Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Nov 4, 2021 18:16:05 GMT
By December 1987 HS-TMD "Haripunchai" (the subject of the above featured texture which worked up between Frank IDONE, myself, and Camilo LUENGAS) was the last remaining standard DC-10-30 operated by THAI.
Formerly HS-TGE .... it was, by his time, supplemented by 3 factory fresh DC-10-30ER's delivered to the airline from December 1987 (among the last civil DC-10's produced by MDC) .... HS-TMA ("Kuanmuang"), HS-TMB (Thepali), and HS-TMC (Sri Ubon") .... the later also being represented by HJG within the "DC-10-30ER" section of our "DC-10-30" downloads page ....
The airlines 3 DC-10-30ER's each supported the later/slanted version of the airlines Royal Orchid tail logo and never featured "THAI" titles of the #2 engine tail pipe as was the case with HS-TMD (ex-TGE).
Fitted with (not upgraded with) additional tanking the THAI's DC-10-30ER's were able to operate BKK/AKL direct .... a service of some 12.5 hours flying time. The "ultimate DC-10's".
I shot the following departure of THAI's inaugural AKL/BKK service on December 6th 1987 .... operated by HS-TMA ....
THAI AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL DC-10-30ER "Kwanmuang" PHOTO: Mark R.CRANSTON
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Nov 13, 2021 8:54:21 GMT
Were you a planespotter, Mark?
"PLANESPOTTER" .... OOOH how I "HATE" that designation
It's just that, "to me", there's something "DEMEANING" about the term since I try to do all within my power to avoid the "NUTTER" type image .... and that's not intended to be a flippant response on my part nor appear the least bit unappreciative of your assumed curiosity and interest since what you pose is "a fair question".
The "PROFESSIONAL" part of me just had to clarify that
The truth is I've been a semi-professional and freelance journalist/historian whom has specialized in civil aviation photography for the past 42 years (something I continue undertaking both privately and upon official request today) .... and as such are one of very few whom have ever enjoyed almost unrestricted "airside" privileges (at my airport) since December 1983.
The following's "an extract" from a bio I was recently requested to present (for media use) in relation to my work over the years .... and which is as follows along with a selection of some of my early aviation work ....
Mark R.CRANSTON Aviation Photographer
By 1979 (and by which time I'd also developed keen parallel interests in both WW1 and WW2 naval history, shipping generally, along with some interest in anthropology of the Polynesian Triangle region of the south west Pacific) civil aviation had, for me, become "an even more intense passion" - to the extent I took up Aviation Photography as a hobby (from March 25th 1979 to be precise - the day upon which QANTAS Airways operated its last ever commercial B707-320C service through Auckland) and to which I've remained committed ever since.
I despise labeling this hobby as "Plane Spotting" though (in so far as my own involvement with it is concerned at least). The branding simply "doesn't" sit right with me given the manner in which I've undertaken what I do is, I feel, founded on a far more serious purpose given my commitment to it has always been "historically intended" rather than solely an interest or past time - my own mission from the very beginning having been to compile a permanent civil aviation photo archive for future historic reference.
Over the past 42 years I've not only observed, but also recorded, countless coming's and going's of both domestic and international air traffic in NZ, and at various locations within Australia and the Pacific, the UK and USA, and in Colombia too. This all being composed of airlines in and out of business, introducing or withdrawing services through both positive and negative market influences; airline/operator liveries evolving as psychedelic and imaginative new corporate identities are created with which to keep pace with artistic flairs of the times, and in order to aesthetically project their brands into the market or imposed by mergers, or even featuring hybrid markings in celebration of significant operational milestones and other promotions; aircraft fleets expanding or being replaced over time, as airlines/operators re-equip with more modern higher-performance technology, to promote strategic and logistical capabilities in order to ensure competitivety in the face of their opposition and/or establish market niche's; freight, tourist, and VIP specific charters oiling the wheels of commerce and industry, promoting NZ as a world class holiday destination for foreigners, facilitating international conferencing orienting NZ's diplomatic/international relations and trade with the rest of the world, along with occasional visits by the rich and famous. The classic and the new along with the big and the small too. In no specific order it's all relevant. Little's ever escaped my photographic attention subject to anticipation and receiving precise advance notification of various aviation related events/movements - "zen ov course I do also haff vays of making people talk too and vich has usually alvays paid dividends".
