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I was at the Dayton airport on Saturday, 10 Nov, doing the greeting as they came off the plane. They close the airport security gate about 8 usually, so you have to get there early to get a gate pass, and the plane lands about 10:17m if not a few minutes early.

Twenty-seven vets from WWII, seven vets from Korean War on this flight. I first found out about the greet program of Honor Flight last month when the paper ran an article saying they were looking for people to come out. Many of them are active duty, they'll bring their kids out as well. First, there's the line up from the gate, and then when they get downstairs, they are convened into a group, and the military folks march out in front of them, then as they approach the reception area, they split out and form two lines, and salute the veterans in to the reception. There are also JROTC, Young Marines, from many of the local high schools, families, friends, all to welcome them home. It's an awesome feeling to participate. October, there were about 100 people, November, there were over 225 people at the gate, they lost count this time.

The vets get to the airport here about 3am, and are on the go just about all day till the return flight.

Local PBS had a story about Honor Flight a while ago with the founder.

http://video.thinktv.org/video/1423787882/


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I learned something new today. A co-worker was passing through BWI recently, when Southwest announced a flight caryying over 100 WWII vets was approaching the gate, and asking that people come and welcome them. She said dozens of people converged on the gate, American flags were handed out, clapping and cheering. Lots of active duty were present that she thinks were just passing through the airport at the time, not an organized meet.

Sounded very moving, lots of tears. She said it was particularly touching to see the reactions of the active duty personnel when a WWII vet thanked them for
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Nov 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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Superb, NOC. That's one tough looking Marine in the first photo.


Nov 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
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Gladiators of VFA-106 making a precise mid-field break at NAFEC.




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Nov 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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Thanks Tony. He definitely looks like someone I would not want to be in my face chewing me out!

anthonysemone wrote:
Superb, NOC. That's one tough looking Marine in the first photo.




Nov 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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Ever heard of the Douglas XB-19? Me, neither. A look at this video might explain why: in its first landing attempt the largest airplane in the world (until the Convair B-36) almost got away from its test pilot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmhevFScTXg



Nov 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
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I really enjoyed your post NightOwl Cat and msalvetti!!

As you said, Honor Flight is a great organization!!!! I cannot say enough good about them and what they do. I have been helping them as a photographer at the events for 3 years now. I live in Spokane, WA. I suppose all of the chapters do it differently, but here, there is a group of photogs that take pics at the departure, the 2nd day back in DC and the arrival. We then put all the pics together and out head photog makes a DVD that we give to each of the vets that went on that trip. It is so great to spend time with some of the great men and women that our nation has ever known. The stories that they tell will bring tears to your eyes. They were just "the boys" doing their job. And they would do it again!!

I am way late getting my pics up, but a few of them are here, http://ront.smugmug.com/Honor-Flight-INW

Also as already said, a HUGE HAND to Southwest for all of the free tickets. I have very high respect for them!!

Ron





NightOwl Cat wrote:
I was at the Dayton airport on Saturday, 10 Nov, doing the greeting as they came off the plane. They close the airport security gate about 8 usually, so you have to get there early to get a gate pass, and the plane lands about 10:17m if not a few minutes early.

Twenty-seven vets from WWII, seven vets from Korean War on this flight. I first found out about the greet program of Honor Flight last month when the paper ran an article saying they were looking for people to come out. Many of them are active duty, they'll bring
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Nov 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
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American Mad Dog



Nov 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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Complete with two mad pilots and equally mad and disgusted flight attendants. American is nothing if not consistent.


Nov 16, 2012 at 09:58 PM
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Lady Jo and I checked out the new Formula 1 track in Austin today - not a ton of great access photographically but we found a few gaps in the fence and tried to take advantage. these cars sure make some weird noises!

Current F1 point leader...



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Nov 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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And number 2 Ferrari...



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Nice shots Glenn! I would have trucked back down there if I'd a thought we could get that close. The 800 would work through that fence! What's traffic looking like. Everyone was anticipating a mess.


Nov 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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WILDLIFE ON AND INVOF ARPT.


Something new this week came to Mesa/gateway.



Nov 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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One from this evening. Just rented an EOS-M for a 10-day trip to Nebraska and am going to take it along with my 5Dc and try to travel a bit lighter than normal.




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Nov 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM
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Nice sunset Leo. Looks like you guys need rain too!


Nov 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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Looks like fun Glenn!


Nov 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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Wrei wrote:
Nice sunset Leo. Looks like you guys need rain too!


We could use some. I walked out of my last service call this evening and this is what I saw. It made me thankful for the area I live in and raise my family.



Nov 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM
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Jeff, nice clean Gladiator shot.


Nov 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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Glenn, heard you sneaked some large lenses in! Looks good.


Nov 17, 2012 at 01:23 AM
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JW:

There are plenty of spots where 600mm+ would be nice looking long down straights, but there are also plenty of good elevated corner exits spots to shoot over the fence where thats way too long. I'm not planning to go back, only scored a free ticket for today (which I promptly lost as soon as I got into the gate so I couldn't even get to me seat) They were expecting 65k today and I breezed in and out using the required shuttle bus service. Expecting 85k tomorrow and 110k on Sunday - maybe a different story unless you buy the helicopter shuttle for $600/person/perday.

As for the lenses, they were not enforcing any sort of camera rules. The general admission was full of 500mm/600mm's on monopods. There are definitely some prime perspectives granted to those with photo access so that would be worth looking into in the future. Does iSnap need Formula 1 media coverage?

Wrei:
As for the lens sneaking, here is how my entry went. Packed my camera backpack with D300, 300/2.8 and 70-200VR. slung a D7000 around my neck with a 30mm for a tourist looking decoy. The bag checker at the gate made me unzip my backpack to look inside - she saw my stuff and said "those aren't bigger than 10mm are they?" the obvious answer was no! Good thing she didnt see my 10.5mm fisheye.

Glenn



Nov 17, 2012 at 02:02 AM
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When asked a witless question, always give the answer they want to hear.

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