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Chris capturing the Wright Flyer at Kill Devil Hills - North Carolina, USA
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Aircraft are organized in order by the latest designations from A to Z such as A-1 to YF-107.
Meet my favorite lens: Canon EF 100-400mm MkII f/4.5-5.6L IS
Able Dog -4 belonging to the Fighter Factory
AD-4N/A-1D belonging to the Vietnam War Flight Museum representing Spads flying "Sandy" missions from 602nd SOS
Warbird Heritage Foundation's AD-1 representing the 6th SOS from Pleiku AB, Vietnam
4-Ever Skyhawk - Yuma, AZ
Draken International TA-4K
Ed Heinemann's Hot Rod!
Collings Foundation's Skyhawk - USMC H&MS 11 TA-4F
US Navy A-7E Corsair II
Still banking on the Warthog
Still the best CAS and "Sandy" platform
Warthog Country - Davis Monthan AFB
Warthog maintenance under the sun
A Warthog smile
S/N 81-994 Warthog from the 107th FS celebrating 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air Base - 2017
S/N 81-994 displays Middle East kill markings including the most expensive hamburger meat!
442d Fighter Wing Warthog
Kelly Johnson's masterpiece: Lockheed A-12 S/N 60-6940 later converted to M-21 launching platform for the D-21
Cessna A-37B Dragonfly
FAA registry: NX8280K...A Nakajima-built Zero with a Pratt & Whitney engine
Belgian Air Force A109 Power
A109 dispensing flares
Austrian Air Force AB-212
Italian Air Force AB-212
AB-212 from 21° Gruppo at NTM 2017
AB-212 from 21° Gruppo at NTM 2018
AB-212 from Croatian Special Police
Cobra's business end
Sky Soldiers Cobra Team
Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra
US Army Apache
Texas Army National Guard Apache - Ellington Field JRB
Apache stare down
Showing off the flares
Dutch AH-64D Apache
Saab Viggen at Zeltweg Airpower 2016
The first mass production canard aircraft
S/N 37098 belonging to the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
Dassault/Dornier jet trainer
Armée de l'Air Alpha Jet
Red Bull Alpha Jets
Patrouille de France
Displaying the Blue, White, and Red
Left bank all the way!
Coming straight at you!
What goes up...
...Must come down
Vive la France!
Hungarian AF Antonov AN-26 "Curl"
Flying through the Swiss Alps
Swiss Air Force Super Puma
In between the rocky peaks of the Alps
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B of VMAT-203, MCAS Cherry Point
Harrier II vertical takeoff
Lancer in action - 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB
Variable-sweep wing bomber
Rockwell B-1B full afterburner takeoff
Demonstrating raw afterburner power
Catch the Spirit of Northrop B-2A
Spirit of New York - 393d Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB
Thunder Bird from 3 o'clock low
"Diamond Lil" Liberator
"Ol' 927" Liberator
A very rare B-24A with open-air tail gunner station
Maid In The Shade Mitchell
Devil Dog Mitchell
Shiny Panchito Mitchell
Betty's Dream Mitchell
B-25J of the Netherland East Indies Air Force
Red Bull Mitchell
Photo Fanny Mitchell
FiFi - One of two airworthy Superfortresses in the world
B-29A Superfortress with P-51D escort fighters
Superfortress flanked by Tigercat
For the next generation to appreciate
For the next generation to appreciate
Still alert, still ready...
55+ years of service and still counting
Convair B-58A Hustler
Lackland AFB C-5A
Rugged "Bush" aircraft of the US Army
C-17A 97th AMW, Altus AFB
Against the backdrop of Nellis AFB
Short-lived USAF C-27A
US Army Troopship
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Bluebonnet Belle (RIP) shining in the sun
Dakota with D-Day invasion stripes
A "Spooky" paint scheme
Patrulla Águila - Upside-down solo
Straight down in formation
Steady flying either upside down or rightside up
Going right at each other
Showing the Spanish colors
C-130J-30 Super Hercules
RATO - Getting a boost!
