Gulfstream G IV visits Springfield, IL
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.
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.
This picture is the previous picture cropped. Luck is a factor here.
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.”
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. . .
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!
“Flya con dios!”