Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

You all are not unfamiliar with my opinion on government efficiency and competency, so, in the interest of fairness, I thought I would share what was a most unexpected series of events. Yesterday, for reasons that will remain undisclosed, I was granted a fast track into a Homeland Security program that allows one to, in most cases, bypass customs delays during international travel, and security checkpoints while traveling domestically.

First, to be granted access to the program was a privilege, second, the manner in which it was handled, the speed, efficiency and respect with which I was treated, was nothing short of astonishing. As you might expect, the background vetting is substantial, but it was smooth, seamless and handled impressively. Oddly, this all took place on a national holiday! Hats off to the folks at Homeland Security! I will continue to appreciate them on every trip!



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

Got a call this morning confirming D810 Arrival in 12 days. Hoping they get here before my next A330 project in a couple of weeks!

Chandler put another Cub hour in his logbook this week. We had some unusual skies with lower broken ceilings, so for the first time, I took him "on top" in the Cub. Quite an experience in the Cub because you can feel the moisture, and smell the the clouds as you pass through the wisps. He was reaching out with both hands and grabbing handfuls of cloud, fun time!



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

Sad news re: the Mustang in Durango yesterday. That was an incredible aircraft, one of the most beautiful examples I have ever seen. The loss of a piece of history pales in comparison to two lives, obviously. Funny, now that I'm in a position to own a Mustang, I find my desire waning with each one of these occurrences. The state of denial that these are all isolated situations that I could avoid were I to acquire a Mustang, or two, is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Never thought I'd pass if the opportunity arose, but I'm leaning more in that direction with every passing loss.

JR and I were having dinner last night, we were discussing business aircraft and mulling over the mission capabilities vs. our needs. He suggested that we get a couple of Mustangs just to have them, even if they never flew. I know myself all too well to think that I could stand that scenario. I asked that he not "surprise" me with a Mustang, much as I hated to verbalize it. If one showed up, there's no way I could stand to enjoy it as a display piece, so it would set whatever was to happen down the line in motion, because I'd sure as heck never let the front seat cool off. Weebeesee.

Had an opportunity to shoot Glenn's MiG 17 air to air late yesterday, from my favorite perch. After some soul searching, for a couple of reasons, I stood down. Those of you who are on the perpetual B25 mission list, would have had the opportunity to do that shoot in October of 2012 with me, but that wasn't in the plan as it turns out. Would have been a much happier scenario.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4071
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Congratulations Zim! We need to gather up a bunch of us and come hear you "live and in person".


I'd like that! We would not disappoint, I promise you...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9062
Country: United States

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Boston Pops Esplanade Fourth of July concert, first time they've ever streamed it. One snag this year is that Hurricane Arthur/Thunderstorms put a crimp in the schedule, so they did the fireworks live, but at the end, they put in last year's performance of the 1812 Overture for everyone that was streaming or watching on TV. For me, it's not the Fourth without the 1812 Overture and live howitzers



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2634
Country: United Kingdom

Little experiment with the Go-pro mounted on a pole, and using the iphone app and wi-fi to trigger it.



Does anyone know if Go-pro images are better when taken from a video clip rather than when shooting in stills mode?



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2634
Country: United Kingdom

Not sure if I've posted this before.
Flight from London to Frankfurt onboard the A380.



All editing done within Photoshop CC.


RobMoser
Registered: Sep 04, 2007
Total Posts: 865
Country: United States

Well, sorry to hear we won't be seeing Jan at air shows anymore

Rob



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

Re: GoPro's, Mark, I don't know. I think the screen captures from video are fine for web use, but I'd guess the higher res stills would print better. Wonderful as GoPro's are, still a major compromise compared to anything we normally shoot with. Hope the 4 narrows that a little.

It will be interesting to see where the ipo goes. I got an invitation to participate at 24 bucks, didn't do it, so expect it to close at 100 by the end of the first day.



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 1984
Country: Canada

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Got a call this morning confirming D810 Arrival in 12 days. Hoping they get here before my next A330 project in a couple of weeks!


Nice, I'm being told 17th of July also, I'll be in the middle of moving and won't be able to pick it up until after the 22ndish, but that's still plenty of time for me to figure out how to work it before Abbotsford.

I look forward to seeing what you create with it JW.



