T-45 Goshawk

On June 28, 2013, I arrived at AeroKnow Museum’s parking lot under the big EPIC fuel sign at the perfect time to encounter this McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk parked on the ramp. Even though the sun was on the wrong side of the airplane (in the west in late afternoon) I dashed to my office to get my Sony Cyber-shot to take some pictures through the hurricane fence. If the crew had been at the FBO(‘s counter when I came in, and they had wandered into my nearby office, I would have engaged them in cordial repartee and asked if one of them would walk with me out to the airplane so I could take some pictures, but that was not an option. There was no sign of the crew. . . . . . .





























This picture is intended to be gentle whimsy. Please comment if you consider it inappropriate for this gallery. If your comment is positive, I will post more with various “effects” but I won’t do it a lot.






I returned to my office and posted a few pics on my Facebook AeroKnow Museum “Visiting Aircraft -4” album, and had just finished when I heard a jet engine starting. I quickly returned to the fence














The Cyber-shot has an excellent telephoto lens, but the 45’s canopy prevented a clear view of the crew.














When the canopy closed, there was just a short minute or less before they initiated taxi to the active runway. Luck was with me.














When they turned left, I knew they’d be departing on Runway 31 which would take them right by the ramp where I was. I got the impression that the crew was in a hurry. Time from engine start to taxi had seemed short for a jet, and they taxied pretty fast. I had s short dash back to my office and a long dash to my favorite photo spot for photog’ing departures and arrivals on 31 and I made is with just seconds to spare.







Here is is just before brake release on 31. The buildings in the background are part of the Springfield skyline to the southeast.








Wheels are rolling. In the background is construction equipment engaged in extending a taxiway; not a problem for the crew. That’s the Illinois State Capitol building on the right.























I believe his nose strut extended at this time, allowing faster acceleration and setting the angle of attack for takeoff.








His nose is a little higher here.








Lift-off!  (pesky fence)














Pesky fence!





This may be the “artsiest” picture of the series. The clouds below the 45 were close, lower to the horizon, there was some space between them and the more distant higher stratus.  The position of the clounds and trace of exhaust behind “make” the picture for me.


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