Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
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cbrandt wrote:
stevez wrote:
Not one to let the grass grow under my feet, the day after our last performance we flew to Hilton Head for a little R&R. Today was a beautiful late fall day and we spent the last of the sunlight at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Not too many birds to be seen (no wonder: we came across some yahoos walking their yellow Lab ahead of us on the trail, ignoring the signs prohibiting pets in the refuge), but a beautiful setting nonetheless.


;( Welcome to NWR photography ...... absolutely typical behavior -- sometimes I've seen them throwing sticks into the ponds for their dog to fetch ...... I realllllly like going to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Va - NO PETS ALLOWED - supposedly .. I've observed local . state . or fed agent with thier dog loose --

I'll be the first to say that NWR aren't only for photographers, but seriously folks .. If your going out looking for migrating ducks, American Bald Eagles, Harriers, etc which I do here in MD -- do you really think your going to see anything as you get together in bike tours of 100 or more thru a refuge or hoppin' on the back of your Harley ..... The stuff that really makes me shake my head though are amatuer wildlife photographers and birders, who stop cuz when a person like me has been able to set up on a WD with a 600mm without pressuring the subject, it's normally more than most of these folks have ever seen .... so they pull over kindof -- which is when I really concentrate for the Fly Away shot - and they get out and slam their doors .. which is normally the end of that particular shoot ......... ignorance in most cases, but birders really know better ........................


*sigh*

This is the best I could do yesterday with my 70-200+1.7TC on the D800...I'm no nature photographer, it's clear!

I did see a pair of marine hercs, but they spooked long before I could get close



cbrandt
Registered: Aug 03, 2006
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Country: United States

stevez wrote:
cbrandt wrote:
stevez wrote:
Not one to let the grass grow under my feet, the day after our last performance we flew to Hilton Head for a little R&R. Today was a beautiful late fall day and we spent the last of the sunlight at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Not too many birds to be seen (no wonder: we came across some yahoos walking their yellow Lab ahead of us on the trail, ignoring the signs prohibiting pets in the refuge), but a beautiful setting nonetheless.


;( Welcome to NWR photography ...... absolutely typical behavior -- sometimes I've seen them throwing sticks into the ponds for their dog to fetch ...... I realllllly like going to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Va - NO PETS ALLOWED - supposedly .. I've observed local . state . or fed agent with thier dog loose --

I'll be the first to say that NWR aren't only for photographers, but seriously folks .. If your going out looking for migrating ducks, American Bald Eagles, Harriers, etc which I do here in MD -- do you really think your going to see anything as you get together in bike tours of 100 or more thru a refuge or hoppin' on the back of your Harley ..... The stuff that really makes me shake my head though are amatuer wildlife photographers and birders, who stop cuz when a person like me has been able to set up on a WD with a 600mm without pressuring the subject, it's normally more than most of these folks have ever seen .... so they pull over kindof -- which is when I really concentrate for the Fly Away shot - and they get out and slam their doors .. which is normally the end of that particular shoot ......... ignorance in most cases, but birders really know better ........................


*sigh*

This is the best I could do yesterday with my 70-200+1.7TC on the D800...I'm no nature photographer, it's clear!

I did see a pair of marine hercs, but they spooked long before I could get close



And who wouldn't be happy to capture those images with a 70-200 ?? ...... the 1.7 does pretty well for you ...... didn't work for me or ........... more than likely - I didn't have the technique so I traded it even up for a 1.4 ...... which my 600mm doesn't want to recognize anymore so will send the 6 and 1.4 in to Nikon come January for repair.

I just came in from shooting some eagles .. a wa out even for the 6 as they scavenged a deer which they do so well ...... but like I said, the 6 doesn't want to play with the 1.4 so I didn't take to many photos ..



Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
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Chris - you're my hero!



Rusty1
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
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Always thought the A4 was the perfect plane for the Blue Angels.







cbrandt
Registered: Aug 03, 2006
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Always enjoyed workin' around A4's on the AAFB NAF Transit Line -- The F4's were always monsters to be around and the BA's were flyin' them in to NAF when I was there .. though F8's A7's and A6's were pretty cool too .. esp those A6's with gold tinted cockpit canopys.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4056
Country: United States

I'll be aboard Trade Wind on the Intra-Coastal Waterway from Charleston to Beaufort, SC later this week. I just looked at the route on the map and we'll be passing by right off MCAS Beaufort in the afternoon. The wind's supposed to be northerly that day, so I'll get to see whatever's being launched passing to starboard. Could be interesting...



