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.
The Blue Angels at NAS Oceana, September.
USAF Thunderbirds at the Atlantic City Thunder over the Boardwalk airshow in August.
B-25 “Briefing Time” coming around for a landing at Georgetown, DE Fly-in.
B-25 “Briefing Time”, Georgetown, DE.
Missing Man fly by at Geneseo, NY. Corsair, Lightning and two Mustangs.
Scott Francis and an outside loop at Stafford, VA.
Scott Francis and a curly-cue at Stafford.
Scott Francis casting a shadow on his smoke at Stafford.
Show Center at Georgetown, DE Fly In. I was in the back of our L-39, Vandy 1.
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
The Skydive Suffolk Demonstration Team exiting their SC-7 Skyvan at Oceana.
Three colorful Boeing Stearman in formation at Stafford, VA.
Andrew McKenna in his T-6 Texan, Pamela Marie, at Leesburg, VA.
Second shot of Andrew and his T-6. Nice sensation of speed.
Andrew McKenna passing the crowd, heading for the runway. P-51 Mustang.
Andrew on his takeoff roll, Leesburg, VA. P-51 Mustang.
Andrew and his P-51, show center fly-by
Andrew and an associate hand crank the propeller of his T-6 Texan at Manassas, VA
Andrew in a fly-by, T-6 Texan, Manassas
Andrew McKenna, P-51 Mustang, Manassas, VA.
Andrew in his P-51, a nice close up.
Crunchy and Pat getready for some night flight time, NAS Oceana, Vandy 1.
Scott Francis, heading into orbit, Stafford VA.
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.
F-model, clean underbelly, NAS Oceana
Rhino, NAS Oceana
Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his P-51 Mustang, “Quick Silver”, at Geneseo, NY
Cleared for takeoff, Vandy 1, Georgetown, DE. Headed to Oceana.
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
More of Pat and Crunchy at Georgetown.
Pat Marsh in the front, taxiing in from their hop at Georgetown, DE.
Vandy 1, just about touchdown, Georgetown, DE.
Vandy 1, study in black and white, Manassas, VA
Vandy 1 passing the crowd, Georgetown, DE
Vandy 1, NAS Oceana, sunset on day 1.
With Scooter Yoak, in “Quick Silver”, P-51 Mustang over Conesus Lake, near Geneseo, NY.
Radials! Corsair, P-51 “Quick Silver”, P-51 “Never Miss”, TBM Avenger “She’s The Boss”. What a beautiful sound!
Rob Holland, Geneseo NY.
Rob Ator, P-38 Lightning, that “fork tailed devil” as the German’s called it, at Geneseo, NY.
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.
In formation with Mossie, the Virginia Beach-based Fighter Factory’s De Havilland Mosquito, one of only a very few flying in the world.
Another shot with Scooter Yoak flying formation on this photo-op.
Rob Ator, P-38 Lightning, Geneseo, NY
F/A-18F Flight demo, at a humid NAS Oceana.
More vapors generated by a fast (but not supersonic nor even transonic) Rhino.
Grumman Wildcat, flown by Greg Shelton, at Reading’s WW2 Fly In.
Hopefully I’ll get some better shots next year! Already looking forward to that.