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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.
Excelente e impresionante imagen.
Jim Costello
Gear up and gear down.
Kenny Schulte
XO JET - Great Company!!
Remind me to watch out for all aircraft when using Bob Hope Airport! I never want to be this close to eternity!
Jim Costello
Lets twist again like we did last Summer............
Colton Fletcher
v cool
daniel jef
Great pic Alexander!!
just another day at Providence approach
Bernard Geffroy
L'instant T . super .
oh wow< that is how baby planes are made.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
01-Apr-2020 CL30Playa de Oro Int'l ()Los Angeles Intl () 12:17PM CST 02:23PM PDT 3:06
01-Apr-2020 CL30Jackson Hole ()Playa de Oro Int'l () 07:47AM MDT 11:25AM CST 3:38
31-Mar-2020 CL30New Orleans Intl ()Jackson Hole () 01:00PM CDT 03:28PM MDT 3:28
31-Mar-2020 CL30Waukesha County ()New Orleans Intl () 09:08AM CDT 11:07AM CDT 1:58
31-Mar-2020 CL30Lehigh Valley Intl ()Waukesha County () 07:39AM EDT 08:25AM CDT 1:45
30-Mar-2020 CL30Washington Dulles Intl ()Lehigh Valley Intl () 03:57PM EDT 04:34PM EDT 0:37
30-Mar-2020 CL30Naples Muni ()Washington Dulles Intl () 12:40PM EDT 02:36PM EDT 1:56
30-Mar-2020 CL30Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Naples Muni () 08:13AM CDT 11:31AM EDT 2:18
29-Mar-2020 CL30Witham Field ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:23PM EDT 01:58PM CDT 2:35
28-Mar-2020 CL30Nashville Intl ()Witham Field () 02:22PM CDT 04:55PM EDT 1:32
27-Mar-2020 CL30Los Angeles Intl ()Nashville Intl () 06:16PM PDT 11:27PM CDT 3:10
23-Mar-2020 CL30Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()Los Angeles Intl () 03:52PM CST 05:46PM PDT 2:53
23-Mar-2020 CL30Palm Beach Intl ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 12:34PM EDT 02:07PM CST 3:32
22-Mar-2020 CL30Cancun Int'l ()Palm Beach Intl () 04:58PM EST 07:16PM EDT 1:18
22-Mar-2020 CL30Teterboro ()Cancun Int'l () 12:33PM EDT 03:22PM EST 3:48
21-Mar-2020 CL30VC Bird Int'l ()Teterboro () 01:32PM AST 06:24PM EDT 4:51
21-Mar-2020 CL30Francis S Gabreski ()VC Bird Int'l () 07:56AM EDT 11:30AM AST 3:34
20-Mar-2020 CL30Palm Beach Intl ()Francis S Gabreski () 04:00PM EDT 06:19PM EDT 2:18
20-Mar-2020 CL30The Florida Keys Marathon Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 02:07PM EDT 02:55PM EDT 0:47
20-Mar-2020 CL30Chicago Executive ()The Florida Keys Marathon Intl () 09:37AM CDT 01:20PM EDT 2:42
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