Curtis Commando

I took a couple of trips to Pungo in Virginia recently to the Warbirds Museum.  The first visit was part of the ISAP field trip while the second trip was for the airshow on the day after the ISAP symposium had wrapped up.  The field trip was on the Friday when they were preparing for the show.  The sun was out but the wind was gusting pretty high so none of the aircraft were flying.

The Sunday was a lot worse.  The rain was pretty constant and the cloud base was low.  There was still some wind although it was a little lower.  However, any chance of a display was gone.  The only aircraft that performed on both days was the C-46 Commando.  It showed up on the Friday to check out whether the wind was within limits.  it did a low pass and determined that it wasn’t landing and off it went.  Fortunately, I was in the right place for the first pass, even if a slightly longer lens would have been helpful.

On the Sunday it appeared again out of the murk.  It did one pass (slightly higher than Friday) and then came in to land.  I was further down the field this time and with a longer lens so was better placed for the landing.  Conditions were not good since it was raining a lot but I still got a few shots.

The Commando is not a common aircraft so I was glad to get to shoot it, even if the circumstances were not ideal.  It was a shame to miss some of the more unusual flying items but there you go.  Make the best of what you get!

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