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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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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 .
oh wow< that is how baby planes are made.
Robert Fleming
Is it just me, or does it look like that 737 is landing ON TOP OF that Bombadier? Holy crap!
Vincent Partin
Nice photo!
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05-May-2021 CL30Charlottesville-Albemarle ()Washington Dulles Intl () 20:20 EDT 20:37 EDT 0:17
05-May-2021 CL30Canyonlands Rgnl ()Charlottesville-Albemarle () 14:24 MDT 19:32 EDT 3:08
05-May-2021 CL30Will Rogers World ()Canyonlands Rgnl () 12:25 CDT 13:11 MDT 1:45
04-May-2021 CL30Dane Co Rgnl ()Will Rogers World () 16:00 CDT 17:38 CDT 1:38
04-May-2021 CL30Teterboro ()Dane Co Rgnl () 13:43 EDT 14:37 CDT 1:54
04-May-2021 CL30Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Teterboro () 10:06 EDT 12:41 EDT 2:34
03-May-2021 CL30Nashville Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 18:13 CDT 20:59 EDT 1:46
03-May-2021 CL30Van Nuys ()Nashville Intl () 12:03 PDT 17:38 CDT 3:35
03-May-2021 CL30San Francisco Intl ()Van Nuys () 08:49 PDT 09:36 PDT 0:46
02-May-2021 CL30Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 17:11 CDT 18:36 PDT 3:25
02-May-2021 CL30San Jose Int'l ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 10:46 PDT 15:33 CDT 2:46
01-May-2021 CL30Palm Beach Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 14:06 EDT 16:47 PDT 5:40
01-May-2021 CL30Piedmont Triad Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 09:59 EDT 11:25 EDT 1:26
28-Apr-2021 CL30Washington Dulles Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 17:49 EDT 18:32 EDT 0:43
28-Apr-2021 CL30San Jose Int'l ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:18 PDT 16:58 EDT 4:40
24-Apr-2021 CL30Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()San Jose Int'l () 15:37 CDT 17:02 PDT 3:24
23-Apr-2021 CL30Los Cabos Int'l ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 16:29 MDT 18:19 CDT 0:50
23-Apr-2021 CL30San Jose Int'l ()Los Cabos Int'l () 11:58 PDT 15:24 MDT 2:26
22-Apr-2021 CL30Napa County ()San Jose Int'l () 15:46 PDT 16:10 PDT 0:23
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