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 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.
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.
And this happened… Getting ready to leave the Reno Air Races yesterday morning. Backseat of a P-51 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.
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.
It is National Aviation Day as well as being National Photography Day. Both work for me! In the Palm Springs Air Museum T-33.
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Photographed by me during the Thunderbirds flight demonstrations at the Reno Air Races 2019.
Southwest has been flying in and out of Palm Springs now. Actually quite a few flights and they sure are colorful. Photographed during a meet up with some of my photographer friends.
Actually we do get a lot of military aircraft at Palm Springs. There were a few C-130’s on hand today. I was on the ramp running flights at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
A different kind of photo excursion. Flew down to see the Trestle Bridge in Goat Canyon, south of the Salton Sea near the Mexican border. The world’s largest all wood trestle and built in 1933. Photographed with my Fujifilm X-T3 camera and Fujifilm 50-140mm lens.
There also is no control tower. I guess don’t play on the runway as well. The “airport” at Quartzsite Arizona from a photo excursion.
Photo Excursion to Quartzsite Arizona. More photographs to follow.
I call this my exercise and weight loss days at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Not unlike doing an all day obstacle course. It does not include carrying and loading parachutes in airplanes, lifting and placing tow bars, carrying fire extinguishers, placing wheel chocks, moving airplanes, opening and closing rolling gates on the ramp, loading riders and safety briefing them, marshaling airplanes in and out, cleaning canopies, or any number of other things that go on. Yesterday 7:30am to 5:00pm. Yeah but it is all fun!
Flying over my backyard, a 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser. It actually belongs to a buddy of mine. He said he was out doing 35mph approaches and landing in about 75ft. Shooting with my Fujifilm X-H1 camera and the Fujifilm XF100-400 lens.
Flying back from the Reno Air Races a couple of years ago. Mark Moodie flying “Lady Alice” and Michael Pfleger flying “Lady B”. I was in the Palm Springs Air Museum P-51 Mustang “Bunny”. It would have been great to have been in another aircraft to photograph all three.
An amazing looking aircraft, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 visiting us at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Makes it easy to shoot a colorful exciting photograph.
A C-17 Globemaster III taking off at March Air Reserve Base. I just happened to be there with one of my Fujifilm X series cameras.
I heard them but they were on me before I could even get ready. I got my iPhone out of my pocket. I had just finished up a day of flight operations at the Palm Springs Air Museum. We were just getting ready to close the gates on the ramp.
An opportunity I had to fly alongside Ventura County Fire. They had just filled up from a lake below. A huge Thanks to my buddies who made this happen. That was a tremendous flight!