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.
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.
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.
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.