A couple of great videos at the above link!
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.
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…………………
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.
I saw some footage of Bob Hoover doing this a long time ago. I wonder if the new generation of fighter pilots in their electric jets could do this in an airplane with cable, linkage and pulley flight control systems?
There was no one like him at all.
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…
The best fire fighting aircraft available. Quick turnaround with a pass over a lake or open stretch of river.
I was going through the JetPhotos site and came across these beauties.
Cape Air is also the EAS carrier in Eastern Montana, including my hometown of Havre. These beauties are strictly for Caribbean routes though.
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.
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.
Air-to-air photo of the Boeing 727’s first flight – Photo: Boeing
More pics and the full story at the link below.
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.
Found while surfing the net. This spotting location for Los Angeles International Airport is equipped with a large grass space and an IN-N-OUT Burger………………………..what’s not to like!
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………………………………..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?