ELinder
Registered: Feb 14, 2010
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Country: United States

The D810 has me very tempted to sell all my DX gear and switch completely to full frame. Use the D4s whenever I need the frame rate or crazy high ISO and the D810 for everything else.

Jim, I can certainly understand your evolving viewpoint about the Mustang. As beautiful as they are if ever, lotto willing, I were in the position to own one I'd probably go for something like a Tucano for similar reasons.

Erich



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

HI Steven. I'm looking forward to an additional bump in quality, but from what they tell us, the buffer and autofocus upgrades might make it a viable choice for some of our faster moving subjects.

A couple of things happened this week that have me thinking more about Phase One as well. Still want to explore that system when I have time to take a breath. I'm thinking fall and a little landscape tour, Colorado, the Redwoods in Northern CA, and Big Sur, AZ if there's time. There's a ton to accomplish between now and September, might set that junket as a carrot for myself as 2014 slips into the final quarter.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

Hi Erich,

I think that's a great camera strategy. Since I acquired the D800's, I shoot them 80%+ of the time. Still not satisfied with the system if something is booking it, but any other time, it's my choice. Pretty sure the D810 will only reinforce that.

On the Mustang subject, thanks, it's very easy to let a lifelong dream and emotion cloud that decision, but the background reality exists. My friend and client in East Texas, who can afford to buy every significant warbird in the world (I mean all of them!) told me not too long ago that he was really tempted to buy a 51, but he was scared to death it would kill him. He dropped 1.2 on a beautiful Tucano. It's odds, all odds, I'm not worried about mastering a 51, the T-6 removed that doubt a long time (and several seat cushions) ago. The problems come in with an unforgiving wing, and a 70 year old airframe/engine. If it quits on you, although some have survived the scenario, you are in a tough spot that is likely to be your demise. Just tossing a dart at the wall, that could very well have been what took place in Durango yesterday. I don't care if I've got someone as seasoned as Gunny in the second seat, when that happens, it's going to be very dicey and people are likely to get hurt. Bottom line, I think I'd like to fly something a little less stellar, for a much longer time. 45 years of shooting and being friends with some of the best sticks that will ever live, has taught me some irrefutable lessons, paid for with a number of their lives.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4071
Country: United States

Jim, I can't fault your logic. But a Mustang is a temptress...

What if you were to extend that argument to Mitchells? Is the twin-engine safety margin really that great?



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4071
Country: United States

Boy am I glad to be home in Colorado!


Leaving Las Vegas



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

BTW, as much as I loved Glenn, his is a different lesson. Yes, he was dedicated to perfecting his flying skills, and he was a great stick. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a mind second to none. His lesson though is one I already knew, but hadn't experienced quite so close to my heart. No matter how quick a study you might be, if your net worth allows you to advance rapidly through the ranks of airframes, you begin rolling the dice. Non military trained pilots flying sophisticated high performance military airframes....actuarially, well read the NTSB reports. Add simple formation work, the odds tick up, add precision formation work ++, add air show formation work where schedules and the excitement surrounding showmanship enter in ++++. Move into increasingly high performance airframes where the margin for error is about as thick as a laminated checklist.

God bless the guys who calculate and accept that level of risk, we love watching them, and it's exciting/rarified air that they breathe, but we are all very familiar with how it ends eventually. Not being morose, just realistic.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

I think a well maintained B25, in the right hands is exponentially safer than the fighters. If for no other reason, and I think there are other reasons, than the fact that one is not tempted to loop and or roll them. Gunny had an engine go toes up with a load of people on board, on a flight out of Vegas around the Grand Canyon. He declared, Vegas was the nearest suitable, they denied him, he explained exactly how the emergency was going to play out and that he was landing McCarren and that he'd be happy to discuss it all with them on the ground, but get everything the H#X@ out of the way until he was on that ground. Those kinds of things, that kind of experience, that type of discipline, not to mention the character of the man, are the qualities you want when things are coming apart around you.

BTW, as is often the case, the whole thing could have been avoided with proper maintenance.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

Zim, did you fly your new bird, or take commercial?



Aviationbuff
Registered: Apr 09, 2011
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Spartan! - Captured at the 2014 EAA Cracker Fly-in, Gainesville, GA. Christopher Buff, www.Aviationbuff.com







JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19072
Country: United States

That's a beauty Chris!



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