Just read about a great-looking recent book in one of my favorite regular columns, Patrick Smith's weekly "Ask the Pilot." Jeffrey Milstein takes the large-scale, portrait-style photos of aircraft seen here and in the book "AirCraft: The Jet as Art" released a few months back. It's basically a catalog of his recent touring gallery show, one I'm sad to have missed.
A pilot himself, Milstein photographs approaching planes near one of LAX's inbound runways with a large-format Contax digital camera. He then strips the background to white in Photoshop, giving his images the stark, scientific tone which allows the unique beauty and power of their subjects to come through.
Anyway, for the aviation nerd in your life, you can't find a better coffee-table tome. I gotta get one myself. —John Mahoney
The next time you fly, do not go up to the automated-check-in kiosk unawares; thankfully, seatguru.com is here, teaching us that not all aisle seats are created equal. Simply find out what kind of plane youll be flying in (usually in your confirmation e-mail from sites like Expedia.com), then consult the sites exhaustive catalogue of aircraft schematics, indicating each seats width and legroom measurements down to a tenth of an inch, the location of power outlets, the proximity of each seat to the galley or lavatory and much, much more. Roll your mouse over each seat to see what people who have actually flown in it have to report.
File this among the Webs most ingeniously useful sites. I dont even fly that much, and I still cant get enough. But then again, Ive been known to spend hours on airlinemeals.net. —John Mahoney
Via Patrick Smiths excellent "Ask the Pilot" column.
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