I have been so slack the last week (well kind of) and have not updated. I wanted to make this post earlier but it has taken me a number of days to work through it. On Wednesday there was forecast of good weather and I wasn’t working. A Friend of mine was also free and we decided to head up to Whidbey Island. Why? Well because the US Navy was sending some of their jet’s for Field Carrier Landing practice. What is that? Well to put it simply the jets from the local Naval Air Station head to a small local runway (called an Operational Landing Field or OLF for short) at Coupeville and spend time doing touch and go’s practicing for when they head out to sea and have to land on a carrier. They practice pattern work and approaches etc.

So my friend and I headed out there and had a blast, albeit leaving early in the morning

From Seattle Life 2015

This is what OLF Coupeville looks like:

From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015

Doesn’t look like much right? Correct! Pretty much it is just a runway right beside the road and there isn’t even a real fence. Just a line of concrete blocks the whole way around. It means you can have a great time getting photos. We went out there expecting maybe 1 or 2 jets to do 5 or so circuits total and that was it. The Navy had released they were doing Mid Morning to Mid Afternoon. Thinking that there might be time for a lunch break in the middle we got there early and just waited. What we got though was a whole different event.

The Navy brought out the jets around 1030ish and they stuck around till about 2pm. A total of 6 different aircraft did approximately 50 touch and go’s and to be honest, it was a BLAST! I took around 1700 photos and a few videos and had some fun in the process as well:

From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015

If you don’t know what a touch and go looks like, it is this (PS volume UP if you like jet noise)

A few of my favorite photos (If you want to see the whole set click the link below):

From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

I had a blast on Wednesday, took 1700 photos, got sun burnt, didn’t eat, barely drank, probably lost some of my hearing, but damn was it FUN!

OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

Well, I have been busy all week training (and adjusting to getting up at 4am in the morning, and that is better than what i will have soon trust me) so here are some more plane pictures!

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United’s Star Alliance Livery on a 737-800

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Hainan 787

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The one and only Alaska Air Cargo 737-400 Freighter

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A Compass Airlines Embraer E175

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Jetblue’s Red Sox Livery on an A320

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Delta’s Skyteam Livery on a 737-800

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The first day of Regular Scheduled Lufthansa 747-400 Service to Seattle 😀

Ugh it is to early in the morning to be thinking without a caffeine drip… so here is some planes

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The Boeing 757 EcoDemonstrator (the thing on its back is a camera)

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A P-3C Orion doing laps at BFI

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An Alaska 737-900ER after a Charter flight heading for the Museum of Flight ramp

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Transavia 737-800

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China United Airlines 737-800

More later in the week!

The Lufthansa Retrojet in all its glory. Spent forever waiting for this thing to fly again, and then it does on a rainy crappy day *sigh*

From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015

In case you were wondering, the livery is based on that of the original 747-200 when they was first delivered to Lufthansa. The only difference is the grey belly was polished aluminum. Not any more!

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The FAA’s Learjet doing some Pattern Work at Paine Field, testing instrumentation

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KLM’s New Livery on a 777-300ER

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Head on with the KLM 777-300ER

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Up close to a Dreamlifter

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Hainan 787 over the Keys

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A Cathay Pacific 777-300ER after a test flight

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KLM New Livery back at Paine

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Head on with the FAA Learjet

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Saudia after its first flight.

It has been a great few days of avgeekery around Seattle and I manged to get a lot of great stuff this week… so here are some for your Sunday night enjoyment:

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A Southwest 737-300 in new Livery

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A United 737-900ER with Scimitars

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Alaska’s new livery

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A Delta 737-900ER with my friend Charles onboard

Stay tuned later in the week for more!

Final Day of Avgeek goodies, more from around Seattle

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British Airways – Boeing 777-200ER

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-700 – Portland Timbers Livery

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 Combi

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Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300

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Republic Airways – Embraer E190

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Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F

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Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F

And that conludes my first week of march in spotting 😀

So here are some more photos from a lot of the spotting I have been doing around Seattle lately!

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Up close with a JAL Boeing 787

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Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-700

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A Rare sight in Seattle is the Horizon Airways – De Haviland Dash 8-Q400 – University of Alaska Anchorage Livery

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 – Disneyland Livery

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All Nippon Airways – Boeing 787-8

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US Airways Airbus A320

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jetBlue – Airbus A320 – Fly-Fi Livery

Stay Tuned for more!

I have been meaning to post these photos for a couple of weeks now, but with all of the other photos I have taken lately I have spent more time working on them. I also had a trip to Chicago that came at last second so that pulled me away from home for a day or two. So now enjoy below some of the photos from the SeaTac Airport tour during Aviation Geek Fest 2015. A couple of hours of driving around the ramp at the airport means you get to enjoy lots of great up close photos like these:

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Air Canada – Embraer E190

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER with Scimitars!

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Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-900

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The confusion plane! A US Airways A321 in American Airlines livery…

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-800

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Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER

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Horizon Airways – De Haviland Canada Dash 8-Q400 – Boise State Livery

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Hawaiian Airlines – Airbus A330-200

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Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300

Stay Tuned for more!