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Flying Legends 2002

Air Shows and Air & Space Museums

As I was getting back into photography circa 2002, I decided to travel to England for the Flying Legends air show at the RAF base in Duxford to see World War II warbirds. I shot that on film, and the weeks of scanning which followed convinced me that digital was the future. Soon after that I got my first Canon DSLR. Since then I've gone to air shows whenever possible, and visited the great air and space museums of the United States. In addition to the government-sponsored facilities in DC, Virginia, Houston and Cape Canaveral, many may be surprised to find out that the Cosmosphere in the tiny town of Hutchinson, Kansas ranks right up there.

2019

  • Sioux Falls Air Show: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Heritage Flight, Sioux Falls Air Show, August 17-18, 2019. [Photos] [Narrative]

2017

  • Top 10 scenic images from South Dakota: I'm not really a scenic photographer, but here are some scenes (and some "other") from around South Dakota 2007-17. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Johnson Space Center, Houston: Johnson Space Center, Houston, July 2017. [Photos] [Narrative]

2016

2012

  • Chicago Air and Water Show: Blue Angels, August 18-19, Chicago Air and Water Show. [Photos]
  • Around New York City: New York City Buildings, Monuments and Museums, Spring 2012. [Photos] [Narrative]

2011

  • New York City: New York City Buildings, Monuments and Museums, Spring 2011. [Photos] [Narrative]

2009

  • Sioux Falls Air Show: Blue Angels and Heritage Flight, July 25-26, 2009 , Sioux Falls, SD. [Photos] [Narrative]

2008

  • Autumn: Various shots from Autumn 2008. Bighorns, bison, elk, waterfowl, raptors, Ellsworth AFB museum. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Warbirds: "Wings of Freedom" warbirds tour, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 2008. B-17, B-24, B-25, P-51. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • TICO Warbirds Air Show: TICO Warbirds Air Show, Titusville, Florida, March 2008. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • South Carolina: Sights around Charleston, South Carolina, March 2008. [Photos] [Narrative]

2005

  • Aviation Nation, Las Vegas: Air show in Las Vegas headlined by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, November 2005. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Desert Wildlife and Plants: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, and other stops. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Kansas Cosmosphere: Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson July 2005, with followup visits in 2007 and 2018. Historic space vehicles Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, Gus Grissom's long-lost Mercury capsule Liberty Bell 7, and the Gemini X capsule. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show: The Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds headlined the June 2005 air show at the Rhode Island Air National Guard Base, Quonset Point, RI. [Photos] [Narrative]

2004

  • New Mexico Astronomy and Aerospace Tour: I booked with TravelQuest International to tour the many astronomical and aerospace sites around New Mexico. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: The dawn launch at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an amazing sight, but on Oct. 10, 2004 there nearly was a tragic reminder that ballooning carries risks. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Air and Space: Air and space museums and displays, Washington, D.C., 1999-2004. [Photos]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined June 2004 air show at the Rhode Island Air National Guard Base, Quonset Point, RI. [Photos]
  • Florida Rockets: NASA 2002-2004. [Photos]

2003

  • TICO Warbirds Airshow, Florida: TICO Warbirds Airshow in Titusville, Florida March 7-9, 2003. [Photos]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show, other participants: Rhode Island Air National Guard Air Show 2003, other participants. [Photos]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show, combined arms demonstration: Rhode Island Air National Guard Air Show 2003, combined arms demonstration. [Photos]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show, Blue Angels solo flyers: Blue Angels at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, solo flyers. [Photos]
  • Rhode Island ANG Air Show, Blue Angels formation flying: Blue Angels at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, formation flying. [Photos]

2002

  • Flying Legends, Duxford, England: The RAF Base at Duxford near Cambridge is the site of several large air shows each year including the Flying Legends in July, featuring the legendary airplanes of World War II. I have been to a few shows since where one or two Mustangs buzzed by, so the sheer number of Mustangs and Spitfires that they put into the air at Duxford is what sets this show apart. It was amazing to see groups of vintage aircraft looping through the sky just as they did 60 years before. The base also is the location of the Imperial War Museum's aircraft collection and includes the largest display of historical American military aircraft outside of the US. [Photos] [Narrative]
  • Air and Space: Air and space museums and displays, Tucson, Arizona, 2002. [Photos]

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