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What’s Up Doc?

The World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” from the Palm Springs Air Museum. Likely I have flown in this aircraft somewhere around a couple of hundred times or more. This when we were doing ride flights with Hangar 24 Brewery & Taproom at the Redlands Airport. Great fun! Thanks!

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NAF El Centro Not This Year

Last year headed to the airshow at NAF El Centro with the Palm Springs Air Museum. I was flying alongside in either a T-28 Trojan or P-51 Mustang, I don’t recall which. I have flown in this C-47 hundreds of times. Anyway the airshow this year of course was cancelled. Sheltering at home.


Buckling In Marilyn

Last night we taxi’d in with VIP’s for a corporate event at the Palm Springs Air Museum in the C-47. We even had Marilyn Monroe on board! I got to buckle her in too. We do a lot of corporate events.

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On The Way Back

On the way back from a very fun Kingman AirFest Saturday in a World War II C-47. I had never stopped moving since 7am this morning. And this actually wasn’t a down time either; I was texting the Palm Springs Air Museum crew about our updated arrival time.

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Flying For The 75th Anniversary Of D-Day

Flying for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with the Palm Springs Air Museum on the C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. With Marjorie Snell; her husband 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis “Russell” Snell was there on D-Day at Normandy for the Allied Invasion of Europe, June 6, 1944.


C-47 Back To Palm Springs

Last Sunday, me in the C-47 headed back to the Palm Springs Air Museum. Three days at the Hangar 24 AirFest in Redlands. That was a lot of fun! Thanks to Ben, Sue and Paul and especially to Mark! And Thanks to Jason for the departure video.


Been Busy Flying

Have not been updating my blog here much recently. Will get back to it soon. Been busy flying and photographing and doing lots of video with the Palm Springs Air Museum. Thanks!

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Kingman AirFest & Fly-In

Next week, Saturday Oct 6th find me at the Kingman AirFest and Fly-In with the Palm Springs Air Museum. If you are in the area stop by, it’s free admission. And for my photographer friends, looks like many a great photo op too. Thanks!

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So much fun! Come join us at the Kingman AirFest and Fly-In October 6th! This is your opportunity to fly too! Our Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, just back from the Reno Air Races, and our C-47 D-Day “What’s Up Doc?” are ready to take you on an incredible flight experience of history!

There will be all kinds of aircraft on display and flying in. Outstanding cars coming around, lots of food and lots to see. Warbird and glider demonstrations, aircraft from the unique Red Star Pilots and the Mohave County Military Vehicle Group.

Give us a call to book your own flight and for more info at 760-778-6262. These will book up fast so please call.

Our C-47 flights are only $225.00 per person. Great for a fun group experience too. P-51 Mustang flights are $1895.00 and this is truly an experience of a lifetime. A flight int he most iconic of all fighter aircraft. Give us a call for more info at 760-778-6262. Thanks!


Flying By With the Sigma 150-600mm Lens

Some more photos working with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S lens. On my Canon 1DMkIV. The flying photos were shot at 600mm and only 1/200th shutter speed. It was mounted on an Induro monopod and a Foba ball head.

The slower shutter speed is to capture the prop blur. It is indeed a beast of lens and mounted to a I series Canon body makes for a big heavy package. Panning with this at 600mm will take some more practice. Also I will try it handheld. Right now I am thinking this has some real possibilities. Love the color fidelity and reach of this lens. At 600mm on that body it is the equivalent of 780mm.

The aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum; a Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny” dedicated to the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. And the C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”.

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Flight Of Two

Yesterday shooting photos and video on board the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Fujifilm X-H1 camera.

August 19th is National Aviation Day in celebration of the development of aviation. We celebrated with a “Flight OF Two” on August 19th returning from the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show. Aircraft that were pivotal in the history of aviation. Flying in our own World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” and across from us, the CAF Inland Empire C-53 “D-Day Doll”. Take a minute to watch and listen and enjoy some the experience of flying in these amazing 75 year old Warbirds.

The holiday was established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with the Presidential Proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. Orville Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued.


Gear Swing C-47

Fun video I get to do. At the Palm Springs Air Museum as the photographer and social media manager.

