the last landing of an air canada pilot…

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.
~J. Lubbock

I was very honoured when my friend (and fellow photographer) Lindsay asked me to capture a memorable moment in her father’s life, her family’s life.  After 35 years of safely flying the skies for Air Canada, on October 29th, Mark made his final landing in a 767, with many of the ones he loves on board with him.  His wife, and children all flew with him to London to enjoy a few days together and then to be there to support and cheer for him on his final touch down.  Myself, and my friend Gabe McClintock were escorted out to be situated just a few feet away from the runway to watch, photograph, and be amazed by that perfect landing.  It was crazy to hear the airplane so close and watch as it gently touched down just like a graceful bird.

We then headed over to the gate to photograph the plane coming in and finally, to meet the Pilot while his family waved at him from inside the terminal. The day was one that I will remember forever, as I’m sure Mark’s family will.

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  • Daniela Starink - What beautiful photos you have taken here Michelle!

    As an ex-flight attendant and friend/neighbour of Mark’s daughter, Lindsay,I can very much appreciate the magnitude of this day and think you did an amazing job of documenting it.

    It made me miss the camaraderie that comes with a life in the airlines and brought back great memories of all the crews I have flown with and the laughs we had!

    I know these photos will be cherished by the Burnham family for many years to come 😉