Davis Monthan Heritage Day

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Well the day started out at 3am, making sure that I had all my equipment. Cameras Nikon D3000, lens 150-500mm 18-55mm 55-200mm, memory cards, hat, ear protection, wallet. Jumped in the car and off for my 140 mile trip to Tucson AZ. Well after a nice breakfast at McDonalds I drove to visitor gate and waited for the rest of the media. Well the first of the fellow photographers I met was Phil Myers and his father a fellow Navy retiree. He showed me his lens and other nice toys. I do want to give a shout out to Phil he helped me a great deal.

So after I met Phil I then met Vance Lassard who is the gentleman who designed PhxSpotters new logo. And there were several other people waiting for the PR from the base. We then all loaded in our POV and followed them the the media area. Well we were teamed up and I had the honor of being paired with Dr. Sky, I don’t think I laughed as much in a long time. We both were new to our cameras. Me with my D3000 and Dr. Sky with his D90. So we had clearance to go and view the static aircraft. So I am off and running. They had a lot of good Static AC.
This year’s historic aircraft flying in the Heritage Flight Conference include the P-51 Mustang, the A-1 Sky Raider, the F-4 Phantom II, the P-40 Warhawk, and the F-86 Sabre. ACC flying demonstration aircraft include the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the F-15 Eagle, the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-22A Raptor. Well after a couple hours we were asked to walk behind the barriers and the Aircraft were going to be taking off. So we got to watch a lot of good demos but it was unfortunate that the F-22 Raptor was not able to fly that afternoon. Well after that and I had filled my memory card I Made the executive decision to that I was going to head back to KPHX. I want to thank everyone that made it possible for me to attend the Heritage Week.


3 comments to Davis Monthan Heritage Day

  • Vance V Lessard  says:


    The Heritage Flight Demonstrations were awesome. I haven’t been sunburned that badly in quite some time. The two shots you’ve posted are super. I had some level of success with a few of my shots, but I’m not sure the compare with the two you posted. I struggled with the balance of shutter speed and aperture to capture some prop blur on the warbirds while keeping them and the jets in focus. I think I did better on the ground targets. I’ve posted a number of my best shots on my Flickr Photostream WINGSNSTUFF. I hope to be able to do this again next year.

  • Vance V Lessard  says:

    I’m not sure if this will post, but here’s an image of a very frustrated Raptor pilot that had to scrub his practice session when he couldn’t get his number 2 engine started.


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