Routine annual maintenance and a gear swing on the C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Yes it works! Thanks!

 


Berlin Airlift 70 Years Ago

I really enjoy the purpose when my videos and photos get to share both excitement and history. Here with the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The Berlin Airlift 70 years ago started on June 24, 1948. From our Palm Springs Air Museum friend, Brooks Wachtel, Emmy Award Winner and Co-Creator of the epic History Channel series “DogFights”. More below…

“The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade. It was an attempt to gain control over the allied sections of the city by preventing food from reaching the inhabitants.

The allies answered with the largest airlift in history, flying in supplies on the gamble that the Soviets would not launch an overt and provocative attack on these aircraft.

By April, 1949, they were flying in more supplies than had previously been delivered by rail. In May the humiliated Soviets gave up and opened the land routes.”

In total, the USAF delivered 1,783,573 tons and the RAF 541,937 tons, nearly two-thirds of which was coal, on 278,228 flights to Berlin. The Royal Australian Air Force delivered 7,968 tons of freight and 6,964 passengers during 2,062 sorties. The C-47s and C-54s together flew over 92 million miles in the process, almost the distance from Earth to the Sun. At the height of the Airlift, one plane reached West Berlin every thirty seconds. Pilots came from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” is a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. And right now in the air-conditioned hangars of the Palm Springs Air Museum where you can watch “Doc” undergoing it’s routine annual inpsection. That is something you will not see everyday. Check it out!


People Flying Fun

One of the fun things I get to do at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Taking people up in our C-47…
You could be saying, we went flying at the Palm Springs Air Museum! Today Sunday and tomorrow Monday come join us on board our World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Only $195 per person for a real Memorial Day experience like none other. Call us at 760-778-6262 for more info.
 
Lots of excitement coming up on Monday, Memorial Day! Tour the inside of the only flying PB4Y-2 Privateer in the World! The US Navy version of the B-24 designed as a long range patrol bomber in World War II. Later serving in the Korean War and then as a typhoon/hurricane hunter. So come on out Monday morning until 12:00 noon and share a true part of history.
 
Also on Monday, Memorial Day, flight demonstrations with our P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, P-63 Kingcobra, T-28 Trojan, C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”, T-6 flyovers, and the B-25 bomber “Pacific Princess”. Afternoon Missing Man Formation too with “Pacific Princess” dropping thousands and thousands of flowers right on our ramp.
 
Meet Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Friend and Captain Rusty Burns; WWII B-17 top turret gunner, 102 year old Mike Kovich, and 106 year old Kamikaze Survivor US Navy Veteran Marvin Cohn.
 
Fights also available in our P-51 “Red Tail” Mustang “Bunny”. A truly historical flight experience $1895. Call us at 760-778-6262 for more information and to reserve your flight today, Sunday and for Monday.
 
More on Memorial Day Monday, lots of music, lots of food including IN-N-OUT Burger, and lots of kids fun. Do not miss all this. Thanks!

C-47 Memorial Day

Hey everyone! Come join me for Memorial Day weekend on the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47. Friday through Monday. Not only am I the photographer, but I am your stewardess too lol 🙂


Flying At Hangar 24

So much fun last Saturday at Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands with the Palm Springs Air Museum! I really enjoy watching people having fun watching, getting people in the Air Museum P-51 Mustang and being a part of taking them up in the C-47. (me in the red cap) Outstanding!

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That Was A Lot

That was a lot; 3 days at the Planes Of Fame Air Show in Chino, 5 days with the Palm Springs Photo Festival and hosting the Sandro Miller workshop at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This morning flying in the Air Museum C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Then on to Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands with the Air Museum C-47 again and the P-51 Mustang “Bunny” for ride flights. Fun to fly and then the Brewery patio with a great beer!


Coachella!

Finally I got to Coachella! The best seats ever for the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. From the cockpit of the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”.

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From The Cockpit

Yesterday morning in the Palm Springs Air Museum, World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Headed out through Banning Pass over the wind farms headed to Brackett Field in La Verne. Great fun flying in this big bird that actually flew in the Berlin Airlift. “Like” the Air Museum Facebook page to watch for when you can fly with us too! Thanks!