Just some thoughts on air to air photography. Flying with the Palm Springs Air Museum, we were doing July 4th celebration flyovers. Alongside the T-28 Trojan, I was in the backseat of the Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny”. The Mustang is at best, somewhat short on room in the back. There is also a curvature to the canopy that lends itself to a lot of distortion. My choice of gear here made it all work out easier.
I was shooting the latest Fujifilm mirrorless camera, the X-H1 and the Fujifilm XF50-140 lens. The 5-axis in-body stabilization works in conjunction with the lens stabilization, perfect for this kind of shooting. It is also physically smaller and lighter than a full size DSLR which in tight quarters or pulling a couple of g’s makes a huge difference.
This time out I also especially appreciated my camera strap choice. From Vulture Equipment Works especially made for aviation use. A tougher strap does not exist. It is designed with carabiners connecting the strap to the camera. The ability to easily disconnect them helped in easily getting the strap out of the way of my headset cable. When you are getting in, you are buckling up your parachute, shoulder harness and seat belt, camera and headset, so wanting to change how you set things up from when you got in does happen.
At the same time, I was also running two GoPro’s. Each mounted inside to my left and right, pointed 45 degrees front. Got some great video I will show you later.
Anyway just thought I would share. It was great fun! Thanks!
This is where you will find me on Father’s Day June 17th. At Hangar 24 Brewery & Taproom at the Redlands Airport. Flying with people in the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47 Dakota. Strapping people in the P-51 Mustang. Shooting photos and video. Then having some food and a beer myself too! Come on out…
This is a Father’s Day! Take a flight in our C-47 Dakota “What’s Up Doc?” and our P-51 Mustang “Bunny” and enjoy a Prime Rib or Chicken Brunch, great Hangar 24 Craft Beer and live music!
Father’s Day Warbird Rides and Brunch at Hangar 24 Brewery & Taproom at the Redlands Airport at 1710 Sessums Dr, Redlands, CA.Â Sunday June 17th
In our C-47 you will experience what it was like for Paratroopers to fly into battle behind enemy lines on D-Day. Even get right up in the cockpit with the pilots. Only $225 per person including one free Brunch. Five people on a flight so you can make it a family flight too.
Fly in our P-51 Mustang and you will experience one of the most iconic fighter aircraft ever built. Roar into the sky behind that powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine. $1995 per person including Brunch for four.
To reserve your flight, give a call to Hangar 24 Brewery & Taproom in Redlands at the Redlands Airport at 909-389-1400. Or give us a call at the Palm Springs Air Museum at 760-778-6262.
You can also come and enjoy the day with Brunch for only $15.95. Buffet style with carving station. Rosemary Prime Rib or Chicken, Green Bean Almandine, Roasted Red Peppers, Rolls, Dessert and a Pint of Hangar 24 Craft Beer. Kids meal of Tenders & Fries. Live music starts at Noon. That is a great Dad’s Day Brunch!
Plan on approximately 45 minutes for your flight experience with wheels up to wheels down in the air flight time of 20 minutes. Flying will begin after 11:00am and will continue until sundown as demand requires. Some restrictions will apply. Children 13 years and older. Thank You!