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Aviation Nation 2009 – More Pics From Another Great Day

I seem to recall promising some more plane Pr0n a while back :P

Yep, I finally got more film developed – three rolls from Aviation Nation 2009 and there’s actually a few I consider to be somewhat acceptable images amongst the ones I managed to goof up along the way :wink:

Now, I still feel like I’ve been run over by a fully loaded C-5 Galaxy, so I’m going to keep the commentary short and mostly confined to the captions.  I hope y’all don’t mind.  Just remember that you’ve always got the comments to fall back on for questions and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability :)

Aviation Nation 2009 - Snowy mountains in the distance as we wait for a ride to Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - Snowy mountains in the distance as we wait for a ride to Nellis AFB

Yep, we all parked at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and took buses to the flight line on the air base.  I thought this was a pretty cool pic due to the snow and the Shelby facility in the picture :)

Aviation Nation 2009 - First view of the flight line Nellis AFB for the Sunday airshow

Aviation Nation 2009 - First view of the flight line Nellis AFB for the Sunday airshow

And this is what we saw upon leaving the buses.  Base Ops is on the right and that’s an F-15E Strike Eagle in front of the C-5 Galaxy.  Keep in mind, I still want an old, worn out C-5 to convert into a house in the middle of nowhere someday :wink:

Aviation Nation 2009 - Bill Reesman rides down the crowd line on one a tip tank

Aviation Nation 2009 - Bill Reesman rides down the crowd line on one a tip tank

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team flying in formation over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team flying in formation over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team flying in formation over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team flying in formation over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team breaking over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The Patriots jet team breaking over Nellis AFB

Sponsored by Fry’s Electronics, the Patriots jet team flies L-39 Albatross jet trainers made in former Warsaw Pact countries.

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III taking off from Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III taking off from Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-17 Globemaster III over Nellis AFB

Yeah, Kath, these are for you 8)  We can’t get enough of the C-17, can we :P ?

Aviation Nation 2009 - AC-47 Spooky at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - AC-47 Spooky at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - V-22 Osprey at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - V-22 Osprey at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - USAF Cessna 150 at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - USAF Cessna 150 at Nellis AFB

Just a few of the static displays at Aviation Nation 2009.  Gotta love the kids with the Cessna :wink:

Aviation Nation 2009 - Skydivers' jump plane at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - Skydivers' jump plane at Nellis AFB

Who can spot the two HUGE modifications to this airplane?

Aviation Nation 2009 - B-25 Mitchell taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - B-25 Mitchell taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - B-25 Mitchell taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - B-25 Mitchell taking off at Nellis AFB

You’ve just gotta love the cackle and crackle from the round engines on a B-25 :D

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F launching skyward at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F launching skyward at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F 'Turn & Burn' at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F 'Turn & Burn' at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F 'Turn & Burn' at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F 'Turn & Burn' at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F/A-18F at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F4F Wildcat at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - F4F Wildcat at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at Nellis AFB

I thought I might have heard Glenn out there complaining about too much Air Force stuff and not enough Navy :lol:  Here’s hoping some good pics of a Super Bug and a Wildcat can keep him from driving over here to yell at me in person :wink:

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-130 Hercules at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - C-130 Hercules at Nellis AFB

As a nice break from the flying pictures, I think this C-130 works quite well :)  Keep in mind that the first C-130 flew in 1954 and we’re still buying brand new ones today.  Sure, they’ve made improvements, but still nothing better has come along in all that time.

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom taking off at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Aviation Nation 2009 - The mighty F-4 Phantom at Nellis AFB

Last, but not least in anyone’s book, we have some pics of a plane I’m sure Buck will like and Glenn will remember, too.  That’s right, it’s the mighty F-4 Phantom :twisted:  This one will likely be a smoking hole in the desert or a home for fish before long – the HD shows that this bird is based out of Holloman AFB in New Mexico and the only Phantoms they have there are the QF-4 models which are remotely piloted and used as full scale aerial targets.  They all can’t go to museums and the government has only let one get into private hands, so I’d rather see ‘em take one last flight that will do someone in the military some good instead of becoming soda cans.

Anywho, that concludes today’s exhibition of plane Pr0n :)  I hope y’all liked it and I promise we’ll have more before long – probably once I get paid again and I’m feeling a bit better than a desert roadkill rattlesnake in the summertime 8)

Have a great night and wish me luck at work tomorrow everyone :mrgreen:

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19 comments to Aviation Nation 2009 – More Pics From Another Great Day

  • Kath

    Yep. Those C-17s are just so freaking amazing!! Then when it’s up in the air, it’s like oh, lad-te-dah, so smooth! I don’t know, I just love it. :) :)

    And how big does that Osprey look!! Wow. It’s pretty darn amazing.

  • Kent

    It would be great to see a reenactment of a cold war battle between a Yak and an A 26?

    Cheers;

    K

  • Great photos, Jeff. We appreciate your sharing our great air base with the rest of the world. Even with it be a bit downsized due to the state of the economy, it was a great air show. It’s a shame we don’t have photos like yours of our activities at the Area to show now that some of the Cold War projects have been declassified. Just this last month I was finally able to post photos of the CIA U-2 operations at Watertown in 1956.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, TD :D

      I do what I can, even if it’s not all that much. I’ll have to stop by your sites and check ‘em out again soon – I love all the old stories and pictures :)

  • Buck

    Much to comment on here…

    First… there’s this: I finally got more film developed – three rolls… Just out of curiosity, why film and not digital? I still have my old 35mm SLR and all those lenses (can’t bear to part with it, as I’ve had it for over 35 years) but the last time I ran a roll of film through it was in 2000. What sort of film camera do you use?

