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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.
Excelente e impresionante imagen.
Jim Costello
Gear up and gear down.
Kenny Schulte
XO JET - Great Company!!
Remind me to watch out for all aircraft when using Bob Hope Airport! I never want to be this close to eternity!
Jim Costello
Lets twist again like we did last Summer............
Colton Fletcher
v cool
daniel jef
Great pic Alexander!!
just another day at Providence approach
Bernard Geffroy
L'instant T . super .
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
24-Aug-2019 CL30East Hampton ()South Bend Intl () 17:55 EDT 19:43 EDT 1:48
24-Aug-2019 CL30Aspen-Pitkin County ()East Hampton () 11:15 MDT 17:02 EDT 3:46
24-Aug-2019 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Aspen-Pitkin County () 07:23 PDT 10:16 MDT 1:52
22-Aug-2019 CL30Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 13:16 EDT 15:29 PDT 5:13
22-Aug-2019 CL30Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:54 EDT 11:24 EDT 0:30
21-Aug-2019 CL30Schulz-Sonoma County ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 09:37 PDT 17:28 EDT 4:50
21-Aug-2019 CL30San Francisco Intl ()Schulz-Sonoma County () 08:17 PDT 08:35 PDT 0:17
20-Aug-2019 CL30Chicago Midway Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 14:29 CDT 16:36 PDT 4:07
20-Aug-2019 CL30Flying Cloud ()Chicago Midway Intl () 12:02 CDT 13:31 CDT 1:29
20-Aug-2019 CL30Teterboro ()Flying Cloud () 08:12 EDT 09:48 CDT 2:35
19-Aug-2019 CL30Westchester County ()Teterboro () 17:20 EDT 17:38 EDT 0:18
19-Aug-2019 CL30Santa Barbara Muni ()Westchester County () 08:52 PDT 16:47 EDT 4:55
18-Aug-2019 CL30Coeur D'Alene - Pappy Boyington Field ()Santa Barbara Muni () 12:26 PDT 14:36 PDT 2:10
18-Aug-2019 CL30Francis S Gabreski ()Coeur D'Alene - Pappy Boyington Field () 09:52 EDT 11:42 PDT 4:50
18-Aug-2019 CL30Adirondack Rgnl ()Francis S Gabreski () 07:10 EDT 08:08 EDT 0:58
17-Aug-2019 CL30Morristown Muni ()Adirondack Rgnl () 14:18 EDT 15:15 EDT 0:56
17-Aug-2019 CL30Conroe-North Houston Rgnl ()Morristown Muni () 09:45 CDT 13:42 EDT 2:56
17-Aug-2019 CL30Wichita Eisenhower ()Conroe-North Houston Rgnl () 07:13 CDT 08:26 CDT 1:12
16-Aug-2019 CL30Monterey Rgnl ()Wichita Eisenhower () 11:57 PDT 16:27 CDT 2:30
16-Aug-2019 CL30Opa-locka Executive ()Monterey Rgnl () 08:27 EDT 11:03 PDT 5:35
15-Aug-2019 CL30Teterboro ()Opa-locka Executive () 14:46 EDT 17:23 EDT 2:37
14-Aug-2019 CL30Tallahassee Intl ()Teterboro () 16:43 EDT 19:28 EDT 2:45
14-Aug-2019 CL30Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Tallahassee Intl () 09:11 CDT 12:01 EDT 1:49
13-Aug-2019 CL30Piedmont Triad Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 13:28 EDT 14:58 CDT 2:29
11-Aug-2019 CL30Teterboro ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 17:59 EDT 19:11 EDT 1:11
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