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Caldera In A Caldera

Crater Lake is a lake in a caldera.  In the middle of the lake is an island that was formed as the eruptions from beneath built up a new outcrop from the original caldera.  That island has itself formed a caldera on the summit.  The scale of everything is so large that it is easy to not even notice that this second caldera sits within the first caldera.  There are some trees on the island that give you some context as to how large it all is.

Spooky Tree Trunk

The Pacific Northwest provides a lot of dark and damp environments within which things can grow.  The shady environment is not just good for them but it also provides a spooky setting for visiting humans.  As we walked down through the trees to get to Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State park, we passed a tree along the trail that looked like exactly the sort of thing a set designer would come up with for some supernatural movie.  It looked like it was designed to capture the unwary.  On a sunny day, it was interesting.  On a dark and cold evening, it might be a little less appealing.

A Tree Trunk Supporting Sea Life

The Pacific Northwest shorelines are strewn with tree trunk.  Whether they have been washed in to the see or are strays from the logging business, doesn’t matter.  There are tons of them everywhere.  This one was on Cannon Beach.  I have no idea where it originally came from but it had washed up here at some point and got quite established in the sand.  The surface of the wood had become the home of a multitude of sea creatures.  It was festooned with them.  I wonder how much they depend on it staying there or, if it gets washed out again in the next storm, they would be in trouble.

What Is The Story With This Reverser?

I was scanning through some photos from my travels to Oregon with Mark and came across some photos of a United Airlines 737-700 landing at PDX.  It was braking and had the reversers deployed.  Looking at the shots, there is a dark burn mark on the engine nacelle that is split either side of the join in the reverser.  It looks like something has been cooked a little.  Anyone with experience that can suggest what has been going on with this engine?

B-17 In Pieces

Erickson has a B-17 as part of its collection.  However, while Ye Olde Pub was sitting outside during my visit, there was a second B-17 on site.  This is Thunderbird and it is undergoing some major airframe work.  The fuselage was sitting on stands directly in front of you when you entered the hangar.  The wings and empennage were in racks around it.

I don’t know what the schedule is for sorting out this aircraft but people seemed to be busy working on it so I assume it will be back in the air before too long.  I did enjoy sneaking around trying to find good views of all of the parts that were stored awaiting their return to their rightful place on the airframe.  Madras is quite a hike for me but it might be good to go back when they get the plane back in the air.  It sounds like the sort of thing that Matt Booty might get down to photograph.  Maybe I can be his assistant!

Taiwanese F-5 In The Corner

I have posted about a MiG 21 and an F-104 Starfighter that we found in Corvallis and, if you read both posts, you might recall that we were there because we had heard about a Taiwanese F-5E Tiger II that was supposed to be there.  While I have focused on the other two, it was indeed true that the F-5 was there.  It was also tucked up at the back of the hangar.

It was squeezed in amongst the other aircraft which made getting a clear shot of it a touch tricky.  I was using my phone – why I didn’t go back to the car to get the main camera I don’t know – but I ended up taking shots to stitch together when I got home.  The jet looked in good shape.  It even had a data plate on the wing tip which is unlike most other jets I have seen.  I grabbed a bunch of shots but we had a long drive ahead of us and we couldn’t stay forever.

Arrowhead Of Snow

The water in Crater Lake was very smooth when we were there which made for great reflections of the rim of the caldera.  One the other side of the crater, there was a snow bank on the side of the bowl which looked like a parallelogram.  With the reflection in the water, I thought it looked a bit like an arrowhead.  I am not much of a visionary when it comes to abstract images but even I saw this and thought it looked promising.

DC-7s Retired To The Sun

Erickson currently flies a bunch of MD-87s are firefighting jets.  However, these are a relatively recent addition to the service and they have replaced Douglas DC-7s.  The DC-7s were still in service when I first made a visit to Madras in 2015 but they have now been retired.  However, three of the airframes are stored on the ramp at Madras and we took a look around to see how they were fairing.

They looked in great condition.  The dry atmosphere at Madras is good for storing aircraft.  Some engines have been removed but the three jets are in the most recent paint finish and parked in a line.  They make for an interesting subject.  I have no idea how far from airworthy they are should anyone want to get any of them flying again (aside from the engines that have been removed) but they look like they have been taken care of.  I would have loved to have seen one airborne but sadly, that time has passed.

You Want To See Our Starfighter?

In a previous post, I mentioned coming across a MiG 21 in Corvallis Oregon.  When we saw this jet through the door of the hangar, we were surprised.  However, we are polite types so I went in to the office attached the hangar to ask if we could take a look at the MiG.  When I said this to the person on the desk, she asked if I wanted to see their Starfighter.  I was confused but wasn’t going to argue about the type since I wanted them to let me in.  She pointed me through the door to hangar and said I was welcome to look around.

I went through the door and looked to my right and immediately realized what she was talking about.  Tucked in a corner to one side of the MiG was an TF-104G Starfighter.  It was in bare metal but there was a hint of previous paint on it.  I found a panel with markings on it which suggested the jet had seen service with Turkey.  Mark advised that they had received jets from other countries so it might have served elsewhere before.

While it was tucked in the back of the hangar, the hangar doors had plenty of clear panels which meant there was some nice light illuminating the jet as it sat there doing very little.  The Starfighter is such a fantastic looking jet.  It is so dynamic looking and, when in bare metal, it looks even more cool.  I have no idea the story that brought it to Corvallis but was so happy to have found it as part of a short diversion from the long drive home.

Remote Location For A Getaway

The Watchman Peak overlook at Crater Lake site beneath a peak.  I don’t know the name of it but I am going to make a guess that it is Watchman Peak.  Sitting on the top of it is a small stone hut.  (It is possible that it isn’t small and that the distance just makes it look that way – Father Dougal, are you listening?). It was surrounded by snow so access looked pretty tricky but, if you want to go somewhere to avoid the masses for a while, I would think this place would do the trick – particularly in winter!