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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsBase VisitsEAA AirVentureMilitary ExerciseSpottingTransports

_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

An Hour at KBOS on the First of November 2017

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

 

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

Spotting: Pre-Airshow London on Friday

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b-737-600 Airshow London has become a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a solid, medium-sized air show that focuses on military aircraft both in the air and on the ground. The Ontario, Canada-based show had a solid history in the 1980s and 1990s as a premiere North American military aviation show, but took a rather lengthy hiatus from the early 2000s through 2016.

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What is surprising is that during the Friday arrival day in the Photo Pit, those awaiting military aircraft arrivals can witness a wide variety of great civilian airplanes too. London has a modest airline presence with Air Canada and WestJet regional airliners, mainly Dash 8s and Q400s as well as a great WestJet B-737-600 flight...Read More

DACT ’17 at Las Palmas – Gando

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Air to Air Fights where others go on holiday at Las Palmas Airport in the Canary Islands! DACT - Dissimilar Air Combat Training is a yearly exercise of the Spanish Air Force which took place in 2017 from 13th January to 27th January at Gando, the military part of the Las Palmas airport on the Canary Islands.

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The DACT exercises of the Spanish Air Force have a long tradition and took place in the last years usually in the early beginning of the year. The exercise focuses like the title suggests on Dissimilar Air Combat Training. Nowadays a lot of Air Forces use just a single aircraft type for Air Combat and most pilots have experience in fighting against aircraft of the same type they're flying in. So there is always a challenge to fight against a different type. Today the Spanish Air Force utilized with the EF-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon two different types, making it easier to arrange DACT as with a single-fighter type force. Read More