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Kenmore Rush Hour

The floatplane activity of Kenmore Air is busy on Lake Union in Seattle.  The end of the day means a lot of planes are moving from Lake Union back to the home base at Kenmore.  It makes for a rush … Continue reading

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That Rare Beast, the 109

The Bf-109 was built in huge numbers but a very small number of them survive.  The Hispano Buchon was a 109 fitted with a Merlin engine and they served after the war and ultimately made their way into collections in … Continue reading

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BA 747 Formation with a Cessna?

The path of jets into SeaTac from the north takes them right over Boeing Field.  Sometimes, when you are watching something on one path, something going into the other field gets in your field of view.  Either that or a … Continue reading

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Finally I Get to See the Mossie

I last saw a Mosquito in flight in the early 1990s when the BAe operated example was on the air show circuit prior to its loss at Barton.  I had assumed at that time that I was unlikely to see … Continue reading

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Parallax Preferences

This post is really a question about what people like in an image and what they are prepared to tolerate.  I was at Concrete for the vintage aircraft fly-in up there a while back.  This is an event where you … Continue reading

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Stirring Spitfire Performance

In my younger days, I was all about modern aircraft and didn’t have much interest in warbirds.  Over time and having been involved with a number of groups that operate these aircraft, I have grown far more interested.  Being in … Continue reading

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Consequences of a Doolittle Style Takeoff

Grumpy got airborne using the Doolittle technique I posted about here.  During the takeoff, there were some puffs of smoke from one of the engines.  Initially I thought this might just be some oil blowing through but, as they climbed … Continue reading

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Doolittle Style Takeoff

Paine Field held an open day which included some flying from the local aircraft.  The Heritage Flight Museum had a number of the aircraft taking part including their B-25, Grumpy.  On one of the takeoffs, they used a technique that … Continue reading

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The Rarity That is an Aerostar

I keep spoiling Pete with some of his favorites.  I hope he appreciates this one.  You don’t see a lot of Piper Aerostars about.  It is a quite unusual aircraft, apparently designed originally for possible conversion to a jet in … Continue reading

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So Close to a Gear Up Landing

A gear up landing is never something you want to have.  What is worse is doing it in front of a lot of people.  However, the crowd can sometimes be a benefit.  The open house at Paine Field included some … Continue reading

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