Belgian Air Force Hercules generating vortices
Austrian Air Force C-130K
Armée de l'Air Transall transport
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Boomerang
Canberra operated by the Luftwaffe
Sirkorsky Sea Stallion
Fouga Magister on landing approach at Zeltweg Airpower 2016
Fouga Magister at the 2017 Paris Airshow
Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora
Fighter Factory's Mosquito
One of a kind...de Havilland's wooden wonder
De Havilland Vampire
French Navy E-2C at NTM 2016
French Navy E-2C participating in NTM 2017
Sentry operated by the French Air Force
Grumman EA-6B Prowler - VMAQ-2 Cherry Point MCAS
43d ECS Compass Call - They'll be "jamming"!
Croatia Law Enforcement EC135
French Tiger from 5 RHC ALAT at NTM 2017
Typhoon at the 2001 Paris Airshow
Italian Air ForceTyphoon
Stressing the wings with the high-G turn
Typhoon on final approach
German "Cyber Tiger" Typhoon
Spanish Air Force "We Are Back!" Tiger
Austrian Air Force Typhoon
Italian Typhoon 36-32
Barvarian "Ghost Tiger" at NTM 2018
Spanish Air Force Tiger 14-31 at NTM 2018
Italian Tiger 36-40 at NTM 2018
Spanish Typhoon touching down at 31st Air Base in Poland
Arrival of the Typhoons
Typhoon formation at NTM 2018
Etendard IV M
North American Aviation F-1E Fury
McDonnell F-3B Demon
MF-3B Demon at the National Naval Aviation Museum
McDonnell Douglas Phantom II...Still "Phabulous" after all these years!
A roaring takeoff representing Col. Robin Olds' Mig killer Phantom S/N 63-7680
It's not Hugh Hefner's... VX-4 Evaluators F-4S
Michigan ANG F-4C S/N 63-7412
Captain Steve Ritchie and Captain Chuck DeBellevue's replica F-4D
Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II - 20th FS, 49th FW - Routine maintenance at Holloman AFB
QF-4G awaiting the phinal sunset
Phantom pharewell tour at Nellis' Aviation Nation 2016
Standing proud against the next generation fighters
QF-4s phinal phlight line on 21-Dec-2016 at Holloman AFB
QF-4E S/N 73-167 on standby
QF-4E S/N 74-625 on standby
Counting the butterflies before the phinal departure
QF-4E awaiting the phinal preflight check
Let's do this!
I am in!
I am right behind!
Let's rock and roll!
QF-4s getting ready for phinal sortie
Phinal look at the six
QF-4E leading the phinal takeoff
Still the meanest looking jet with the shark mouth!
Bright orange tips of the QF-4E S/N 74-043 stand out against the gray sky
Lt Col Ronald "Elvis" King's QF-4E S/N 74-638 performing for the last time
Lt Col (Ret) Jim "WAM" Harkins' QF-4E S/N 74-643 ripping through sky at Holloman AFB
QF-4E S/N 74-645 banking for a sharp look at the crowd
Phinal phlight formation of QF-4E Phantoms
One last afterburner run
QF-4E S/N 74-638 on final landing over looking the QF-16 successor
The phinal salute after 58 phabulous years of service with the USN, USMC, and USAF since the maiden flight. That's all!
The phinal destination for most Phantoms...AMARC
General Motor's FM-2 Wildcat
Corsair catching the rising sun
All tucked up
The perfect profile
Fighter Factory's Corsair
Red Bull Corsair
Moosa Aswayita RCAF 419 Sqn CF-5A in pre-Dessert Storm training exercise at MCAS Yuma - 1990-01
Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter
F-5E Tiger II, VFC-13 NAS Fallon
Northrop F-5F Tiger II
USN Adversary Tigers
Swiss Air Force F-5E
Swiss Air Force F-5E at Zeltweg, Austria
US Navy F-5E Adversary
Leader of the pack
Time to go!
