Wings Over the Rockies – Walk Among the Warbirds

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Lowry, Colorado.

Continuing our visit to Colorado, our photographer friend, Fred Mast, recommended a stop at the Wings Over the Rockies Air Museum. Knowing my interest in aviation, Fred hit a bullseye on a great place to visit for aircraft afficionados. What better place for an aviation museum than on the grounds of the former Lowry Air Force Bace. From the late 1930’s to the early 1990’s, the airbase was a technical training center where among other skills, they trained photographers. Continue reading

Miss Mitchell – Monochrome Monday and Daily Post One-Word Prompt

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Fargo, North Dakota.

Other than the blue sky, I could almost have left this image in color, and it would still have almost qualified as a “Monochrome Monday” photograph. The image above was captured at the Fargo Air Sho in 2015 where Miss Mitchell was a featured performer.

Miss Mitchell still flies and has an illustrious history serving in Italy and North Africa in World War II. This post is the confluence of three themes. One of the photo challenges I participate in on Facebook this week is #historic. Obviously, Miss Mitchell meets that criteria. It’s obviously Monday, so Monochrome Monday applies as I converted this image many months ago to monochrome via Lightroom. Finally, Ben Huberman’s Daily Post feature is “Shine“. The reflections on the nose of Miss Mitchell clearly demonstrate the shiny, highly reflective aluminum finish.

Some historical facts about Miss Mitchell include an unblemished wartime career with no fatalities in over 130 missions, an uncommon record. Built by North American Aviation, about 9,000 aircraft were built. Today, only about 30 survive, unlike Miss Mitchell, many no longer fly and live in museums around the country.

Powered by two 1,700 horsepower Wright R-2600 engines, the aircraft can climb to its service ceiling of 24,000 ft. (7315 m). A full load of fuel can carry Miss Mitchell 1,350 miles (2172 km) at a cruise speed of 230 mph (370 kph). Most of these facts were gleaned from the website maxair2air.com (more photos and details about Miss Mitchell can be found here.)

John Steiner

Control Flying – The Original Fly-By-Wire

controlflying-1Fargo, North Dakota.

Every so often, I discover a collection of photos that I meant to share and somehow they got left off the production schedule. I won’t bore you with the mundane details of how I track images for sharing, but I will say that this post features photos from over a year ago that were sitting unprocessed on my hard drive just waiting to be tweaked and shared. Continue reading

Bismarck Fly-In – Come for the Airplanes, Stay for the Pancakes

cessna-195-1Bismarck, North Dakota.

I guess my secret’s out that I like to hang around airports. These days, what with concerns about airport security, airport “lurkers” are no longer welcome.

Two types of events still draw people to airports for the experience, not for travel. Those events are airshows and fly-ins. In the upper midwest, many small airports invite the general public to visit at least once a year typically on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Tiny

rc-jet-aircraft-1Along the road to Wickenburg, Arizona.

This week, Cheri Lucas rowlands asks us to appreciate the tiny things in life. “Capture something at a smaller scale…” You can read the entire challenge post here. Check out the gallery to see how small jets can really be.  Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 23 October 2016

638cp-1Hillsboro, North Dakota.

During our Civil Air Patrol operations in Hillsboro this summer, our flight crews spent many hours “chasing” a drone as part of an agricultural research project. Many of the flights were over four hours in duration, a handful over five hours. It’s no surprise that our crew of two was happy to land and call it a day. After landing, I captured the aircraft as it taxied off the runway and onto the ramp area. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Local

n830cp-1North Dakota.

This week, Jen H. asks to share where our heart is. She writes, “‘Home’ is more than where we sleep at night. It is a place that is familiar and comforting, and it gives us a sense of belonging. Home is what and who is local…” You can view the entire challenge post here. Continue reading