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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

My 2017 Oshkosh Pilgrimage

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To some it is called AirVenture, others refer to it as EAA, for a few it is just plain Oshkosh. No matter what you refer to it as, to the Aviation Enthusiast it can be summed up in one word, “home”. Oshkosh Wisconsin is located in the Fox Valley and is 89 miles Northwest of Milwaukee or 56 miles Southwest of Green Bay. Oshkosh is a college town with the University of Wisconsin maintaining a huge campus here. In 2016 a little under 67,000 people were permanent residents. Oshkosh’s airport, Wittman Field or Wittman Regional Airport is typical for a city of this size, but looks are deceiving. Wittman has 4 runways, the longest being Runway 18-36 is 8,002 feet long. This allows aircraft as large as the A380, 747-8F, B-52, and C-5 to operate in and out.

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