https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/11115254/Sunset-SC.jpg 450 600 Duncan Witte https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Duncan Witte2022-11-18 08:19:342022-11-15 12:15:28Friday Photo: sunset over South Carolina
For Duncan Witte, the shorter days of fall aren't all bad, especially when his Piper Arrow is involved. "I really enjoy evening and night flying in the autumn. The weather is getting cooler, the air is smooth, and you sometimes get a spectacular sunset like this one."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/28153959/Miss-Piggy.jpg 400 600 Charlotte Parker https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Charlotte Parker2022-11-04 08:08:192022-10-28 15:41:05Friday Photo: Miss Piggy and me
Still can't believe I can fly by myself at the age of 70. What an accomplishment for a farm girl from Kentucky. The thrill of flying friends and family or just getting away from the earth when you just want to be alone... I always say it's as close as I can get to God and not die, He and I talk a lot when I'm up there.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/14151455/KMTN-crop.jpg 409 600 David Smith https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg David Smith2022-10-21 08:10:412022-10-21 08:09:57Friday Photo: waterfront runway
I started my Private Pilot journey at this airport at Middle River Aviation. In the spring I did a fly over of the airport, doing a transition over the class delta airspace due to the DC SFRA and Aberdeen Proving Grounds restricted area. And then three months later I became a one tenth owner of a Cessna 172SP hangared at this same airport. I had no idea at the time that it would become my home airport as an airplane owner.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/27162840/21-Fishs-mouth-NV.jpg 536 780 Dale Hill https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dale Hill2022-10-07 08:09:412022-09-27 16:34:32Friday Photo: peeking into North Vietnam from Laos, 1972
Looking east across the Annamite Range that lies between North Vietnam (NVN) and northern Laos with the monsoon weather over NVN. On this particular mission, I stayed in Laos. A few weeks later, I flew down the "Fish's Mouth" (at one point, the border between NVN and Laos looks like the mouth of a fish jumping out of the water, east to west, to catch a lure).
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/13175516/Spring-Cirrus-view.jpg 503 600 Ruffin Benton https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ruffin Benton2022-09-23 08:19:042022-09-13 17:56:42Friday Photo: Appalachian Spring
The ballet Appalachian Spring was written by Aaron Copland in 1944. Created as the war in Europe was drawing to an end, the titular orchestral suite captured the imagination of Americans who were beginning to believe in a more prosperous future, a future in which men and women would be united again. A powerful song and an equally powerful vision. This photograph, taken on an Angel Flight, visually captures the hope offered every spring.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/30173340/Lights-at-night-600.jpg 800 600 Donald Mayer https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Donald Mayer2022-09-09 08:10:052022-08-30 17:35:24Friday Photo: Detroit sunset
This was our second father/son trip to Oshkosh in our jointly-owned 210 but our first one while flying at sunset, which made for a very memorable view of DTW, downtown Detroit, and the various airports in the area where Dad learned how to fly many years ago.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/16145632/Centerline-600.jpg 338 600 David Smith https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg David Smith2022-08-26 08:08:342022-08-16 14:59:09Friday Photo: landing on the centerline
No matter what the rest of the flight looked like, a great landing means touching down right on centerline. David Smith shows that perspective in this Friday Photo. He was landing a Cessna 172 at Harford County Airport in Maryland when he adjusted his airspeed, managed his descent rate, worked the rudder, and kept it right in the middle. No easy task with the wind blowing (note the windsock).
