Aviation

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Wake Island

Continuing with the events that occurred after Pearl Harbor. While the attack on Pearl was going on, the international dateline showed that on December 8th, the same time, Japanese forces were attacking Wake Island. Some of the radio transmissions caused confusion thinking that the first attacks on Pearl were actually going on at Wake. This […]

December 11th, 2014 | Comments Off
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As Usual, Dad Says it Right

Earlier this week I received my latest edition of EAA Warbirds which I knew had the upcoming piece that Dad and I did together on the Planes of Fame Airshow. When I opened it I couldn’t believe my eyes to see 29 photos used between the two of us. While I was planning out blogs […]

December 10th, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Plane Vs. the Submarrine

While the majority of the Pearl Harbor attack was done by air, the Japanese did have a large navy outside the Hawaiian islands including submarines. One of the greatest mysteries of the attack was the use of five Type A midget submarines. Each submarine could hold two people and two torpedoes. Four of the five […]

December 10th, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Flying Fortress Around the World

While the B-17 Flying Fortress was one of the most iconic aircraft in the European theater, being seen later in the war as mass droves flying across the skies, they were actually used in all theaters including North Africa, Italy, China and the Pacific. Skipping forward a year, in November of 1942 the Japanese established […]

December 9th, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Day After Pearl

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan. The the night before FDR spent hours working on his speech that he would give before Congress in hopes that the American people would rally behind him. Even with the objections of his cabinet, he kept it short to drive […]

December 8th, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Five years ago I never knew the importance of this day. I knew what what happened but never let it sink in. Every year since then I have written a post on December 7th talking about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Early in the predawn light swarms of Japanese Zeroes and torpedo bombers flew over […]

December 7th, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Super Guppy

Here’s my fun Friday post. At Wings over Houston I had the great opportunity to go inside NASA’s Super Guppy. It’s just an amazing plane that has such an irregular look to it that it makes you scratch your head and ask, “how does it fly?” Seriously it’s funky looking, but it actually has a […]

November 21st, 2014 | Comments Off
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The Perspective of Scale

While I was out shooting one morning with Dad he brought up the issue of putting these planes into perspective as far as scale goes. If you have never experienced being around any of these aircraft, which I recommend everyone goes and sees them at some point, then it is hard to grasp the actual […]

November 20th, 2014 | Comments Off
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How Much Light is Needed?

You set the alarm to get up early only to find that the destination is socked in with a blanket of clouds. You check the weather and decide to wait a bit before heading out. The field was still covered, nothing getting in, nothing to do but make lemonade with the clouds that have definition […]

November 19th, 2014 | Comments Off
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A Couple of Vietnam Favorites

I’m still enjoying going through images from the last month and that’s sorta fueling these random blog ideas I have. Since Yesterday I did a couple Korean Era jets, why not switch over to some Vietnam Era ones today. This first one I had never seen fly before and that’s the F-100 Super Sabre. The […]

November 18th, 2014 | Comments Off