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on Jul 26, 2016 in Aviation

Claude Hone – Amazin Vet

Claude Hone is so typical of so many WWII vets. He served simply because it was the right thing to do. Claude is not a hero, not an ace, just your basic aviator who did his job under some of the most difficult conditions we could never imagine and came back home to help build a country afterwards. I had the honor and pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with Claude over the past three days (as well as his delightful daughter Nancy) while in Sioux Falls, SD. Originally, it was just going to be for an afternoon for recording his story on video and taking his portrait. Well, we all simply seemed to hit it off and for the next three days, Claude wowed and amazed us with story after story. We’ll be posting many of his stories we captured on film, but wanted to share this simple yet dramatic one. In the top photo, Claude was very proud even in the hundred degree hangar to...

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on Jul 25, 2016 in Aviation

What a Weekend!

Wow, it was an amazing weekend at the Sioux Falls AirShow! Ya, there were great aircraft like the six Texas Flying Legends Museum aircraft we were there in support of. But it was the amazing folks we meet and who became new friends that still has us realing! On Sunday as you can see, we had great skies. Above you see the B-17G “Sentimental Journey,” FM-2P and P-51D “Dakota Kid” above, wait until you meet some of the folks in the next post!...

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on Jul 22, 2016 in Aviation

Oshkosh ’16 & TFLM

Oshkosh is coming up next week, you going? Team Peterson will be there all week working on our project with the Texas Flying Legends Museum who will be there flying this six ship program. A photography guide has created and is posted to help you with your aviation photography. You might want to give it a gander! And if you’re at Osh and see us, please say hi and if we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to...

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on Jul 11, 2016 in Aviation

Aviation Photography – What’s the Secret?

No matter the genre, photographers are always hungry, wanting to get to the “top” of that genre and usually the sooner the better. IMHO, there is no rushing it, it (whatever “it” might be) will happen when it is supposed to. Aviation photography is one of the fastest growing genre in photography. In large part because it requires so little camera gear and in larger part, because it is so exciting and fun! With over 100 air to air photo missions in the book in less than six years, I’m constantly being asked, “What’s the secret?” In the realities of photography, there are no secrets as light is the number one factor that will make or break your success. There is one thing though the might help speed up your success in aviation photography a tad. I’m going to spend an hour at Photoshop World talking about this very subject, but here it is in a nutshell. Once you understand light and use it to tell your story you...

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on Jun 17, 2016 in Aviation

Barry Needham

Wm Barry Needham, in 1941 this spry 21yr old Canadian found himself in England flying a Spitfire MkV in the RCAF. On 7 July, 1944, he was shot down by flak and became a prisoner of war (liberated 40days later by Patton’s 3rd Army). In between he sung E-boats, shot down a FW-190, straffed locomotives and with a fellow Canadian, chased off two FW-190s from a crippled B-17 whose crew was baling out by attacking the fighters even though he was out of ammo. He was and is just a regular guy who at age 95 (96 in 45 days) is living history sharing his story. For example on Sept 17th, 1943 he was told to scramble with a fellow Spitfire. They were to pursue two FW-190s from England and nearly across the channel. His partner shot down one FW-190 and just as the FW-190 was about to reach the French Coast and out of range of Needham’s Spitfire, he squeezed his trigger on his cannons and saw a...

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