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/04173043/Biplane-in-hangar.jpg 450 600 Chris Schaich https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Chris Schaich2022-08-12 08:16:252022-08-14 10:37:13Friday Photo: a Stearman patiently waits
This was the end of day 7 of a 9-day journey flying cross country to get the plane to its new home in May of 2020. We had been battling high winds and turbulence for seven hours by the time we landed at Winslow, AZ (INS). We pushed the big biplane out of the wind and into the hangar that the airport FBO made available to us. After closing up the doors and unloading, I took a minute to take in the view.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/21175316/image1-6.jpeg 360 640 Mark Bellis https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Mark Bellis2022-07-29 08:14:512022-07-21 18:03:27Friday Photo: Buffalo at night
Two pilots, one airplane, and a mission to fly for dinner—that's the start of a fun flight. Add in a calm night and the twinkling lights of Buffalo, New York, off the wing and you have the perfect flight. That's the view Mark Bellis and Marc Volpe share in this Friday Photo.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/06135545/Charger-sun.jpg 450 600 Todd James https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Todd James2022-07-15 08:21:102022-07-01 16:25:40Friday Photo: sunset departure
"Few things in life can beat the view of a beautiful fall sunset framed in the wings of your favorite biplane," says Todd James. It's hard to disagree after seeing his photo, which shows a Marquart Charger MA-5 lifting into the skies with a glowing yellow sun on the horizon.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/06135624/206-on-ground-clouds.jpg 450 600 Francisco Salas https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Francisco Salas2022-07-01 08:44:592022-06-21 16:59:17Friday Photo: Cessna 206 ready to fly
SVCS is a general aviation airport located a dozen miles south of Caracas, Venezuela, and separated from the city by a low mountain range. That makes the perfect backdrop for Francisco Salas's beautiful Friday Photo, which also includes some picturesque clouds framing the stout Cessna 206.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/06135648/McDaniel-sunset.jpg 450 600 Michael McDaniel https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Michael McDaniel2022-06-17 08:35:592022-06-08 18:08:14Friday Photo: flying into the sunset
This picture sums up a flight with a lot of important elements: an airplane, a father and sons, a great sunset, and the promise of a Christmas together. Michael McDaniel captured it all on the way home to Decatur, Alabama, in a Piper Warrior late last December.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/06135730/C-47-small.jpg 800 600 Tony Buttacavoli https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Tony Buttacavoli2022-06-03 08:30:132022-05-26 15:12:55Friday Photo: C-47 wing view
Tony Buttacavoli has flown a lot of airplanes in his long career, including the Boeing 747. But flying an old C-47, the military version of the legendary Douglas DC-3 airliner, is his favorite. This picture shows the distinctive radial engine and big prop hub, with the gorgeous colors of a Michigan autumn in the background.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/06135751/Syracuse-sunset.jpg 800 600 David Hale https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg David Hale2022-05-20 08:28:582022-05-10 17:01:30Friday Photo: Sunset over Syracuse
This was taken by my CFII as I was flying. The lake in the picture is Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, NY. We took off from Syracuse Hancock International Airport to log some night flying hours. I love flying over Syracuse during the night because it has spectacular city lights.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/06135855/Fire-and-ice-600.jpg 450 600 Thomas Dorl https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Thomas Dorl2022-05-06 08:20:142022-04-27 10:49:31Friday Photo: fire and ice
Tom Dorl was on a training flight in a Cessna 172 over the York River in Virginia when he spotted this beautiful scene. As he reminds us, "Sometimes you gotta look outside and appreciate the beauty of flight and the freedom it provides."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/06135930/Seaplane-photo.jpg 450 600 Paul Harding https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Paul Harding2022-04-22 08:57:132022-04-15 15:37:05Friday Photo: Bahama blue
The islands of the Bahamas never cease to amaze. The combination of white sandy beaches and beautiful blue water makes for the perfect flying destination and a great view. Paul Harding captures this color palette with a shot of the Schooner Cays, as seen under the wing of his Cessna 172.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/06135955/Moon-picture.jpg 617 600 Gerhard van Roon https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Gerhard van Roon2022-04-08 08:11:192022-03-29 17:35:24Friday Photo: 737 moonshot
When jogging through the Clingendael Park, I noticed the rising full moon and the afternoon’s peak of traffic approaching for Schiphol Amsterdam Airport flying exactly north of my position, straight into the direction of the upcoming full moon. I rushed back home to get my 200 mm telephoto lens and was lucky to capture an airplane flying the RNAV36 towards RWY 36L at approximately 1500 ft AGL.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/06140149/Tiltrotor.jpg 320 600 Jay Miller https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jay Miller2022-03-25 08:04:042022-03-23 16:01:19Friday Photo: sunrise through a tilt-rotor
During September of 2018 Bell Helicopter was deep into flight test operations with their advanced military-oriented V-280 tilt-rotor testbed. The latter is a competitor in the US Army's Future Vertical Lift initiative which is on-going as these words are written. As the aircraft was being towed into position, I saw an opportunity to possibly catch the dawn sun through the open cabin doors as the aircraft moved slowly across the ramp. The result is what you see.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/06140212/New-Mexico-flight-600.jpg 804 600 Clay Thomas https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Clay Thomas2022-03-11 08:19:472022-03-02 11:50:15Friday Photo: snowy mountain peaks
Clay Thomas captures the beauty and peace of a glider flight in this gorgeous Friday Photo. As he describes it: "Soaring down the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 606 kilometers round trip, maximum altitude 17,915 feet, maximum rate of climb 1,200 FPM, maximum airspeed 165 knots. Fuel burn, zero."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/06140241/Camping-beach-small.jpg 338 600 Gary Lanthrum https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Gary Lanthrum2022-02-25 08:05:522022-02-21 16:16:52Friday Photo: a lonely airplane in the desert
I flew to the remote Alvord Desert to camp under the stars in a dark sky. It was dark, but storm clouds blocked the stars each night. The days were filled with the subtle beauty of desert mirages and absolute silence. A real dose of solitude.