The Jet as Art
Jeffrey Milstein's photographs turn aviation technology into fine art.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2011
Milstein has long been interested in art, notes Walter J. Boyne in the introduction to the companion book AirCraft: The Jet as Art. He came to aviation at the age of 17 "in the most classic American way—sweeping out hangars to earn flying lessons," and soloed in the classic straight-tail Cessna 150. His instructor was a former Navy pilot, "who took the approaches into Santa Monica airport as seriously as approaches to a carrier." After pursuing a career as an architect, Milstein turned to photography, and decided to combine his two interests. "Returning to the airport approaches," writes Boyne, "this time behind a camera instead of a control column, Milstein photographed aircraft at the precise moment when they passed over head, inbound to land. In doing so, he caught the business side of a modern airliner, the wonderful array of moving parts that the average person never sees, much less recognizes."
Air Canada Boeing 767-300
2-engine, wide-body airliner
Length: 180 feet, 3 inches
Wingspan: 156 feet, 1 inch
Maximum takeoff weight: 351,000 lbs