Photo of the Day 23rd May 2023

Side view of a twin propellor engined air liner taxiing from left to right. The plane is mostly black, with a large white area on the forward fuselage, with blue "Crossair" titles over the cabin windows towards the front. The rear fuselage has white "The Phantom" titles in a fractured font, while the tail has a white half-face mask. The wing-mounted engines are white, with "crossair" titles. behind the plane is a circular teminal building, with a white twin-engined jet airliner parked on the left, facing away from the camera, with "Tunisair" titles on the forward fuselage. In the background, trees run in to the distance, running up the side of a mountain towards the rear.
HB-IZK, Saab 2000, Crossair, in a rather fancy Phantom of the Opera colour scheme, taxiing out at Geneva Cointrin, 5th October 1996.

Side view of a large twin engined jet airliner flying from right to left at low altitude, with undercarriage lowered, flaps extended from the back of the wings, and the nose raised sharply, suggesting it has just taken off. The plane has a dark blue belly, which widens as it heads rearwards, eventually sweeping up to cover the rear fuselage and tail. The rest of the fuselage is silver, with a red stripe seperating it from the blue. There are blue Cyrillic "аерофлот" titles, transliterating to "Aeroflot" in English on the upper forward fuselage. The tail appears to have a waving Fussian Federation flag, white, blue, and red stripes rippling. In the background, below the plane, a large grassed area leads up to a large hangar on the left, some smaller buildings in front of trees in the middle, and a jet airliner on display on the right. The sky is a hazy blue, with plenty of white fluff.
VQ-BNS, Airbus A330-343, Aeroflot, taking off from Runway 23R at Manchester Airport, 23rd May 2017, taking Manchester United out to Stockholm, where they played Ajax in the Europa League final the following night.


Side view of a single engined light aircraft taxiing from right to left. The plane is mostly white, with a light blue and light brown stripe swooping along the fuselage from front to back, with another running across the tail. The fixed undercarriage has spats, which also feature a blue stripe. In the background is a brown brick building with red-paned windows.
G-TIFG, Comco Ikarus C42 FB80, taxiing at City Airport Manchester/Barton, 23rd May 2019.


Low side view of a twin engined airliner flying from left to right at low altitude with undercarriage lowered and flaps extending from the backs of the wings. With the nose being fairly level with the rest of the fuselage, this is obviously about to land. The plane is mostly white, with a greens tripe starting under the forward fuselage, around the nose wheel, then swooping up along the body , until it encompasses the tail and most of the rear fuselage. There are dark green "Iraqi Airways" titles on the upper forward fuselage. The tail has a second, lighter green stripemoving from the bottom right to the centre left, then back to the top right, with a white stylised flying bird in the middle. In the background, the sky is a rather intense blue, with wisps of white fluff every now and again.
YI-ARB, Airbus A320-214, Iraqi Airways, on final approach to Runway 23R at Manchester Airport, 23rd May 2019.


Front view of a very large 4 engined jet airliner parked facing slightly to the left of the camera. the plane is mostly white, with light blue "Sabena" titles on the upper forward fuselage, and larger, much paler blue "Sabena" titles along the whole length of the body. There is a set of mobile airstairs mounted on the back of a truck attached to a lower deck door just forward of the wing, while a cabin cleaning truck is attached to a door just aft of the wing. There are various other vehicles scattered around the plane, including a blue tug attaching itself to the nosewheel. Above it all, the sky is just a mass of hazy cloud.
F-GCBB, Boeing 747-228B(M), Sabena, resting in between flights at Brussels Zavantem, 18th October 1993.


Side view of a 3 engined jet airliner taxiing from right to left. The plane is mostly white with a thick red line running rearward from the nose, covering the cabin windows, before sweeping up to encompass most of the tail and rear fuselage. There are "Air Lanka" titles on the upper forward fuselage, and a white stylised flying bird on the tail, with additional "TRISTAR" titles on the centre engine air intake In the background, there are seveeral aircraft parked, with large grassed areas leading off into the distance, eventually vanishing in to haze.
4R-ULA, Lockheed L1011-500 TriStar, Air Lanka, taxiing the last few feet to it’s gate at Amsterdam Schipol, either 1992, 1993, or 1996.