June 30, 2015 … half the year gone

A string Northerly cleared the cobwebs yesterday.

B757

Boeing B757-200 of No 40 Squadron, RNZAF takes to the sky at Wellington. Smart paint job.

Nothing really caught my imagination, but since I was near the airport, I went up Wexford Road and up the little hill that looks down the runway from the North and East. The wind was really howling and I had to  hold the camera and tripod firmly to the earth. Just as I was nearing the crest of the hill I noticed the polished military grey of  one of the RNZAF’s two Boeing 757 transport aircraft. The wind carried its noise away to the South but I could see its exhaust shimmering as it lined up for take-off. The Air Force tend to take their 757s much closer to the edge of the envelope than civilian operators of the type, and have made a feature of flying them like a fighter at air shows around the world. But this was at a civilian airport in normal operation. Nevertheless, the stiff wind gave the pilot in command the excuse to burst off the runway like a rocket  and its wheels were up  and closed long before it came level with me.

B737

Arriving from Brisbane, the passengers on the B737-800 will find the 9 degree temperature and 60km/h wind a nasty shock

Whitecaps on the strait made a fetching background to aircraft coming and going, and my next shot is a Virgin Australia  Boeing B737-800 arriving on its daily trip from Brisbane.

Aratere

Aratere crosses the flight path

As an Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 began its take-off run, our old friend the Aratere photobombed the scene. Unlike yesterday’s image this shows how desperately she needs a paint job. Rust streaks really show up on a white hull.

Busy

Briefly busy moment

Things got busy (by Wellington standards) for a moment or two as the Q300 departed, the Virgin 737 taxied to the terminal, and a Sounds Air Pilatus PC12 waited to cross the runway to prepare for a trip to Westport.

Excuse the self-indulgence of an aviation centred edition, normal service should resume tomorrow.

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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One Response to June 30, 2015 … half the year gone

  1. Pamela Rothschild says:

    Enjoyed the plane spotting, thanks. Just for info 34c here today!

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