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Guarding the Gate That Doesn’t Exist Anymore

Over the years, many military installations have been closed down.  In what form they get handed back to the local community varies.  Close to us is Alameda.  This was once a big base for the Navy with many ships based … Continue reading

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Get Those Shock Waves Showing

The Fleet Week air show in San Francisco is wrapped up by the Blue Angels.  The sneak passes made by the pair are an opportunity to try and get something interesting.  Since they display over the bay and the city … Continue reading

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Hercules Tankers at Nellis

Red Flag 16-4 was a bit unusual in that tanker support was not what you normally see.  No KC-135s were taking part.  The Israeli Air Force had brought some 707s for tanking there jets.  The rest of the tankers were … Continue reading

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Vipers Sneaking up on Strike Eagle

Before I say anything else, this shot is not original.  I didn’t think of this and I certainly wasn’t the first to shoot it.  Indeed, it is the exact opposite.  This is a shot that I have seen from other … Continue reading

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Spanish Hornets and Some Strange Patterns

It has been a long time since I last saw some Spanish Air Force Hornets so I was glad to see them at Red Flag.  They may not look very different to the Navy and Marine Hornets but still, some … Continue reading

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Eagle Inlets

The F-15 came onto the scene in the 1970s and it has been a major force ever since.  As a kid growing up fascinated with planes, the F-15 and F-14 were two of my favorites.  They each had features I … Continue reading

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The Lonely Life of the AWACS

The beginning and end of an exercise has a common theme.  Long before the fighter start launching, an E-3 AWACS will lumber off the runway and head out towards the exercise area.  It gets on station and sets up to … Continue reading

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Backseat Cameraman

One of the fun things about looking through my pictures from a shoot is spotting things I didn’t notice at the time.  Often it is pilots waving or looking like they are doing something different.  This time, I was surprised … Continue reading

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The French Government Comes to Town

Catching a cool bizjet is nice but coming across one that is a bit special is even better.  I almost missed this one.  I was focused on something else when I looked up and saw something on the approach.  At … Continue reading

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Spanish Fake Canopies

When the Canadian Hornets first came into service, they introduced the fake canopy on the underside of the front fuselage.  This was a painted outline of the canopy.  The idea was that, on the heat of a dogfight, the opposing … Continue reading

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