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Some Planes

Didn't really know what to do today... There seems to be no more 110 going past my house, and no more 103 hauling the historic IC, as the recently resurrected 103 113 seems to be out of order.

As usual, this made me go planespotting instead of railfanning!

Spent seven or eight hours in Cologne today, shooting just about every plane that crossed my sights, but I liked this pic the most, due to the sheer number of planes in it! Yep, we may only have the sixth largest airport as such, but the second largest one in terms of cargo!

In the foreground, we have an old Airbus A300B4-200F, which is a rare bird these days! For all those not familiar, the A300 is the first ever plane type that Airbus manufactured. Launched in 1972, this was the first ever twin-engined widebody, the first nail in the coffin for trijets like the L-1011 and the DC-10. The specimen here was originally delivered to the Greek flag carrier Olympic Airways in 1980, now in service with ACT Airlines, a Turkish cargo airline.

Behind it is a FedEx MD-11, about which I don't have to say anything, as you already know that I adore trijets. The two planes behind that are 777 freighters, both of which took off later on. I even got lucky with the wind, as each one departed in a different direction.

Coming up next is another A300B4-200F, a 31 year old machine that was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1981, now used by Solinair, a tiny Slovenian airline that only has three planes in their fleet (the other two being a 737 and a Saab 340A).

All the rest consists of 767s, which are boring and arrived one decade after the A300.

There was also a crazy pack of autogyros that came in low over the runway and then buzzed the tower, as well as some dude flying his double decker past the observation deck. The observation deck itself has been modernized recently, with several stories worth of roof now accessible to the public! It's just awesome when compared to the old one, since you're just one step below the tower, giving you an excellent view of just about everything! If you're interested, here are some photos of the opening ceremony.

Same view from old deck:

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Canon EOS 1000D
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1/640 second
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65 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 4, 2012, 4:18:07 PM
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DarkMoon1988's avatar
TramwayPhotography's avatar
Zwischen der hintersten Maersk und UPS 767 steht noch was kleineres. Ist das Air Bucharest?
shenanigan87's avatar
Ist glaub ich ne Swiftair 737.
JSH50's avatar
Lovely picture mate!
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JSH50's avatar
No worries !
EternalFlame1891's avatar
Great shot of the planes buddy!
shenanigan87's avatar
Not like the shot could've been of anything but planes. x)
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