WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

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_MG_4546 (1000x520)   As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude.

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These are some of my favorites from airshows inclu...Read More

Pratt and Whitney’s 65th Anniversary Air Show – August, 1990

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The year was 1990, sixty-five years after the Pratt and Whitney company began their work on aircraft engines in East Harford, Connecticut. Frederick Rentschler and six others moved into an empty shop space in 1925, and developed the Wasp radial - an air cooled aircraft engine. This was the first in a long line of radial designs, and the company was just one of the brands that would ultimately merge to become the 1990’s United Technologies Corporation, a major Connecticut employer and world leader in aviation engine and systems manufacturing.

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The airport at the Pratt and Whitney headquarters was named after Frederick Rentschler, and served as its flagship aerodrome for many years – it was dedicated in 1931...Read More

“A SALUTE TO VIETNAM VETERANS”

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Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar hosted their 2017 edition of their annual airshow from Sep 29th-Oct 2. Home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW), Miramar boasts one of the largest and most popular airshows on the West Coast.

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Famous for their Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) demo, and the always impressive United States Navy Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels. The show also included several civilian aerobatic acts, as well as a race between John Colver in his AT-6 'War Dog' and Chris Darnell in the 'Shockwave' jet truck. The Marines also conducted separate capabilities demonstrations of their MV-22 Osprey, AV-8B Harrier, and F-35B Lightning II.

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The theme this year was 'A Salute to Vietnam Veterans'...Read More

An Hour at KBOS on the First of November 2017

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On an overcast, but mild November day, I spent an hour of so along the approach paths to runways 4L and 4R. I tried out a new spot, a bit closer to the runways' threshold. It offers a different view of the aircraft on final... my normal spot is about half a mile further west, and better for side-on photos. Still, variety is the spice of life, and this angle was new to me. The lighting was very tricky, but the overcast negated shadows for the most part, except on the bellies. All in all the selection of aircraft between 2PM and 3PM wasn't bad - a mix on international and domestic arrivals. It was fun to see the enlarged use of "belly advertising", as Delta has joined the fray with their new A-321s emblazoned with their name...Read More