Photo of the Day 21st September 2023

Side view of 3 engined jet airliner with the engines mounted on the rear fuselage, taxiing from left to right and slightly away from the camera.The plane is white, with a grey belly, and a pair of red stripes running along the body, getting slightly wider as they go, until they sweep upo in to the tail. The registration "OK-BYO" is on the centre engine intake in red. There is a logo on the tail that looks a little bit like a squashed cube, with red, white, and blue faces. In the background, there is a grey and blue jet airliner just behind this planes tail, while grass runs off into the distance, trees and hills beyond the airfield perimater getting lost in haze.
OK-BYO, Tupolev Tu154M, Czech Government Flying Service, at Manchester Airport, 21st September 1992.

Side view of a twin engined jet airliner taxing from right to left. The plane is mostly white, with "Air Ukraine International" titles on the forward fuselage - above the cabin windows in English, and in a Cyrillic script below the windows. There is a diagonal yellow band around the rear fuselage, the rest of the rear and the tail being blue, with a yellow circle containing a blue flying bird in the centre of the tail. In the background, taxiways are divided by large grassed areas, surrounded with lighter concrete, and with a very tall lighting pole in the middle, the pole having alternating red and white bands around it's base.The far side of the airfield is lost in haze.
UR-GAB, Boeing 737-4Y0, Air Ukraine International, at Amsterdam Schipol, either 1993 or 1996.


Front view of a twin engined jet airliner parked head on to the terminal. There is a thin red and thick blue stripe running along the body and sweeping up into the tail, with large "Leisure" titles on the forward fuselage, in a pseudo-handwritten script. The tail has half of a UK flag apparently waving on the stripe that runs up from the body. There are cargo doors open in the front and rear lower fuselage, the one at the rear has a belt loader in position for loading luggage. A pink and white catering truck with its rear section raised is parked by the open rear main door. In the background, several planes are parked on another pier, under a pale blue sky with wisps of cloud.
G-UKLJ, Airbus A320-212, Leisure International, parked on it’s gate at Manchester Airport while I was waiting for a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt from the next gate.
Amongst the planes in the background, there appears to be the tip of a British Airways Concorde’s tail.


Somewhat grainy, hazy side view of a 3 engined jet airliner with the engines mounted on the rear fuselage, flying from right to left at a low altitude, with gear retracting, flaps deployed from behind the wing, and the nose raised, suggesting it has just taken off. The plane is almost entirely white, with blue and red "Air Moldova International" titles on the forward upper fuselage, and the registration "ER-42409" on the centre engine intake. The tail has a red circle, with a stylised white and red image of a flying bird overlaid. A hazy grey sky fills the rest of the frame.
ER-42409, Yakovlev Yak-42D, Air Moldova International, seconds after taking off from a hazy Frankfurt Airport, 21st September 1996.