A Century in the Wild Blue Yonder: The National Museum of the US Air Force

A Long Walk Through 100+ Years of Air Force History

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Remember how we mentioned a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force back in our previous post?  Well, with all the hundreds of aircraft on display at the Air Force Museum, we thought it would be appropriate to give the museum its own post.  Way back in 1995 – when I still was still a high-schooler certain of my trajectory toward the Air Force Academy – we visited Dayton on our one and only great cross-country family vacation.  In fact, I have three hours of home video narrated by a voice-cracking, mumbling, monotone yours truly as proof of our trip – that, and about 200 photos (and that was in the days of film no less!).   So, when I discovered I’d be headed up to Ohio again for a shoot, I made plans for a nostalgic visit to the Air Force Museum.

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While things here and there have changed (and expanded!), the waves of nostalgia still flooded over me as I rounded the corner to the parking lot.  I hadn’t even entered the exhibit halls yet – and I was already reminded of our trip some 20 years ago.  Once inside, the memories kept coming – and even a few surprises.  When I entered the second hanger, filled with aircraft from the Korean and Vietnam wars, I had remembered that they had a B-52 on display (a massive plane that goes to show you just how gigantic the hangers are), but I was stunned to see that it was a dead ringer for the B-52 model I had assembled in high school – down to the placement of the camouflage patches!  I had completely forgotten I had painted my model after this one!

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One other unique bit of history, though a new addition to the Air Force Museum, was a collection of a half dozen presidential aircraft – including everything prior to the current 747.  Best of all, you could tour four of the aircraft from nose to tail!  It was a great experience!

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Air and Space Annex

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It’s now been exactly a month since we visited the Air and Space Annex in Dulles, VA, on our way home from New England.  This was our first visit to the annex, and I must say, it was impressive.  Unlike the main museum, the annex is spacious and wide open, with not just small aircraft, but very large examples of aviation milestones.  From the Enola Gay – (the B-29 that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb in combat – shown below, to the Dash-80 (the prototype for the Boeing 707 which introduced the jet engine to commercial flight), you could walk around and on the catwalks above the aircraft to see them from virtually any perspective.

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We visited the Annex after spending a few last hours at Gettysburg and the contrast between that battle and the impact of just one aircraft, the Enola Gay, was sobering.  In 1863, it took three days, 170,000 men and an unimaginable number of mini balls and artillery shells to kill less than 10,000.  82 years later, it took one aircraft, with one bomb, just a few seconds to kill an estimated 50,000 people.  What a stunning change in less than a century.

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On a more uplifting note, we can make another comparison with the space program.  in 1903, powered flight had yet to be achieved, most people were living on farms and the primary mode of transportation involved horses.  But in just 66 years, we had safely and successfully put men on the moon!  The 20th century, both good and bad, was an amazing time of innovation and progress.

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Fine Art Series – Travels North Part 1: The Journey

We recently spent some time in the Northeast, photographing a variety of settings throughout New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia,  Today’s edition features our journey North.  As the sun rose over New Jersey (and with 16 hours of driving delirium under my belt), we traded seats, and I took to photographing the metropolis as it woke from sleep.  Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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Photo of the Day: Out of the Sunset!

Above is a composite photo I took recently while out in Destin for a wedding.  The aircraft are both old rotary-powered T-6 Texans  – there were several out that evening practicing maneuvers and formation flying from the nearby air force base.   Together with the amazing sunset silhouetting the aircraft, it made for some great photography conditions.  Unfortunately, the planes never quite got in the same frame as the sunset, so I took two photos from roughly the same time and combined them into this one image.  Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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Freebie! Nova Scotia: To and Fro (Part 3)

Well no journey would begin without travel, nor end without travel from our destination.  On this trip, we traveled via Delta Airlines and had the privilege [is privilege the right word?]  of visiting 5 separate airports, including extended visits to DC and Atlanta.  But the delays weren’t all bad – they allowed us to get some great aviation photos and make some new friends.  Enjoy!

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