06/22/2018 by fholbert

What an awesome shot!

Written on 06/22/2018 by ANGELO DROUTSAS

Damn, she needs to lose some weight! Do they have Blue Whales in the cargo?

Written on 06/22/2018 by ANGELO DROUTSAS

Wrench-benders-unite... that really is an amazing airframe.

Written on 06/22/2018 by skylab72

Pierre Cantin que pense tu de l'identification que Flight Aware a donné pour l'Aero Delfin L-29

Written on 06/22/2018 by andré belleau

Thanks for your kind comment Jean-Pierre.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Martin Dighton

nice!

Written on 06/22/2018 by William Vavrek

Hi Mary!!
Focus is near 800 mm, freehand, no tripod!
just a snapshot, almost impossible in Frankfurt.
For such pics the conditions must be optimal, clear air, temperature, angle of the sun, the right aircraft and a Little luck together with the feeling of the moment!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Uwe Zinke

danke Greg!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Uwe Zinke

Leon Kay,

Good question. Rhe flag is reversed because it is proper to always have the stars at the front. So when the flag is on the right side of a vehicle (aircraft in this case) the stars are forward. As if it is being flown from a staff.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Rick Rutkowski

Fin du 747 chez Air France en janvier 2016 ! Une image d'archive donc !! ;-)

Written on 06/22/2018 by Jean Marc PITTONI

Wunderbar!

Written on 06/22/2018 by Greg Byington

Amazing to review the recent flight dates and hours in the air of this aircraft. This is, like most jumbos and Southwest Airlines aircraft, an aircraft showing very high utilization. This bird appears to spend more time in the air than on the ground, perhaps for its first 15 years, possibly including all the maintenance checks. Definitely the Queen of the Sky for going on for nearly 50 years. That is also maximally impressive in the aviation/airline business!

Written on 06/22/2018 by ROBERT MILLS JR

Unfortunately, this beautiful 70+ year old classic was not "flight ready" on this day.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Gary Schenauer

Sonny Raburn, certain aircraft can display 2" N numbers because of their age, no rules are being ignored here. You just can't see them in this excellent photo.

Written on 06/22/2018 by jim gevay

Must not be any rules, I don't see any N numbers on the supercub. LOL

Written on 06/22/2018 by Sonny Raburn

You were in the right place @ the right moment!
Bet that plane & Crew were working hard during this busy fire season!
Thanks for the nice pic.

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Sorry to be so ignorant--but WHAT is that rectangular compartment that appears to bulge of the R side here?
WHAT is its purpose?

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

I love the look of the polished aluminum!
Very Classy!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

A Queen passing by!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Very nice composition! Love the lighting--
did you have a long wait for such great light?

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

What great light! Nice sot!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

When traveling alone; what planes does the First Lady use?

Written on 06/22/2018 by Stevan Cady

She is a beaut!
And you would be correct,
Air Force 1--is ONLY when the POTUS is aboard.
Otherwise it goes by its assigned number.

Air Force 2 carries the VP.

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Our flag is not reversed.
the Stars panel points the way forward on the right side of the aircraft.

What would a Reversed flag look-like?

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Beautiful photo! So.o. peaceful. Just before summer Solstice.

Written on 06/22/2018 by Stevan Cady

Is this a "new" paint scheme for this 380??
I like it!
Nice photo too.

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Nice. I'm jealous!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

Howl ong is your longest lens?
Very nice shot.
What is your tripod brand? What kind of shutter release cable do you use?

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

A Heavy landing?
Is that what you all are calling this?
Mercy!
But yes. You're right no one aboard to complain.
Like to have been a gnat on the wall in that cockpit!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

What a gorgeous photo--
Of course the scenery isn't too bad either!

Written on 06/22/2018 by marylou anderson

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