Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Air To Air

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!

July 4th Flyovers


Join Me For The Reno Air Races!

Come along with me and the Palm Springs Air Museum

Getting Ready To Go To Reno! For the National Championship Air Races for 2018! Join with us as part of our Red Tails Kingcobra Race Team as our P-51 Mustang “Bunny” again roars around the pylons. And this year along with our P-63 Kingcobra “Pretty Polly”. The first time in decades for a Kingcobra at the Reno Air Races!

We are reaching out to all of you, we are committed, but need your help. We have great perks for as little as $25 on up to our Platinum Sponsor Level. You can even fly in “Bunny” too. So please check it out and help us out! We promise you great fun as you are a Red Tails Kingcobra Team Member! Thanks! Click right here for our Indiegogo https://igg.me/at/RedTailsReno2018


US Army Air Corps

Very much enjoy getting to discover and research these moments in history. As Social Media Manager for the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Wings Over America

July 2, 1926 the Air Corps Act became law creating the United States Army Air Corps. A history which went on to become the United States Army Air Forces on June 20, 1941. Today as we know, it is now the United States Air Force created in 1947. A proud heritage of aviation and service from 92 years ago today.

Thank You to Palm Springs Air Museum friend Brooks Wachtel, Emmy Award Winner and Co-Creator of the History Channel series “DogFights” for this moment in history.

“Wings Over America” poster from 1939.

 


Splash House June 2018

It was Friday and Saturday night for me at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This was fun!

Thousands of people got a whole different look at the C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” for Splash House. People who had never seen incredible military aircraft like ours before got a look at many of them. The typical reaction… Wow this is great, we have to come back!

Splash House is a multi-venue music festival hosted poolside at hotel resorts in Palm Springs and right here at the Palm Springs Air Museum for their huge night time after-party. A great way to introduce people to the fun of Palm Springs and to the Air Museum. Thanks!


Father’s Day! Warbird Rides, Beer, Prime Rib at Hangar 24!

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. 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!


No Motors, No Parachutes, and No Second Chances

I greatly enjoy putting these historical posts together for the Palm Springs Air Museum. Please take a moment and watch and also “Like” the Air Museum page for me. “One of the best Air Museums in the world” – CNN. I am the Social Media Manager so a big audience really helps me out. Thanks!

June 6th will be the 74th Anniversay of D-Day when the Allies invaded Western Europe in World War II in the largest amphibious attack in history.

Part of the preparation for the invasion was planning how to tow the Waco CG-4A combat glider carrying men, armament and cargo into battle. This original film shows the gliders being towed with aircraft from the P-38 Lightning to the mighty B-17 Flying Fortress, and even a PBY Catalina.

Come on in to the Palm Springs Air Museum and see our own Waco combat glider and D-Day exhibit. They flew into war with “no motors, no parachutes, and no second chances”. It is history up close and real. Thanks!


05:34 Japanese Ships Detected

I am also the Social Media Manager for the Palm Springs Air Museum. And it is with great pride that I have the opportunity to share not only my own photographs and video created for the Air Museum, but also stories like this from very important times in history…

05:34 Japanese ships detected by a United States Navy Catalina PBY from Midway Island June 4, 1942, 76 years ago. And so began the most decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. You will soon be able to join with us in our ongoing restoration to flying of our own PBY Catalina. But for now…

The Battle Of Midway described by our Palm Springs Air Museum friend, Emmy Award Winner, Brooks Wachtel, co-creator of the iconic History Channel series “DogFights”…

The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and blunted Japanese expansion in the Pacific. The Japanese navy never recovered from the loss of 4 fleet carriers and their highly trained aviators. Walter Lord called it, “the incredible victory.”

For the Japanese, losing the carriers and their irreplaceable pilots and aircrews was symbolic of the insurmountable problem that would doom them to defeat. The Japanese economy was less than 4% of the world’s industrial output while the United States was near 30%. It was estimated that the United States had 10 times the war making potential of Japan.

A war of attrition would be fatal to Japan.

Their only hope was a quick victory. Admiral Yamamoto, who had been to America, told his superiors that the Japanese Navy could run riot for six months and then he could promise nothing. Midway was six months to the day after Pearl Harbor.

Before Pearl Harbor the chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Stark – with great prophesy – warned the Japanese Ambassador, “If you attack us we will break your empire before we are through with you. While you may have initial success due to timing and surprise, the time will come when you too will have losses but there will be this great difference. You not only will be unable to make up your losses but you will grow weaker as time goes on; while on the other hand we not only will make up our losses but will grow stronger as time goes on. It’s inevitable that we shall crush you before we are through with you.”

It was a blueprint of what happened in the course of the war.