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United at the Gate by Barrie Woodward

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This United Airlines Boeing 747 flying across the Bay, is one of the highlights of the Airshow during San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week celebrations.
Difficult to tell here, but the Jumbo is in front of the Golden Gate Bridge at this point and is actually dwarfed by it.

Sony DSC-HX1

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My pictures are taken with a Sony DSC-HX1. What you see is pretty much what comes from the memory card, with maybe a touch of rotation and or cropping.
I probably wouldn’t be taking so many pictures if it weren’t for the camera. It has been worth every penny as it has captured some great memories since I got it in 2009.
Feel free to comment on any of the pictures. I’m all for learning how to improve.

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  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 3 years ago

    i don’t know if you knew or not, but there were a lot of calls regarding “what da heck was that plane doing?” some thought it was a attack on the bridge, others thought it was crashing into the bridge, and still others who knew what was going on didn’t care and laughed. great pix – i have very few of this…. intentionally! hahahahaa

  • I read it every year. It’s more the irresponsible news networks and press in my opinion. The slant that the coverage is given exaggerates it way too much. I have no idea how many years United have been doing this, but millions will have seen it and gazed in wonder, yet networks portray it as fear inducing and irresponsible. What they should broadcast are the facts, the exercise is carried out with military precision and far from being in fear and knowing nothing at all about it, millions of people in San Francisco actually turn out and enjoy a sight such as this on the three days of the Fleet Week airshow

    – Barrie Woodward

  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 3 years ago

    yea well, guess it was all the people who didn’t see it! take care buddy!!

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 3 years ago

    Good shot. Been more daring if he had flown under it!!! – Ted

  • fototaker
    fototakeralmost 3 years ago

    Edward Denyer: the next few days’ news on tv and print complained how 1000s of people with a different perspective/view of this same maneuver thought the plane had flown UNDER the bridge and were calling the FAA, airports and police reporting such!! hahahaaa

  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, this picture has been voted in a top-ten place in the ‘Man-made flying things’, and it will be featured on the ‘A Vision of Flight Photography’ group overview page

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 2 years ago

  • Thanks for featuring ‘United At The Gate’

    – Barrie Woodward

  • David Rozansky
    David Rozanskyover 2 years ago


  • Thanks, David.

    – Barrie Woodward

  • v-something
    v-somethingalmost 2 years ago

    That is a great shot!

  • Thanks very much

    – Barrie Woodward

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    Perggals© - St...almost 2 years ago

  • Thank you for featuring this :)

    – Barrie Woodward

  • larry flewers
    larry flewersalmost 2 years ago

    love this shot

  • Thanks, Larry. I was happy to be there :)

    – Barrie Woodward

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