EVA Air Boeing 747-45EM taking off from runway 36L at Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
EVA Air Boeing 747-45EM taking off from runway 36L at Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands

The great timing and angle just makes this shot, and the size of the 747, looks surreal.
The distance to the fence was 145 meters(475ft)... Yikes!

I wonder if anyone computed the take-off distance prior to the trip?




Thisis an amazing picture of a disaster that didn't happen. From the smallest airplane to the largest,weight & balance calculations are a critical part of flight safety. From the looks of this 747, the weight was within the CG envelope, but if they'd have added one more 'marshmallow' to each snack tray, this BIRD might not have cleared the fence !!!!

Image link: http://aten.railpage.org/webimages/EVA%20Air%20Boeing%20747-45EM%20taking%20off%20from%20runway%2036L.png

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
That is a close shave.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
That is a close shave.
freightgate

Is it real?
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Looks real. European number plates
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I don't doubt that the photo is real, and that it was a 'normal' take-off for a heavily laden 747, but I think that the the distance is probably rather distorted, giving the impression that things are much closer than they really are. That runway may well continue further beyond the right side of the photo too. Those trees in the background are a hint of the long lens use too - they would not be that close to the runway.

On Airliners.net there are may images of EVA at Amsterdam, and as you can see, there are places there where photographers can get quite close - which can seem even closer with the right use of the right lens.

There is also a head-on photo on that site of a Qantas 744 taking off from Runway 34R at Sydney some years ago, and it gives the impression that it is about to decapitate the photographer - who was in fact over 500m beyond the end of the runway!!

Some Airports are more 'friendly' in terms of places where Aircraft "Gunzels" can take photos - Sydney is quite good, but from what I have read, Zurich is the pick - they even have an area in the middle of the field there for people to visit.


Edit - I think the photo was probably taken from this area:
That's the tricks that modern cameras and long lenses are capable of - no close shave, nowhere near disaster about to happen. Only about half the runway has been used.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The Dutch are no strangers to managing very low flying aircraft, landing or taking off from their airports (luchthavens)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Juliana_International_Airport
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
EVA Air Boeing 747-45EM taking off from runway 36L at Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands

The great timing and angle just makes this shot, and the size of the 747, looks surreal.
The distance to the fence was 145 meters(475ft)... Yikes!

I wonder if anyone computed the take-off distance prior to the trip?

Thisis an amazing picture of a disaster that didn't happen. From the smallest airplane to the largest,weight & balance calculations are a critical part of flight safety. From the looks of this 747, the weight was within the CG envelope, but if they'd have added one more 'marshmallow' to each snack tray, this BIRD might not have cleared the fence !!!!
"bevans"
I don't normally disagree with other RP staff members in public, but this clearly deserves a response.

What gives you the right to question a professional aircrews actions based on nothing more than a photograph taken with a telephoto lens? A minutes Googling shows where the photo was taken from, and simply extending the road in the foreground to the runway shows they we're well and truly airborne barely halfway down the runway.

Before you go accusing professionals of acting in appropriately, the least you can do is be sure of your facts beforehand.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
The Dutch are no strangers to managing very low flying aircraft, landing or taking off from their airports (luchthavens)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Juliana_International_Airport
Nightfire

Yes, that Airport is rather different, and spectacular for the low approach over the beach. If you look at YouTube there are many videos of landings there, as well as takeoffs - with the resultant gale force blast that those behind the fence or on the beach seem to enjoy.

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