It has been a little quite in the blog again, but that is only because I have been working so much! One of my favourite projects is the new MD-11 Calendar 2015 that I will be publishing soon. After last year’s success story and many encouraging comments, I have decided to go for it again this year, combining the best MD-11 images of airlines from around the world.
MD-11 Calendar 2015
Given the fact that only very few MD-11s are still in service, the task of putting together interesting images is getting more and more difficult, but with the help of great aviation photographers Rainer Bexten, Lars Hentschel and Bjoern Schmitt I made it! I have tried showing my love to a unique aircraft with the MD-11 Calendar 2015, even though we are going through difficult times with KLM retiring the very last passengers examples this autumn, while Martinair Cargo has announced that it will phase out their MD-11 freighters till 2016. But no sad faces here – let’s look at the first couple of images that are going to be featured in the MD-11 Calendar 2015.
I really love this image! Not only because it shows me sitting in the right seat of our beloved D-ALCR that has sadly been stored in Victorville in the mean time, but most of all because it gives an impression of the massive amount of switches, buttons, displays and circuit breakers that are placed in an airliner cockpit. Add the city lights of Cairo flying by during a night approach and you have a perfect picture!
Now isn’t that image mind-blowing? The aircraft is PH-KCA and was KLM’s first MD-11 on delivery in December 1993. It has just been retired from active service, but here is a reminder on how beautiful “Amy Johnson” (the aircraft was named after an English female aviation pioneer) looked when still in service… This image was provided by the well-known aviation photographers Lars Hentschel.
That is pure MD-11 action! No other aircraft impresses with its smoky touch-downs like McDonnell Douglas’ last tri-holer. Ethiopian Cargo currently operates two MD-11 freighters on routes from Addis Ababa and it is really hard to catch one of them. The example shown was delivered to Sabena in April 1998 and also flew for Finnair, before being converted to a freighter in 2009. I guess that photographer Rainer Bexten was more than happy to get this impressive shot!
Let me know what you think about these images, I will be happy to receive feedback from you (just comment on this post). I am in the process of getting everything ready with 99.9% of the design done and the MD-11 Calendar 2015 as good as ready for printing. Expected distribution date is the last week of September.
Please note that colours might be slightly different in your browser compared to the final print. Images shown here are in low resolution and do not depict the amount of detail as the original print.