As luck would have it I’m in the right place at the right time….

I am spending a few days in Everett, Washington to take in Plane Spotting at Paine Field.   This morning,  I parked my car a bit before sunrise and within an hour I would be surprised with what came out from behind the ‘curtain’.

I knew that Lufthansa’s next 747-8i, ‘Yankee Romeo’ was completed and was scheduled for paint, but I did not know that it would be unveiled to the world this morning.    Talk about being in the right place at the right time!   This also happened to me last summer when I was able to spot Lufthansa’s D-ABYP flying with her ‘secret’ decal covered signifying that she was the 1500th 747 to be built by Boeing.  I must lead a charmed life…..

So without further rambling, I introduce you (and the world) to the newly completed D-ABYR fresh from the paint booth, including a 2 minute video showing the Push Back.   Most of the photos are shot at 600mm with Sigma’s new 150-600.  I can’t say I’m disappointed with the sharpness.   My love affair with the lens continues!

BTW, pardon the soundtrack on the video.  I needed to cover up ‘someone’s’ constant breathing into the microphone! 🙂




a tail of an airplane

Hello World! The very first images of D-ABYR as she is pushed out of the Boeing Paint Booth. Taken at 600mm, cropped 75%,  but acceptable…

a large white airplane parked at an airport

A bit more of D-ABYR as the push back continues.

a large airplane on a runway

Preparing for tow to parking.

a large white airplane parked next to a building

Pardon the United 787-9

a group of airplanes at an airport

Now she awaits her inaugural flight in the coming days…..

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