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on Sep 14, 2011 in Aviation

Tiger with New Stripes

I have thousands of images of Rod Lewis’ F7F Tigercat, but these are the first with the new paint. You can see it as “Big Bossman” on both of my sites and even air to air, today was the first time I got glass on its new color. I wasn’t too sure at first but then once it hit the sky, schweet! But it was the going away shot after running the course that I liked the best shooting with the big glass. The thunderheads made for a great background and in this case, a monochromatic one. Great first...

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on Jun 23, 2011 in Aviation

That Tigercat Purrs

I LOVE shooting on the ridge! Long before you see them, you here the Unlimiteds racing up behind them. Then they burst over and just 100 feet above your head go screaming by. It’s when you experience this that this large plane seems like grace in the clouds. Can you say…PAN! You surely get your workout keeping up with them but oh man, what fun! Notice how with clouds, the plane seems to moving faster then the image without clouds. Tuck that one in the back of your head, it’s important. Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jun 23, 2011 in Aviation

Your Aviation Trivia for the Day

The Tigercat was designed to be carrier based but size and other issues kept it from seeing that duty. But the folding wings is still present which you can see opening up here on the way to take off taxi. This is one big ass plane and it’s always hard for me to imagine that it is not only a fighter but was purposed to be on a carrier. A piece of trivia, it was originally called Tomcat but that was change because it was felt to be too racey. I just think it’s cool to watch the wings and wanted to share that with you. Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jun 23, 2011 in Aviation

The Tiger Morning

The morning I had with Rod Lewis’ F7F Tigercat “Here Kitty Kitty” was really killer. I say morning but in reality, we had only about 50min with her when we had light to work. We (Scottie & I) arrived long before sun up to get things like the ladder and Gtizo set up, trash cans moved, ropes lowered so when the light start to happen, we’d be ready to go. As you can see, we had bald skies which means the light would change fast and not for the better. I had talked to Rod the evening before and he was very kind to have Here Kitty Kitty parked how you see it and with the wings left down. I asked for the plane to be parked as you see because of past experience shooting in the morning. See the light on the nose of the plane, those nice highlights on both side? That’s a common thing at Stead for a short time each morning. It’s great light and...

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