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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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Remembering

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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Acadia Photos

June 29th, 2014 · General

My friend Storm asked if I had any other photos of Acadia University they might use for the yearbook.  I came up with these, Storm.  Let me know if any tickle anyone’s fancy.  Also, Storm, I can make any of these black and white or aged or most any other look if you’d like to see those :)

Don’t know if a pano works, but I like this one (Click on any of the images twice for larger versions).

 

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Hornet Final Checker GoPro!

June 17th, 2014 · General

Pretty cool!  Hornet final checker with a Go-Pro on his helmet.

 

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Wildcat over Guadalcanal

June 9th, 2014 · General

Well, not really.  FM-2 Wildcat flown by Greg Shelton flies past re-enactors at the WW2 Airshow this past weekend in Reading, PA (Carl Spaatz Field).  Great time.

I ran it thru an aged filter in Lightroom.  Looks kinda cool!

Here’s one with a bit of color.  Beautiful airplane (and yes, that IS a 48-star flag you see).

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Guetzloe Fly Over

May 25th, 2014 · General

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USMC Half Marathon Fly Over

May 20th, 2014 · General

The Warrior Flight Team provided a fly-over for the USMC Half Marathon this past Sunday down in Fredericksburg, VA. I was there on the ground with a VHF radio to coordinate the timing. Worked out beautiful – just as the last notes of the national anthem drifted off, the L-39 Vandy 1 and the P-51 Mustang came over the start line. They came around for a second pass, this time with the Mustang in the lead. The second pass coincided with the actual start of the race – beautiful timing! Check out the speed brakes deployed on Vandy 1 to make sure he doesn’t sneak up on Andrew McKenna’s Mustang.

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