Gulfstream G IV visits Springfield, IL

Gulfstream G IV at Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, December 13, 2012

Gulfstream G IV at Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, December 13, 2012

Here is the view most people have when then see a G IV from the usual place: on the public side of a hurricane fence at the airport. The fence is easy to appreciate in exquisite focus, but the beautiful bird on the ramp appears a little fuzzy so far away.

This is better.

This is better.

Putting the camera closer to the fence without touching the fence — which lurches around a little in significant wind — allows the autofocus to zone in on the more important point of the picture.

best

best

This picture is the previous picture cropped. Luck is a factor here.

The angle matters.

The angle matters.

Positioning for more of a side view, rather than front 3/4 view lessens the risk of the fence getting in the way. I knew I was shooting INTO the sun here,  but the beautiful sky and my determination to add this aircraft to AeroKnow Museum’s historical collection compelled me to give it my best “shot.”

minimizing the sun

minimizing the sun

I had to move forward to establish an angle that minimize the sun through cloud in the previous picture, and though I had to clip part of the winglet on far right, the airplane was a little better exposed.
A few minutes later the chatter of passengers in the FBO’s lobby outside my office had quieted, and I knew they were boarding the bird, so to speak. A few minutes later, I anticipated they had departed the tarmac, and after glancing at a nearby flag, I knew they would be departing on Runway 22.  So after grabbing my “howitzer,” so to speak (Canon EOS SLR) and depositing my Sony Cyber-shot used to snap the pics up to departure, I literally jogged to a slightly elevated “perch” to take the next series of pictures. . . GulG4-7
The big surprise was how quiet the airplane was during its take-off. I have heard more noise frying bacon than came from the G IV!

into the air!

into the air!

easy go

easy go

and away we go!

and away we go!

 

“Flya con dios!”

 

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