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The Three Churches

June 2nd, 2015 · General

Friend of mine back in Nova Scotia tells  me a cell phone company wants to set up a tower right behind these churches, located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.  This is truly one of the most iconic view in all of eastern Canada.  Imagine what a cell phone tower  would do to the beauty of this view.

My grandfather has a photo of these three, as does my dad and as do I.  I hope every sane-thinking person will rise up against this idea and that whoever the person was who suggested it gets fired.


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Photo by Max Cassidy, 1966


Dad churches

Photo by John paisley, 1977


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Photo by Bill Paisley, 2008


And this is one of my favorites, taken in 2009:

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Moon, Eagle and Jet

January 12th, 2015 · General

Had a nice cooperative moon and eagle this morning.  Afterward, while headed home, an airliner/moon fly by topped off the morning :)

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And when you’re watching the moon, you’d better keep your eys out for photos of opportunity!

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When teh moon hits your eye like a big Pizza pie!

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December 23rd, 2014 · General

I’ve been meaning to get some of the better shots I took – both internal and external to an aircraft – from this past 2014 Airshow season (“better” is a relative word.  They are not all bad, some good, some average, some whatever.  Hope you enjoy them, in any event!).

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the Warrior Flight Team, led by Pat “Villain” Marsh and show pilot/F-14 nose-gunner Mark “Crunchy” Burgess, and the resulting opportunity, not only to talk the talk about helping wounded vets and wounded warriors to begin a new career in aviation, but to participate in some of the east coast air shows was absolutely fantastic.  I ended up narrating our L-39 jet “Vandy 1″‘s routine at a number of the shows, and hope to continue next year.

The shows these shots were taken at included the Reading, PA WW2 Fly In, Geneseo NY, Atlantic City, Manassas VA, Leesburg VA, Stafford VA, Georgetown DE and NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach.  It was a heckuva time and i enjoyed every minute.

NAS Oceana was a particular favorite, for obvious reasons.  It was where my Dad had command of his squadron, VF-43 in the early to mid 70s, so I was in the early years of high school at that time. (As a side note, Pat Marsh’s dad, Paul “Swampy” Marsh, was assigned to the squadron as well, so Pat and I have ties back to the mid 70s, although we never met.)  Good memories.  It was also where I was stationed for my flying years, first as a F-14 RAG student in 86-87 and then with the VF-14 Tophatters from 87-90.

When it became clear that I would have to opportunity to fly some with Vandy 1 and the Warrior Flight Team, I took my old VF-14 hardhat and had a boom mic added to it, and to wear that piece of gear back into the break at Oceana as we arrived for the airshow, the first time in 22 years, flying back into that field where my dad and I flew, was a capstone event in my life.  We’ll start out with that Tophatter helmet on display.

If you click on an image, and then click again on the second image, you’ll get the full size image.


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The Blue Angels at NAS Oceana, September.

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USAF Thunderbirds at the Atlantic City Thunder over the Boardwalk airshow in August.


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B-25 “Briefing Time” coming around for a landing at Georgetown, DE Fly-in.


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B-25 “Briefing Time”, Georgetown, DE.


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Missing Man fly by at Geneseo, NY.  Corsair, Lightning and two Mustangs.


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Scott Francis and an outside loop at Stafford, VA.


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Scott Francis and a curly-cue at Stafford.



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Scott Francis casting a shadow on his smoke at Stafford.



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Show Center at Georgetown, DE Fly In.  I was in the back of our L-39, Vandy 1.


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Mark “Crunchy” Burgess in the L-39, speedbrakes out to maintain formation on Andrew McKenna in his P-51.  Flyover at the start of the USMC Half Marathon near Fredericksburg, VA

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The Skydive Suffolk Demonstration Team exiting their SC-7 Skyvan at Oceana.




Three colorful Boeing Stearman in formation at Stafford, VA.


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Andrew McKenna in his T-6 Texan, Pamela Marie, at Leesburg, VA.


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Second shot of Andrew and his T-6.  Nice sensation of speed.


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Andrew McKenna passing the crowd, heading for the runway. P-51 Mustang.


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Andrew on his takeoff roll, Leesburg, VA.  P-51 Mustang.


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Andrew and his P-51, show center fly-by


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Andrew and an associate hand crank the propeller of his T-6 Texan at Manassas, VA

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Andrew in a fly-by, T-6 Texan, Manassas



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Andrew McKenna, P-51 Mustang, Manassas, VA.


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Andrew in his P-51, a nice close up.

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Crunchy and Pat getready for some night flight time, NAS Oceana, Vandy 1.


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Scott Francis, heading into orbit, Stafford VA.


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P-38 Lightning, “Ruff Stuff”, flown by Rob Ator.  Fagen Fighter Museum, taken at Geneseo, NY.



B-25 “Panchito”, taken at Manassas, VA.



Pat Marsh, in the front seat, somewhere over the eastern shore of VA.




NAS Oceana, F/A-18F Rhino, makin’ vapes.


