Having worked in and around airports for many years and having always kept an interest in aviation I decided to spend some time at my local airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, attempting to master the art of aviation photography, I soon discovered that it was going to take a bit of practice as aircraft are pretty fast moving as they hit the tarmac !
There was no shortage of subject matter as airports are a hive of activity even when there are no aircraft taking off or landing, I found it interesting to watch the airport fire service catching up on some training excercises on a redundant Boeing 747 parked on a remote apron.
There was a good variety of aircraft to be seen during my visit, showing the many different users of the airport, this small jet being operated by a company which develops aerospace and avionics systems.
Also some interesting types of aircraft on display that day, this Russian built jet developed for short take offs and landings, using the thrust from the overwing engines to obtain additional lift.
A few military visitors to the airfield that day, these highly engineered propellors belonging to the work-horse of many an air force, the Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules, some further experimentation required with shutter speed to capture the movement of the propellors
This was a much newer piece of military hardware that visited that day a Multi Role Tanker Transport Airbus A330 of the RAF, if you look towards the end of the wing you will see the pod that carries the equipment for inflight refuelling.
The mainstay of the airport is shorthaul flights to many European sun spots, the passengers on board this would be hoping not to land on a wet runway when they reached their destination.
The last arrival during my short stay was yet another large jet, a Boeing 777 Freighter stopping off in-between Chicago and Paris which was turned around pretty quickly with modular containers of goodness knows what taken off and replaced in the voluminous deck of the aircraft.
All in all an enjoyable days photography with plenty of action to photograph, think I'll need a bit more practice at it so don't be surprised to see another post from the airport.
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