Hey steve, got any pictures of the army guys getting blown all over creation at last years Little Rock AFB Airshow? I was there and it was something to watch.....
[QUOTE=B1Pilot;688471]Hey steve, got any pictures of the army guys getting blown all over creation at last years Little Rock AFB Airshow? I was there and it was something to watch.....[/QUOTE]
We missed that. We went on Sunday and my neck injuries got to barking and we had to leave before the Thunderbirds started. Hopefully, this year will be better. But, in any case it sounds like a good story. What happened?
Old Soviet I-16 Fighter. Very short range, only had 30-60 mins flight time. This one is still a flyer. Here it's in Riverside, but shortly after this picture was taken, was flown (in a lot of short hops) to it's home in Midland Texas.
[QUOTE=GSteve;688472]We missed that. We went on Sunday and my neck injuries got to barking and we had to leave before the Thunderbirds started. Hopefully, this year will be better. But, in any case it sounds like a good story. What happened?[/QUOTE]
The jumpmasters from the C-130Js got the drop point wrong and half the paratroopers landed in the trees...
Since this is a minor thread hijack here's a cool plane pic:
Chris, is that an action shot of you at work?
This guy probably wasn't one of those that landed in the trees.
I like the flag in the cockpit! :thumb
Better view of the flag. We kept flags in the map cases and presented them to people on the road. These images were taken while cross-country from Boston to Nellis AFB.
#2 on the boom.
#6 Headed for the barn.
Sorry folks, got a bit carried away with the scanner today.
Great stuff, thanks for sharing!
Two quick stories you guys will get a kick out of...
1. The B-1 inverted pic I posted was from deployment to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in 2001, right after 9/11. The guy who was flying did a high speed pass and roll across the runway, as a mini airshow and way of saying thanks to all the hardworking maintainers and loaders who were busting their asses pulling 12-16 hour shifts daily to make the combat sorties happen. Needless to say, they all loved it, but the O-6s grounded the guy for a week or so (and he was in a position of authority in the squadron).
2. For the past year at work, I sat 6 feet from a fellow officer who was the opposing solo on the the thunderbirds. She has many, many awesome pics like the ones raptor posted, but the best part was that we were classmates at the Academy 14 years ago.
another obligatory cool pic... coming up to the tanker over the indian ocean.
I live not far from the south end of RWY 16R/34L at KPAE (Paine Field) in Everett, WA. This is the home of Boeing's "double-aisle" aircraft manufacturing (747/767/777/787). We always see interesting and unusual aircraft flying overhead.
A few weeks ago, we decided to drive around Paine Field and see what we could see. As the father of a six year old, looking at airplanes is a great way to kill a weekend afternoon!
Boeing uses these modified 747s (called "Dreamlifters") to transport sections of the 787 to Everett for final assembly. Parts of the 787 are made in Japan, South Korea, Wichita, Kansas, Charleston, South Carolina, France, Italy, and India. [IMG]http://dvandkq.net/images/20110522-145.jpg[/IMG]
Boeing must obtain FAA approval before they can deliver these 747-800 freighters to their carriers. Once Boeing completes their test flight program and the FAA signs off, these brand new aircraft will be delivered to their new owners.
These are the new 747-800 "Intercontinentals" that Boeing is currently test-flying in order to obtain certification. They are developing passenger and freighter versions, but they have way more orders for freighters than they do for the passenger version.
I don't know the story behind the B-52 currently parked on the tarmac.
Mothballed airliners (like this 767) have the engines replaced with weights so that the airframe is properly stressed at all times.
While we were looking around, an unpainted 737-NG was doing touch-and-go landings.
Billionaire Paul Allen has a large hanger at Paine Field where he keeps the WWII aircraft he's collected. All of his aircraft in the "Flying Heritage Collection" are operational, and the museum has "flight days" where observers can watch these museum pieces take to the air. We'll be visiting a few of those this summer, and I'll post the photos I take.