Kelly D (experimental)

Kelly D (experimental)

Kelly D (experimental)  The Kelly D is an experimental aircraft made by Noll Roddy Brooks in 1988.  It sort of looks antique, but notice the engine, a Lycoming 0-290.  None the less, it’s one of the many beautiful planes attending the AAA Fly-in.  The experimental airplane must have inspired a bit of artistry in this image.  For a photographer, Antique Field at the AAA Fly-in provides nice backgrounds to explore.

US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay 103 at Chicago Air & Water Show

US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay 103 at Chicago Air & Water Show

US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay 103 at Chicago Air & Water Show  The Mobile Bay is a 140-foot Bay-class, state of the art, icebreaker currently stationed at Sturgeon Bay, WI.  It uses a low-pressure-air hull lubrication system that forces air and water between the hull and ice which improves its icebreaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull.

The Blue Angels at the Chicago Air & Water Show

The Blue Angels at the Chicago Air & Water Show

The Blue Angels at the Chicago Air & Water Show  The Blue Angels, of course, are the main attraction to this year’s show. This image tries to capture their F/A-18 Hornets flying formation; only an amazing 18 inches apart.  The Blue Angels have been performing since 1946, making this their 71st season and making it the oldest formal flying aerobatics team in the USA.