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Gear Down

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This was shot just as this Airliner was lowering the main landing gear in preparation for a landing at the San Diego International Airport.

From the time the plane became visible, until it was overhead was just a few seconds (great practice for quick zooming and focusing).

I'm a pilot, so I can appreciate just how difficult landings at this Airport are. You have to come in high to avoid hitting buildings, and then drop fast to touch down near the beginning of the landing strip. I believe this is why the San Diego International Airport is named as one of the most dangerous to land at.

I learned how to fly at the Ashland Airport in Ashland, Oregon. There you had to come in high to avoid hitting the trees, and then drop fast to touch down near the beginning of the landing strip. Every year there was at least one plane that hit the trees, and some didn't make it.
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16. Dec 5, 2013 lgfalcone6
"great pic! Using it in a brochure."

15. Feb 12, 2012 adlambourn
"Please can I use it for an airport-related blogsite? Many thanks - great photo."

14. Oct 17, 2011 rhettpep
"Thank you for your photograph. I'm thinking of using it in a piece of childrens educational software. If you would like a free copy of the software when it is done, I'm at Hardware314@gmail. Thanks Again - Rhett."

13. Sep 2, 2011 CCM00
"utilisé dans CCM 15 Fleurus Presse, merci beaucoup !"

12. May 25, 2011 HIW1
"nice, thanks"

11. Mar 26, 2011 acutefx
"Very nice shot, might be used on a taxi website"

10. Jan 7, 2011 krazykeith
"Great shot. May use on a travel postcard. Thanks!!"

9. Oct 21, 2009 pauly29
"Great Photo. I am using on my website www.whichtravelinsur- Thanks."

8. Oct 13, 2008 mevans12
"Excellent! May I use for a children's educational gamepiece? Thank you."

7. May 12, 2008 sgdmn12
"thanks, great!"

6. Mar 27, 2007 kerrynd
"fantastic shot. just what I was looking for. I've used in an article on aviation and emissions trading: http://www.climatech- .asp?ContentID=2746&- ContTypeID=5 thanks for no restrictions!"

5. Jan 30, 2007 propter

4. Jan 22, 2007 zeafonso
"Very Nice Job!!!"

3. Jan 20, 2007 thadz
"Super shot! I always hold my breath when landing at Lindbergh Field. Many years ago my office at the Naval Hospital in San Diego was literally directly under the glide path -- we could count the rivets in the planes as they landed."

2. Jan 19, 2007 michpowell
"nice shot, great story behind it"

1. Jan 11, 2007 Denson
"thanks for such a beutiful shot"

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