NASA’s High Altitude Explorers

NASA started using U-2’s in 1971 for high altitude data collection of Earth’s resources, oceanic processes, atmospheric chemistry and celestial observations. The aircraft were also used for satellite calibration, satellite data validation and electronic sensor research and development. In 1981 and 1989 NASA purchased the ER-2 to replace the U-2’s. The ER-2’s being an updated […]

January 19th, 2017 | Comments Off on NASA’s High Altitude Explorers

Any Subject Can Become a Great Subject

One of the best parts about working with aircraft is every airplane can become a great subject. The plane doesn’t necessarily have to be old, a veteran, or even rare. Each one has it’s own story and it’s own geometry which can make for a good photograph. This Luscombe T8F Observer, photographed with the D5 […]

January 12th, 2017 | Comments Off on Any Subject Can Become a Great Subject

Starting the New Year Right

At the end of every year we make our own self goals that we think will help make the next year better. Being human, by the end of the month usually we are already off from our goal list. The best advice has always been to keep it simple. Make goals that can be achieved […]

January 10th, 2017 | Comments Off on Starting the New Year Right

The Seafire

Well this post is a few days early but since it would fall on Saturday it seemed appropriate. On January 7th 1942 the first flight of the Supermarine Seafire took occurred. The Seafire was the naval version of the Spitfire. The name was a shortened version of the Sea Spitfire. The idea was first brought […]

January 5th, 2017 | Comments Off on The Seafire

A Great Day in Ione

Last Friday I was very fortunate to go along with my Dad on one of his projects over to the west side of the Sierra’s. Dad was going to go work with the Sanders family at their facility outside of Ione, CA. Now the Sanders are renown in the aviation world for the restoration of […]

January 4th, 2017 | Comments Off on A Great Day in Ione

The B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator was built by Consolidated Aircraft Company in Sand Diego, CA as a heavy bomber to be used during the bombing campaign of WWII. Consolidated was already making flying boats and trainers when they went after the contract for a heavy bomber. The initial fuselage and tail were designed after their work on […]

December 29th, 2016 | Comments Off on The B-24 Liberator

They Fly in the Snow

While the airshow circuit is done at the moment it is steadily gearing up for next season. The first airshow is the Cable Airshow at Cable Airport in Southern California in January. In the meantime we have to make do with the planes that are accessible. But what if you live in the north and […]

December 15th, 2016 | Comments Off on They Fly in the Snow

In Honor of December 7th

75 years ago today marked the beginning of four years of turmoil for the United States. While the rest of the world had already gone to war the US had stayed as neutral as it could be without declaring war. On December 7th 1941 the US Navy was attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese […]

December 7th, 2016 | Comments Off on In Honor of December 7th

Can’t be afraid of the Snow

Snow is a great element to work with but is often overlooked in certain fields. While it is most commonly photographed with outdoor sports such as skiing and snowboarding, as well as with landscape photography to which I am guilty, it is also an important aspect when it comes to aviation. Planes don’t stop flying […]

December 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Can’t be afraid of the Snow

Enemies Together

Once a upon a time these two great planes were adversaries over the skies of Europe. The sleek and sizzling Spitfire and the fastest plane in the sky, or at least at that time. We never got to see the true potential of the Me 262 during combat which is probably a good thing for […]

November 17th, 2016 | Comments Off on Enemies Together