I think this is an amazing flying formation. At the Reno Air Races 2021. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds.
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.
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.
A C-130 going by the Palm Springs Air Museum around sunset last Friday evening.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds close-up at the Reno Air Races 2021.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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… Getting ready to leave the Reno Air Races yesterday morning. Backseat of a P-51 Mustang.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Me doing more of what I do at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Photograph by my good Air Museum friend Rob.
It is National Aviation Day as well as being National Photography Day. Both work for me! In the Palm Springs Air Museum T-33.
So today is National Photography Day. My friends are all posting photos of their first cameras. Mine actually was a Kodak Brownie. But my first serious camera was a Miranda Model F. This was around 1963. I primarily used it attached to my 8 inch reflector telescope for astronomy. As I best recall it cost me $35.00.
Yes I shoot a camera system that costs as much as a new car. And it is my favorite!
Don’t you just love it when your friend is already waiting at the restaurant for you.