Just south of Denver International is Buckley AFB. I don’t know much about the base other than it has a resident F-16 unit that a friend of mine has shot a lot in the past. It also appears to have a helicopter unit that I think he has also worked with before. Anyway, we seemed to do a tour of the base while setting up for the approach to DIA so I got a good look at the base. These images are a quick selection of how it looks.
I had some shots on a previous post of Denver International Airport. I was back there again after that visit and we flew an approach that brought us past the airport before circling back in to land. I got some shots of the field as we came by. They give some idea of the size of the airport as well as its ability to expand in the future. The layout of the runways also shows up well. This is an example of what you get if you design an airport from scratch rather than expand one you already have with development encroaching upon it.
Southwest Airlines recently unveiled their new livery for their fleet. The scheme was first put on one of their newest 737-800 jets which also includes the new scimitar winglet configuration from APB. I was curious when I might get to see one for real. I knew of two jets that were out in the wild with the original names Heart One and Heart Two. While I was interested to get a shot of one of them, I figured it wouldn’t be too long before there were tons of them around and it wouldn’t be a big deal so I didn’t go out of my way to see one.
Then, they came to me – well, almost. I was taking a trip last week that took me through Denver in both directions. I arrived at DIA on the outbound portion of my leg and there on the gate across from my next flight was Heart One. Shooting through airport glass isn’t great but it would do. I just had to wait until the servicing vehicles were done and then I could get a shot.
A day later I was coming back through DIA late in the evening. I get to my gate and there is my jet for the next sector. It is Heart Two. It was dark, the jet was mainly obscured by the jet-bridge and I didn’t think it worth much effort so an iPhone shot is all there is to show for it but I ended up with both of them in two days without any planning on my part.