Posts Tagged ‘Warplanes

27
Apr
10

T-28 “Trojan” Trainer

The US military likes its toys.  Big, fast, high-tech expensive toys.  Fortunately they have learned how to make them last.  The T-28 has been around for over sixty years now and is an essential part of how the US military takes care of its expensive equipment, by making sure the pilots who fly those very expensive aircraft know how to fly them.

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15
Apr
10

Predator Drone

One of the things I liked the best about EAA Airventure was the crowd.  When I took these photos people were patient enough to wait while I took the shots without passing in front of my camera.  Not an easy thing to do, considering I was using a 100mm telephoto lens and had to stand about thirty feet away to get these shots.

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How would you like the camera lens beneath the nose of this aircraft?   With aircraft tucked away in every nook and cranny of this air show, it’s possible to claim that there were billions of dollars worth of airplanes at this show.

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Photos taken at EAA Airventure 2009, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

10
Apr
10

F4U Corsair

The always popular Chance Vought F4U Corsair, while distinguishing itself in combat is also distinguished as having the longest production run of any piston driven fighter produced by the United States. 

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Seen here while parking after performing at Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2009.  My tendency of wanting to see the older World War II aircraft took me out of position to get good shots of these planes in the air.  A mistake I won’t make this year because I’ll know how to position myself better.

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We watched as the pilot turned over the engine…

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Spun around, propeller whirling, grass flying and headed out to the flight line.

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A fence had separated us from getting a closer look at this airplane, but the next day the pilot had parked the plane inside the fence allowing my dad and I a closer look.

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A beautiful Navy/Marine aircraft that even a US Air Force veteran like my dad could appreciate.

07
Apr
10

T-28 Trojan

The T-28 Trojan replaced the T-6 as a military training aircraft in the 1950’s.  Last year at the EAA Airventure air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin was a celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of this plane.

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This specially modified T-28 has smoke pods on the wings to create a unique smoke trail.

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The pods create giant smoke rings in the sky.  Which wouldn’t be all that spectacular.  You know?  Big deal, smoke rings.

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Except then, this guy flies back through them.

24
Mar
10

De Haviland DH 98: Mosquito

Ever since being chastised as a young boy by my older sister for not understanding that there haven’t always been airplanes, I have had a fascination with aircraft.  In particular, warplanes.  My favorite being the P-38 Lightning.  It would be difficult, however, to brag about America’s great two engine fighter-bomber from World War II, without paying homage to Great Britain’s contribution in the two engine category.  Built mostly of wood, this incredibly fast and versatile warplane lived up to its name by being a constant nuisance to Great Britain’s enemies – in particular, Germany.

IMG_9304 I took these photos at the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin last spring.

IMG_9392 If you like air-shows, the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has all the bells and whistles.  Last year’s show featured visits from Sir Richard Branson and White Knight II along with an excellent display of vintage British and American aircraft from World War II now owned and operated by Vintage Wings of Canada.  You can find their website here:  http://www.vintagewings.ca/.  The French showed up with an Airbus.  A B-17 flew in and offered people rides.  I could go on but I’ll stop now.  It’s a great show and a great venue.

IMG_9401 For more information about this plane follow this link:   http://www.airventuremuseum.org/collection/aircraft/de%20Havilland%20DH%2098%20Mosquito.asp#TopOfPage.

For more information about EAA Airventure follow this link:  http://www.airventuremuseum.org/default.asp

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04
Aug
09

EAA Airventure 2009: Grumman F6F Hellcat “Ace Maker”

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Ready on the flight line.

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Hellcat in flight.

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Hellcat after landing.

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03
Aug
09

EAA Airventure 2009: Chance Vought F4U Corsair

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