Time Flies……….It’s been three years since that awesome day……Already?

This day three years ago, I was privileged to spend a great day onboard The Good Ship USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 with my dear friends, Chris Goodrich, aka the OldAFSarge and The WSO, Erika Cho.

I thought for the sake of waxing poetic that I would post a few pictures of that most awesome of days.

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Sandy Eggo Sunrise

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NAS North Island Flight Line
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Fort Rosecrans…………resting place of our friend, Captain Carroll Lefon……
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Point Loma. This is a familiar sight to yours truly as I saw it many times when aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk.
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Kestrel’s Four Ship Diamond
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Maintainers “flying with their hands!”
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Chris as the Squadron Duty Officer!
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OldAFSarge, The WSO and yours truly. 
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Chris, Erika, Bubbles and Mrs. Bubbles.
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Selfie Time!
Launch Bar Parallel
I managed to get the launch bare almost parallel with the deck. It was simply luck!

I still think about that day…..I suppose I always will as it was that return to what I spent so many years doing.

To smell the salt air, catapult steam and jet exhaust…………………

China Lake Air Show

It was a small show. I was impressed by the way it was run though. The Blue Angels were there for their first show on the road. I have seen them so many times that I spend my time wandering through the static displays.

The Brits and Dutch had their Test F-35s under the canopies on the line.

BTW, I have disabled person plates on my vehicles and I parked about six spaces from the entry control point for ADA and VIP folks.

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Super Scoopers Arrive in Los Angeles 3 Weeks Early Amid Active Fire Season | KTLA

A pair of bright yellow and red firefighting planes affectionately known as “super scoopers” landed at the Van Nuys Airport late Saturday afternoon. The aircraft, which Los Angeles County leases fr…

Source: Super Scoopers Arrive in Los Angeles 3 Weeks Early Amid Active Fire Season | KTLA

The best fire fighting aircraft available. Quick turnaround with a pass over a lake or open stretch of river.

F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.

 

 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.

 

Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

RARE PHOTOS: ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOEING 727’S FIRST FLIGHT

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Boeing 727’s first flight. What a day. At the time, the 727 was a risk and important to the success of Boeing. Luckily for everyone, not only was the first flight a huge success, but the aircraft would go on to help redefine domestic air travel.

My first ride in a jet airliner was in a 727 of Northwest Orient. My Mom, two younger sisters and I rode in one from Billings MT to New York JFK with a stop in Minneapolis-Saint Paul in February of 1968. We were on our way to Germany to join Dad where he was working for an Air Force Contractor.

The meal service was really good and we could get a Coke or othere soft drink by just letting the stewardess know.

The Boeing 727's first flight - Photo: Boeing

Air-to-air photo of the Boeing 727’s first flight – Photo: Boeing

More pics and the full story at the link below.

Rare Photos: Anniversary of the Boeing 727’s First Flight

These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but dangerous world in awesome detail.

I have worked the Flight Deck on three ships, Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I was a Fly 1 Blueshirt(Aircraft Handler) and an Elevator Operator/Sound Powered Phone Talker on my first year plus on Independence and in squadrons in the Air Wing of Ranger and The Hawk.

The first time I went up on deck at the age of 19, I was absolutely terrified. One learns to keep one’s head on a swivel. I still have a few scars left on me from a bounce down the deck when I didn’t turn fast enough.

Source: These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Mojave Desert, Plane Pr0n, Train Pr0n on a Sunday

I did the Diet Pop run to Stater Bros in Mojave for the Missus today and even in the 106 degree heat……………………..it was time to use the Nikon………………………………..

California City Boulevard
California City Boulevard
Convair 990 Coronado.
Convair 990 Coronado.

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GE Aft Fan engine
GE Aft Fan engine

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Phantom II. I don't know if this was a target drone or not.
Phantom II. I don’t know if this was a target drone or not.

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Wind Turbines!!!!!!!
Wind Turbines!!!!!!!

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CP Mojave
CP Mojave

The Union Pacific(Southern Pacific) yard also has the junction with the BNSF Mojave Subdivision. The BNSF has trackage rights over the Tehachapi Summit and the Tehachapi Loop from Mojave to Kern Junction.

More Random Desert/Boneyard Pics/Etc from today

Seems I had to go to Mojave and the Stater Bros Market therein………………..Missus ORPO needed some fixins for Mango Salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took the Trusty Nikon with me and managed to grab a few pictures of the Boneyard and other sundrie items……………………………………………………….

Please do enjoy them!

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Mojave Air and Space Port. Pretty fancy name for a place known as a bone yard.
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L1011 by the tower
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BAC 111’s formerly used as test aircraft by BAE Systems
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Mojave to the Left Bishop to the Right
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Two Ex KLM MD-11s in the mix. One of those 767s is the infamous Gimli Glider, C-GAUN.
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Ex Southern Air Cargo and Ex Atlas Air Cargo 747s
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Ex Thai Airways, Qantas and Lufthansa 747s that a few months ago were in service. They are now waiting their fate.

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Two hangars at Edwards AFB are visible from CA14
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The California City Boulevard Exit
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Paging Anthony Bourdain!
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Did someone say Joshua Trees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Raven Statue just off of CA14 on California City Boulevard. The Ravens are the California City High School Nickname

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire: The Aviationist.

Say what you will about The Aviationist but David Cenciotti does come up with some real gems from time to time.  These are two of the most beautiful fighters ever built………………………just my humble(or not so humble) opinion.

Sea Vixen, Beautiful Jet.
The Spitfire for the RN Air Arm
The RN Seafire

Both planes represent important part of Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft: the Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers that flew from 1942 to 1950s; the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom, twin-engined two-seat carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served from 1959 into the 1970s.

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire.

Surfing while home nursing a sore back netted this Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE

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rcaf hornetHome today due to a back that is cramping up and generally making life a bit unbearable.

I did some surfing and decided to check theBrigade. Positive results were obtained.

Two samples are provided to pique your interest………Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hit the link and have a look at the Canadian Forces!

(2) Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE.

Warplanes to Siberia: Recreating an Untold Story of WWII

When your major newspaper is the Great Falls Tribune, you know about this. Great Falls was the jump off point for these ferry flights after the airplane left the factory.

Add this to World War II’s seemingly infinite supply of untold stories: Warplanes to Siberia will retrace the historic Alaska to Siberia route used to deliver American planes to the Soviet war effort through President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program. Wait, what?

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Read more: http://undertheradar.military.com/2015/07/warplanes-to-siberia-recreating-an-untold-story-of-wwii/#ixzz3fkpv5ha9
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