I never intended, nor planned, things to develop the way they did though, but, through haunting our airport "so frequently", and preserving on film the endless passing parade of both scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international aircraft movements, knowledge of my activities soon grew, and began to be encouraged by the industry too, to some extent, resulting in trust relationships being developed and then further cultivated over time.
During the early 1980's what had started out being my "purely voluntary", but at the same "historically oriented", aviation photography commitment of purely amateur status was brought to positive attention of both airport authorities and airlines alike (this was also the period during which our airport was evolving into a corporate company and suddenly undergoing great redevelopment and expansion - in order to cope with the projected huge influx of visiting international airlines following introduction of the NZ Governments Open Skies policy). This resulted in my eventually being seconded to undertake commissioned photographic work on a semi-professional basis and rare privileges being extended to me - which I've maintained over these past 42 years despite security impositions of 9/11, and my often lengthy absences from NZ due to family commitments in Colombia during the past 21 years.
Other opportunities began to arise too - all seemingly extending from my aviation photography and through word of mouth influence/s.
By the mid 1980´s, and throughout the 1990´s too, I was undertaking on-call photographic work on behalf of 2 Pacific islands consulates; a local international travel wholesaler; a Pacific islands based tourism and promotion agency; a major foreign owned sea freight agency; a number of domestic and international airlines; as well as various private, social, political, and cultural events within NZ's Pacific islands communities too - whilst also continuing to undertake photographic work for various on-airport departments, as well as providing aircraft imagery and air traffic reports in support of local aviation related news media, regional periodicals, numerous other independently and collaboratively authored publications, and corporate advertising requirements too - in fact it all started to become just a wee bit too successful at times through it beginning to intrude somewhat into my own privacy and consequently leaving me with very little time to myself.
I regard my having been commissioned to undertake "surveillance work" on our airport throughout duration of the 1997 CHOGM and 1998 APEC assemblies as being the pinnacle of my aviation photographic career (both hosted at Auckland - the latter event placing me in the presence of both "Slick Willie"/Bill CLINTON and "The Puppet Master"/Vladimir PUTIN), but, given the historic importance (I believe) of much of what my photography has managed to record over the past 42 years it's difficult to appraise what outweighs what in terms of significance - again it's all "relevant" if not of equal "historic value".
Great photos Mark, both from yesteryear and today. The term "spotter" was not intended to be disrespectful although now i can somewhat fathom the depth of your work and It is more I have what I have assumed it to be. I can see you've had a great and fun filled career doing the things you love to do. I did guess you were a part historian from your aircraft history posts. Apart from the aviation photos, your nature photos too are quite breathtaking. Reminds me of some exotic calendar photos I'd seen here in India when I was a kid. Pleasure to make your acquaintance Sir and even a bigger pleasure to use these HJG products of which you're a part of.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Nov 14, 2021 7:02:30 GMT
The best thing about "the fun" is that it's never ever stopped being "FUN" .... even after 42 years .... and "THE FUN" is ongoing even now
I was asked/invited to return to my aviation media work back July/August (and accepted the offer), but, COVID's created a minor/temporary hick up there .... or rather .... it's been creating a bit "fun" in another sense
BUT .... I'm a fighter, by nature, and won't chuck the towel in easily whenever confronted with adversity (if one's keen and positive and the purpose sensible too then one doesn't ever) .... so .... it's a case of my just hanging-in-there and for as long as is necessary and until we can all start returning to some degree of lifestyle normality.