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2392
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
I'll be aboard Trade Wind on the Intra-Coastal Waterway from Charleston to Beaufort, SC later this week. I just looked at the route on the map and we'll be passing by right off MCAS Beaufort in the afternoon. The wind's supposed to be northerly that day, so I'll get to see whatever's being launched passing to starboard. Could be interesting...


If you want Steve, I can arrange with a Major I know at MCAS Beaufort to target the Trade Wind. He typically flies as weapons and sensors officer with the VMFA(AW)-533 Hawks. Here is an image of him from MCAS Yuma this year just as he spotted my truck while on final. Gratefully it was too late for him to "lock-on" and release any weapons on my position

Seriously, email me and let me know if you are interested - I'll inquire about a "fly by".



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
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A pair of gullwings.



Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
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Uh Jeff, after he buzzes Tradewind can they swing past Georgetown then?



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
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Country: United States

Tim Adams wrote:
A pair of gullwings.


Absolutely killer image Tim - well conceived and executed


Glenn Watson wrote:
Uh Jeff, after he buzzes Tradewind can they swing past Georgetown then?


I'm thinking that might be another sortie Glenn



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4056
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Glenn Watson wrote:
Uh Jeff, after he buzzes Tradewind can they swing past Georgetown then?


That'd require some extra-long-range external fuel tanks, Glenn.

Jeff, tell your buddy that we can offer a one-gun salute during an engagem....er, flyby. Would he prefer grape, canister or chain shot?



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

Tim Adams wrote:
A pair of gullwings.


Dare I say it looks like they're about to mate. One wonders what would come from that.......



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 1963
Country: Canada

some interesting stuff from the blue angels 2014 calendar:

1. show at the NAS JRB fort Worth which should be good for an f-35 demo maybe?
2. returning to st George, Utah in July



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18834
Country: United States

Hi Guys and Gals,

Great work and good job keeping the ball rolling at MA2A. I'm half way through a non-stop week, one more assignment tomorrow and Thursday and I'll have it wrapped up for the week. We finished shooting the King of Jordan's new Airbus 319 late last night. This morning began at about 4 (and 19 degrees!!) getting rolling for a pre-dawn shot and a long day of interiors. Jet engines for the next two days.

Enjoy your sail Zim!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 8808
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http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/thunderbirds-to-return-to-dayton-air-show/nTSb5/

The Commemorative Air Force B-29 “FiFi” will perform in Dayton for the first time since 2003, she said. The propeller-engine bomber, based at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas, is the last flying B-29 in the world.

The 2013 preliminary line-up also includes: the North American Aeroshell Acrobatic Team, based in Birmingham, Ala., and flying the AT-6G Texas aircraft; acrobatic pilots Skip Stewart, of Cordova, Tenn., flying the Pitts S-2S biplane; and Melissa Pemberton, based in San Francisco, Calif., piloting the Edge540.

Edit to add TOPP



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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That's good news, which means they must have found a sugar daddy for that engine replacement on the 29.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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I had a 6TB four drive LaCie array spit a drive out over the weekend. All stock imagery. I have it backed up in two other places, still a pain in the neck. It's been copying since Sunday afternoon and it's telling me it will continue for two more days. I need to get everything hooked up to Thunderbolt.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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I'm looking forward to seeing her in the air. Every time they move the air show weekend though, the hot weather follows it...

JWilsonphoto wrote:
That's good news, which means they must have found a sugar daddy for that engine replacement on the 29.



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 1963
Country: Canada

And the T-Birds are going over to Asia for a month in 2013...not all the dates are confirmed yet...but interesting.



Aviationbuff
Registered: Apr 09, 2011
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Rusty1 wrote:
Always thought the A4 was the perfect plane for the Blue Angels.







Always liked the Scooter. You captured it beautifully Vance!


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