Captain and 38-year veteran Brad Ruble poses for a portrait aboard his P-2 Neptune air tanker after its – and his – final flight. Both Mr. Ruble and the airplane retired on Saturday, October 1, 2017 in Missoula, MT.
A US Air Force F-22 fighter jet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission over Nevada on July 22nd, 2016.
The majesty of Mt Rainier looms over a landing Delta Air Lines Airbus A220 in Seattle, WA.
A tiny Bombardier CRJ-200 is shadowed by the looming figure of an Airbus A380 as the two await to depart San Francisco International Airport on October 23, 2016.
Jets traverse London’s Heathrow Airport on March 5, 2016.
Boeing jetliners, from its first 707 to the latest 787 Dreamliner, line up along a Boeing Field taxiway in Seattle, WA on July 15, 2016 to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
Bathed in golden sunlight, an Etihad Boeing 777 departs Los Angeles for Abu Dhabi.
A still yet to be painted Boeing 777 reaches for the sky after taking off from Paine Field in Everett, WA in 2014.
Boeing technicians works on the company’s second 737 MAX aircraft at the company’s Renton, Wash. factory on December 7, 2015.
The sun shines down upon the expansive Los Angeles International Airport near Los Angeles, California, on November 8, 2015.
A couple watches as the Martin Mars flying boat airtanker makes its arrival at EAA Oshkosh 2016 on July 23, 2016.
The lights of Los Angeles create a spirograph in this long exposure from a Delta Air Lines flight on September 23, 2016.
One of the largest aircraft in the world, the Russian Antonov 124 cargo jet, lands in Seattle on a wonderful summer’s eve.
Boeing 747s rest in various stages of completion in the company’s vast Everett factory.
A Stinson Model O biplane cruises over Puget Sound on its penultimate flight before being retired to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
A spotter catches an Alaska Airlines commuter jet as it lands at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on December 31, 2015.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Tewolde gives a toast on board the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2012. The airplane performed a VIP sight-seeing flight from Addis Ababa to Mt. Kilimanjaro to celebrate the occassion.
KLM pilots ferrying the last passenger MD-11 to the graveyard greet well-wishers during a stop over in Seattle on January 11, 2015. The airplane went on to a scrapyard in Mojave, CA the following day.