Alisdair Tait
Photographer

This one took me ages to catch. I knew it was there, I just had to wait for it. <br />
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On pushback, starting engines, a line of 747-400s at T5 LHR
Boston: Sunset
Climbing out from Seattle heading East into the night.
Mid Atlantic. Sunrise rushes towards you at 1500mph
The sun is up and driving a shaft of light through your brain.
In the queue for 27L at LHR
The 747 gets the day off in Rio. The blankets are an attempt to keep the temperature on the Flight Deck down. It fails to work.<br />
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The 747-400 Flight Deck is boiling on a hot sunny day. The air con is not up to the job on the ground.
Trim switches and disconnect button. Two switches... one to arm and one to send the message,
If you want the windscreen cleaned, it is a major task and an absolute pain. But...
Boston sunset and a Rolls Royce RB211-G
4 engines, 4 thrust levers. The two switches are the Auto Throttle disconnects.
Provincetown, Massachusetts. Cape Cod.
Sunrise over Sydney
Frozen tundra over Northern Russia. Heading North West from Tokyo to London Heathrow
Late evening over the Amazon
Picture Perfect Paradise. Aldabra Atoll. Indian Ocean.
This picture sums up longhaul flying...
Sunrise on my last day flying the 747-400
Ships in the night. Mid Atlantic, in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We crossed.
Overtaking an Airbus A340. LHR-NRT
Sunrise over the Atlantic. A contrail of another Jumbo that we had just spent the night with.
Before you invade Afghanistan, go look at it first...
Climbing up between layers
The boundary between the sandy desert and the scrub. The picture was taken just North of Afghanistan on the boarder with Turkmenistan
Aurora Borealis...  impossible to get a sharp image in a moving aeroplane. But very beautiful
Good morning
Sunrise over Africa. Heading South looking East
Sunset over the Atlantic
Salt pans on the approach to San Francisco.
Single crystal fan blades and the sunset directly behind the engine
The Captains view
Bogda Feng is the highest mountain in the eastern Tien Shan mountain range: China, at 5,445 m (17,864 ft).
I liked the angles the bits and bobs make
Sunrise on descent into Mauritius. A layer obscures the sun, lighting up the edges.
Ships in the night
The rule of thirds applied to an Atlantic sunset.
The island of Barra in th Outer Hebrides, Scotland.<br />
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See that beach... the big one... I used to land on it in a Loganair Twin Otter.
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