12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand – 9:41 am
Employees take photos as she begins her last taxi
As our bird turned the corner fairly close to me,
I knew I’d be totally safe behind the snow berm from direct jet blast,
but I didn’t expect the sudden chill of snow being sprayed up my pants’ legs.
I was lying the other direction to shield my face and of course, my G11.
12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand– 9:40 am
Captain Tim Tobin turns on the lights and releases the brakes
12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand
During towbar disconnect and engine start
Seeing all these extended deicing truck booms, I decided the best place to get the following images was behind me.
We have often seen fire trucks shoot water over planes to honor retiring pilots, but this was new to me, and very touching!
12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand – 9:19 am
The Last Deice
— having successfully led the load of his last NWA freighter
12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand – 8:33 am
Dioni, Steve, Cesar
That was pretty heavy —
shutting the door for the last time.
Tech Note: yet another color temp example
When the photo is adjusted for the Taylor’s seemingly ‘white’ lights, then the snow looks deep yellow, lit by the yellowish outside lights.
The Taylor brings a 20-foot stack, loaded with comat
(company material) to the loader I’m operating.
One of these 20-footers, I had to spin 180°.
Cesar wields the pry-bar
while another van awaits in the doorway
Cesar, load-sheet hanging out of his mouth,
muscles the stuck pallet down the rail.
Every lead has his style.
Ed H. (recently retired NWA main-deck veteran) was famous for saying:
“Get me the bar.”
Often, working the main deck is not just about moving switches and setting locks.
There’s pushing, pulling and prying, pulling pallets with pallets, etc..
Cesar is brilliant, knowing almost instantly the best way to to get ‘er done.
Blurred in this 1/2 second exposure,
I’m not big on using the G11’s tiny flash.
Tech Note: Another good color temperature example
The plane isn’t green. But it is lit by the yellowish outdoor lights which have a completely different color temp than the plane’s interior lights. I’ve set the color temp so the van and the inside of the plane would be white, and the plane’s white skin then becomes green.
12/28/09 – Cargo’s Last Stand – 7:14 am
The mostly comat load now begins in the aft
with one of our vans on a 20-footer
I’m starting to post the last departure photos.
So I’m finally getting towards the end.
Lots of red wall photos, though.
Those will be fun.
Jeff : )