As I feared, the lens never recovered that morning, and I was forced to start shooting video.
This is the video that I shot that morning and thus began my conversion to shooting video exclusively:
This day represented the first time an original Fw-190 and an original Bf-109 had been in the air together since WWII. The Fw-190 was piloted by Steve Hinton, and the 109 by Bud Granley. Sitting behind me in a hangar was Legend Flyers Messerschmitt Me-262 which they had been test flying earlier that week.