Stacking it tight!
Showing off the mirror image
Lighting up the sky with flares
Is someone going the wrong way?
Cutting throught the sky like a Swiss knife!
Douglas F-6A Skyray
Skyray at the National Naval Aviation Museum
Grumman Tigercat - "Here Kitty Kitty!"
The unique design of the Cutlass
Vought F-8B Crusader
Midnight blue Bearcat
Grumman TAF-9J Cougar
Cougar in classic Sea Blue paint scheme
Grumman USMC F9F-4 Panther
VF-211 Tomcat - NAS Miramar
A colorful VF-124 Tomcat
Tomcats at Fightertown USA
VF-101 F-14D Tomcat
Like an arrow!
F-15C Eagle, S/N 85-102...Three aerial kills from Gulf War I
McDonnell Douglas F-15C
1st FW F-15C Eagle
1:1 thrust-to-weight takeoff power - 433d WS F-15C Eagle
159th FW "Bayou Militia" F-15C Eagle
USAF F-15D Eagle
F-15E Strike Eagle tearing through the sky
4th FW F-15E Strike Eagle...with the WSO performing old-school reconnaissance!
Strike Eagle at Nellis AFB
Strike Eagle lighting up the sky
F-16A early morning sortie out of Tucson
F-16C of 421st FS
F-16AM Fighting Falcon with Mid-Life Update
Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16BM
Full afterburner takeoff at Nellis AFB - 64th AGRS F-16C
55th FS F-16D Fighting Falcon
F-16C pulling a lot of G's!
182d FS Lone Star Gunfighters' F-16C
Raw afterburner power of Belgian Air Force F-16AM
Portugese Air Force Fighting Falcon
Belgian Air Force F-16AM at NTM 2016
Greek Air Force F-16C
Polish Air Force F-16C
Turkish Air Force F-16C
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM at NATO Tiger Meet 2017
Belgian Air Force F-16AM at NTM 2017
Aggressor F-16C S/N 85-418
79th FS F-16D in Tiger scheme
F-16AM in full afterburner
F-16AM lighting up the night sky
F-16C Block 50D of 20th FW
USAF QF-16C Air Superiority Target Drone
USAF F-16C Aggressor
USAF F-16C S/N 86-283
112th FS F-16C, Ohio ANG
RNAF Tiger F-16BM at NTM 2018
Belgian AF Tiger F-16AM at NTM 2018
Polish AF F-16D
Polish AF Tiger Tiger landing at 31st Air Base, Poland
Greek AF Tiger F-16D at NTM 2018
We got your diamond
Pulling a few G's here...
Stack it up!
Reflection Pass...is that close enough?
Delta formation under the cloud deck
Going head-to head
The crossover break
Right Wing Maj. Caroline Jensen
Scramble for final check before takeoff
After a homecoming show at Nellis AFB
VFA-204 F/A-18A+ Hornet
VFA-122 F/A-18C Hornet
F/A-18C of the Gladiators
USMC F/A-18D Hornet of VFMA(AW)-533
USN F/A-18E Super Hornet
VFA-14 F/A-18E screaming through the blue sky at Salute To Veterans Air Show
"Tophatters" - The Oldest and The Boldest!
Pukin Dogs F/A-18E Rhino
VFA-32 F/A-18F Super Hornet
VFA-106 Super Hornet on approach at NAS Oceana
VFA-106 Gladiators' F/A-18F
Swiss Hornets emerging from the Meiringen cavern
Staffel 11 "011" Hornet - 2008
Staffel 11 "011" Hornet - 2015
Staffel 11 "011" Hornet - 2016
Late October afternoon sortie from Meiringen
Spanish Air Force Ala 15 EF-18AM
Ala 15 EF-18BM
Ala 15 EF-18AM wearing NATO Tiger Meet 2016 scheme
Staffel 11 Swiss AF Hornet breaking though the scene
Spanish Air Force EF-18AM landing at Zeltweg
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet leaping into the air at CWF
RCAF CF-18 celebrating Canada 150
Swiss AF FA-18 at NTM 2018
USN Blue Angels
Fortus formation - You look marvelous!
