Memorial Day 2013 Warbirds

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.

 

Marc DeSantis

All images copyright MGD Research Company, LLC.

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Snow Sculpture

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

China’s Carrier Fighter – First Landing

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.

Marc DeSantis