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03-27-2020, 11:01 AM - 2 Likes   #1651
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This is a 5 minute video of the first engine start and run-up performed before the initial flight of the B-17 Sentimental Journey, following its extended maintenance at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, AZ, in early 2019. It's something not routinely seen at air shows and the amount of burning oil as the engines start is astonishing! Taken with my K-3II and HD DA 16-85mm lens.



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U.S.N. Blacklions

Don't normally see these guys over the Loch and they certainly didn't stay long...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
Don't normally see these guys over the Loch and they certainly didn't stay long...
USN, Not USAF,
FA-18 Super Hornet I think, this is a two-seater. We see these planes, different squadrons, out of Whidbey Island NAS all the time around here.
These guys are home based out of Virginia when not on a carrier
Nice shot against the clouds,
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
Don't normally see these guys over the Loch and they certainly didn't stay long...
Just a note: those planes are actually F-18s flown by the USN, not the USAF. The squadron used to fly F-14s.

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QuoteOriginally posted by K-Three Quote
USN, Not USAF,
FA-18 Super Hornet I think, this is a two-seater. We see these planes, different squadrons, out of Whidbey Island NAS all the time around here.
These guys are home based out of Virginia when not on a carrier
Nice shot against the clouds,
I must admit I did wonder about that... but Google wasnt that clear about U.S.N. or U.S.A.F, my apologies to all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by subsea Quote
Just a note: those planes are actually F-18s flown by the USN, not the USAF. The squadron used to fly F-14s.
My apologies... I’m gonna blame Google for not being clear, rather than old Kerrowdown being dumb.

Corrected now.

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gonna blame Google
Always a good bet,
No offense taken, but I'm sure you could rile some up, similar to mixing up RAF and RN, Though they now have RAF pilots on the new carriers, Go figure!
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An Uncommon Sight

The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds flying a joint mission as a tribute to first responders today (28 April). They flew over the medical center at Stony Brook University on Long Island, following an appearance over NYC (Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn). These shots were taken as they headed out from Stony Brook to make appearances over New Jersey and Philadelphia. K-3II and 55-300mm PLM, cropped from image taken at 300mm.

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The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds flying a joint mission
What a great pair of six-packs! Were you waiting for them, or just happened to have your camera in hand?
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What a great pair of six-packs! Were you waiting for them, or just happened to have your camera in hand?
The dual flight was advertised, so I was waiting for them. Knew they would be departing over Long Island Sound so went to my favorite photo spot overlooking the sound near Stony Brook and waited, as did a lot of other people, all wearing face masks, of course. Everyone else was using their phone for pictures. Given that my 55-300 PLM didn't really have a long enough reach, I'm curious how their shots came out!
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A local police helo in 1980. Taken with a Pentax ME with a 55mm 1.8 lens, on Kodacolor II film.
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A couple shots of the Zero at the CAF Hangar, Camarillo, CA, taken in 2007:


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An A-26 on display outside the AF Museum in Dayton, Ohio, in 1980. Taken with my ME and a 50mm/1.7 lens on Kodacolor II film.
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2 more from display outside the Air Force Museum in Dayton in 1980. The first is their XB-70 bomber prototype, and the second is the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Streak Eagle, which has been aerodynamically cleaned up to demonstrate enhanced performance and held 8 time to climb records.
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Three different F-16s, from Hellenic, Polish and Belgian AF. Two photos were taken with the DA 560 and one with the DFA 150-450. Can you tell from viewing the images?
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