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Friday, October 06, 2017

burning out his fuse up here alone


































Please Please Please check out the magnificent blog Futility Closet that supplies both this photo & the additional information background (*) around it.
The prompt photo/theme  for  this week's  sepia saturday
is a photo of Alan's that  he took in Sheffield in the early 80's.
Now Sheffield is known as England's "City of Steel".Sadly, the steel industry is in decline.
Consider. The Lightning Jet must have consisted of 80% Sheffield Steel .Remember also its Rolls Royce engines were  made in South Yorkshire.
 So,something of a metaphor? ( as it could also be currently for Brexit, the Tory Party & Ryanair?)

(*)"On Sept. 13, 1962, test pilot Bob Sowray told his neighbor, photographer Jim Meads, that he’d be flying an English Electric Lightning F1 jet bomber that day, so Meads brought his camera along when he took his kids for a walk, hoping to photograph the return approach. He found a good position on the runway overshoot and waited for the plane to arrive.
In the end it was pilot George Aird who was assigned to fly the Lightning, and as he approached the airfield a fire in the rear fuselage destroyed the tailplane control system at a height of only 100 feet.
Landscaping assistant Mick Sutterby was just telling Meads that the airfield runway was off limits when beyond him Meads saw the Lightning’s nose pitch up and Aird eject. He had just enough time to line up the shot and snap the shutter before the jet came down nose first.
Aird and his ejection seat crashed through the glass roof of a nearby greenhouse, where they landed in adjacent rows of tomatoes. Aird said later that when the water from the sprinkler system roused him, he thought he must be in heaven. He had broken both legs, but he was flying again in six months.
The Daily Mail rejected Meads’ photo as fake, but the Daily Mirror paid him £1,000 for it. It appeared in the center spread on Oct. 9, 1962"(*)
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/10/05/happy-landings-4/ 

https://fearoflanding.com/photography/the-story-behind-an-unbelievable-photograph/

9 comments:

Mike Brubaker said...

What a photo! It's also a depiction of pure adrenaline from the pilot, to the driver, to the photographer! As to your metaphor, I agree. The whole world seems so bent on self-destruction that my adrenaline reserves are pretty low for all the bad news of one kind or another.

La Nightingail said...

That was one mighty close call. Holy Moly!!! And what a shot by the photographer to remain cool and calm enough to take it.

Mollys Canopy said...

Incredible photo...not only of the ejection of the pilot (thank goodness!) and the impending crash, but the contrast between the landscaper on a tractor and the high-tech plane in a nose dive. Almost like two worlds colliding.

Jo Featherston said...

What a fantastic shot! The site doesn't say whether or not the pilot's parachute opened and it's not clear from the photo, but surely it must have done?

tony said...

'Aird and his ejection seat crashed through the glass roof of a nearby greenhouse, where they landed in adjacent rows of tomatoes. Aird said later that when the water from the sprinkler system roused him, he thought he must be in heaven. He had broken both legs, but he was flying again in six months.'
but it doesnt mention the parachute? i assume it did? Although I imagine,for the rest of his life,he he broke into a sweat anytime he saw /went near an allotment.......!

Kurt said...

I enjoyed looking at this photo.

tony said...

the odd Buddy Holly tune kept popping into my head........

Barbara Rogers said...

Now that's a photo that will not be erased from my memory, it's filed in there with the kiss at the end of WW II of a soldier and a pretty woman, the scene of earth taken from the moon, and a couple more. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for passing it along to us!

tony said...

'Pleasure, Barbara.