Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: Styling with Airplanes

November 30, 2018

A few months back I featured a blog where I accented photos of architecture with the careful placement of exotic cars: Styling with Cars. Cars are one of my passions, and aircraft is another. As early as seven years old I could watch the planes landing at the Seattle airport and identify every one of them in detail in part because of the many rainy days spent assembling model airplanes.

Fast forward to this month when I had the opportunity to style my shots with airplanes.

OK3 AIR is a full-service fixed-base operator based at the Russ McDonald Field in Heber City. The name, OK3, is synonymous among aviators for a perfect ideal landing. OK3 AIR is a certified aircraft repair station and an authorized Pilatus Center, which explains the number of Swiss-made Pilatus executive aircraft present the day I photographed the newly updated maintenance facility.

The perfect blend of form and function, I find planes simply beautiful. The challenge to the shots was to capture the size of the maintenance facility, its cleanliness and organization, and how the space accommodates aircraft.

I also photographed OK3 AIR’s avionics showroom at Russ McDonald Field. It’s a place for the planes’ owners and pilots to kickback while the planes are being attended to and also a training center for the new electronic controls. To the right in the photo above is a Garmin flight simulator with a flat-glass control panel.

The conference room in the avionics showroom is set up for training with sophisticated electronic graphic displays of control panels. An aircraft wing is incorporated into the construction of the glass-topped conference table.


Scot Zimmerman
Architectural photographer Scot Zimmerman has been photographing exteriors and interiors of homes, and commercial and public buildings across the United States for over 37 years. He is the principal photographer of eight books; over 40 periodicals have featured his work; and 11 museums have exhibited his photos. He’s fond of adventuring in the Southern Utah desert.

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