    Second: A US Navy Legacy Flight with that Wildcat all dolled up in The Queen’s Livery? Can’t our squids find one painted up right proper? ;)

    Third: We’ll be getting a squadron or two of CV-22s at Cannon late this year or early next… can’t wait!

    Last: At least those QF-4s will go down honorably, as opposed to rotting in the boneyard at DM… or worse.

    • Buck, there’s a couple of reasons for the film, but the biggest one is the price of a digital SLR going in. Even if I just bought the body, I’d be looking at $500+ and whereas I use point and shoot digitals for most of my work along with my cellphone, I can’t see spending that much when I’m trying to get a subcompact pistol, a CCW license, gear in general, and especially ammo :wink:

      With the number of flying Wildcats in the world these days (about 18 according to Warbird Alley), I’ll take what I can get as long as I get to see one airborne :)

      I’ve seen a V-22 fly once and you’re not going to believe just how quiet they are in airplane mode 8)

      And yep, you’ve got it right on the QF-4s :)

  • kc

    We lived in the pattern when the ol man was stationed at Navy Test Pilot School (last duty station). Osprey was a fairly common sight. Sitting in my kayak in the middle of the pond over there one day, daydreaming and reading, I saw the first of many fly over. Impressive.

    Still love the B-25, though, right down to my toes.

    And Kent – hubby’s uncle was shot down in his A-26, spent the rest of WWII hiding and in a POW camp. No one knew that till after the ol man got out of boot camp in ’84. At a family gathering, Uncle Ralph pulled a picture out of his wallet NO ONE in the whole family had ever seen and told a story none of them had ever heard. AFTER that, he attended reunions and became active in the lives of old mates, but for nearly 40 years, no one knew. He died last Spring. Amazing man. Only A-26 I ever saw belonged to the Confederate Air Force at an air show we went to in SoCal.

    • KC, I’ll see what I can do about an A-26 pic – I think I might have one floating around on the computer. I know there’s one at the March Field Air Museum, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for me to have taken at least one picture of it :)

      I’m glad you liked the pics of the B-25s and I have to say thanks for sharing that great story as well.

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

    Wildcat in RN markings represents the FM2 Martlet used on the smaller carriers in the Pacific and the Med. BTW Royal Naval Aviation passed their Centennial this past spring. And some of those RN Martlets did operate from our escort carriers in convoy operations.
    When I was serving aboard The Good Ship Independence out of Norfolk, VA, we did a couple of crossdecks with HMS Ark Royal. The F-4K Phantom II as used in the Royal Navy was an awesome airplane. It had telescopic afterburners. When lit, the fire went almost all the way to the top of the Jet Blast Deflector. And damn, it was LOUD! It also had a higher strut extend than our J, N and S versions of the F-4. This was to increase angle of attack on the catapult. The Ark’s cat stroke was about 185 feet to our 330 feet.

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

    And I still say the best attack aircraft of the jet age was the Mighty Grumman A-6 Intruder. Three tours in Intruder squadrons will do that.

  • Get to see C-17s on a pretty regular basis up here in the Great White North. They are pretty impressive…did it do any sort of a STOL demo? I’ve seen one do that at an airshow before, and it easily rivaled a C-130 doing the same demo, which is saying something. As for the Forest Service Gooney Bird, first mod is obvious: reengining with turboprop engines…P&W Canada PT6s, if I’m not mistaken. Second one is a little tougher to spot, but it looks like it has a new pair of wings…look like they have a little bit wider span and a sharper point at the ends. That makes sense given that the wings are a high stress area, particularly on an aircraft used by the Forest Service which is likely to see lots of low level flying (thereby seeing a lot of up and down gust loading).

    And Heritage/Legacy flights are cool, but using a Wildcat (Martlet, in this case) in RN markings is weak sauce.

    • Mike, long time no see :mrgreen: I hope things are going well!

      Yes, they did the whole STOL demo and it surely was impressive :wink: I have more pics of it up online which are best found by doing a search for “Aviation Nation” on this site :)

      Like I said before, the Wildcats and actually WWII Navy planes are getting to be fewer and farther between, so I’ll take what I can get to make something like this possible :wink:

      • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

        When it came to STOL Demos, Fat Albert had it down! But someone has decided that the RATO/JATO assisted takeoffs at airshows will no longer happen. I forgot where I read it……..possibly Aero-News?
        And watching an E-2 Hawkeye back up into spot aboard ship is quite a treat the first time I saw it was impressive indeed.

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

    Several years ago, I saw a V-22 doing touch and goes at Plainview, TX. The test boys from the final assembly plant and test facility at Amarillo would make the short trip to Plainview for some stuff. And one of our ballast techs at Herzog watched one land right next to I-40 near Tucumcari, NM. That one was kicking up some serious dust.

  • So was I right about the mods to the C-47? As for Fat Albert and STOL, I said the C-17 RIVALED the C-130, not top it…Fat Albert is pretty amazing, particularly the RATO/JATO takeoff.

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