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The Aviation Magazine is publishedsixtimesayear,byaTeamof Volunteers interested in aviation. We are devoted to cover a wide range of aviation events ranging from air shows, air base visits, military exerͲ cises, civilian spotting, pilot and vetͲ eran interviews all with exceptional photography. The Aviation Magazine is a leader in the eͲ magazine format since 2009, bringing exclusiveandfascinatingreportstoour globalaviationenthusiastsdigitally. Please note: wedonotacceptanyunͲ solicited articles or images for publicaͲ tion.
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Welcome to our 58th edition of The Aviation Magazine which is my last edition as the editor andalsoontheJoomagreaderplatform.WhilewelikedtheJoomagplatform,unfortunatelytheirpricing madeitveryuneconomicalforustocontinuewiththem.Iampassingthesedutiesandthelayoutdesign toourmanagingeditorRalf,whowillcontinueinmyabsencewiththe59thissueontheIssuureaderplatͲ form.OurnewManagingEditorcanbecontactedateditor@theaviationmagazine.com ToeaseourtransitiontoIssuu,weuploadedseveralbackissuesofourmagazine,andhopefullyastime permits, we will upload all of our issues for your convenience, feel free to check the out via this link: https://issuu.com/theaviationmagazine I will stay part of The Aviation Magazine to oversee that the quality will remain constant andonceinawhilemaycontributeanarticleortwo.IdecidedtospendmoretimewithmyaviationproͲ files,astheyrequirelessinteractionandwithoutanytimeconstrain.Ithasbeenpleasuretoproducesince 2009, one of the first internet based aviation magazines and hopefully it will continue for several more years. “TheBESTandFREEeͲbasedmagazinesince2009”
NASFallonislocatedintheLahontanValleyofwestͲcentralNevadaintheremnantsofanancientlakeͲ bed.Duetothearidclimate,muchofthelocalareaaroundNASFallonisirrigatedfarmland.Itishome oftheNavalFighterWeaponsSchool(TOPGUN),theUnitedStatesNavy'spremierairͲtoͲairandairͲtoͲ ground training facility, the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC), which includes TOPGUN, the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) and the Navy Rotary Wing WeaponsSchool. TheairfieldisnamedVanVoorhisFieldinhonourofLieutenantCommanderBruceVanVoorhis(1908– 1943)whowasawardedaposthumousMedalofHonour. TheNavyrelocateditsNavyFighterWeaponsSchoolorTOPGUN,fromNASMiramartoNASFallonin 1996. In addition to transferring, the NSAWC squadron, a Navy Reserve adversary squadron, Fighter SquadronCompositeTHIRTEEN(VFCͲ13),the"Saints,"wasalsopermanentlyrelocatedfromitsformer baseatNASMiramartoNASFallon. NAS Fallon is home to the “Fighting Saints” of VFCͲ13, the “Desert Outlaws” of StrikeFighterWingPacificDetachmentFallon(SFWPDFallon)andtheNavalAviaͲ tionWarfightingDevelopmentCenter(NAWDC).NASFallonservesastheNavy’s premiertacticalairwarfaretrainingcenter.VFCͲ13providesadversarytrainingfor NavyandMarineCorpsactiveandreservefleetandreplacementsquadrons,carͲ rierairwingsandMarineaircraftgroups,USAFunits,toincludeAirForceReserve andAirNationalGuard,andCanadianForces.TheFightingSaintscurrentlyflythe FͲ5sTigerIIwithRussianStarsontheirtails,Russianstyleredaircraftnumberson theirnosewithcamouflagemimickingtheRussianfighters.Theirinsigniaincludes thewingswornbythehighestclassificationofSovietfighterpilot,the"Sniper".
NavalAviationWarfightingDevelopmentCenter(NAWDC)atNavalAirStationFallonisthecenterofexͲ cellencefornavalaviationtrainingandtacticsdevelopment.NAWDCprovidesservicetoaircrews,squadͲ rons and air wings throughout the United States Navy through flight training, academic instructional classes,anddirectoperationalandintelligencesupport.Thecommandconsistsofmorethan120officers, 140enlistedand50contractpersonnel.NAWDCfliesandmaintainsF/AͲ18C/DHornets,F/AͲ18E/FSuper Hornets,E/AͲ18GGrowlers,FͲ16FightingFalconsandMHͲ60SSeahawkhelicopters. PriortoJune2015,NAWDCwasknownasNavalStrikeandAirWarfareCenter(NSAWC)whichwasthe consolidationofthreecommandsintoasinglecommand structureonJuly11,1996.NSAWC wascomͲ prisedoftheNavalStrikeWarfareCenter(STRIKE"U")basedatNASFallonsince1984,andtwoschools fromNASMiramar,theNavyFighterWeaponsSchool(TOPGUN)andtheCarrierAirborneEarlyWarning WeaponsSchool(TOPDOME). NAWDCistheprimaryauthorityontrainingandtacticsdevelopment.NAWDCprovidestraining,assessͲ ment,aviationrequirementsrecommendations,researchanddevelopmentprioritiesforintegratedstrike warfare,maritimeandoverlandairsuperiority,strikefighteremployment,airbornebattlemanagement, CombatSearchandRescue(CSAR),CloseAirSupport(CAS),andassociatedplanningsupportsystems.The command is also responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of several coursesofinstructionwhilefunctioningastheNavypointofcontactforallissuesrelatingtotheAirComͲ bat Training Continuum. Additionally, NAWDC is the Navy point of contact for all issues related of the FallonRangeTrainingComplex(FRTC).Foradetailedmissioninformationclickhere.
StrikeFighterWingPacificDetachment(SFWPD) A typical cycle at SFWPD Fallon usually consists of at least one twoͲweek FRS strike training (AirͲtoͲ Ground)detachmentandaneightweekTOPGUNSFTIclassperquarter.SFTIclassincludestwoweekAirͲ toͲAirdetachmentstovariousNavyandMarineCorpsAirStations,andatwodaydetachmenttoNaval AirWarfareCenterChinaLake,Calif.ThisschedulecontinuesyearͲround.CurrentlytheyflydifferentverͲ sionsoftheF/AͲ18. TheAviationMagazinewouldliketothankLtColonelZipUpham,andhisstafffortheirgreathospitality onthebaseduringourvisitandthefriendlyandhelpfulsupport.
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This year's European Air Refuelling Training (EART 2018) took place from 08 to 20 April 2018 at the Dutch Eindhoven Air Base. EART is a multinational exercise that runs in parallel to the multinational fighter exercise Frisian Flag at the Dutch Leeuwarden AB. With two waves of about 40 fighter jets a day off Leeuwarden air base, there are plenty of opportunities for both tanker and fighter crews to train air-to-air refuelling (AAR) in a realistic and multinational environment. Participants in the EART were tanker aircraft from France (KC-135FR), Germany (A-310 MRTT), the Netherlands (KDC-10) and the United States (KC-135). The Aviation Magazine was given the opportunity to be on board the German Air Force A310MRTT tanker during an EART mission. During about 90 minutes in the "ESSO" tanker track off the Danish Coast the A-310MRTT refuelled four German Air Force EF2000 Eurofighter and three Rafale C of the French Air Force. The Aviation Magazine thanks Capt De Simone, Public Affairs EATC and his tem for their hospitality and their support.
Objectives of EART x AAR with multinational and different types of aircraft receivers x Rendezvous procedures x Plan, brief, execute and debrief, Multinational Tanker Training and Tanker Operations in large-scale COMAO packages in a realistic scenario x Practice Tanker-Cell Operations and Tanker to Tanker RV procedures x Train both Aircrew and Logistics in Quick turnaround execution x Practice large scale LINK-16 and complex airspace control operations in multinational context x Tactical Procedures (e.g. authentication, IFF) x Degraded communication procedures, communications jamming, HAVE QUICK operations
the first time since 2011, Beale Air Force Base hosted an Open House and Air Show on April 28, 2018. The show featured a variety of different aircraft including the F-22 Raptor Demo Team which flew twice, the Patriots Jet Team, and the U-2 Dragon Lady and T-38 Talon based out of Beale. In addition to the aerial activities, there were also a bunch of static displays for the crowd to visit including the rare NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Gates opened at 9:00 am to the public and flying officially started at 11:00 am with the singing of the National Anthem. The Wings of Blue Parachute Team jumped during the anthem with each member casting out a flag of each military branch along with the American Flag. The team would later return to the skies to perform their own solo demonstration consisting of many different parachute formations and manoeuvres.
Super Guppy from NASA, above RQ-4 Global Hawk from 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, CA, below
U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter served as their jump aircraft for the entire show. To turn up the noise early in the day, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team took to the skies for their first performance of the day. The team, based out of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, performed one of it’s first of nearly twenty air shows of the 2018 season at Beale. The pilot of the team is Major. Paul “Loco” Lopez. During the routine, Loco showcased the multiple super manoeuvrability characteristics of the F-22 including tight turns, tail slides, and power loops. The show featured a variety of different aerobatic performers throughout the day. These performers included Vicky Benzing in her Boeing Stearman biplane, Chuck Coleman in his Extra 300, and the West Coast Ravens formation team which consisted of 16 RV aircraft. In addition to multiple aerobatics, there was a good showcase of warbird aircraft featured in the sky. A WWII reenactment was conducted resembling a Pacific style battle. The aircraft that participated in the demonstration included the F6F Hellcat, Yak-9U, and PBJ Mitchell. Gregory “Wired” Colyer performed in his Korean War era T-33 Shooting Star trainer jet known as “Ace Maker II.” During Colyer’s routine, he showcased the many different aerobatic manoeuvres of the Shooting Star and even raced with the Smoke ’n’ Thunder Jet Truck. Team Beale had an impressive showcase of their home based aircraft throughout the day. The U-2 Dragon Lady was a major highlight of the show and performed many touch and go simulations with a Precision Exotics Ferrari as its chase car along the runway. After performing the touch and goes, the jet then lifted off to 70 thousand feet. Later the pilot also conducted a swear in for new recruits of the Air Force. It was a very rare and special way of recruiting new people into the U.S. Military. Other aircraft from Beale that performed flybys included a 4Ship formation flight of T-38 Talons and a KC-135 Stratotanker. Later, the U-2 and two of the T-38s took back to the sky and performed a very rare formation flight together as a Team Beale tribute. There were other military flybys throughout the day including a U.S. Coast Guard C-27J Spartan which flew in locally from McClellan Airport in Sacramento. An MC-12 Huron which was formerly based out of Beale also performed a flyby in tribute to the crew that was killed in the Indy 08 crash. Towards the end of the show, the Patriots Jet Team took to the skies performing in their six black L-39 Albatross Czech trainer jets. The team dazzled the audience with a variety of different formations, head on passes, and even tail slides with the addition of red, white, and blue smoke. The Patriots are locally based out of Byron Airport and perform at multiple air shows across the West Coast every year. Concluding flying activities was the second performance from the F-22 Raptor Demo Team. Loco showcased the same solo demonstration that he performed earlier in the show, but this time featured the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight afterward. The Heritage Flight is a special tribute to those who served in the Air Force from past and present by performing a formation flight of active and retired fighter aircraft. In the formation, Loco teamed up with an F-86 Sabre piloted by Kevin Eldridge. After the flying display, Loco visited the crowd line and met with spectators and passed out F-22 Demo stickers. After the aerial activities concluded, spectators were able to continue visiting the static displays and vendors before gates closed at 5:00 pm. Special thanks to the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, performers, and attendees for making the 2018 Beale Air & Space Expo a success!
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Inour#50,MayͲJune2017issue,oneofourjournalistsIstvánKelecsényi,coveredtheAviationMuͲ seuminSzolnok,Hungary.AsIhadashortvisitinHungaryinMaythisyear,I’vedecidedtovisitthe museumwithIstvánandhisfriendLajos,toupdateourpreviousvisit.Toseeour#50issuejustclick here:http://www.TheAviationMagazine.com/50_May_June_2017_The_Aviation_Magazine.pdf Tostart,IwishtothankthestaffatthemuseumforgivingusafreeͲpass,duetoourmediaaccreditaͲ tion,whileitwasnotnecessary,itwasanicegesture.TheregularpriceofadmissionisHUF2000, (about$8.00US)andHUF2500(about$10.00US)ontheweekends.Furtherinformationaboutthe museum,exhibits,activitiesandadmissiondiscountsisavailableinEnglishontheirwebsite:http:// www.reptar.hu/en/muzeumunk.html Wespentaboutfivehoursatthemuseum,butonecanspendawholedaythereiftheywishtoparͲ takeinalltheactivities.MyownobjectivewastotakedetailedimagesofthestencillingofvariousairͲ craftsondisplayforreferenceoffutureaircraftprofiles,stationedoutside.WealsovisitedthecafeteͲ ria and the gift shop, both are priced reasonably, and with a large selections. The museum is very cleanoverall.WhilenotalltheaircraftareondisplayfromthepreviouslocationattheAirBase nearby,letushopethatmanyoftheremainingaircraftwilleventuallybetransferred,as thereissufficientroomforthem.RegardlessIwouldgivethemuͲ seumaratingof10out10. IfyouhaveachancetovisitHungary,namelyBudapest,itisonly about1.5hrdrivebycartoSzolnok,anditiswellworththevisitfor any aviation fans, especiallytoseesomanyvariationsofMiGͲ21s. AMilMiͲ24DHindataroundaboutnearthemuseum. ĸ
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The Let LͲ200 D Morava, a Czech made twin engine aircraft used by the Police, above, SuͲ22MͲ3 NATO "FitterͲG"below.
Agenerallookfromthefloorabovethemainexhibitionarea:(ltor)PolikarpovPoͲ2,KamovKaͲ26(NATO “Hoodlum”),Nord1002,MilMiͲ1M(NATO“Hare”),YakͲ52TraineryoucansitinitforphotoͲop,andaRubik RͲ26Góbégliderhungfromtheceiling.
TheInternationalNATOTigerMeet2018(NTM18)beganonMay14andwillrununtilMay25atthePolͲ ishAirForce2ndTacticalAirWingat31stKrzesinyAirBasenearPoznan,Poland.The31stAirBaseisthe largestmilitaryairfieldofthePolishAirForceanditisthehomeofthe3rdTacticalSquadronand6thTacͲ ticalSquadronbothequippedwithFͲ16C/DBlock52FightingFalcon. TwentyͲtwoflyingsquadronsfromBelgium,theCzechRepublic,France,Germany,Greece,Hungary,Italy, theNetherlands,Poland,SpainandtheUnitedKingdomandPartnersAustriaandSwitzerlandaswellasa NATOAirborneWarningandControlSystem(AWACS)plane–intotalapprox.70aircraftandtenhelicopͲ terstookpartinthislargestairtrainingeventofthePolishAirForcein2018. Unfortunately,theFrenchAirForce'sTigersdidnotattendonlytheFrenchNavydid,theTurkishAirForce Tigersquadronsdidnotattendtheevent.TheMiGͲ29fighteraircraftoftheneighbouringSlovakian1st fightersquadron(1.taktickáletka)didnotevenmakeittoPolandeither. TigerMeethadtwomissionsperdaybetween10amand1pmand3pmand6pm.AlmosteverysquadͲ ronattendinghadaspeciallypaintedaircraftforthemeeting.Theaircraftflewwithpracticearmaments andwithoneortwodroptanks.TheGFDLtd.Learjet'sflewwiththeirtargetingequipmenttosimulate theenemy. Thehome6thSquadronhadplannedaspotterdayforFriday,May18th.Duringtheday,aviationenthusiͲ astsandphotographerscouldtakephotosofdozensofaircrafttakingoffandlandingsmanyofthem,as usual,hadamazingtigerschemes. The spotters were placed facing into the sun across from the control tower, and they were not happy aboutthis.Infactbetweenthewavesofflighttheymovedtoendoftherunwaywhichprovidedabetter location. Thereweretwowavesofflight,thefirstwavewasstartedbytheHungarian59/1Pumasquadron.During thebreakbetweenthetwowaves,wecouldseetheCͲ295transportaircraftofthePolishalongwiththe LͲ410UVPoftheCzechtheANͲ26oftheHungarianAirForces. Betterorganizationcouldhaveimprovedtheexperienceforthespotters/photographerswhopaidextra feesforbetteraccess.NottomentionaccreditationformanyWesternEuropeancorrespondentswasa disasterandmanydidnotattended.OverallitwasquitepoorasTigerMeetsgo!
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OnMay19Ͳ20,2018,Hangar24CraftBrewerycelebratedtheir10yearanniversaryattheir homeairportinRedlands,CaliforniaduringtheirannualAirfest.Attheshow,manyspectaͲ torswereabletowitnessawidevarietyofaircraftintheairandonthegroundalongwith livemusic,kidsactivities,andabeerfestival.HighlightingtheshowwastheFͲ16ViperDemo Team,CFͲ18HornetDemoTeam,144thFWFͲ15Eagles,andmuchmore.Duetotheshort runwayatRedlands,thefightersstagedoutofMarchARBfortheentireshowweekend.AirͲ craftfromRedlandsdepartedbackandforthfromMarchbothdayswiththepilotsofeach teamtoallowthemtovisittheAirfestactivitiesandmeetfans. Gatesopenedatdifferenttimesonbothdays.TheshowopenedSaturdayatnoonwithaerial activities starting at 2:45 pm. On Sunday, they opened earlier at 10:00 am with aerial perͲ formancesbeginningat10:20am.Oneachday,theflyingkickedoffaftertheopeningcereͲ monies and National Anthem along with flybys by 2 TͲ38 Talons from Beale AFB, a CͲ17 Globemaster III and KCͲ135 Stratotanker from March ARB, and a CͲ27J Spartan from USCG StationSacramento. The show featured a nice variety of aerobatic performers including Jon Melby who repreͲ sentedHangar24inhisPittsSͲ1biplane,VickyBenzinginherBoeingStearman,KentPietsch in his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet, Aaron Fitzgerald in his Red Bull helicopter, and Redlands local Tony Higa in his Pitts SͲ1. Along with their solo routines, a couple of the aerobatic planesracedBillBraackonthegroundinhisSmoke’n’ThunderJetCar.
An impressive variety of warbirds was featured for display including a WWIIparadeconsistingofwarbirdsfromPlanesofFameAirMuseumand theCommemorativeAirForceincludingthePͲ40Warhawk,F6FHellcat,TͲ 28Trojan,andSBDDauntless.JohnCollveralsoperformedasoloroutine in his SNJ Texan known as the “War Dog.” Representing the Korean War eraofmilitaryaviationwasGregory“Wired”Colyerwhoperformedinhis TͲ33 Shooting Star trainer jet called “Ace Maker II.” During the airshow weekend, Colyer staged out of San Bernardino due to the short runway circumstances.TheRedEaglesFormationTeamalsoperformedintheir4 YakͲ52Russiantraineraircraft.TheteamflewavarietyofmanoeuvresinͲ cludingdifferentformations,loops,andheadonpasses. One of the major military flybys was from the 144th Fighter Wing of the CaliforniaAirNationalGuardin2oftheirFͲ15CEagles.TheFͲ15sdazzled thecrowdwithmultipleafterburnerpasses,dirtypasses,anda2ͲshipforͲ mationflyby.The144thFighterWingisbasedoutofFresnoandhasoperͲ atedtheFͲ15since2013. RepresentingtheRoyalCanadianAirForcewastheCFͲ18HornetDemonͲ stration Team. Every year, the CFͲ18 Demo Team has a different theme. This year’s theme is the 60th Anniversary of NORAD. The demonstration jet features a full dark blue top side paint job with ribbons, globes, and lightning bolts to commemorate NORAD. The pilot of the team is Capt. Stefan “Porcelain” Porteus. Capt. Porteus performed in the beautifully paintedCFͲ18andshowcasedmanypassesthatdisplayedthemagnificent colorsofthe2018demojet.OnSaturday,theCFͲ18performedatwilight show which featured full afterburner in the night sky, and on Sunday, it performedafulldaylightshow. Highlighting the show was the U.S. Air Force FͲ16 Viper Demonstration TeambasedoutofShawAirForceBase,SouthCarolina.TheFͲ16,piloted by Maj. John “Rain” Waters, showcased an incredible performance to spectators which included various tactical manoeuvres and high speed passes.IndedicationtothelateThunderbirdsSlotpilotMaj.StephenDel Bagno,theteampaidtributewithamemorialstickerontheiraircraft.AfͲ tercompletingthesoloroutine,Maj.WatersjoinedwithaPͲ51Mustang fortheHeritageFlight.TheHeritageFlightisaformationoffightersfrom pastandpresenttocommemoratethehistoryofU.S.AirForceaviation. After aerial activities concluded, spectators had plenty of time before gatesclosedtohearlivemusicfromthelocalbandsinattendance,enjoy thebeerfestivalwithHangar24craftedbrewery,andvisitthemanyvenͲ dors.Specialthankstotheorganizers,volunteers,performers,attendees, andsponsorsformakingthe2018Hangar24Airfest10thYearAnniversary asuccess!
Duxford’sAirFestivalisthefirstofthreemajoraerialeventstobeheldatthegloriousairfieldattheformer RAF base at Duxford in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Held over the traditional late May Bank holiday weekendof26th&27thMay2018yourreviewerattendedontheSaturday.Theweatherintheearlymorning was foggy and overcast, but gradually the sun shone, leaving a very hazy afternoon making challenging photographyconditionsasyoushootintothelightformostofthedisplay. The Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford is Britain’s bestͲpreserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinatinghistorythatdatesbacktotheFirstWorldWar.Historicaircraftcanregularlybeseentakingtothe skiesfromDuxford’swartimeairfield.DuxfordhasbeenwitnesstoworldͲchangingeventsoverthepast100 years where ordinary people have had extraordinary experiences. Exploring state of the art exhibition halls and historic buildings, visitors walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served at RAF Duxford. Throughthepowerfulstoriesofthemenandwomeninvolvedandtherichdisplaysofaircraft,Duxfordtells thestoryoftheimpactofaviationonthenatureofwarandonpeople’slives.
Theflyingdisplaystartedat1300hrswiththeRepublicPͲ47DThunderbolt,aformerDuxfordresidentwith TheFighterCollection(TFC)‘NoGutsNoGlory’andhasrecentlyreturnedfromtheUnitedStateswhereit wasbasedsince2007.NowinthehandsofAirLeasingatSywellAerodrome,theaircraftcarriesthecolours of48thFighterGroups492ndFighterSquadron‘Nellie’.Itwasgreattoseethe‘Jug’backintheskiesofthe UKandisawelcomereturntothecircuitinEuropegivingaspiritedandwellflownroutine. Someoftheflyinghighlightsincluded: x
AeroSuperBatics Flying Circus (formerly the Breitling Wingwalkers), with a new scheme and two new wingwalkersforthe2018season,MartynCarrington&DavidBarrellgavetheirusualdisplayroutinewith flare,panacheandanodtotheheydayofclassicbarnstormingoftheroaringtwenties.
ThesevenshipNorthAmericanTͲ6Harvardroutinewasaverywellexecuteddisplayandwiththesight and sound of the radial engines giving that effective rasp as the props went supersonic reverberating aroundtheairfield.
The Global Stars Team, a mix of CAP232 & Extra aerobatic aircraft presented a very well thought out, awardwinningroutinewithsomemanoeuvresthatareuniquetothis4ͲShipdisplay.Thiswasdefinitely oneofthehighlightsandonethatkeptthedisplaytighttothecrowdlinewitheffectiveuseofthesmoke systems.
46 Aviations Farner Werke (F+W) Schlepp CͲ3605 was displayed by Emiliano Del Buono a highly impressiveandcaptivatingdisplayinthishighlymanoeuvrableaircraft.ThisaircraftisbasedintheSwiss townofSionalongwithacollectionofWarbirds,AerobaticandWingwalkingtypes.
The Bremont Great War Display Team displayed with pyrotechnics and seven dogͲfighting aircraft, evokingmemoriesoftheGreatWar.Inthis,the100thAnniversaryyearoftheendoftheFirstWorldWar thelastpostsoundedattheendofthedisplaycompletingaveryemotivepartoftheflyingdisplay.
ThepenultimatedisplaycamefromtheFrenchAirForce,Arméedel'Air,whohavebeenaregularsupporter totheshowovertheyears(withnolessthanthreedisplayactsintotalovertheAirFestivalweekend).The DassaultRafaleCwastheonlyjetdisplayontheSaturdayandgavealoud,livelyandthunderingdisplaywith fullafterburners. SupermarineSpitfireMk1aN3200flownbyJohnRomainflewanevocativeandmemorablesolodisplayas theairfieldfellsilentthedistinctiveellipticalwingSpitfireandsoundoftheMerlinenginefittinglyclosedthe show.Resplendentinits19SquadronmarkingsthisairframehadjoinedRAFDuxfordinApril1940andisnow basedandownedbytheIWMatDuxfordandwastrulyahistoricaircraftfromWorldWarII. TherewasagoodmixofaircraftthatwerewellpresentedfromwarbirdstoAerobaticdisplaysandextended flying time from previous years. Duxford has a unique atmosphere that hasn’t been lost in these times of tighterregulationandrisingcosts.Avisittoaneventishighlyrecommendedforthefirsttimeroreventhe secondtimer.WithsomuchonoffertoseeanddotokeepthefamilyentertainedthisshowisanallͲround eventtokeepthekidsandthebiggerkidshappy. Thanks must go to Esther Blaine, Communications Manager and her team at Duxford for all their support, warmwelcomeandhelpontheSaturdayoftheshow. ThanksalsotoAngeloCunninghamforanimpromptutouraroundthePBYCatalinaatthecloseoftheshow whichwasanicetouchtoendanallͲroundenjoyableday.
JoewasinJapanafewmonthsagovisitingseveralairbases,andhereare some of his images. The FÍ˛4 Phantoms were at Hykuri AB, the Eagles at KomatsuAB,andtherestoftheJapaneseaircarftwereatIrumaAB.The USAaircarftwereatAtsugi.
Being a NPS member has advantages, esͲ pecially when new camera bodies and lenses come out from Nikon. One can ask foraloanertotryandtestout,beforemakͲ ingasignificantfinancialcommitmentfora certaincamerabodyorlens. WhenIwasinvitedbythe1stSquadronof the Belgian Air Force for a base visit, I figͲ uredthiswouldbeagreattimetotestout the latest D850 from Nikon. Nikon Canada waskindenoughtoprovidethebodywitha super fast 35mm f1.4 wide angle lens whichcameinhandyforphotographingthe FͲ16, as well as other aircraft at the BrusͲ sels Air Museum and at additional museͲ ums in Germany and Hungary. During my visit I've used the D850 with a variety of lenses that I own from the 14Ͳ24mmf2.8, 70Ͳ200mmf2.8tothe200Ͳ500mmf5.6andaswellwiththeloaner35mmf1.4. Overall,I'vefoundtheDͲ850tobeveryresponsive,quickfocusing,andeasytosetupespeciallyifyouarea D800seriesuser.Butwith45MBimagessharplensesareamustandtomakesurethereisnohandshake. Evenathigherspeedsaslightamountofhandshakewillnotproducesharpimageswhenlookedat100%. Thecoloursarefantastic,andveryaccurate.Itendtoshootjpgatlargeandfinesettingwhichsavesmealot postprocessingwith85Ͳ90%oftheimagescanbeusedasshot.LovetheexcellentISOcapabilities,which cameinveryhandyatthemuseums(mostplacesdonotallowflash)orindarkeraircrafthangars.Battery lifeisverygood,improvedovertheD800,about15%moreimagespercharge. TheDͲ850wonmeover,andIwouldrecommendthissuperbcameraforaviationphotographyforseveral reasonsapartfromtheaforementionedcapabilities:oneofthemainreasonsisofcourseofthe45MBimͲ agesresultingin8256x5504pixelsizeat300ppifullframeformat.Youdonotnecessarilyneedalonglensin the500mmplusrange,becauseyoucancropeasilyto5100x3300at300ppirangewhichisusedinTheAviaͲ tionMagazine,witha200to300mmlens,andstillendupwithadecentsizedimageoftheaircraftorsimply youcanjustswitchovertoaDXformat,thatgivesyouthe1.5Xcropfactor.Ofcourseifyouendupusinga long lens you will get superb close up images (depending on the haze factor, which sometimes is a killer whenitcomestosharpness). Whilenocameraisperfect,theNikonDͲ850comesascloseasonecanget,aslongasoneiswillingtopay theCanadian$4,399.95orUS$3,299.95MSR.
From1918anoriginalHanriotHͲD1WWIfighter,attheBrusselsAirMuseum.NikonD850withthe35mmf1.4 lens1/100f/6.3ISO1000,above.AnIlyushin28'Beagle'bombermadeintheUSSRin1955,atthejunkyardof theSzolnokAirBase,Hungary,NikonD850withthe200Ͳ500mmf5.6lensat500mm1/1000f5.6ISO160,beͲ low(10%cropoftheoriginal).
TheNikonD850withalongzoomlensisperfectfor“rivetcounters”asyoucanseefromthe100%cropofthe original image of a Ilyushin IlͲ1P ‘Crate’ from 1959 at the junkyard of the Szolnok Air Base, Hungary. 200Ͳ 500mmf5.6lensat500mm1/500sec,f/5.6ISO160,subjectdistancewasapproximately30meters(98.4ft).
In this issue: Exercises: Frisian Flag, The Netherlands – EART, The Netherlands – NATO Tigermeet, Poland | Base visits: NAS Fallon, NV –...
Published on Jun 20, 2018
In this issue: Exercises: Frisian Flag, The Netherlands – EART, The Netherlands – NATO Tigermeet, Poland | Base visits: NAS Fallon, NV –...