Missing it by that much!
Let's try again from a different perspective!
Nellis' F-22A Raptor - 433d WS
Can you see me?
Stealthy and deadly...
Let's "see" how fast I can fly today...43d FS F-22A
Definitely awesome in full afterburner!
Where is my stealthy parking space?
F-22A against a clear blue sky
Obscured by the power!
F-35A of the 61st FS from Luke AFB
On landing approach at ELF
USAF F-35A Lightning II
The raw afterburner power of an F-35A
The Transformer F-35B from VMFAT-501
USMC F-35B Lightning II - MCAS Beaufort's Gen-5 Fighter
Tell me I am worth it!
Armament?...What you don't see will hurt you!
Check out my behind!
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
Sabre on the loose
Three of a kind
One of a kind
North American Aviation F-86F Sabre
51st FIW F-86F Sabre
Jolley Roger Sabre
James "Jabby" Jabara's F-86
F-86L Sabre Dog
Northrop F-89J Scorpion
North American F-100F Super Sabre!
First of the Century Series
Misty 1 reflecting the sunrise honoring Col. Bud Day - 309th TFS, 31st TFW
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
Starfighters Aerospace F-104G
Roaring takeoff of the Starfighters
Virginia ANG Republic F-105D Thunderchief
General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark
FB-111A variant ready for mission
The original stealth fighter: Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk from 49th FW, 8th FS
Gen1 and Gen2 stealth airplanes: Nighthawk and Spirit
French Navy Dassault Falcon 10M
The original Phantom...McDonnell FH-1
Soko Galeb of the former Yugoslav Air Force
Designed and built by Fiat
Fairey Gannet operated by Marineflieger
HH-46E SAR Sea Knightawk
USAF combat search and rescue - Another day at the office
USAF HH-60 Pavehawks on the move
Sirkorsky HH-60 Pavehawk at Nellis AFB
US Navy SH-60 Seahawk at NAS Fallon
Austrian Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk
MH-60 Seahawk from US Navy HSC-2
BAE System T2
Could be more than just a jet trainer
RAF Red Arrows
Hawk T1 - A little brighter red with be better!
Up and away!
Flying circles around the diamond formation
Punching through against the grain
Going solo showing off the red white and blue!
Painted by the sunset
Making it look convincing
Turkish Aerospace Industries' first trainer/attack platform
A Hurricane landing
Hawker's contribution to the Battle of Britain
Ilyushin Il-28 (NATO code name: Beagle)
Chinese-built Mig-19 designated as Shenyang J-6 (NATO code name: Farmer)
J-6 variant: Dong Feng DF-102
Shenyang J-8E (NATO code name: Finback-A)
J 29 from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
Armée de l' Air Jaguar
Saab Gripen - 2001 Paris Airshow
Czech Air Force Gripen
Hungarian Air Force Gripen
Gripen glows against the setting sun
Top view of the Gripen
Czech AF 211 Squadron's Gripen at the NTM 2018
Czech Air Force 100-year anniversary Gripen at the NTM 2018
Nice and easy landing
Junkers Tante Ju
McDonnell Douglas Extender
Boeing Pegasus - the next generation tanker
Stratotanker - 50+ years of air refueling services
The boom is lowered and ready to give...
Embraer's heavy lifter/tanker - 2017 Paris Airshow debut
American Bald Eagle Aero L-29
USSR Delfin (NATO code name: Maya)
Black Diamond formation
We too can fly like the Thunderbirds!
Can the Blue Angels do this?
Albatros leading Strikemaster
Czech out the Aero Alca!
