Leica XV: Earlier today over the Gulf of Oman
This is a picture of the screen of an airline seat monitor taken with a Leica XV. Ho, hum, so what's all that special? What's special is that it was taken just a few minutes ago by our Australia correspondent, John Shingleton, who is 31,000ft high on his way back from Portugal to Sydney. It's an example of how far modern communications have progressed. John downloaded the XV picture to his iPad and then sent it to me over the free in-flight wifi on the Emirates A380. As he says, it's a long way to Australia—only another 12 hours and 22 minutes to go.
After reading this piece, also at 31,000ft, John replies:
I should have told Mike that I have already spent 7 hours flying Lisbon to Dubai and 9 hours in Dubal Airport so it's a very long day. As I can still remember flying to Europe when the inflight entertainment was a pull down screen and one old movie projected with one of those 3 lens projectors from a VHS cassette this is nothing short of miraculous. And yes I am reading Macfilos at 31000ft and typing in this comment just 25 mins after I took the shot. Amazing indeed but I guess that the very idea of this enormous plane flying non stop Dubai to Sydney is equally amazing.