In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Nagasaki Airport (長崎空港) . I visited the airport during my busy fieldwork trip to Japan, holding research interviews in the city.
The airport is on a man-made island in Omura Bay and so some distance from Nagasaki city itself, as you can see on this map (which also shows the location, with an orange pointer, of Hashima – ‘Battleship Island’ – which will be the subject for another post).
As I was primarily at Nagasaki Airport to land one day and catch a plane another day, I didn’t have long at the airport itself, but still managed to get some shots. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the airport is the large bank beyond the runway on which there is word ‘NAGASAKI’, which makes a good backdrop for photos of planes.
Also, I found that looking out into the bay, on the day I took off from the airport, that there were drills of some sort being done by a helicopter. Although I don’t normally take photos of military planes (as I discussed in my post on Ibaraki Airport) or helicopters (which I do not like), there was little other activity at the airport so decided to take some.
The weather soon started to change due to an approaching typhoon, which led to some interesting shots of spray behind planes.
My own flight was on Peach and we had some moderate turbulence during take-off. Despite so many of Peach’s passengers, at least back in 2013, being new to flying, I was a bit surprised that the cabin crew said nothing to reassure the people on board, some of whom were clearly concerned about the motions.
See details about other photographs I have used in my research here.