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Picture(s) A Day – 27 November 2009 – Film Roll #1 From Aviation Nation

So.  I’m in full-on cash conservation mode.  Really.  I’ve got about $5.00 to my name until Monday which is due to a short pay period, big bills, and my decision to actually pay them.  Federal, State, and Local governments could learn something from me :P

I confess that I did get one roll of film from Aviation Nation developed last night and that’s a contributing factor to my current state of low funds.  Yes, it’s my own damn fault.  But at least I have something cool to post tonight :wink:

I didn’t have a chance to label each roll, so each one will be a surprise.  This one happened to be mostly the Sunday C-17 demonstration :)

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

The C-17 is a huge plane as you’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t slow way down.  I think its ground speed here was about 85 miles per hour when these two pictures were taken.  That’s helpful when you want to land on a short runway with a heavy load!

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

Along with slow flight, the Globemaster III (AKA the “Moose”) can turn on a dime and give you change :)  This turn was only 3,000 feet in diameter :shock:  That kind of maneuverability comes in awfully handy when people are shooting at you.

15 November 2009 - Thunderbirds on the flight line at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - Thunderbirds on the flight line at Aviation Nation

The only non-C-17 picture that made the cut from this roll was this one of the Thunderbirds jets.  I really do love that red, white, and blue paint scheme :D

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

15 November 2009 - C-17 demo at Aviation Nation

Another rather uncommon feature of the C-17 is its ability to back up under its own power.  The thrust reversers are even good enough to get it up to a decent speed.  Again, this helps with stopping on short runways along with taxiing on some airstrips.

Tomorrow will be a good day and there will be pictures :wink:  Have fun :mrgreen:

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10 comments to Picture(s) A Day – 27 November 2009 – Film Roll #1 From Aviation Nation

  • Kath

    Glad this is the one that got developed first. I am just so impressed with that C-17!! Everything about it is just so cool. Thanks!!

    Online shopping yesterday — just a bit — so I could stay home and then out just a little today. Have only a couple presents to buy and a Secret Santa gift and I took care of almost all. AND didn’t spend hardly anything!! I’m happy with that! Christmas can be a bit depressing sometimes, but kinda work with it and try to ignore it all at the same time is what works for me.

    • Glad you like ‘em :D The C-17 is an awesome plane and I can’t do it justice in my descriptions – my buddy who’s a loadmaster on them has much more to tell :wink:

      I haven’t been shopping due to a lack of $$$, but I’m glad you got though yours. I know how it can be depressing at times, but I’m still thankful for having two families :)

  • …the Thunderbirds jets. I really do love that red, white, and blue paint scheme

    Me too. Makes the Blue Angles (NOT a typo) look rather pedestrian by comparison. I do expect there will be comment from those with opposing viewpoints and other allegiances. ;)

    Great pics!

    • Buck, I grew up with the Navy Blue and Gold as I only lived about 10 miles from (then) NAS Miramar and I still love the Blues. Before I moved to Las Vegas five years ago, I’d only seen the Thunderbirds twice and only one of those times I remember very well. But I do love seeing F-16s rocking and rolling in the desert sky with that awesome paint job!

      Yeah, I know – pick a service :P Trouble is I think they’re all awesome 8)

      • kc

        I respect them all, given that I know the training and talent it takes to do aerial work like the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels do. But I must admit bias toward the Blues. Sympathy and admiration for the Thunderbirds, because the whole damn lot of ‘em crashed in 1982 (http://www3.gendisasters.com/nevada/12572/indian-springs-nv-thunderbirds-disaster-jan-1982). I remember the day it happened because my mother called me from Montana. Sad.

      • I’ve seen the ‘Birds in every airframe they’ve flown… except for the F-84G and the short season in F-105s… which is one of the bennies of (a) being an Ol’ Fart and (b) raised as an AF brat. I’ve also seen the Blues on a number of occasions, the last being when they did Fleet Week in SFO back in 2001 or ’02. I happened to be on the water in the Bay when they were practicing for the show and my friends and I (it was a corporate party occasion) were treated to multiple LOW passes by those Hornettes. Quite the show, that was. :)

        Other nations have great aerial teams as well… and I’m lucky enough to have seen the Snowbirds (RCAF), the Red Arrows (RAF) and teams from Japan, Taiwan, Italy, France… the list goes on and on. I gotta mention that when I saw the Thunder Tigers (Taiwan) and Blue Impulse (JASDF) they were in F-86s, which is about the BEST airframe for a show there ever was. The ‘Birds are my first love, however.

        kc: I was still on active duty when the ‘Birds flew into the ground at Nellis. That was a black day. (Your link gets a 404, btw.)

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