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Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJO)

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A Queen and her audience - departing the Avalon Airshow, Victoria, March 25, 2007.

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Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
This aircraft had been part of the static display and open for inspection when I arrived in the morning.

Not apparent in this side on shot is the rudder deflection. Photos leading to this showed quite a marked starboard offset. I don’t recall it being that windy, but the rudder angle would suggest otherwise.

This was taken on my first DSLR, a Nikon D70s which did not handle contrast too well. Thankfully Nikon have vastly improved their product!
Dave Sheehy
Outstanding shot Gavin, thanks for sharing it! 5*
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thank you Dave.
mike prendergast
Nice Mate!!
Darryl Sarno
Great shot and perspective Gavin! Well done!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thank you Mike and Darryl.
ken kemper
Gavin...........

What a Super Photo in Wide Angle

Love your vantage point above the crowd and that is half the picture !! 6 Stars
Stephen Jensen
Beautiful! Fantastic aircraft :-)
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Back row of the grandstand. You have to book those seats but as you can see, they are worth it.
Tom Vance
Calendar all the way OzGman frick! historic photo! 5x5!
Tom Vance
Wait till Gman see's this...!!
Uwe Zinke
in german we say " einfach nur geil "
Dwight Hartje
Epic shot, Gavin! I love this classic Qantas 744 shot!
Don Ridgeway
Great shot Gavin, one for my scrapbook
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Tom, Uwe, Dwight and Don - a big thank you.
Keith Barker
Another Queen of the skies destined for retirement or a refit for use as a freighter. Good shot Gavin.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Keith.
ken kemper
Well done Gavin !!

You have a Big Winner on Flightaware this week.....

My favorite pic for this week too.
nwilcox
Perfect shot, Gavin! The crowd below, beautiful aircraft just lifting off and the clouds! Very nice!!
Patrick Keohane
Beautiful shot of a beautiful lady. Thank you for the shot of what will too soon be a memory of what great passenger aircraft looked like.
Bror Monberg
Nice shot! A crowd pleaser for sure. Probably have seen this beauty on approach to LAX as they fly over Catalina Island, cross over mainland close to my house then north to LAX.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Ken, nwilcox, Patrick, Bror - a big thank you to you all.
Kam Bahrami
IS the crowd as close as it looks?! 8-O
mike prendergast
Congratulations Mate-50 votes in 5 days...!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Kam...400 ft?
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Mike. I never really take notice. I like to see what people think or their stories because a photo has jogged a memory.
Gary Schenauer
Unbelievable!! What a shot!! How SWEET is THAT?! And how lucky were all the folks in that crowd? And where were you that you were able to have elevation enough to be above them to get this stunning scene? 20 stars for one of the very best clicks of the Queen that I've ever seen.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Gary. That airshow has grandstands and if you pay 'gold' admission, you can book and secure a grandstand seat. Book early enough and you can get up in the back row which was where I was.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thank you Iwalani.
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