Minolta X-570, Telesor Auto Zoom 75-205mm, 35mm Kodacolor 200, 10.10.2013 Replaced w/Screen-shot image, Nikon D80
11.12.2014 Replaced with scanned image from original negative

A NYANG, ski-equipped, Lockheed LC-130D Hercules demonstrates a short field/tactical takeoff at Stratton ANGB, Schenectady County Airport, June, 2003.

NYANG 109th Airlift Wing, the only “heavy lift” aircraft serving Antarctica out of Christchurch, New Zealand.

This aircraft is now on static display at the entrance to Stratton ANGB.

*Featured: “If It Moves Shoot It” – October 11, 2013

John has had a camera in front of his face for the better part of 60 years and will continue until he gets it right! Please respect the applicable domestic and international copyrights…. Enjoy, purchase or save if you like, but no publication, any media, without written permission.

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  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 2 years ago

    I still vividly recall the demo I saw of this back in the 80’s, done by Fat Albert of the Blue Angels. The climb attitude is incredible! I have a photo, but not as good as this one John!

  • Thanks for your very kind comment, appreciated! Fat Albert doesn’t do the JATO any longer… two versions 1) Damaging runways or 2) No JATO left in inventory…. based upon what we have been seeing the last few months, I believe the latter!!!

    – John Schneider

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 2 years ago

    Nice one Bill. JATO bottles were basically rocket fuel and once fired, well! – Ted

  • Ted, thank you so much for your comment… appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfalmost 2 years ago

    Your PT could use some JATO. Nice shot John

  • Ah, sweet memories… the PT is gone, but no doubt could have used the extra boost from time to time. Paul, thank for your comment, appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 2 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Colin, thank you, always enjoy and apreciate your comments!

    – John Schneider

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot John

  • Thank you, Noel much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • SuddenJim
    SuddenJimover 1 year ago

    i absolutely love taking off with jato in the kc-130, nice reminder and super shot john

  • I’ve got some shots from the USCG – Floyd Bennett, Brooklyn of Martin Flying Boarts doing water takeoffs using JATO, cool! thanks for your terrific comment and favorite… appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin Smedley
    Colin Smedleyover 1 year ago

    Great! The under-exposure really shows off the rocket flames.

    I can remember seeing this take-off technique demonstrated in the late 50s used on C-123A, F-84G and B-47B aircraft, even on a Beverley! I’m sure we called it RATO in those days (R=rocket). JATO was a similar technique employing small jet engines in pods which could be parachuted, recovered and re-used. It didn’t catch on!

  • Colin, thank you for your comment and the feature… Terrific!!! The official story is that they don’t use JATO anymore as the inventory is depleted….Recoverable auxiliary engines don’t sound like such a bad idea.

    – John Schneider

  • SunchiaMilic
    SunchiaMilicover 1 year ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you so very much for your kind comment and favorite…. much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.over 1 year ago

    Excellent capture

  • Mike, thank you for your very kind comment… Appreciated!

    – John Schneider

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