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Another Good Day

  1. May 21, 2006 #1
    What a great way to start your day. I had the alarm clock set to 10:00 A.M today. It went off and woke me up to WTOP, an all news channel. The guy is saying something bla bla bla bla last day of the air show at Andrews today bla bla bla.

    So I woke up and went, YESSSSSS! Called my friends to see if they wanted to go, they were all sleeping, so I left w/o them. You snooze you loose. :biggrin:

    And my cell phone decided to stop working, so I FINALLY bought a real cell phone, that new Razor. It has a camera, so I tested it out and took some pics at the air show today. :tongue: [​IMG]

    I was hard core red neck at the air show. I had two hot dogs ($4.00 each), a miller lite ($4.00), an ice cream bar ($4.00), a big pretzel ($4.00), a large coke ($4.00). All said and done, it cost me $22 bucks in junk food today, and it was well worth it. :cool:

    The pictures did not look so good on the phone, but they seem to look half descent when I emailed them and got them to their full size. :tongue:

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    (more pics in a sec, sorry i have to email them one by one and then put them on imageshack.)

    *I have a few pics specially for you fred* :wink:
     
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  3. May 21, 2006 #2
    Right before I left to the air show, I got a call from one of my moms friends. She has two little boys and a daughter. I told her to take them to the air show, but her daughter had a soccer game at 1:30. I should have taken them with me, but they live very far out of the way from my house. They are almost 30mins in the opposite direction from my house, and I am 30 mins from Andrews. Attending air shows at least once is mandatory for every boy. I don't think their mom is the air show type, I'll take them to another one this summer, there only 5 and 8. They will enjoy it.

    Ok, here we go. Enjoy!

    First, GUNS! (These came out bad, the camera is very sensitive to movements so pictures close up came out blurred. Being indoors didn’t help either)

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    (Not my hand pointing, it was a kid next to me)

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    (Touch it and well shoot you!!)
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    (That big ass black gun in the foreground, is one IMPRESSIVE gun)

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    (Bazooka anyone?)
     
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  4. May 21, 2006 #3
    Hurray for death and destruction! Woo!

    :grumpy:
     
  5. May 21, 2006 #4
    These are old war birds (and a few civilian aircraft)

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    T-34 Mentor's. They did a nice little performance in formation. Note that there were about 2 more to the right that did not get in the picture.

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    An AVENGER!:!!) :!!)

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    (I'll find the name of this later, Note the A-10 Tankbuster peaking in the back right)

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    (A B-25!!! What a beaut!!! :!!) :!!) A true honor to see this bird!)

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    (An imitation of a Jap. 'Kate.' There are no working Kate's in existence, this was a converted AT-6 Texan or (Harvard for you brit snobs, happy Fred? :tongue2: ) for the movie Torra-Torra-Torra).

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    (Don’t have a clue on this one, some sort of trainer looks like another Texan)

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    (A B-24!! Another Honor to be at the airshow! :!!) )
    Incidentally, I know a guy who flew in this airplane. He was a ball-turret gunner. There is a small pod on the bottom of the airplane that has a gimbals and allows the gunner to shoot at those German b******'s. BUT, in order to get out of the turret, it must be perfectly aligned so the hatch can be opened. If the airplane happened to get shot and loose hydraulics, the turret could not be operated. If the turret was not aligned it meant he would be suck inside of it. But no hydraulics = no landing gear. The pilot would have to land the airplane on it's belly, which means would be killed inside that turret. VERY dangerous job to have! Three cheers for him!)

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    (A B-17!!!! Another Honor! :!!) :!!) )

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    (Speaks for itself!)

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    (A SPITFIRE! :!!) )

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    (This is a RARE airplane to see. My mentor used to work on the engines on this airplane in panama during the war. I must send this picture to him, he will enjoy it)

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    (A P-40 warhawk!! :!!) )

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    (A MUSTANG! :!!) :!!) ) They had another mustang that was doing heritage passes with an F-4, F-15, and F-16! My camera could not get a good picture though :frown:

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    (Don't know, but damn it was cool!)

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    (A Dc-3!! :!!) Look at that aluminum glint in the sun!) You can see a T-38 Talon off to the left.
     
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  6. May 21, 2006 #5
    Helicopters!

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    (You can see the tail of a coast-guard C-130. Between the two is another coast guard helicopter, a Blackhawk)
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    This one's for you Fred, CHINOOOKKK! :!!) :!!) (that white airplane in the background is a Boeing 737 that has be outfitted with a series of radar stations to train radio navigators! Note that it has OLD turbojet engines, not Fan jet despite the modern winglets)

    Ok, this last one is NOT a helicopter, but it is something you do not see everyday! A death trap, oops I mean an Osprey! :wink:

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    (You can see part of a Blackhawk helicopter peaking to the right)
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  7. May 21, 2006 #6
    Cockpits!

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    (Random Kid in the number 1 seat! :smile: This is the cockpit of the military version of the DC-10, a mid-air refuler. The crew chief told me they can fly 11,000 miles before refueling. Talk about hauling ass! This airplane is HUGE. I mean words do not do it justice. When you look out the window, you are 4-5 stories above the ground. It is ridiculous.

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    A beech king air. This airplane is SMALL inside. It seems like an expensive way to carry 3-5 people INCLUDING the pilot/co-pilot. I don't see how it is a practical airplane?

