Monthly Archives: April 2016

Aerial Firefighting Demonstration

Every other year the Aerial Firefighting conference comes to North America.  This year it was held at McLellan Field near Sacramento.  A tow day conference, I originally was going to attend on both days.  Unfortunately, I had a work conflict … Continue reading

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Hyperlapse Oakland Approach

I was a sitting by the window on the approach to Oakland and decided to play with the video functions on my phone.  I have shot video clips a number of times of the approach but it takes a lot … Continue reading

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Nice Challenger 300

I may joke about what my favorite business jet would be to buy but, of course, I am not getting one any time soon. That doesn’t stop me considering which would be a good choice. The large cabin ultra long … Continue reading

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Marine Corps C-9

If you had asked me whether the McDonnell Douglas C-9 Skytrain was still in service, I would have said no.  Used by the Navy and Marine Corps, the fleet had been wound down as C-40 Clippers were introduced.  I thought … Continue reading

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Southern Hemisphere Rest Stop

The scheduling of flights from Australia and New Zealand to the west coast of the US is not ideal for getting maximum utilization from your aircraft. There is a long time between the arrivals and the most desirable time for … Continue reading

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San Luis Obispo

We took a short trip to San Luis Obispo while staying in Paso Robles.  I didn’t know what to expect of the town other than that it is rated the happiest town in America (or some similar “statistic”).  We got … Continue reading

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Regional Parks Astar

While I was getting lucky catching the Huey at Hayward, this wasn’t the only helicopter I came across in action.  A short distance away from me, an Astar was running up on the ramp.  Before too long, it lifted, taxied … Continue reading

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Bomb Shelters(?)

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Mare Island rapidly added some bomb shelters for the workers and residents.  These concrete bunkers were built quickly but have lasted a long time.  The doors to them have gradually decayed and … Continue reading

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More Aerials from LAX

I have put together a number of posts about specific aspects of our flight over LAX.  However, there were lots more aircraft that we shot on the flight.  It is just that they didn’t seem to warrant their own post.  … Continue reading

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Ospreys on the Docks

I might have been visiting Mare Island to see the museum and surrounding area but I also got to fit in some wildlife viewing while I was there.  I had stepped out of the back of the museum towards one … Continue reading

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