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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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on Jun 6, 2016 in Aviation

The Long and Short of It

There we were shooting the gorgeous Spitfire MkIX at sunrise. We had this gorgeous sky that, though bald had a killer glow growing in it. We were in front of the Texas Flying Legends Museum hangar at the Dakota Territory Air Museum on a ramp covered in fresh rain. It was just a great morning. And as always, I was looking around and behind me for other photo opps. That’s when I saw the moisture and light on the F-106 Delta Dart and I knew that was the photograph. So, I grabbed the 24-70VR and took a walk to get the shot. But as soon as it was in the viewfinder, I knew it was all wrong! Shooting with the 24-70VR, the first thing is I had to get close physical to get the shot. That made the plaque honoring the pilots who flew them in the 5th become a visual eyesore. But more importantly, it makes the nose of the plane visually more important that the wings. The...

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on Jun 2, 2016 in Aviation

Pilot Portrait – Tammie

Tammie’s second career is flying medivacs, something she does with great passion. It’s a thankless job often because her passenger is on the edge of death. It can be days of boredom waiting on call and then seconds of high tension action when the call puts the team in action. And she does it was that smile bringing reassurance and professionalism to her life saving job! I got two more pilot portraits in this past week, both with the D5, the first I’ve done with it and the D5 and it was sweet! This one of Tammie was the “rush” job. We had set up portrait for the afternoon (wanted the sun side lighting) but the thunderstorms were coming back so we had to push up the shoot. With the incoming thunderstorms comes the winds, fierce winds, it was a challenge but it was fun. The Helo is always parked in this spot on the call, ready to to fly so it was set in place. Tammie has those...

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on Jun 2, 2016 in Aviation

Love That Family Thing!

Last week it was me, this week it’s Jake, back to back covers for Trade-a-Plane! Darn cool and I’m thrilled to share the fun with my son. Life is...

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