These photographs are all taken from that vantage point.
Unfortunately, most of my travel invovles short hops on regional-size jets. With the exception of the tripple-slotted flaps of the 727, most of these planes (737, DC-9, MD-80, etc.) have pretty boring wing structures.
There are two groups of pictures on this page: photos taken under interesting lighting conditions, like sunrise and sundown; and photos taken at interesting phases of flight, like take-off and landing.
One of my goals is to get some really nice pictures of the condensation trails formed in the airflow from various wing structures. One often sees a very distinct trail formed in the air escaping around the end of the flaps when they are fully extended for landing. I've also seen a neat trail formed at the strake located on the inboard side of the engine cowling of 737's with CFM engines and extending up and over the wing.
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Wings at Sunrise and Sundown:
These three photographs are of DC-9 (or MD-80, I can't remember) wings
taken at sunset and dusk. I've included somewhat larger sized
"thumbnails" than I would normally,
since I think the photos are really neat.
The top two photos were taken as we were flying between two cloud
layers. In the right-hand ("Sunset") picture, this produced some really
spectacular colors on the two cloud banks. In the left-hand photo ("Dusk")
it created an
interesting gradient effect at the horizon.
I think the bottom shot may be from an earlier moment in the same flight as the one above it, but I can't figure it out from the rolls of film and my notes.
Wings at Take-Off and Landing:
The double-slotted flaps on the Boeing 737 wing isn't quite as
spectacular as the tripple-slotted ones on the 727, but it can still draw
startled, "the wing's falling appart!", reactions from first-time flyers
when the spoilers pop up and you can see there is a sizable gap between the
main part of the wing and the flaps:
I really liked the colors playing across this (DC-9) wing as we climbed out of Raleigh/Durham: