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).
June 17th, 2014 · General
Pretty cool! Hornet final checker with a Go-Pro on his helmet.
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).
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.
May 8th, 2014 · General
Gobsmackingly beautiful aircraft! These shots were over the past several months, most recently the 2014 Manassas Air Show last weekend.
April 9th, 2014 · General
Please support our next Arlington Flyover in honor of the interment of USMC 1st LT Bruce Gutzloe on 22 April with a donation that will go to fuel and flight operation costs for the 7 aircraft involved. Below is a bit of what went on at our last flyover.
Arlington Nat’l Cemetery Fly Over for MAJs Sizemore and Andre
The Turn In. We’d been in holding for probably 20 minutes or so near the NOTTINGHAM (OTT) VORTAC (a VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) beacon and a tactical air navigation system (TACAN) ) in southern Maryland, along the Patuxent River near the town of Nottingham. Andrews AFB was a bit to our north and the President was supposed to be heading out on AF1 at some point that morning. That had me/us worried that we may end up being an airborne scrub if he was delayed and the Secret Service wanted a sterilized air environment for his helo transit from the White House to Andrews. Flopper (my pilot) had made it known to the other L-29 aircraft during the brief that he had 53 fewer gallons of gas than they did because of the no tip-tank mod his aircraft had, so we had a bit more of a pucker factor than the other aircraft had in terms of holding time.
Tooling around in our holding pattern, 10 mile legs, inbound to the OTT VORTAC, we heard our controller slide our Time on Top (TOT) target from noon to 10 past to 20 past the hour, making the whole evolution a bit dicey in my mind. Not being too familiar with the L-39 fuel system, with its litres of fuel or whatever former communist fuel display system that jet had only added to the entertainment.
Finally though, we received the signal to “Push”, and all the aircraft, at their different holding altitudes, edged their noses to the northwest and began their inbound transit. It was going to work out fine after all.
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April 3rd, 2014 · General
To an aviator being laid to rest, hearing those jets fly overhead and knowing one is headed to the heavens with you – that is what we want to do.
We began an IndieGoGo funding campaign to get operational funds for our next planned Arlington flight. Please consider contributing. Every cent will go toward fuel for the 4 L-39s, the 2 P-51s and the F4U Corsair that will participate.
or, you can visit the Warrior Aviation web site and read about the team there and contribute.
Again, please consider contributing, and if you can’t please share this link on your blogs or with your friends!
My friend Mike Pollock took this shot of our flyover last September for the Sizemore-Andre interment. Thanks, Mike!
March 29th, 2014 · General
Looking at some photos from the Manassas Air Show last year and I like this one. Vandy1 with Mark “Crunchy” Burgess on the stick and a Yak 9 flown by Sean “Pinball” Carroll fly in formation.
Dislike the frozen prop on the Yak. Need to shorten the shutter speed and increase the f/ stop a bit to get the same exposure but also get the spinning disc of the props.
March 29th, 2014 · General
Rear Admiral and later Senator Jeremiah Denton has passed away. As one of the senior prisoners of war during the Vietnam conflict, shot down in his A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. RADM Denton displayed what could be called the absolute pinnacle of character, integrity and honor during his days of captivity and later as a Senator from Alabama. Many of us remember his words as he and his fellow POWs arrived back on US soil after 7 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton when he said:
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances”
I met RADM Denton many years ago, in the summer of 1974, as he was the guest speaker at the Change of Command at Fighter Squadron 43 when my dad turned over command to RADM Denton’s Hanoi Hilton prison mate CDR Ned Shuman, the first returned POW to assume Navy command. This picture shows RADM Denton as he arrived for the ceremony:
(below) My dad is here on the left, with RADM Denton giving his prepared remarks.
A true American, without question, this bit from his obituary at Al.com says it well:
Denton in the Senate strongly supported then-President Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s buildup of weapons such as the MX missile and development of a space-based ‘‘Star Wars’’ anti-missile shield.
But Denton in an interview in November 2005 said he likely would be best remembered for two events, one when he was a prisoner of war in 1965-1973 and one that happened just after his release from North Vietnam in February 1973.
Denton, who served more than three decades in the Navy and retired in 1977 as a rear admiral, was shot down in July 1965 while flying an A-6 Intruder attack plane on a bombing mission about 75 miles south of Hanoi.
Denton, a Navy commander when he was shot down, endured years of torture and solitary confinement while imprisoned in or near Hanoi. He often tried to organize resistance by his fellow POWs as one of the senior captured U.S. officers.
During a TV interview arranged by the North Vietnamese in May 1966, Denton blinked his eyes in Morse code, repeatedly spelling the word T-O-R-T-U-R-E.
A native of Mobile, AL, Senator Denton served his state and his nation as a senator from 1981 to 1987, and was Alabama’s first Republican senator since Reconstruction, a true testament to his love of country (AL.com)
As we always say to Naval Aviators as they head out on that final deployment, “Fair Winds and Following Seas” means a downwind recovery. We wish you a good 20 knots of wind down the angle and the carrier with a bone in her teeth. Godspeed, Admiral. Thank you for all you did, from a very, very grateful nation.