Chasing the Summer Charters

By: Category: Midwest

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Every year, spotters around the globe wait anxiously for the summer charters, as that usually brings planes and airlines that are otherwise not common locally.

This year, Columbus (CMH) won some variety: Cancun on Friday/Saturday, operated by Interjet; Punta Cana on Sunday/Monday, operated by Swift Air; and, Freeport/Grand Bahama (will begin soon), operated by Sunwing. The Cancun charters started in March, and while that’s not exactly summer, by mid-March everyone in the midwest was sick of the snow and ice.

Interjet has so far sent a good variety of planes, including one of the Ecojet specials. Swift Air has disappointed, since every flight has been operated by the same plane (N458UW), we will see what Sunwing sends, and we will share pictures.

While Swift Air is seen in Columbus from ...

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#KDF2015: Thunder Over Louisville 2015

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to go photograph the Thunder Over Louisville 2015, the Kentucky Derby Festival kickoff. Yes, this sounds more like horse races, and yes, it’s related. During the 2 weeks before the Kentucky Derby, there is a festival that starts with an airshow and a fireworks display, and other events follow throughout the next 2 weeks, including a steamboat race, a balloon race, a marathon and mini marathon.

Unlike typical airshows, where people congregate at an airport or military base, Thunder Over Louisville is held over the Ohio River, and can be viewed from the Louisville Riverfront, and from Jeffersonville (Indiana). Pro-tip for photographers: The Indiana shore is backlit during most of the show...

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Southwest Airline’s New Livery Scheme

By: Category: PHXSpecial paintSpotting

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Canyon Blue (introduced on January 16, 2001) is synonymous with Southwest Airlines. Canyon Blue was the second iteration of the Southwest livery behind the original Desert Gold color scheme. It took nine years to have the whole fleet painted in the Canyon Blue scheme. While a striking change from the original Desert Gold coloration of the Southwest fleet, many noticed that the color would fade rather quickly. Making their planes look old and disheveled. Southwest also felt that the old color scheme was becoming dated and did not reflect their core values.

In 2014 Southwest rebranded itself with its new Heart paint scheme. It was developed by firms GSD&M, Lippincott, VML, Razorfish, and Camelot Communications.1 They conducted focus groups of employees and consumers about the design of th...

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Red Flag 15-1 Media Day

By: Category: AirshowsMilitaryPhorocallsUncategorized

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Red Flag, the famous advanced aerial combat training exercise, is held at Nellis Air Force Base, NV. The exercise is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, starting with exercise 15-1. The exercises are extremely realistic war games, and they give the U.S. and allied forces the opportunity to improve upon their skills and tactics and train towards future wars. These training exercises are based around what we, as a coalition, know about our adversaries at large. These adversarial tactics are then studied and fought against in real-life combat situations. These skills and tactics are then shared with the participants’ home units and squadrons. The end goal is to have the best skill set possible for real aerial combat situations.

As stated during the media day press conference, the main ...

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