Friday Photo

Friday photo: marine layer

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Our latest stunning cockpit photo is a good reminder why an instrument rating is handy in California. Jim Yares was flying his son home from a hockey tournament in San Diego when he popped above the marine layer and saw this gorgeous sunset.

Friday Photo: desert sunrise

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We just happened to be in the right position as the sun burst through the clouds, not only illuminating the sky but also painting a brilliant yellow strip on the underside of our wing. Just as quickly, the sun was again obscured but we had a great beginning to our day. It’s been referenced before but on most days the view from a pilot’s office just can’t be matched.

Friday Photo: Glacier Peaks from a Luscombe

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I was just starting flying lessons when the opportunity to go on this flight came up. I had not done any cross country flights before, and this was a great one to start out with. Dead reckoning, stopping at small airports across the US, and great scenery the whole way. Since this flight, I have finished my flight training and I now fly a 1947 Luscombe 8E.

Friday Photo: sunrise from an AWACS

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This week’s Friday Photo is a gorgeous picture of sunrise over Oklahoma, with thunderstorm clouds in the foreground. What makes the picture even more interesting is the photo platform: an Air Force E-3B Sentry AWACS airplane.

Friday Photo: Mt. Rainier in a frame

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Mt. Rainier is a stunning sight for anyone, especially from the cockpit. But of all the in-flight mountain shots we’ve seen at Air Facts, this one may be the most interesting. Ethan Levi shares this great shot from his Mooney M20K on the way to Portland.

Friday Photo: astronaut runway

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Flying over this runway made me think of the select number of people that have been able to see this sight picture through their windshield. Only astronauts and aviators have been able to see this great piece of American history.

Friday Photo: sunset over Long Island

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It was just another flight into New York for airline pilot John Power. That is, until he looked up and saw a magnificent sunset over Long Island Sound, complete with some unusual clouds. As he says, “The office with the million dollar view lived up to its billing.”

Friday Photo: Chinese Wall, Montana

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This week’s Friday Photo takes us to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, where the 12-mile long Chinese Wall offers a stunning display of Mother Nature’s power. Pilot Jeff Morrison captured this spectacular vista at sunrise from an S-35 Bonanza.

Friday Photo: Sydney Harbour view

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Seeing Sydney Harbour from Harbour scenic 2 with some friends on a command hour building flight, which doubled as a scenic flight. Sydney looks amazing from the air, Harbour scenics are a pilots dream, a short flight, but one with great memories that will last a lifetime.

Friday photo: Burning Man 2015

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For one week each year, the desolate Black Rock desert in Nevada becomes a swirling city of parties and new friendships – Burning Man. It even has its own airstrip, which pilot Jim Salters used to capture this aerial view of the temporary city.

Friday photo: Mt. Rainier from a Flybaby

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Flying an open cockpit airplane versus a cabin airplane is like the difference between a car and a motorcycle, but without the traffic. There is a sense of oneness with the machine and the environment. A small, single-place, open cockpit airplane accentuates that even more.

Friday photo: a 6-year old’s first air-to-air shot

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After a long summer day at the FBO the boys and I decided to go for a late evening airplane ride. Sullivan (6 years old) was very excited about the view out his window and I gave him my iPhone to take a picture. The result is an uncropped picture that to me that shows the joy of flying old airplanes, flying with friends and family.

Friday photo: Montana mountains

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In our latest Friday Photo, aviation writer Amy Laboda shares a great shot of Bozeman Pass from their RV-10. It represented the end of a 1000 mile VFR flight, and a perfect summer vacation.

Friday photo: Chicago skyline

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This week’s Friday Photo shares the view from an annual aviation pilgrimage – the flight to Oshkosh in mid-summer. From many parts of the US, this flight means the chance to fly past the Chicago skyline, which offers a stunning view.

Friday photo: Manhattan skyline

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Today we are kicking off our latest series, called simply the “Friday photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. First up is Ian Seager, with a stunning view of Manhattan.