For the 2010 airshow season I didn't see a whole lot of action, as I had class on almost every Saturday. I did, however, get to make it out to the McChord AFB Air Expo Friday through Sunday, which was SPECTACULAR! Each year the McChord show gets better and better! Last years show had a LOT of vintage jets, including the FJ-4B Fury, MiG-15, MiG-17, 2 F-86 Sabres, and an F-4 Phantom. It was amazing to see a vintage formation including the FJ-4 Fury, F-86, MiG-15, and MiG-17 all together for Sundays show. The airshow did not have the Thunderbirds, but instead had the Patriots. For my first time seeing their show, I was VERY impressed! And if having them in place of the Thunderbirds means a greater selection of performers, I welcome them yet again for the 2012 show!
A few times I was able to sneak out of class during lunch time and make it to the airport just in time to catch the warbirds taking off for the Flying Heritage Collection's free fly days. I was very thankful that class was only about 10 minutes from the airport.
Below are some of my favorite images from 2010:
Fj-4 Fury turning final at McChord
F/A-22 Raptor on final approach as the National Anthem is played over the loudspeakers at McChord AFB
Flying Heritage Collection's Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk and Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc flyby in tight formation
Navy Legacy Flight featuring the FJ-4 Fury and F/A-18F Superhornet
You don't see this often! From top: FJ-4 Fury, F-86 Sabre, MiG-15, MiG-17
Two F-86 Sabres pass by in formation. The lead (green camo) aircraft is flown by Capt. (ret) Dale "Snort" Snodgrass
Air Force Heritage Flight featuring the F-16 Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-4 Phantom, and F-86 Sabre
Colling's Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress
Historic Flight Foundation's Grumman F7F-2 Tigercat
Historic Flight Foundation's Grumman F8F Bearcat
Historic Flight Foundation's B-25D Mitchell "Grumpy" gets a figher escort from their P-51B Mustang and Heritage Flight Museum's P-51D Mustang during Vintage Aircraft Weekend
One of my favorite days of last year was Flying Heritage Collection's Luftwaffe Day featuring their Fieseler Storch and Messerschmitt Bf-109E-3 Emil, shown here!
Summer of 2011 saw the addition of a Focke-Wulf 190A-5!
Enjoy and I will keep the pictures coming!!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
As is usually the case, life has indeed gotten in the way, yet again! A few things have changed since my last post on March 24, 2009:
- I enrolled in a 2-year teacher education program at City University of Seattle
- I got married
- I moved
- I finished my teacher ed program
- I am now looking for a full-time teaching position
- I have had my first photographs published
- I had my first flight in a WWII aircraft (CAF Arizona Wing B-25 "Maid in the Shade")
- I had my first air-to-air photo shoot (platform: B-25 "Grumpy" Subject: F8F Bearcat)
- Many new aircraft have arrived at Paine Field: Focke-Wulf 190A-5, B-25J Mitchell, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe, Me-262 flight testing (now gone to its home in Virginia).
- And I have become completely obsessed with ice hockey, thanks to my wife!
As you can tell, I have some SERIOUS catching up to do!