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on Sep 24, 2010 in Aviation, Friday Thoughts

Dreams Can Flight Take!

It all started in March. “We have an opportunity, a once in a lifetime one to have a gathering of five P-38s” was how the phone call began. For the non-aviation enthusiast, the P-38 Lightning is a WWII fighter of incredible fame. Between those in static displays and flying, we’re looking at just a handful of these dual boom flying machines of an ancient era left in the world. Personally, it was a plane my father, a bombardier/navigator in B-29s in WWII was involved with in the factory. I grew up on stories of this fabled aircraft with models and photos about the house. So when the call came and I was asked to help in the effort to bring the P-38s to the Reno Air Races in Sept, I jumped right in. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Fast forward the clock to the races just last week. As it is with aircraft that are 60-80 years old, things happen. And running these warbirds takes money, just the...

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on Sep 21, 2010 in Aviation, Just Out!

The Nikon 28-300VR – Beyond my Expectations!

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Click Here I was planning on taking the 70-200VR2 but at the last minute after the briefing I knew I needed a physically smaller lens. It’s then it occurred to me that my good friend and NPS boss Bill Pekala had the new 28-300VR. I’d seen some gorgeous shots he’d shot with it so I asked him if I could borrow it for the shoot of a lifetime. Yeah, I was trusting his opinion and this lens I’ve never shot with for a once in a lifetime opportunity. To say it delivered is pretty anticlimactic! Just click on the link above to see for yourself. Even in the slip stream the zoom stayed true and the sharpness, it’s what I come to expect from Nikon. Keep in mind you’re looking at a Zoomify image shot from the ramp of a C-130 at 1/250 and it’s tack sharp! Bottomline, the 28-300 freakin rocks! Photo captured by D3x, 28-300VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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