Draken International's L-159
RAF F.2A at Gatow Luftwaffe Museum
PZL Skytruck of the Polish Air Force
Draken International's MB-339CB
Is this colorful enough?
Straight forward formation flying
The solo guy is losing it!
Splitting up is easy!
Orchestrated manuever in the dark
Doing it the Italian way...
Alenia Aermacchi Master jet trainer
Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
Messerschmitt Schwalbe 'B' reproduction by Me 262 Project
Me-262 B in flight at Wings Over Houston 2014
Me-262A - Made in the USA!
Me-262A at Zeltweg Airpower 2016
Royal Navy's Augusta Westland Merlin HM1
Czech Air Force Hip
Croatian Air Force KFOR Hip
Czech Air Force Hind
Czech Air Force Mi-35/24V Alien Tiger
A vintage Mig-15 of the Czechoslovak Air Force on display in Jilem, Czech Republic
Red Star Aviation's Mig-15UTI
Showing off the after burner
Phantom's nightmare in the early days of the Vietnam War
Mig-17 of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) Air Force
Genuine UM Fishbed
Mig-21 of the former GDR Air Force
Polish Mig-21 and Cold War bunker
Croatian Air Force Mig-21bis
Croatian Air Force Mig-21UMD
Polish Air Force Fulcrum
Smoke it up!
The USSR's answer to the USAF F-15 Eagle
Polish Air Force Mig-29A
Armée de l' Air Mirage III
Armée de l' Air Mirage 2000
Mirage 2000D at NTM 2016
German Air Force Nord 2501D
Belgian Navy NH-90
Belgian MTH NH-90
Belgian search and rescue training
Commonly known as L-19 Bird Dog
US Army Mohawk
Grumman's purpose-built observation airplane for the US Army
Mohawk on the hunt
German OV-10 Bronco
US Customs and Border Protection's Orions - Airborne Early Warning and Long Range Tracker
Red Bull Lightning
Unique wing-to-body lines
When the Lightning strikes...The business end of the P-38
Airacobra right profile
A peaceful morning awaiting the Warhawk
S/N 42-105867 - A tribute to "Tex" Hill's P-40 Warhawk of the AVG Flying Tigers
The Original Thunderbolt
Republic P-47D-30-RA aka The Jug
Galveston Gal Mustang (RIP)
Little Horse Mustang
Man O' War Mustang
Wee Willy II Mustang
P-51C Mustang of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen
Gentleman Jim Mustang
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Kingcobra flying low and fast
Privateer on landing approach at Nellis AFB
Catalina of The Netherlands Naval Aviation Service
The solo guy from the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team
The two solo guys attempting a lunar eclipse
Full team of nine
Full diamond formation
A head-on look
The barrel roll around the solo guy
Slovenian Air Force PC-9
Nanchang Q-5 "Fantan"
North American RA-5C Vigilante
On landing approach at 2013 Paris Airshow
30,000 hours marking
Nice aileron roll
The Monster Tiger claws
French Navy Rafale at the NTM 2016 in Zarazoga, Spain
Rafale in afterburner
French Navy 11F White Tiger from BAN Landivisiau during NTM 2017
"Hard to be humble" Rafale from Escadron Chasse et d'Expérimentation (ECE) 01/30
NTM 2017 Rafale from Escadron Chasse (ECE) 03/30
Performing at the 2017 Paris Airshow
Showing the raw power at Sanicole 2017
Armée de l'Air Rafale
French Navy Rafale at NTM 2018 in Poznan, Poland
The Prototype Rafale A
USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash of the Luftwaffe
A dedicated reconnaissance variant of the F-101 Voodoo
