My Friday flight home from WWDC (San Francisco [SFO] to Portland [PDX]) wasn’t set to depart until 9:15pm, probably putting me in the door around midnight. In an effort to get home somewhat sooner, I headed to the airport around 5pm, as there was a 6:15ish flight to PDX, and I thought maybe I could get on that one instead.
However, when I reached their gate, the departure board indicated “delayed,” and the estimated new departure time was 9:40pm–well after my booked flight’s departure. With no pressing requirements for the next four hours, I made my way to the end of the C concourse, where I had a good view of the planes taxiing by–as well as a view, though quite far away, of landings on runways 28L and 28R.
Thinking simply “I wonder if someone will come question me about this,” I got out the Nikon, attached the 70/300mm zoom, and started snapping pix. Amazingly, over the course of an hour’s worth of picture taking, I was completely ignored by Homeland Security. (The first few images were snapped from a café near the international terminal, outside the concourse proper.)
The pictures may only be of interest if you’re a true aviation nut; most aren’t even that good. I do like, however, the nose-on shot of the China Airlines 747, which was snapped as it maneuvered on the taxiways just outside the concourse. It makes a most impressive desktop image when cropped to fit 1920×1200! (As always, if you ever want a full-size version of any image, just ask.)