Reflections on 2017 | B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber This B-2, named the Spirit of Arizona, did several flybys at Oshkosh last year during the air show. The B-2 is very stealthy which enables it to penetrate sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses. To evade detection systems, it has reduced acoustic, visual, infrared, and radar signatures. Even at the air show, it was hard to see even a few miles away. It’s very quiet when flying inbound and really very little noise while flying away. It can be quickly deployed anywhere on the planet and with only a crew of two. To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story.
Reflections on 2017 | F-86 Sabre Taxiing After the weather improved at the 2nd Annual TBM Avenger Gathering held at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, IL, the F-86 Sabre got a chance to fly. A few years ago, I briefly shared the pattern with an F-86. Of course, it was moving much faster than I was. Still, I felt honored to share a piece of sky with such an iconic airplane. This annual TBM gathering has quickly become a poplar event. To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story.
B-26 Takeoff 7 Dec 1941 Pearl Harbor Day At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, 360 Japanese warplanes, mostly dive bombers and torpedo planes, attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor. At 0700, eastern time, on 8 Dec 1941, less than 18 hours after the first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor, the 22nd Bomb Group, the Red Raiders, took off in B-26 medium bombers from Langley field, VA headed for Muroc, CA to fly shore patrol. My father was a crew chief on one of those B-26s in the 33rd squadron. From Muroc, they boarded the airplanes and flight crews onto ships and sailed to Oahu. At Hickam Field, they reassembled the planes and island hopped to Australia. The 22nd BG was one of the first units to take offensive action against the enemy. From from bases in northern Australia, they flew bomb missions without fighter escort against Japanese bases and shipping around New Guinea and the surrounding waters. Seventy-five years later, some Americans worry that most Americans don’t recognize the importance of Dec. 7, 1941. Remember Pearl Harbor!
B-25 Sunset After a hard day’s work, the B-25 gets a well deserved rest at a quiet field.
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Stearman Model 4E in Sunset Light @ AAA Fly-in The Antique Aircraft Association fly-in provides many opportunities to photograph beautifully restored airplanes. The nice light just before sunset makes the gold accent on this Stearman seem even deeper. See the Antique Aircraft Association site for more information on this grass roots fly-in.
Stearman @ AAA Fly-in Today, beautiful weather, 70s & sunny, welcomed the first full day of the AAA Fly-in in Blakesburg IA. This Stearman, painted in US Mail airmail colors, is just one of hundreds of beautifully restored antique aircraft attending the fly-in. I’ll be posting many more photos and videos captured at Antique Field over the next several weeks. See the Antique Aircraft Association site for more information on this grass roots fly-in.