VS-41 Lockheed S-3B Viking
Swiss Air Force Alouette III
Sud Aviation's original
Royal Air Force Puma
Royal Air Force Puma sporting 100-year anniversary logo at Nato Tiger Meet 2018 in Poznan, Poland
French Armée de Terre SA 342 at NTM 2016
Gazelle at NTM 2017
Austrian Air Force Saab 105Ö
Austrian Air Force Saab 105Ö at NTM 2017
Austrian Air Force Saab 105Ö at CIAV 2018
Currently the only airworthy Helldiver in the world
Douglas dive bomber that played a major roll in winning the Battle of Midway
Textron Airland Scorpion at the 2015 Paris Airshow
A simple message from this low-cost military platform
Royal Navy FGA 6
Sirkorsky Sea King performing SAR training
Royal Navy ASaC7
Saab SK-35C Draken
Draken taxiing at Zeltweg Airpower 2016
Draken S/N 35810 belonging to Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
North American SNJ-2 Texan
North American SNJ-5 Texan
US Navy Vultee SNV-1 Valiant
Endeavour's last piggyback ride over JSC
Special Formation Flights
Randolph AFB trainers
European display teams at Sanicole 2015 Sunset Show
Super Constellation and Patrouille Suisse
F-16AM/BM/C formation at NTM 2016 - Zaragoza, Spain
Saab 105 - Magister - Vampire - Draken - Tunnan - Tiger - Typhoon over Zeltweg Airpower 2016
Spitfire - Viper
Red Bull's Alpha Jets - Corsair - Lightning - Mitchell
International display teams at Sanicole 2017 Sunset Show
Gazelle - AB212 - Hind - Puma - Hip x2 at NTM 2018
PC-9 - Fishbed x2 at CIAV 2018
Vickers manufactured 1943 MkIX
Polish Air Force Su-22M4
Polish Fitters taking off from Kleine Brogel Air Base
30 years of service and counting
As long as the wings can still swing, Polish Fitters could be around until 2024
Former GDR Air Force Su-22
Su-22Georgian Air Force Frogfoot at the 2001 Paris Air Show
USSR's answer to the A-10...or perhaps it is the not-to-be Northrop A-9
Czechoslovak Air Force Frogfoot on display at Letecke Muzeum Kbley, Czech Republic
2013 Paris Air Show debut: Sukhoi Flanker-E
Armée de l' Air Super Mystere
Lockheed T-1A Sea Star
Beechcraft Texan II
North American Trojan
US Navy T-28B
Red Bull Trojan
Where is my opposing knife-edge Thunderbird?
Where is my opposing knife-edge T-33?
The Red Knight
Ace Maker II
Simple trainer derived from Kelly Johnson's F-80 Shooting Star.
NASA T-38 Talon
Talon from Randolph AFB
T-38C of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing - Beale AFB
Grumman developed TBF Avenger torpedo bomber
General Motor manufactured TBM-3
Luftwaffe IDS during routine maintenance at Holloman AFB
German Air Force Tornado ECR
German AF Tornado at NTM 2018
"Hard To Be Humble" Tornado ECR
US Army UH-1B Iroquois
UH-1D in action: Vietnam
West Germany Federal Border Guard UH-1D
USMC UH-1Y Venom
USAF Heritage Flights
Mustang - Raptor - Thunderbolt - Phantom
Mustang - Viper - Raptor
Mustang - 2x Sabre - Raptor
Warhawk - Raptor - Viper - Eagle
Mustang - Warthog - Eagle
Mustang - Viper - Sabre - Eagle
Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt II
Thunderbolt - Warthog - Mustang - Eagle
Globemaster III and Skytrain
Sabre - Lightning II - Raptor
Skytrain and Globemaster III
Mustang and Lightning II
USMC Heritage Flights
Lightning II - Harrier II - Hornet
USN Heritage Flights
Hornet and Wildcat
Super Hornet and Corsair
MV-22 Osprey: Not your daddy's VTOL aircraft!
