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What do you do after flying across 12 time zones and you have to wait on a connecting flight as you try to stay awake? I like to walk around the airport and look for interesting sights. Something that I can consistently find at the Beijing Capital Airport is unique paint jobs on the aircraft taxing around the buildings!

Interesting Paint Jobs at the Beijing Airport - Air China

Often I can find new designs or bold colors, like the aircraft above. Then again, I may find some interesting logo or flags.

Interesting Paint Jobs at the Beijing Airport

I have seen planes painted to look like a dragon, and I have seen another painted canary yellow, which really caught my eye.

Interesting Paint Jobs at the Beijing Airport

Yes, I can find some interesting paint jobs! And I apologize for the quality of the photos — they are taken through a window, and the air quality in Beijing can be an issue at times.

As I watch the planes take off and land, I think about how many pounds of thrust the engines must produce to get that much weight going fast enough for the required lift to take place to get the plane off the ground. Fascinating to me, but some travelers never want to think about that aspect of their flight’s safety.

What do you find most interesting about air travel today?

During my last trip to China, the traffic was horrible as we came back from the area where the Great Wall is. Our driver was doing his best to dodge the busy intersections, so we took some streets I had never seen before. Below you can see one of the surprises I saw on that trip!

Have Your Camera Ready!

Can you imagine my surprise when I saw this military jet mounted outside this cluster of buildings? Thankfully I had my camera out and ready, and I was able to quickly take this photograph as we passed the jet.

Honestly, I have no idea why the jet was displayed in this area. It didn’t seem like we were near any military bases, and I know we weren’t close to the airport, so I was baffled. Additionally, the streets seemed very normal with ordinary street scenes as we passed.

I consider myself fortunate to have gotten this picture, even though it isn’t very clear. It isn’t every day that I get to see an aircraft like this! It would be my encouragement to everyone traveling to keep their cameras ready — because, like me, you never know what you might see!