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p.3399 #1 · p.3399 #1 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


How about a velodrome under construction? You don't see that every day...







Nov 15, 2012 at 04:13 AM
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p.3399 #2 · p.3399 #2 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


A-Maze-ing Zim!


Nov 15, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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p.3399 #3 · p.3399 #3 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


A corn...."maize"............? Nice work Zim!! How did you like "The Bell Bounce" the model 47 is famous for it.


Nov 15, 2012 at 06:58 AM
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p.3399 #4 · p.3399 #4 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


I finished up a 16 hour day with 15 million dollars in Kenworths and trailers..................







Nov 15, 2012 at 07:00 AM
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p.3399 #5 · p.3399 #5 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


15 of those hours spent lining up all the trucks and getting their lights Just So....


Nov 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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p.3399 #6 · p.3399 #6 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


A quick plug, if I may? The Sport Air Racing League 2013 Calendars are available here: http://sportairrace.org/id501.html Photographed and compiled by yours truly. They make great Christmas gifts!


Nov 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
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p.3399 #7 · p.3399 #7 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


stevez wrote:
Ever seen a corn maze? From above? I shot this from the Bell 47 last week.


Disregard those, Steve... it's just the Mayans warming up for 13 Bak'tun on December 21st...



Nov 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
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futurshox wrote:
A quick plug, if I may? The Sport Air Racing League 2013 Calendars are available here: http://sportairrace.org/id501.html Photographed and compiled by yours truly. They make great Christmas gifts!


Excellent work Jo. What is the size of this calendar? The "Product Details" link was not working for me. Thank you.



Nov 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
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p.3399 #9 · p.3399 #9 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Good Morning Lady Jo,

Actually, the 37 drivers were like seasoned formation pilots. I was over in Gonzalez shooting a salt water injection well facility right before the truck shot. When I arrived in Stockdale they had about 20 of them perfectly aligned, so I climbed to my vantage point, the top of a trailer, and kept an eye on the rest as they rolled in for a shift change.

These trucks run two 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Tire costs alone top $37,000 a month for the fleet. They haul 180 barrels of oil or salt water effluence, depending upon their assignment. There is zero unemployment in South Texas (amongst people who actually want to work), and businesses from small to large are very busy and will be for decades. Tell the shops, hardware stores, food outlets, hotels, gas stations, equipment manufacturing and sales people, clothing stores, and anyone else in business here, that "trickle down" doesn't work. I'd have shot this assignment for free just to have the opportunity to be immersed in a climate of hard work, prosperity, and the perspective of an unlimited bright future. In spite of 16-18 hour days and the physically demanding nature of the assignment, I found myself with a spark of optimism as I drove home in the wee hours. And, no small amount of thankfulness that God brought us to The Lone Star lo those many years ago.

The whole week I was thinking about how many industries I have learned about over the past 32 years of shooting professionally. This week has been a course in petroleum and natural gas production, just fascinating. Yesterday I spent about five hours in a special suit, with an SO2 monitor clipped to me. We were shooting in an environment where concentrated amounts of SO2, a highly lethal by product of oil drilling, was present. They briefed me on the emergency procedures if my monitor were to activate, and what would happen if those procedures weren't followed. Oilfield work makes air to air look like a walk in the park as far as risks, it's more on a par with working on a carrier deck.

I ended up shooting late last night and wrapping that assignment up. That worked out well because a client in Fort Worth had need of me for a rush assignment early this morning, so I bolted home in the middle of the night to be available for that shoot. Working toward a day of downtime/Photoshopping at HQ tomorrow, maybe a little Cub time too.







Nov 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
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Jeff W. wrote:
Excellent work Jo. What is the size of this calendar? The "Product Details" link was not working for me. Thank you.


Thanks Jeff! Don't know why the link wasn't working, although I think it just scrolls you further down the page. The calendar is 8.5x11" folded, 19x11"open.



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p.3399 #11 · p.3399 #11 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


This is why you should never leave me alone in Photoshop...

Resistance Is Futile



Nov 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
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p.3399 #12 · p.3399 #12 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


I finally have something to share. From Nellis on Sunday.





Nov 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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p.3399 #13 · p.3399 #13 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Ooh, sweet!


Nov 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
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p.3399 #14 · p.3399 #14 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


WOW!


Nov 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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Flare shots are pretty awesome...

oops..top of page, forgive the stopped prop!








Nov 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM
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p.3399 #16 · p.3399 #16 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Dear Jim,

and the key phrase is "among those who want to work." I look at the signs around here near FIlthadelphia announcing "want to hire." I'm sure that the wages are not what many of the folks think is a "fair wage," (whatever in the world that is), but, ya know, back in my day, any wage you could work for was "fair." Hell, when I was at Kent State and I fired myself out of a university paid residence hall director job (along with its free apartment, meals, etc - the Dean of Men was an asshole, and I wouldn't countenance his bullshit-), my children's Mom took a job near Akron, and I grabbed one up at a gas station across from Kent Hall. We cold-war vets got recognized somewhere along the way, and I qualified for a GI Bill university assistance check, $180 month as I recall, and, though I never saw combat, I still believe it was a subsistence honorably earned. Rant off.




Nov 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
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J Mosher wrote:
I finally have something to share. From Nellis on Sunday.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8187695177_f414734878_b.jpg

DAM...I mean, WOW again !!!



Nov 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
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Dear Tony,

It's merely matter of perspective. Some, even in the darkest of circumstances, put their heads down and go to work, it's the only way they know. Others see the circumstances as someone else's fault (and they may well be in some cases, but so what?!), don't want to expend the energy to find a way out, other than getting that "somebody else" to pick up the tab. Certainly there is a great deal of gray in between those two mindsets, and sorting it out is a thorny job, but we have ample examples of societies that go down the cradle to grave government dole route, and it's never resulted in anything but a populous lulled into mediocrity and dependence. Why some seem to think it will be different here is a head scratcher for sure.

I say this not from a privileged viewpoint, never having been in need, but from a viewpoint of a guy who has been flat broke, and scared to death. You know, you get on your knees, ask for the guidance and help that only faith can bring you, and you go to work.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that might be the best one I've ever read..........."Redistribute My Work Ethic!" I'm sure my Landcruiser would get keyed in the first 24 hours if I stuck that on my bumper.

We are a vanishing breed Tony, and it saddens me to say it, but it's time to come to grips with the facts.



Nov 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
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p.3399 #19 · p.3399 #19 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Dear JMosher,

Well when you do share, it's a jaw dropper! Well done!



Nov 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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p.3399 #20 · p.3399 #20 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Brake Check



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