Is it the venerable sound of an old Tupolev or the distinctive shape of the wings of the new Boeing 747-8i that fascinate so deeply. Or is the insatiable sense of wanderlust? It is probably the range of aspects of aviation that attracts more and more people to airport and aboard airplanes.
Whether hunter or gatherer, as a plane spotter I am always seeking attractive new subjects to photograph. I can usually be found on the approach path, at the airport perimeter fence or the observation terrace, always equipped with radio, binoculars and camera. Not every plane spotter shares the same interest. Some are focused on military or cargo aircraft, while others prefer passenger or business jets. Some simply note the registration number of the aircraft they spot and update the list in their logbook or data base at home. Others endeavour to take an attractive photo of their airliner of choice. I belong primarily to the guild of those who photograph passenger and cargo airplanes.
I am interested in both older and newer aircraft. One of the highlights of my collection is the still airworthy, Basel-based Super Constellation, also known as “Super Connie”, which is close to unique anywhere in the world.
Other desirable subjects are jets with special livery, such as the SWISS San Francisco aircraft or the Avro RJ100 with livery promoting Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport, which the spotting community refers to as “flower box”. Personally, I am looking forward already to the next SWISS aircraft in special livery.
In certain countries, such as India for example, it is very difficult or even forbidden to take photographs of airplanes. So I am all the more appreciative of the opportunities to do so that exist here. More on this topic in part two of this blog entry.