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Bounce It Down and Do It Again

Since the Growler crews were training as if they were on the deck at sea, they don’t flare their landings at all.  They hit the runway hard and the tire smoke that results is substantial.  Normal landing procedure on a … Continue reading

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Putting Your Boat in the Water

While walking along the shore in Edmonds, we passed the marina and the loading area for the boats.  They had a boat lift for the smaller boats to be taken off trailers and put in the water.  A guy brought … Continue reading

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The First 737

The Museum of Flight has a number of prototypes of Boeing airliners.  They have the first Boeing 737.  This is a 737-100.  Very few of these were built with the 200 series being introduced soon and then taking over completely … Continue reading

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Growler Overhead

The approach to the runway at Coupeville brings the jets right over one of the local roads.  This meant I had the opportunity to go for some head on type shots of the jets.  As they came right over the … Continue reading

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Fort Casey Emplacements

I posted about the lighthouse at Fort Casey here but the fort is obviously a lot more than just a lighthouse.  It was built to defend Puget Sound and this meant some big gun emplacements.  Much like similar emplacements along … Continue reading

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Boat at Rest

Walking through Coupeville, I saw this boat moored out in the harbor.  It seemed such a tranquil sight since it was the only boat around.  With the gentle winter sun and the calm waters, I felt like I could be … Continue reading

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FCLP Training for the Growlers

Naval aviators have to practice the art of landing on a carrier a lot.  Before they ever go to the boat, they undertake a lot of field carrier landing practice.  This involves flying the carrier pattern to a runway as … Continue reading

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Fort Casey Lighthouse

My trip to Whidbey Island meant I had a fair bit of spare time to work with.  I was chatting with a guy while I was there and he suggested a trip to Fort Casey.  It was barely five minutes … Continue reading

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A Sick IL-76 Waiting for Help Perhaps?

Suddenly IL-76s are appearing at Paine Field on a regular basis.  I came across one by surprise not long ago but didn’t get a chance to track its progress.  However, a quick check on Flightaware showed it had departed.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Swans on the Lake

When I was still at college (and because I am an old git, I was shooting on film), I spent some summers in Huntingdon, a town in Cambridgeshire that my mum lived in at the time.  The river Ouse ran … Continue reading

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