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Hi folks - I am new here, and don't know anybody yet nor am I yet fluent in forum life. This is my first forum experience..! Never lurked either. Well, I have lurked only enough to know what "lurk" means.
Seeing lots of aircraft in this discussion, something I have read about all my life. So here are some shots to contribute. I am more of an art shooter but I hope these pass inspection ;-) Not sure if helicopters count.
#1 is the most recent. Its Tallahassee Lassie, P-47 flying at Paine Field near Seattle this spring at the season opener. Its part of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection. We often see aircraft from the museum flying around in the summer. You can tell they're coming by the distinctive sound of the engines.
#2 is from the same event at Paine Field this spring, Bell Huey and Cobra taking off. Historic craft of the 7th Cav, Vietnam era. In the background of the shot is a B-52. Interesting thing here is that the B-52 probably saw action in Vietnam, yet the craft is still in active service. The helicopters were guests and are not part of the Heritage Collection.
#3 is a shot from the bizarre airport at St. Maarten in the Carribean. For anyone who doesn't know, the airstrip starts a few hundred feet from the beach (!), and the areas around the strip are not restricted. It gives a close up experience of the flying aircraft that never gets old. Plenty of jumbos too, like this Air France A340 (don't know if the A340 is technically a jumbo but you get the idea). In the background you can see some green tents, which are a bar deck where people drink and watch the planes take take off and land. They have a posted schedule which tells what times such-and-such aircraft are landing. Sort of a menu and movie schedule in one.
The second amazing thing is that the area is not restricted. At the same time you get the thrill of the jets, I feel a little weird knowing what can happen if something goes wrong. After all, the jets are dropping fast as they land. Thrilling in more ways than one.
Thanks for looking-
Leica S2 Apo-Macro-Summarit-S 120 lens 120mm f/6.8 1/500s 160 ISO 0.0 EV
Huey and Cobra + B-52 in background
A340 landing at Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles