Photo Gallery Style: Planes

A collection of some of the most beautiful "Planes" professional photographs & prints I've taken over the years. Please note there may be multiple pages of photographs so keep scrolling or look for the "Older Posts" button!

2011 Boston-Portsmouth Air Show Pictures; Portsmouth, NH

A collection of pictures from this weekend’s Boston-Portsmouth Air Show on Pease Airforce Base in Portsmouth, NH:

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

“The world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will make a rare appearance in New Hampshire this summer.  Pushing their F-16 Fighting Falcons to the limit in a display of speed, skill, power and precision, the Thunderbirds will thrill you with their legendary show.

The Thunderbirds are the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force, based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. The squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially-marked USAF jet aircraft.

Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four. Replacements must be trained for about half of the team each year, providing a constant mix of experience. The squadron performs no more than 88 air demonstrations each year and has never canceled a demonstration due to maintenance difficulty.

This year’s team is led by Lt Col Case Cunningham, flying the No. 1 jet, leading all air demonstrations and commanding the 120-person squadron. Colonel Cunningham hails from Argyle, Texas.”

US Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds In Formation, 2011 Boston-Portsmouth Air Show; Portsmouth, NH

Thunderbirds, 2011 Boston-Portsmouth Air Show; Portsmouth, NH


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Day 251. Travel Day

Apparently I don’t travel as well as I used to. My day started with nearly missing my flight because, despite being early to my gate, I became entranced with all the different food options lining the terminal, and like a child separated from a nirvana of candy by just a thin piece of glass, I found my face pressed up to the window of each, drooling with anticipation over all the possibilities. It wasn’t until I heard the words, “last call to Dulles. We are closing the doors momentarily,” that I snapped out of it.

Matters only got more complicated when I arrived in Dulles and found my cell phone decided that a life of servitude to me was a life it no longer wanted to be a part of. Given the dependency on my phone for maps, sights, hotels, food, gas, and all else, a dead phone wasn’t exactly the best way to start the trip.

Sunrise from 30,000 feet

I boarded the next plane with a liter of water. I still have absolutely no idea how I managed to do this, but the first thing I did when I got to my seat was somehow hit the cap in such a way that it became entirely unscrewed and that whole liter of water went everywhere, completely drenching me in the process. I was in shock. The previously nice couple that I was sitting next to was in shock (they would have nothing to do with me the rest of the flight). Everyone else was just staring. It was very hard not to laugh.

Lessons Learned:

After traveling for 18-straight hours–sick and with little food all day–mountain biking 9-miles up an 8,000 foot mountain without being acclimated, on a bike where only a third of the gears worked (and barely worked at that), and with brakes that were stuck partially engaged the entire way was probably pretty stupid.

It was pretty awesome too.

Jet Engine

Jet Engine

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Air Show: Part II; Portsmouth, NH

Blue Angels at the Portsmouth Airshow

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Prandtl-Glauert Singularity

Check back later for more, but for the time being, here is a vapor cone forming around an F/A-18 Super Hornet as it nears the speed of sound.

FA-18 - Prandtl-Glauert Singularity

Prandtl-Glauert Singularity at Pease Airshow; Portsmouth, NH

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