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Old Oct 26, 2010, 6:13 AM   #1
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Not a spec of dirt anywhere...Spit shined for sure...
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Old Oct 26, 2010, 6:21 AM   #2
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Not a spec of dirt anywhere...Spit shined for sure...
True Fact! If you're assigned to maintain any of the fleet of VIP aircraft in the 89th Airlift Wing, you spend your first 6 months polishing it.
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So true TCav....And to think, I complain when I have to wash and wax my SUV....

Sorry everyone, I forgot I had posted these about 2 months ago...
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Beautiful shot (#2)--would love to have the opportunity to photograph this or the Presidential 747. Any concerns with security?
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I have a friend who worked as a mechanic on Air Force One while in the service. He is now retired, but whenever AF1 comes to town he could be called up to help if needed
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Hey jelpee....Security concerns???...I don't think so...The crews of these planes use the airport where I am for touch and go quite often...This airport has really long runways and advanced instrument landing systems...It is in fact on the emergency landing list for the space shuttle in case of a problem after launch...There is a public viewing area near the tower and I have never been questioned about being there taking photo's...My shots may look close but I am using 400mm and sometimes a 1.4 converter...The runway is about 200 or so yards away...I keep waiting for the 747 but its a rare thing for it to come down...I've only seen it twice...Most are the 757 and the smaller twin engine lear types...We do get alot of military jets as well...Cherry Point is near and so is Pope AFB....
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I live near Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews AFB.) During the Bush administration, I used to see VC-25 (Air Force 1) aircraft doing touch-and-go passes all the time. Since the Obama administration, I haven't seen it at all except when the President is going some place.
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John, what gear are you using? As a aviation photo enthusiast, your images look pretty good for that focal length + a t/c. I use a 70-200 f/2.8 + 1.7 t/c and get images good enough to be acccepted at airliners.net. Here is a recent one that I posted on this forum : B767-300 "Heavy" There is no substitute for getting up close however

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That shot of the DHL 767 is awesome Jehan....Perfect timing and on the money exposure...As far as what I use...Canon 50D with a Canon 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 IS lens...
Some time's I use the converter but try not to because it takes away from the crispness of the shot at times...I like the 100-400 because I have the option of using any of the focal length...Big plane, zoom out, little plane, zoom in...I shoot AV mode and adjust to keep my shutter speed as high as I can to make sure I am getting the crisp photo's...And like all of us, I do a little photoshop....
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