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Bombardier Challenger 300 (N541XJ)


Private Bombardier Challenger 300 takes off from Van Nuys Airport while a SouthWest Boeing 737 descends to land to Bob Hope airport right above. Taken in Van Nuys, California.


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beautiful photo, impressive/ 5*
Dave Sheehy
Nice! 5*
Richard Bowman
I realize that a telephoto lens can compress distance, but even accounting for that, what the heck happened to aircraft separation? I wouldn't want ATC playing with my life like this.
Jim Quinn
Alexander, you have really good timing, or incredibly good luck. Either way--nice shot!
plenty of ( legal ) space there --just the photo illusion---nobody's life is in jeopardy
Nice Shot
wow meravigliosa foto
is that concedered a near miss?
Excellent photo illusion. Only the comparative size of the aircraft gives away how safe the actual separation was. Great shot!
I can see this ending up on youtube in one of those horrendously misinformed 'near-miss' videos XD
do we know the altitude of both planes ,super shot
Ian Saunders
Great shot. The tail number should be 541XJ. Those of you that have already commented there is plenty of separation on VNY departures and BUR arrivals
Al Bauer
Talk about right place, right time. Excellent shot.
renato basso
Gary Butt
Scary stuff I agree with Richard B.
Nice! *****
Jim Fisher
A lot does depend on the lens used shooting this shot. I saw several comments that there was legal separation. I’m not sure what that is regarding on crossing routes on Arrivals and Departures. However, to me, they seem awfully close, especially regarding wake turbulence from a descending 737. On that point, the flaps don’t seem to be extended on the Southwest aircraft (doesn’t seem to be a separation in the line between the flap and the wing like there is on the Challenger) which would belie that it is landing. Also, sure doesn’t seem like a departure attitude on the 300. Looks like level flight to me. Photo-shopped perhaps?
Camera lens must distort distances a bit! Great pic!
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
This photo is NOT altered in any way, except cropping and minor contrast/light adjustment. Anyone who ever watched the planes taking off from Van Nuys airport over lake Balboa in Van Nuys would have seen a scene like this once in a while. The Challenger IS ASCENDING here. I have the original - straight from the camera shot to prove it. Apparently, some folks simply don't understand the difference between real and fake photos.
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
I took this shot with a telephoto lens @ 400 mm focal length.
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
One may also read the Paul Burke comment on this photo on my Google+ page:
"Saw something like that from a Tristar.. We were in the landing pattern at Palmdale, when I saw a Cessna in a steep dive looking out a window on the left side.. It had blundered directly into the approach area there.. and just in time noticed the problem.
Another time a shadow passed over the L-1011 while it was in the pattern..."
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
Considering all the factors, from my calculations, it seems like the actual distance from the lens of my camera to the Challenger is approximately 436 meters, to the Boeing 737 is 725 meters. Therefore, the separation between these two jets is about 289 meters. Sounds right to pilots?? The distance from the Van Nuys airport's runway to my vantage point is approximately 1.3 miles (2.15 km).
Dwight Hartje
Outstanding camera work! Seen in Daily Newsletter!
Very nice...!!!👍🏻
Superbe photo! Un parfait timing! Je suppose qu'il n'y a aucune manquement aux règles de sécurité et qu'il s'agit simplement d'un effet d'optique!

I want to believe that this beautiful shot reports a non near miss situation and it is just some optical effect!

