The Memorial Day airshow at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York is always spectacular. This year was no different. There was a wide variety of aircraft on display, including a number that were Second World War warbirds. Here are two – a B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-40 Warhawk done up in Flying Tigers colors. Take a good look at the all-metal scheme on the B-17. That was to save weight by not applying paint, and also to entice the Luftwaffe to find them and come up and duel. Luftwaffe combat losses were so heavy, and the requirement of keeping so many fighters back in Germany on defense so onerous, that the USAAF had almost total air superiority by D-Day.
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The northeastern United States was hit very hard by a big snowstorm yesterday. Snow creates a visual look that is unlike nearly anything else that you will find as a shooting subject. Here is what I saw as the snow began to drop off from an evergreen in the sun. It created an almost architectural effect. The image was shot with a Panasonic Lumix G3. I like the results that I am getting with this Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Is anyone else using a mirrorless system? What are your experiences with one?
Marc De Santis
The naval situation in East Asia has just gotten more interesting. China has just achieved its first carrier jet landing on the recently-commissioned Liaoning. Take a look at a photograph of the Shenyang J-15 here.
The Pentagon has not been impressed, but I think that it is watching China’s single aircraft carrier (for now) very closely. Something tells me that China’s growing naval power will be used to justify big American defense budgets for many years to come.
In the meanwhile, Japan is eyeing China’s build-up nervously. It is responding with some moves of its own.
This is a photograph that I took of the morning after Hurricane Sandy.
Ominous, isn’t it?
And this is what it liked like once the storm had ended!
Despite the wind and rain, this flower survived the onslaught.
If you ever played with Lionel trains (perhaps you still do) then you understand the romance of steam locomotives. They hiss, they whistle, they screech, and chug. There isn’t much like them left in the world. Take a look at these photo collections in The New York Times and The Atlantic.
If you are a true fan of all things Tolkien, then this slideshow will bring great happiness to you.
These fantastic warbirds made an appearance at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York, over the Labor Day weekend:
The rarely seen North American P51C Mustang.
The Douglas A1 Skyraider carrier attack plane.
The Consolidated B24 Liberator heavy bomber.
The Vought F4U Corsair – carrier fighter of the Pacific war.
The Boeing B17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber – workhorse of the Mighty Eight Air Force.
Marc De Santis
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