DC-10s visit Rochester [and an A300]

Hello community!

This one’s for @Altaria55.

With holiday season in full swing, cargo airlines are ramping up flights to keep up with demand. FedEx has increased frequency to Rochester and has added new flights. They’ve also been kind enough to send us a couple daily DC-10s. Before this, I’ve been told they haven’t visited here in three years.

Night Arrival

N562FE pulling into the FedEx ramp after arriving around 9:15 PM. Sadly, I can’t get a long exposure off on arrivals so this will have to do. Topaz is a god-tier software.

f/4.5 1/15 ISO5000 @ 100 mm

Morning Departure

N562FE (again, but a few days later) full send from Runway 22 around 9:00 AM. Almost missed this one as he pushed 15 minutes earlier than expected. I’m quite certain this is the sharpest shot to ever come out of my lens at 400 mm, so that’s cool too.

f/8 1/500 ISO160 @ 400 mm


N732FD pushed back for departure to Memphis. Peep that nose wheel.

Don’t bully me for ISO500 - it was already pushed by the time I got there and I didn’t want to risk it moving.

f/8 5" ISO500 @ 100 mm


Nikon D7500
Tamron 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
Nikon AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (OLD)
Tamron SP 45 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (OLD)
Manfrotto Element Tripod

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Nice photos dude!


Wow, impressive shots!

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Sick Photos!

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Agreed wholeheartedly. Great shots as always man.

Although sometimes it puts a ton of patches in the sky for no reason but that’s the price you pay for letting a computer do God’s work I guess

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The disrespect is real


@ClassicAirlinerLover would like this


I saw the DC-10 parked at the FedEx gate a few weeks back. I haven’t seen them before, but I didn’t realize they hadn’t been to ROC in three years!

Great shots as always, Andrew.

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Thanks guys!

Thanks Cameron! I find that LR’s noise reduction works better than Topaz on sky so you can do this thing where you apply a messy-ish mask before Topaz-ing and then just manually noise reduce the sky. Or just make the sky really dark, which is what I ended up doing.

I’ll make a UPS one when they start flying here. Read: never

I’m sure he would like FedEx in general with all the classics they’ve got.

Thanks Tom! That one was a one-off for crew training. I guess it was to prepare the crew here for this wave they’re sending now. I was airside for that one but unfortunately I’m not allowed to share those photos.


Loved the photos.

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Nice photos

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I second this. Topaz is amazing

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Only for @Altaria55? Everyone knows that I absolutely love the classics like the DC-10 and A300 😛! You’re good though, lol. 😂

Awesome photos like always Andrew! Love the second and third ones!

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It’s because it’s FedEx and I work for UPS.


That one though…🤤

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Fun fact: they make like 60 other softwares and I’d totally use them if they didn’t cost $80 each.

Thanks! And yeah, it’s a running joke among the spotters.

Thank you :)


Apparently I’m just bad at this stuff, lol. 😂


That’s facts.

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