Oshkosh Trip: Day 8

Second day of Airventure 2009

Today promised to be a good day weather wise. The sun was out, the temps were perfect, the humidity was down — it was just a beautiful show day.

Manly engine — How does 600HP (500HP continuous use) of turbo-charged V8 oomph tickle your fancy?

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/1000sec, 42mm focal L., map

Avro Lancaster — from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.5, 1/800sec, 28mm focal L.

Some info Andrew Mynarski if you re wondering why it’s flying the Canadian flag.

Steady Here — What exactly does that mean? Is that the Brit’s way of saying “don’t go past this line if you want to stay out of the props”?

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/250sec, 92mm focal L.

White Night II

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/320sec, 50mm focal L.

When we arrived the White Night II was just a bustle with activity. Supposedly Sir Branson was there getting a lesson and systems overview so he could participate in the afternoon’s flight.

White Night II — There was a flurry of workers doing all sorts of stuff to it, for some reason…

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/400sec, 28mm focal L.

In the photo above, note the large aluminum I beams that form the tow apparatus. They can’t pull on the nose wheel like normal since each one is so far off centerline.

The area of the wing above the scissor lift is shown in the photo below.

After thought? — I can only hope that these have something to do with connecting to SSII. I can’t think of any other reason they’d be hanging on the outside of the wing like that. Maybe there’s a cover that they are supposed to hide inside of?

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/80sec, 210mm focal L.

Progression

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/200sec, 110mm focal L.

Vortex generators on the tail of the White Night II — With 600MPH aluminized “duct tape” holding them on. Last minute fix for some problem?

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/250sec, 70mm focal L.

Corporate whore

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/640sec, 60mm focal L.

Departing for the mass RV formation flight — More of this to come…

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/250sec, 120mm focal L.

Cessna 195

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/160sec, 28mm focal L.

Mass RV formation — They’re just gett’n warmed up…

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/9.0, 1/250sec, 155mm focal L.

Part gyro copter, part motorcycle — They Butterfly Super Sky Cycle

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/10.0, 1/125sec, 30mm focal L.

Getting it together

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/10.0, 1/100sec, 155mm focal L.

Safari Helicopters — Homebuilt chopper. The one on the right won the Lindy award.

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/10.0, 1/125sec, 28mm focal L.

Dialed in! — Now they’re just showing off…

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/10.0, 1/250sec, 300mm focal L.

Lots of practice to make that happen — They make it look easy to fly 37 planes in formation.

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/6.3, 1/320sec, 300mm focal L.

Turbine DC-3

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/6.3, 1/160sec, 28mm focal L.

Best look’n Albatross I’ve ever seen — Love that paint job.

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/8.0, 1/200sec, 28mm focal L.

Rows of Swifts — This one makes my elbows hurt just look’n at it.

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/11.0, 1/125sec, 110mm focal L.

P-51C

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/11.0, 1/200sec, 28mm focal L.

Venture Model 20 — Tiny little wings, yet 61 knot stall speed and and a scream’n fast cruise.

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/7.1, 1/500sec, 155mm focal L.

Predator — Never realized how big they were.

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/7.1, 1/400sec, 50mm focal L.

Buisness end of the Predator — why do I feal like, somebody’s watching me?

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/7.1, 1/320sec, 28mm focal L.

Just a small bomb — Also known as a “cookie”

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/7.1, 1/400sec, 28mm focal L.

P-51D ammo feed — Note that every 5th round is incendiary tipped (tracer)

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/9.0, 1/500sec, 28mm focal L.

Yours truly — Having a seat in a gorgeous P-51D

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/9.0, 1/500sec, 55mm focal L.

Panel of the P-51D — Fairl well equiped and IFR capable.

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/5.0, 1/500sec, 28mm focal L.

Rows of P-51Ds — Big frick’n prop that the Rolls-Merlin swings.

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/9.0, 1/400sec, 65mm focal L.

Rows of Boeing Stearmen

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/9.0, 1/640sec, 28mm focal L.

Not a real Zero — But, a pretty good likeness.

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/6.3, 1/1250sec, 92mm focal L.

Rows of T6′s / SNJ’s — The T6 category is my favorite at the Reno Air Races — the competition is fierce!

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/200sec, 46mm focal L.

B-25 Mitchell — Can you believe it was found abandoned in Wilmington, DE in 1975

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/80sec, 28mm focal L.

Get your graffiti on

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/400sec, 135mm focal L.

Rows of T-28′s

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/250sec, 42mm focal L.

Double-Decker — Airbus A380

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/200sec, 300mm focal L.

Just a few tires to change — not exactly a shocker that they use Michelin’s…

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/13.0, 1/200sec, 300mm focal L.

Stunt it! — No camera tricks being played here. Note the hard left rudder deflection.

NIKON D70, ISO 400, ƒ/7.1, 1/1000sec, 300mm focal L.

On the binders

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/7.1, 1/500sec, 300mm focal L.

Like a sore thumb

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/7.1, 1/640sec, 220mm focal L.

Who says choppers can’t do tricks?

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/400sec, 300mm focal L.

Twin Beech Model 18

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/500sec, 300mm focal L.

This was truly an elegant show to watch. Very graceful maneuvers.

Twin Beech Model 18

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 300mm focal L.

Look Ma, no hands!

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 300mm focal L.

Arrr! Thar be a treasure that’away

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/500sec, 300mm focal L.

T6 team heads in to show center

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/10.0, 1/400sec, 300mm focal L.

Opposing loops

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L.

The sound is awesome — You can hear the throttle adjustments being made as each pilot works to keep the same speed as their lead.

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L.


NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/7.1, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L.

T-28′s are look’n good — Thus, starts the hour of warbirds.

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/640sec, 170mm focal L., map

A Mustang feels for the runway

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

Corsair flyby — All sorts of stuff during the warbird hour.

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/7.1, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

Ford Tri-motor — Love the tail-cone on the landing light.

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/11.0, 1/125sec, 42mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

Heritage flight — P-51, A-10, F-86

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/11.0, 1/320sec, 155mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

T-28 puts on an aerobatic show

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/9.0, 1/320sec, 300mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

Smoke rings — The T-28 was doing aileron rolls and left these behind.

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/7.1, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L. ~0ft from prev photo, map

And so concludes our time at the show. It went on for another 4 days, but, that was all we’d get to see.

The next day we hit the road and started east.

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