Ready to top it off from an MC-130J
A gathering of WW II warbirds
P-51 leading the pack
Bearcat and Mustang
Hurricane and Mosquito
Warhawk leads Flying Fortress
Thunderbolt and Mustang
Spitfire and Mitchell
Skyhawk and Phantom II
Grumman X-29 forward-swept wing technology demonstrator
Rockwell/MBB X-31 enhanced fighter maneuverability denmonstrator
Luftwaffe's nightmare on the Eastern Front during WW II
Normandie Niemen Yak-3
Yakovlev's answer to the Mustang and Spitfire
Boeing's entry in the AMST competition
Northrop's entry in the LFW competition
Later designation as the F-18 prototype
Northrop/McDonnell Douglas' entry in the ATF competition
Prototype Air Vehicle 2 Gray Ghost
YF-23 S/N 87-801
It may have been known as the Black Widow II
North American F-107A prototype...It may have been known as the Ultra Sabre
More to come...
As long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated with airplanes. Like most kids, I liked to draw. I can remember I would wake up in the morning and the first thing I would do is grab my paper pad and pencil and draw. I would often get disciplined for not washing up and eat breakfast before I dove into my drawing obsession. Unlike most kids, I drew nothing but airplanes starting at the age of about three years old. I think because I grew up during the war and saw airplanes zipping around the skies of Vietnam on a daily basis, I was heavily influenced by the subject. Of course all of my stick-figure airplane drawings from my early age were thrown out but I was able to save some of my sketches starting at the age of eight. My drawing skill was honed over the years as I got older but unfortunately I ran out of patience to be able to sit still and draw. Perhaps one day I will pick it up again.
Below is a collection of my airplane drawings between 1973 and 1990.
In 1966, Fred served in Vietnam and was based at Tan Son Nhut AB in Saigon. These are Fred's images documenting some of the military aircraft operating at Tan Son Nhut AB during that period.
Thank you for your service!
VF-142 F-4B Phantom II
US Navy F-4B
RF-4C flight line
Shiny USAF C-141A
CH-3C Jolly Green Giant
F-102A Delta Dagger
McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
Field of Hueys
Douglas A-1H Skyraider
Braniff International Boeing 707-300 transporting military personnel
So you want to be a photographer?
How about strapping yourself into an RF-4C and use it as your camera gear?
Frank and his photographic equipment:
RF-4C Phantom II, S/N 65-0917
12th TRS, 460th TRW, Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon, Vietnam
These are images taken by Frank during his career in the USAF ...
Thank you for your service!
RF-4C Phantom II catching the sunset
RF-4C looking for gas
One at a time!
RF-4C taking a selfie
RF-4C returning from mission
RF-4C of the 12th TRS
RF-4C S/N 68-0588
F-4E armed and dangerous
F-4Ds looking for opportunities
RB-57E Patricia Lynn (S/N 55-4257)
USAF MAC C-141A
F-4E Phantom II - Bitburg, Germany
F-4Es aerial refueling
German F-104G Starfighter
RAF Lightning F.2A
A Lightning landing
You can be my wingman...!
Meeting USAF Ace Brigadier General Steve Ritchie
Capt. Ritchie marking Mig Kills #3 and #4 on F-4E, S/N 67-0362, after the mission on 08-Jul-1972.
(Courtesy of Capt. Marty Cavato)
Thank you for your service!
My Uncle Lam.He was a Major in the Republic of Vietnam Marine Division. My best memory of him is he used to carry an M1911A1 behind his back and concealed under his shirt at all times. Uncle Lam was one of the toughest dudes I know as a kid growing up. He was KIA in July 1974
Tuan, my brother in-law, as a young 2nd Lieutenant serving in the VNAF
Lastly, my dad as a young Lieutenant Colonel in the Signal Corps of the ARVN
Links to some aviation related websites:
Standard Atmospheric Computation
Courtesy of the Aeronautical Engineering Department, Stanford University
The Boeing Company
Skyraider Association XB-70
Excellent information about the XB-70
The one stop teaching tool for student pilots on the world wide web
Air & Space Smithsonian