Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Palm Springs Airport


Saturday a Boeing KC-135R refueling aircraft arriving in Palm Springs. 

VFA-154 Black Knights

Out of town visitors to Palm Springs last Friday. F/A-18F Super Hornets from VFA-154, the Black Knights from Naval Air Station Lemoore. Attached to Carrier Air Wing Eleven and deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Taxiing In The Rain

An Alaska Airlines Embraer E175LR taxiing in the rain to the passenger terminal at the airport in Palm Springs California.

Control Tower

We had some unusual weather here in Palm Springs over the weekend. The Control Tower at the airport framed by sunlight reflecting on the wet hillside to the west.

Busy Airport

The day before Thanksgiving, a United Airlines flight departing Palm Springs. It is going to be a very busy airport over the next few days.

Alaska Airlines Taxi By

Over on the west side of the airport for Palm Springs Air Museum flights is a fun place to be to see other aircraft close up.

C-130 Landing

A military C-130 aircraft landing in Palm Springs yesterday. I just happened to be out there.

FedEx MD-11 Low Approaches

A FedEx MD-11F doing low approaches today at Palm Springs International Airport.

A FedEx MD-11F doing low approaches at the Palm Springs International Airport.
A FedEx MD-11F doing low approaches at the Palm Springs International Airport.

Landing At Sunset

American Airlines landing at sunset at Palm Springs International Airport.

American Airlines landing at sunset at Palm Springs International Airport

My Office Yesterday

Running the flights all day for the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Photographed some arrivals at the Palm Springs Airport this morning. This won’t happen on your iPhone.

Frontline Flyover And 100 Megapixels

“Bunny” the Palm Springs Air Museum P-51 Mustang headed out for a Frontline Friday Flyover. Joining up with the Air Museum’s World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” and the P-63 Kingcobra “Pretty Polly” saluting the people on the frontlines fighting the pandemic.

Photographed with the Fujifilm GFX100 medium format camera system. A 100 megapixel camera capable of shooting five frames per second with continuous autofocus. I have found it fast handling, extremely versatile and producing incredible image quality.

Frontline Fylover 05-15-2020 P-51 Tower

Air Force One Arrival

Air Force One arriving in Palm Springs California at 10:30am this morning (Wednesday February 19, 2020). Fujifilm X-H1 camera and Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 lens.

SAM 44

That is Special Air Mission 44 carrying President Obama. Until a few hours before the designation would have been Air Force One. On Friday, I waited in the rain just South of the runway for the arrival. I have been there before photographing Air Force One but always in bright sunny weather. Visibility was very limited but I knew it was coming in from listening to the control tower.

I heard it first, but coming from the wrong direction, behind me and not where I would have usually seen it. Just appearing as a ghost out of the clouds, that giant 747 had added power and was turning East away from lining up on runway 31 left. I fired away with my camera as it again disappeared into the dark clouds.

SAM 44 headed back up to higher altitude to await possible better weather, I lost track of how much time elapsed, maybe an hour. From the conversation with the control tower I knew it was coming back on final approach. From my vantage point the weather conditions looked even worse. Then I saw that ghostly apparition, slightly visible in the dark clouds and rain, go around again as I fired away with my camera.

Did 20 minutes go by or maybe 30 when I heard the pilot advise the tower that they were deciding on diverting to another airport. Another 10 minutes and the pilot advised that they were diverting to March Air Reserve Base and requesting clearance to 10,000 ft. Not long after that, requesting clearance to 17,000 ft and then on the way to March.

I must say I find the photographs I shot really interesting, and as one person said, very historical. Within 90 minutes I had them online with Zuma Press, one of the largest photo press agencies in the world. All in all, I am going to remember this for a long time to come. Thanks!