Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sun N Fun 2014

As you know if you read this at all, I basically had a "back stage pass" to Sun n Fun this year.

So, I arrived early and took advantage of that.  Enjoy

The Blue Sky Yakrobatics' Aero L-39, Roman 86...shh...she hasn't woken up yet!!

She's awake now!!  And apparently on the run from some T-6 Texans

Speaking of Texans, here's the B-17G "Texas Raiders", a name I know Hetzel appreciates.
Rivets, morning dew, and flags.  Kind of a neat little shot.

Two legends, one photo.

This little Cessna has landed on both the North AND South poles.  Look up the Polar Pumpkin.

The world's only airworthy Helldiver

A Viper showed up to check out the birds.

Turboprop powered DC-3C-TP

One of the original Pan Am Fairchild 71s

Ah, yes, the Storch.

Fokker D.VII 80% replica

The famed Ford Trimotor.  I'll post pics from my flight on her eventually.

Is this an airshow or a car show??  Ford GT heads past the DC-3s


Not one, not two, but THREE F7F Tigercats were on hand!!!


Under the belly of a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger

Your Heritage Flight is brought to you by two Air Superiority Fighters and a video game.....

Said Video Game with weapons bays open


Hey Hey Hey, It's FAT ALBERT!!!!

The amazing P-38F Glacier Girl taxis out.  This is the Lightning that was trapped in the Greenland ice.  Discovery did a show about her retrieval, there are books about it, but...damn, she's a sexy beast.

Here we get into a couple of my Pre-public opening shots.  I liked the lighting this early in the morning, and tried to get a bit artsy with it.  Top, Blue Angel 1, bottom, a Lend-Lease painted B-25J.

S.E.5a replica

The Warbird Ramp just after sunrise

The USAF brought a Thunderbird replica to their recruiting booth.

Raptor awaiting time to play.


Side Shot of Glacier Girl

And Swamp Fox makes for the runway

This is a Piaggio P-180 Avanti.....or an alien species.  You choose.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

In Proffessor Farnsworth's voice....Good News, Everyone!!

For those of you that enjoy my photography, I just got notified that I am part of the official PHOTOGRAPHER POOL for SNF 2014!!!!!! No fighting with the yokels for views this year!!  And, my new 75-300mm lens is on the way, so......

Keep your eyes open.  Now if only I can get my persuasive skills to work on a certain someone and get them to come with me ;P

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Depressing news today, AKA a photographic love letter to my favorite place

I got an email this morning from +Fantasy of Flight, my absolute favorite place in Florida, my "Me" place, that they are closing their doors on April 6th.

If you know me at all, you know how depressed this news makes me.






















































































































I'd been worried about the attraction for a while, because they had been talking for years about plans for new hangars and a seaplane base out on Lake Agnes, but no construction on either was ever started. 

That, and the owner and founder, Kermit Weeks, had been getting......further and further out there in his speeches for the "future of the attraction", moving it away from the amazing Living Aviation Museum I loved and further towards the Disneyism of many "theme parks" that I have always hated. He even added characters to the environment. I remarked to friends that I would take there that I thought those kind of ideas spelled trouble. Any time you try to change what you are to become something you're not, trouble tends to follow.
Fantasy of flight, one of the WORLD CLASS Aviation destinations, started to try and become a theme park, and that was the start of the end. So, in memorium of my absolute favorite place in Florida, please enjoy a few of my fave shots taken over the last 12 years.

 I'm going to go mourn the loss of a place I truly loved.