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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

Reader Mail: What Is Your Favourite Airplane Paint Job?

It has been a while since I’ve dug into reader mail, and tonight I was reminded of this while checking out the airplane photography of Leighton Matthews … so let’s dig in … today’s reader mail comes from H.M. Kumar who asks  “With all the fanciful  airplane designs airlines are using for promotions and branding, what is your favorite airplane paint job?”


This is an easy question, of all the airline liveries around the world only one airplane currently stands out for me … Alaska Airlines’ Salmon-Thirty-Salmon.


Alaska Airlines’ Salmon-Thirty-Salmon, a Boeing 737-490, was unveiled in October 2005 in support of the Alaskan seafood industry featuring an Alaskan king salmon covering nearly the entire fuselage and tail.  The salmon, created by Mark Boyle, was applied with an iridescent appearance and detailed airbrushing to create a three dimensional visual effect.


Below is the photo Leighton Matthews, of PacificAirPhoto.com, shot this evening as Alaska Airlines’ Salmon-Thirty-Salmon was on short-final into Vancouver International Airport.


Happy Flying!

6 Responses

  1. Screw airline carriers. What about the shark teeth on the front of an A-10?

  2. Brian,

    No argument on the ferocious toothy grin painted on the nose of many Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolts. It is one mean smile looking down at you with a massive 30mm GAU-8 Avenger Gatling gun sticking out … and that paint job deserves some serious respect.

    Happy Flying!


  3. Wow, I’ve never seen that one before. I personally really like it simple and classy…I love the “new” EL AL livery

  4. That’s much more tasteful than the ridiculous Pokemon “peace jet” paint jobs that ANA is flying this summer.

  5. I always liked the smile on the front of a PSA jet.

  6. […] paint-job has been flying on an Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-490, the livery know as the Salmon-Thirty-Salmon took to the skies in October 2005. The Salmon-Thirty-Salmon, pained in support of the Alaskan […]

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