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F-model, clean underbelly, NAS Oceana


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Rhino, NAS Oceana


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Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his P-51 Mustang, “Quick Silver”, at Geneseo, NY

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Cleared for takeoff, Vandy 1, Georgetown, DE.  Headed to Oceana.



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North American T-28 Trojan from the Warbird Museum of Virginia, Chesterfield County Airport, Chesterfield, Virginia.  Taken at Georgetown, DE Fly In.



Vandy 1, Pat Marsh flying, Crunchy Burgess in the back.  Georgetown, DE

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More of Pat and Crunchy at Georgetown.


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Pat Marsh in the front, taxiing in from their hop at Georgetown, DE.


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Vandy 1, just about touchdown, Georgetown, DE.


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Vandy 1, study in black and white, Manassas, VA


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Vandy 1 passing the crowd, Georgetown, DE






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Vandy 1, NAS Oceana, sunset on day 1.



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With Scooter Yoak, in “Quick Silver”, P-51 Mustang over Conesus Lake, near Geneseo, NY.


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Radials!  Corsair, P-51 “Quick Silver”, P-51 “Never Miss”, TBM Avenger “She’s The Boss”.  What a beautiful sound!


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Rob Holland, Geneseo NY.

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Rob Ator, P-38 Lightning, that “fork tailed devil” as the German’s called it, at Geneseo, NY.


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Close up of Rob Ator in the P-38 Lightning, “Ruff Stuff”.  He told me he sits pretty high up in the cockpit but there are a lot of canopy structural supports he has to look around.


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In formation with Mossie, the Virginia Beach-based Fighter Factory’s De Havilland Mosquito, one of only a very few flying in the world.

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Another shot with Scooter Yoak flying formation on this photo-op.


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Rob Ator, P-38 Lightning, Geneseo, NY



F/A-18F Flight demo, at a humid NAS Oceana.



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More vapors generated by a fast (but not supersonic nor even transonic) Rhino.


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Grumman Wildcat, flown by Greg Shelton, at Reading’s WW2 Fly In.





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Hopefully I’ll get some better shots next year!  Already looking forward to that.

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Potomac Eagles

December 14th, 2014 · General

A few nice shots from this morning down near the Leesylvania State Park near where I live in Woodbridge, VA.

Not a bad hour or two. It was Adult Swim time by the river – Mama and Papa, no young eagles around. Papa, I’m pretty certain it was, did not like my presence so he took off. I followed him to another favorite spot and ALMOST had him with the moon right behind him when….whoosh, off he took again…missed the shot. All in all though, a nice morning.

You may have noticed I sometimes like to offset the principle focus of the image off to one side, especially if it is a bird or some other “live” thing. That is a thing I like to do – sort of give the subject room to move, or the perception thereof. In short, its done on purpose. I don’t know if that adds or detracts from the image to you, the viewer, but there you have it.

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November 7th, 2014 · General

Mur`mur`a´tion,  noun;  a flock of starlings.

A flock of tens of thousands of starlings all flying together in a huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison in formations.  I caught these pictures down on Neabsco Creek this morning and a few weeks ago.  Really is spectacular, and this is a small one!

I’m hoping to get some better shots of this incredible sight in the morning.  You can hear these birds, early before sunrise, in the marshy areas around Neabsco Creek here near Woodbridge, VA.  Right around when the sun comes up, off they go.

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T-28 Trojan

October 5th, 2014 · General

The Navy’s primary trainer aircraft in the 1950s,   My dad had some flights in this type aircraft – telling me of its fairly high altitude capabilities for a prop of its type – up to the mid 30,000 feet range – and how it had speed brakes, again a rare thing for a prop aircraft.  I took this shot at the Georgetown, Delaware Wings and Wheels fly in.

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This particular aircraft is based out of Chesterfield, VA.  I need to get better at meeting and chatting with the aircrew so I can tell you about them.  I was negligent this time…*sigh*.

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What To Do

October 3rd, 2014 · General

Well, I just renewed the Instapinch for another year.  Not certain why.  The advance of Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social yakking has really cut into the motivation to keep a blog going.  When I retired from the Navy reserves in 2010 that was the first big hit – no more “insider baseball” stuff to pass on, and no more trips to the ships in Norfolk or Oceana or any other cool “Navy – things” places to write about.

You all know I like to post photos with my writings, and that is sort of what this has become, albeit not that often, sadly.

The other thing is 90% of the comments are now spam and I don’t know how to stop that.  I’ve upgraded the spam filter to the latest version, but many still make their way onto the comment list.

I’d love to get this back up on some kind of step, though.  Any ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? Recommendations?  Pure photo blog? More discussions on political or national security or international events discussions?

I dunno.  Let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here’s a shot of Andrew McKenna taking off in his T-6 Texan at Leesburg last weekend.  I’m getting better taking these shots – big learning curve.

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Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

August 29th, 2014 · General

From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys.

Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation.

More to come.

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July 14th, 2014 · General

WW 2 Airshow Weekend, Reading, PA.

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Happy In A TBF Avenger

July 13th, 2014 · General

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