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Posts tagged “Airplane

Warhawk

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The mighty P-40 Warhawk, flown by the Commemorative Air Force.   The P-40 first flew in 1938, it was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47.   Warhawks served all over the world in combat during the war.   I had never seen one in person, but thankfully one was on hand for the Wichita Flight Festival this year.    The P-40 took off in pursuit of the Japanese fighters in the Tora Tora Tora show, it was great.   Beautiful plane.   When parked, it was roped off in a way that severely limited the angles from which it could be photographed.  I would have loved to have been able to get around in front of it as well.

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Jet Power

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This is an image I unearthed while re-processing my air show photos from 2011.  ( I have all the originals but lost my Lightroom edits in my tragic double hard drive disaster.)  My main website is run by Smugmug, and they have just unveiled a massive redesign of the whole operation.  Photographers are going to have to re-design their websites, there is much grumbling on the Smugmug forums about it, however many people are pleased with the new customization and appearance features.  I’ve redesigned my site at http://www.cfordphotography.com     The website redesign has given me a little shot in the arm of photography enthusiasm, which is a good thing.


Sweet & Lovely

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Another airshow image.  Nothing particularly artistic about this, just a pretty aircraft.  (One of the two P-51 Mustangs on display at this years Wichita Flight Festival.)


Wing Walking

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Wing walker Ashley Battles in action at the Wichita Flight Festival.  This young woman holds the endurance record for wing walking, at four hours.  She achieved this last summer, over San Francisco.


Stearman

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This a beautiful example of a Boeing Kaydet, made by the Stearman division of Boeing during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Often known as the Stearman, it was a trainer aircraft for new pilots during World War II.   I imagine many a military pilot started his career flying along in the open cockpit Stearman with an instructor barking orders at them, and a year or two later they would find themselves strapped into a fighter like the Mustang in the background, hurtling through the skies over Europe in combat.     After the war many Stearmans went into civilian use as crop dusters and general sport planes.   This one was on display at the Wichita Flight Festival.