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on May 25, 2018 in Aviation

Memorial Weekend Airshow Shooting

As we say thanks to all our veterans this weekend, there are many airshows paying tribute to our heroes who fought for our freedoms! I want to give you some thoughts, tricks, and tips so you can make the most of your air adventure. Now of course, buying a copy of Takeoff would be a great start! Realizing most learn best from watching rather than reading, you can head to my Kelby Class on Aviation Photography for more in-depth explanations. I want to talk about putting movement into your stills right now so just because you see planes here, these techniques apply to ALL moving subjects! Start with the understanding that shooting unrestricted is essential! The less you carry, the more mobile you are, the more mobile and limber you are, the sharper the photos and better composed they are (here is a complete listing of the gear that’s with me, most in the vehicle just in case). With that in mind, here are some tips that you can...

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on Apr 24, 2018 in Aviation

The Progress & Filming Continues!

Progress on #43-48950 continues at what seems like a lightning pace! We’ve just posted updates from last month as we’re down filming now! We’ve gotten more volunteers here wrenching on the plane and a whole lot more of you have contributed to the filming. Thank you so very much! And thanks so much for the love notes about our coin!...

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on Apr 18, 2018 in Aviation

Doolittle Raid 76th Anniversary

Seventy-six years ago today, 80 airmen in 16 B-25Bs launched from the USS Hornet to attack mainland Japan. Pearl Harbor was fresh in everyone’s memory and even though the damage from the raid was thought to be a token at best, the boost to the US moral was immeasurable. In Dayton, OH in 2017, eleven B-25 flew over the USAF Museum to pay their respect and tribute to the Doolittle Raiders and thank them for their sacrifice for our freedoms on the 75th anniversary of this event. Lt Col Dick Cole, 102 years old, is the last of the eighty Raiders and was present for the ceremonies. We feel very honored to know Dick and being able to call him friend. He’s not just a piece of living history and a hero, but he’s incredibly funny! We owe all our vets a tribute and I’m glad we are saying thanks to this very special...

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on Mar 29, 2018 in Aviation

Love Plane Light

We’re down in Florida at Turian Aviation continuing our work on the C47 Normandy Bound project. Right now they are in the process of replacing all the main cabin windows. It was a perfect opportunity to go “el natural” and just use light and shadow to tell the story. I wanted both sides of the installation process which is what dictated in large part my lens selection. The D5 was the obvious choice for the body so by in telling the story, once the light was known, the rest fell into place. That’s because, with the light, the story of the window was dealt with by how much or how little of the C47 was required in the photograph for you to know he was working on a plane. So for the interior, I went with the 105f1.4 and the exterior, I went with the 24f1.4, both being shot of course, at f1.4. After that, it was simple to arrange the elements so you can see the concentration and...

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on Mar 19, 2018 in Aviation

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot!

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot! – September 10th – 13th, 2018 The Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Historic Wendover Airfield, and the United States Army Air Forces Historical Unit (Arizona Ground Crew Living History Unit, Inc.) is excited to announce that it will be holding a WWII Pilot Training Camp at the Historic Wendover Army Air Field. Wendover Field is the most intact WWII Airbase left in the United States. During your five nights and four days of training you will: – Receive a Flight Suit and Pilots Log Book. – Barracks accommodations for five nights. – Three meals per day in the Mess Hall. – Training materials – Receive Ground School Training on all aspects of flying operations. – Take Primary Flight Training in the PT-17 Stearman. – Conduct Advanced Flight Training in the AT-6 Texan – Air Cadets will be flying every day (3.5hrs total airtime) during this condensed training course and upon completion will Graduate and earn their WINGS! TRAIN WHERE THEY TRAINED!...

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