Photographing Planes near Oslo Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, and with signs of people travelling more again following the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be focussing on Oslo Airport – which I visited back in 2015. The airport itself is quite a distance from Oslo city, but is easily accessed…

Reflecting on China Airlines’ 747 Passenger Plane Retirement

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane. This time I am reflecting on the news that this week it was China Airlines’ turn to retire its last passenger 747 planes (it still has some freight ones). That another airline has retired its 747 passenger planes is not…

Farewell to British Airways’ Queen of the Skies

On the morning of 8 October 2020, British Airways retired the last of its two Boeing 747 jumbo jets. Two of the “Queens of the Skies” took off from Heathrow, after a ceremony starting at 7:47, and made their way to their final destinations. I followed the second of the planes on Flightradar.com and also…

Photographing Planes at New Chitose Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港), often just referred to as Chitose Airport (千歳空港), but that can lead to confusion with the adjoining Chitose Air Base (千歳基地). Although I have been to this airport a few times, in terms of photography,…

Photographing Planes at Narita Airport

Having written post about taking photos at and near Haneda Airport and near Narita Airport, this time I’ll write about taking photos at Narita Airport. Access is obviously straight forward, so I won’t discuss that in detail. There are now 3 terminals at Narita Terminal. Terminal 3 is for LCCs and is a bit of…

Photographing Planes near Narita Airport

Having written post about taking photos at and near Haneda Airport, this time I’ll write about taking photos near Narita Airport, the other major airport in the Tokyo area. For getting to these sites (particularly if you’re trying to do them all in one day), you will almost certainly need to hire a car –…

Photographing Planes at Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Having written post about taking photos near to Haneda Airport (see my posts about Jonanjima and Keihinjima Tsubasa Park), this time I’ll write about taking photos at Haneda Airport itself. Getting there is straight forward, so I won’t dwell on that. One thing to note at this point is that there are several photo spots,…

Photographing Planes Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo: Jonanjima

Ever since I first started visiting Japan in 1989 I have enjoyed taking pictures of trains, particularly shinkansen. I’m not 100% sure why – I would never classify myself as a train spotter. But in the end, the photographing helped stimulate my research on the shinkansen itself and the book and other articles I have…

Clear skies may not be something to celebrate

Thanks to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many people are stuck at home. For many in the UK – and I’m sure elsewhere – people are turning their gaze to the skies and enjoying the sunshine, although it has led to some amusing comments about how normally it would be raining, but now that we’re not…