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Guest blog! Air Expo ’11

Phoblography fans, you’re in for a treat.

My good friend and fellow photog Jeff agreed to be my very first “guest blogger.” I personally would have loved to have blogged about the subject you are about to see, but I had to be somewhere else. Thank goodness for friends who also love to take photos!

Thank you, Jeff, for agreeing to share your wonderful talent and photos on the blog. Maybe this will inspire you to start your own – something we would all support. :)

Take it away, Jeff!


“This is it. Don’t get scared now.” -Kevin McCallister

Last week, during a lull at work, Jen and I were talking about our various upcoming Labor Day weekend plans. She explained that she’d be traveling to Ocean City, Md., for the annual Neal Family beach trip (awesome pictures to come, I’m sure). As for me, I would be sticking around town, relaxing, hopefully getting in some wakeboarding, and attending the Pax River Air Expo on base. She knew I’d be taking photos of the festivities, and in passing, and I think partly in jest, she mentioned I should do a “guest blog.” I say in jest primarily because she seemed genuinely surprised when I actually enthusiastically said I’d take her up on the offer. The conversation went something like this (paraphrased):

Jen: You should do a guest blog with your pictures.

Me: Challenge accepted.

Jen: Wait, what?

So anyway, that’s how you came to see my photos on Jen’s blog. Enjoy.

This is an EA-18G Growler. It’s a specialized version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet and is currently replacing the EA-6B as the Navy’s electronic attack platform. This guy belongs to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 (where I happen to work).

Clockwise from top left: 3 of the “Aerostars” flying Yak-52 TW aerobatic trainer aircraft, a T-34C Turbo-Mentor, Zivko Edge 540 aerobatic plane flown by Kirby Chambliss, and a T-6A Texan II.

T-38 Talon assigned to the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and the USNTPS School Emblem

F-16 Fighting Falcon, more commonly known to military pilots as the Viper, from the Shaw Air Force Base Viper East Demo Team.

This is Panchito, a North American B-25 made famous during WWII, notably the Doolittle Raids. Panchito is part of the Disabled American Veterans Airshow Outreach Program. Panchito’s owners also regularly bring it to TPS for the students to fly. Our friend Peter flew it several months ago when he was in TPS. After striking up a conversation with the owner about flying with him, he offered to let us climb up into the cockpit and nose gunner position (which were off limits to all the regular folk).

F-14 Tomcat vertical stabs, Nathan’s famous dogs, and six T-28 Trojans performing.

The famous Stearman Model 75. I got to climb around on it because I had a camera and looked official I guess. I was grateful the owner offered to let me. The little kids standing around that wanted to do the same were none too pleased when he told them all no way.

Clockwise from top left: F-16 Viper East Demo, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Art Nalls hovering in his privately owned British Aerospace Sea Harrier F/A2, and the Geico Skytypers’ North American Aviation SNJ-2 (T-6 Texan) aircraft

The Blue Angels closed out the show. They don’t really need an introduction, but here’s a brief one anyway:

The Blue Angels are the US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron. They were formed in 1946 and are the oldest formal flying aerobatic team. They’ve flown nine different demonstration aircraft throughout the years and currently fly the Boeing F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets.

So that’s all I got. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed.

And a special thanks to Jen for sharing her space with me. You’re awesome. Keep up the fantastic work.


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