Congratulations Alexander Vidueetsky for this!
Greg Byington
When you consider how much bigger the 737 is, and that it was a 400mm lens, it makes sense. Very nicely done, Alex!
Penni Harju
Impressive picture... If I didn't know it was an amazing illusion I would be terrified
Very nice shot Alexander! There are a couple of things about the photo and the aircraft separation. It is difficult to determine if there was or was not separation at the time the photo was taken and before. The first thing I see at the time of the photo there was diverging courses between the aircraft. Another part of separation is the altitude each aircraft was cleared to; there may have been altitude separation. Without more information it is impossible to determine separation. All the speculation and questions this picture creates testifies to what a great shot it was.
Alfredo Erculiani
Excelente e impresionante imagen.
Jim Costello
Gear up and gear down.
Kenny Schulte
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
14-Aug-2018 CL30John Wayne ()Washington Dulles Intl () 11:14 PDT 18:43 EDT 4:28
13-Aug-2018 CL30Fresno Yosemite Intl ()John Wayne () 12:36 PDT 13:32 PDT 0:56
13-Aug-2018 CL30San Diego Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 11:13 PDT 12:01 PDT 0:48
13-Aug-2018 CL30Los Cabos Int'l ()San Diego Intl () 09:44 MDT 10:32 PDT 1:47
12-Aug-2018 CL30William P Hobby ()Los Cabos Int'l () 14:55 CDT 16:12 MDT 2:17
12-Aug-2018 CL30Francis S Gabreski ()William P Hobby () 11:11 EDT 13:45 CDT 3:34
12-Aug-2018 CL30Teterboro ()Francis S Gabreski () 09:25 EDT 09:52 EDT 0:27
11-Aug-2018 CL30Fulton County ()Teterboro () 01:59 EDT 03:44 EDT 1:44
10-Aug-2018 CL30Van Nuys ()Fulton County () 18:09 PDT 01:07 EDT (+1) 3:57
10-Aug-2018 CL30Santa Barbara Muni ()Van Nuys () 13:17 PDT 13:38 PDT 0:21
10-Aug-2018 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Santa Barbara Muni () 11:13 PDT 11:59 PDT 0:46
10-Aug-2018 CL30Fresno Yosemite Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 10:04 PDT 10:34 PDT 0:29
09-Aug-2018 CL30Rocky Mtn Metropolitan ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 15:01 MDT 15:47 PDT 1:45
08-Aug-2018 CL30Rifle Garfield County ()Rocky Mtn Metropolitan () 18:09 MDT 18:46 MDT 0:37
08-Aug-2018 CL30Eagle County Rgnl ()Rifle Garfield County () 12:45 MDT 13:22 MDT 0:36
08-Aug-2018 CL30Eagle County Rgnl ()Aspen-Pitkin County () 12:45 MDT Diverted
08-Aug-2018 CL30Westchester County ()Eagle County Rgnl () 10:15 EDT 12:01 MDT 3:45
07-Aug-2018 CL30Stewart Intl ()Westchester County () 19:13 EDT 19:23 EDT 0:10
07-Aug-2018 CL30San Jose Int'l ()Stewart Intl () 10:08 PDT 18:13 EDT 5:04
06-Aug-2018 CL30Aspen-Pitkin County ()San Jose Int'l () 18:06 MDT 19:06 PDT 1:59
05-Aug-2018 CL30Scottsdale ()Aspen-Pitkin County () 15:40 MST 17:51 MDT 1:11
05-Aug-2018 CL30Mansfield Lahm Rgnl ()Scottsdale () 14:09 EDT 14:54 MST 3:45
05-Aug-2018 CL30Duluth Intl ()Mansfield Lahm Rgnl () 10:20 CDT 12:40 EDT 1:20
04-Aug-2018 CL30Worcester Rgnl ()Duluth Intl () 14:55 EDT 16:23 CDT 2:27
04-Aug-2018 CL30Westchester County ()Worcester Rgnl () 13:30 EDT 14:05 EDT 0:34
04-Aug-2018 CL30Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Westchester County () 10:01 EDT 12:31 EDT 2:30
03-Aug-2018 CL30Teterboro ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 18:02 EDT 20:26 EDT 2:24
02-Aug-2018 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Teterboro () 14:23 PDT 22:22 EDT 4:58
01-Aug-2018 CL30Friedman Memorial ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 14:30 MDT 15:14 PDT 1:44
01-Aug-2018 CL30Oakland County Intl ()Friedman Memorial () 12:10 EDT 13:35 MDT 3:25
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