Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Veterans Day Flyovers

Veterans Day this year the Palm Springs Air Museum did flyovers in the C-47 and other Museum aircraft. Alongside was the C-53 “D-Day Doll” from the Commemorative Air Force Riverside CA.


Surprise!

We are getting a very famous historic aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum. If all goes according to plan it will fly in this Saturday late afternoon. This is not it!

The Spruce Goose 1946 in Long Beach California


Fuel It up

Just another typical day with me. Fueling up the C-47 at the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Reno Air Races Behind The Scenes

I was getting the Palm Springs Air Museum T-6 towed back to the race pits after doing a raffle ride for the Air Races. Shot a few photos as I was riding back on the tailgate of the truck. I think this is a pretty cool scene from the woman who is my wing walker to the couple by the jet and the other guys just there doing what they are doing. Reno Air Races 2021.


The Bachelorette

Photograph from the ABC series “The Bachelorette”. Why do I have it here? Well just to the right of that airplane is me. Much of the episode was shot at the Palm Springs Air Museum. So it was my job to send the airplane out, have it taxi back on cue and marshal it back to the spot marked by the director. The spot marked with 3 inches of green masking tape. Not easy but we did it in one take! The pilot Patrick and I have worked together a lot so we know each other like this really well.

A lot more was shot at the Air Museum over a few days and the video scenes are pretty cool. So watch it if you get a chance. It aired this week and it is Season 18, Episode 3, Week 3. https://abc.com/shows/the-bachelorette/episode-guide/season-18/03-week-3


Six Thunderbirds Tight

I think this is an amazing flying formation. At the Reno Air Races 2021. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds.


Happy F/A-18 Hornet Pilot

I was on the flight line when this F/A-18 Hornet came by. Wait for it…. happy pilot! I did want to run up and say I could jump in that back seat on the next flight. At the Reno Air Races 2021.


P-51 Mustangs Flying Back From Reno

Two weeks ago today, flying back from the Reno Air Races 2021 in the P-51 Mustang “Spam Can” with “Wee Willy II” alongside. They placed 3rd and 4th in the Unlimited Silver finals.


C-130 Taxi At Sunset

A C-130 going by the Palm Springs Air Museum around sunset last Friday evening.


Thunderbirds Close-Up

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds close-up at the Reno Air Races 2021.


F-35’s At Reno

USAF F-35’s on the ramp at the Reno Air Races 2021. Reminds me how lucky I am to go on the ramps, behind the scenes. I was out there to load a Reno Air Races raffle prize winner into our T-6 from the Palm Springs Air Museum, and marshall it out and back. They were right next to us.


U2 by Jim

Ryan Goss was again on our support team at the Reno Air Races 2021 for the Palm Springs Air Museum. This time he brought both his sons. Jim, 19 tomorrow, had an interest in my camera so I let him shoot with it. Big upgrade from a cellphone to a Canon 1DXMkII, gave him a few lessons over the week. Actually I think he used it more than I did. He shot some outstanding photographs. Here is his photo of a U-2 going by.


Reverse Observer Osprey

Look close, at least one person getting a great view out the back. A USMC MV-22 Osprey at the Reno Air Races 2021.


My Ride Spam Can

My ride up and back to the Reno Air Races this year 2021 was the P-51 Mustang “Spam Can” from Planes Of Fame.Although I am on the team for the Palm Springs Air Museum, we are one big family. Pilot was my buddy Mark Moodie who also flew “Spam Can” in the race. That makes the third Mustang I have flown in to travel to the Reno Air Races.


Two Thunderbirds One Inverted

The very cooperative United States Air Force Thunderbirds stopped exactly where I asked them to stop so I could get this photograph. At the Reno Air Races 2021.


A-10 Warthog Hitchhiking

It was only later that I found out that A-10 Warthog drivers are not allowed to pick up hitchhikers. At the Reno Air Races 2021.


The Thunderbirds Straight Up

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds last week at the Reno Air Races 2021. It is the Thunderbirds that caught my aviation imagination going back to the 1960’s. It is a thrill for me to see and photograph them.


Swapping a T-6 for an F-35

I tried to get the pilot to swap airplanes with me. I had a perfectly good T-6 right there, all fueled and ready to go. At the Reno Air Races 2021.


And This Happened

And this happened… Getting ready to leave the Reno Air Races yesterday morning. Backseat of a P-51 Mustang.


SSD

Wow! I don’t know why I have not done this sooner. Copying and running photo and video files from a portable solid state device is so much faster than hard drives. Especially copying from a CFast card. And this is a 1TB drive and it is so small. I am a convert!


Pretty Polly Passes Mustang

The Palm Springs Air Museum P-63 Kingcobra “Pretty Polly” passing up a P-51 Mustang. Ok yes the Mustang was on the ramp. Here at the Reno Air Races 2021.


3 Here For The Reno Air Races 2021

From left to right, the P-63 Kingcobra “Pretty Polly”, the P-51 Mustang “Bunny” and the P-51 Mustang “Man O’War” arriving for the Reno Air Races Saturday morning from the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Got Here Reno Air Races 2021

Landing Saturday morning at Stead airport in a P-51 Mustang for the Reno Air Races. I am here with the team from the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Reno Air Races 2021

Saturday morning I fly up to the Reno Air Races. I am on the team for the Palm Springs Air Museum. We are racing three airplanes, two P-51 Mustangs and a P-63 Kingcobra. We are also flying up our T-6 and a C-47. An entire Air Force! I will be flying up in another P-51 Mustang but if one of these guys could take me with them that would be great. I am all about being time efficient. Less travel time is good. Thanks in advance Thunderbirds if you could stop by and pick me up. Photograph from the 2019 Reno Air Races.