Through the Lens: John F. Kennedy International Airport
Words and Photos by Steven Valinski
What was once a golf course situated within the marshlands of Long Island, is now the location of the largest of New York City’s airports.
Construction of what began as New York International Airport, more commonly referred to as Idlewild Airport, started in 1942, with the first commercial flights beginning in 1948. A month after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the airport was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Today, JFK handles more international traffic than any other airport in North America. Serving more than 26 million passengers a year, JFK ranks 5th in the U.S. in terms of overall passenger traffic. This combination of volume and international traffic makes JFK one of the best airports in the U.S. to observe aircraft.
There are good locations for observation and photography all around JFK, and the variety and volume of aircraft is enough to keep one busy the entire day. The key to a successful day at JFK is often determined by how cooperative the weather will be. Flexibility with scheduling should help overcome any potential poor weather days.
For photography, a good DSLR with a zoom range of 80-400mm covers most shooting locations. The following photos were taken on a single day at JFK using a Nikon D7200 with a Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens.
Here we look at JFK…..”Through the Lens”….
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