By: paulhassing

Jun 05 2010

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Category: Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photography, Uncategorized


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What a beautiful aircraft! They sure don’t make them like this any more.

This one flew us to King Island – off the northwestern coast of Tasmania, Australia.

The force of the Roaring Forties wind was so great that we had to approach the ageing tarmac at a disturbing angle.

The first attempt was aborted. The captain said if we didn’t nail it on the second go, we’d have to return to the mainland.

He brought it down with a great thud, while locals watched.

It was thrilling stuff and we all cheered.

Getting off the plane, I was nearly blown off my feet.

I really like this photo. With such an elegant subject, it was hard to go wrong.

The attitude of the props, the cloudy sky and even the yellow line all combine to make this quite evocative.

To me, the plane seems to be straining forward, eager for the next flight.

Willing us to finish our coffees! 🙂

4 comments on “DC3”

  1. Yet another marvelous talent bursts out from Constellation Hassing… 🙂

    I’ve never met anyone that didn’t have to learn to be photographer…it just happened…

    I reckon the words and pictures together create a kind of 3D image…definitely completing the experience…

    I remember the good ol’ DC3s. We built and tested their engines when I was doing my engineering training in the RAAF…about a bazillion years ago. I actually got to drive one around the tarmac a few times…they certainly don’t make ’em like that any more…the very fact that they are yet in service speaks tomes of the now long lost art of simplicity…a testament to the efficiencies obscured by the smog of ‘constant and never-ending insanity’.

    Looking forward to the next installment… 🙂


    Stephen G

    PS Karen loves your work too 🙂

  2. Thank you, Stephen (and Hi, Karen!). So glad you guys are hip to this groove.

    I like what you’re saying, Stephen. I was just discussing with Fonnie that I’m kind of getting an extra dimension happening in this blog. I’ll keep on trucking.

    How cool that you actually drove one of these aircraft. Our pilot said you don’t ‘start’ DC3 engines, you ‘wake them up and coax them into life’. I like that. Cheers! 🙂

  3. What a babe. You caught the life, the passion, the posture, the character, the life of the metal and rivets.



    • Many thanks, Cheryl, for your visit and kind words. It’s always so nice to see you pop up when I least expect it. Best regards, P. 🙂

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