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    A Cessna Citation jet. This one is used by the Department of Homeland security for border patrol.

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    I don't remember the name of the airplane, I'll find it later. I love this picture.
     
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  8. May 21, 2006 #7
    Assorted

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    Look at that Fred! An Ov-10 bronco!!

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    If one tail is good, 4 must be better! Look at the modern curved blade props and the radome. (You can see a green Sea-king helicopter in the back-right. That is one BIG helicopter.)

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    Ah yes, the F-22 Raptor! :cool: (That black tail to the right is a U-2 spy plane.)

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    Don't cross the roped off area, or they will shoot you! No seriously, they had armed guards with M-16's ready to shoot you if you tried to run past the ropes. (That twin black tail behind the Raptor is an F-117 night hawk. The first Stealth airplane used in Gulf War I. The big ass airplane to the left is a C-5 Galaxy, more pictures below)
     
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  9. May 21, 2006 #8

    dav2008

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    hurray for hugging trees

    :grumpy:

    Nice pictures. (Except for the blurry ones :tongue2:)
     
  10. May 21, 2006 #9
    Heavies!

    These airplanes are F****ing HUGE! I tried to take pictures that would give you a sense of scale for these beasts!

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    This is a Dc-10. There was a picture of the cockpit earlier. This airplane is so big, that I could walk under ANY portion of it without having to duck, and I am 6'4" The wheels are so big that they come up 1 foot past my waist ~4.5 feet.

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    Ok, this was to give you a sense of size. You have to stand next to this airplane to fully appreciate this picture. The tail is MASSIVE! I could stand inside that engine up there and put my hands straight up and still be about 2-3 feet short of touching the top. :surprised

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    Inside the Dc-10. This picture came out bad but, you could try to jump as high as you can and still not touch the ceiling! (I got to go down into the tail boom where they refuel the other airplanes, but could not get a good shot. Basically, it is a big square window with a seat, some knobs and a joystick. They can deliver 1,000lbs of fuel per minute! They can fuel 12 fighter jets, or a few heavies. One heavy takes as much fuel as 4 fighter jets! They also have the ability to get refueled themselves. He said they fly this particular DC-10 up to 10 missions a day! They also have 600 KC-135 tankes around the world! (KC-135 is a different tanker, it has 4 engines and looks like an old boeing 707)
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    This is a C-5 galaxy, it is the largest airplane in the Air Force's fleet. Look at the guy standing behind the engine. This picture does the size of the airplane no justice! The inside is so big you could ride a bike in there (a cop on a mountain bike was)

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    The tail of this beast!

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    You have to stretch your neck to look up that high!

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    A C-17's tail. Another BIG airplane!
     
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  11. May 21, 2006 #10

    Moonbear

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    Nice pictures! And, hey, next time, take your mom's friend's daughter too, not just her sons! You never know, she might really enjoy it too, and if her mom isn't into that sort of thing, it might be the only opportunity she has to be introduced to such things. When I was a kid, I'd have been thrilled to go to an air show (I'd still be thrilled to go as a grown-up :biggrin:).
     
  12. May 21, 2006 #11
    Blue Angels!

    Ok, I am sorry to say that their performance was GARBAGE :frown: they had HORRID timing that made all their 'close calls' look TERRIBLE!:frown:

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    Engine start-up!

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    Taxi-ing out to the runway.

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    Going verticle!

    Ok now get someone to stand right next to your ear drum and go (BBBBBBBBBBBBBBKKKKKUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH RUMMMMMMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE )

    Ok, and that's all the pics I could take before my battery konked out on me :frown:
     
  13. May 21, 2006 #12
    Impressive... I want to go! :rofl:

    I agree with Moonbear, take the daughter as well. I would have killed to have gone to one of those when I was younger.

    And wow; you're tall. :bugeye:
     
  14. May 21, 2006 #13

    Yeah definitely don't forget about the daughters! I would have loved to go to an airshow, still would if I ever get the chance. My mom wasn't into that sort of stuff at all, but luckily my dad was so we would alway go to all the motorcycle shows and stuff.....and I LOVED it. Awesome pics by the way, I didnt realize the pics would be that good of quality with a camera phone. I never realized how massive those planes where, I really want to go to an airshow now.
     
  15. May 22, 2006 #14

    wolram

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    Cyrus has a soul :surprised , i have been wrong all along :surprised
    Cool pics sir.
     
  16. May 22, 2006 #15

    Pengwuino

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    All fake

    CYRUS CLOSED!!!!!

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  17. May 22, 2006 #16

    Astronuc

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    The big black gun appears to be a Barrett 50 cal, or similar design by another company.

    The fighter below the Mustang looks like a P-61 Black Widow, Northrop's Twin Engine Night Fighter (http://www.acepilots.com/planes/p61_black_widow.html). If it had twin booms/tails, then that's what it is.

    Another good site is http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/aircraft/index.html

    The one above the B-25 and below the Avenger looks like a Douglas DC-6 Liftmaster.

    Very nice pictures, and certainly one should take one's daughter(s) and son(s)!
     
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  18. May 22, 2006 #17

    J77

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    Looks like a good day out :cool:
     
  19. May 22, 2006 #18
    I thought it was Black Widow, but its not. It has no tail booms. You are correct about the gun and the DC-6
     
  20. May 22, 2006 #19
    Ah, I found it. It's a B-26 from the Korean War.
     
  21. May 22, 2006 #20

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