The Boeing Aircraft Company celebrated its 100th anniversary on the weekend of July 15th-17th, 2016. The festivities included aircraft static displays, flybys, an after-dark light show, and on Friday the 15th, a line-up of the company’s 7-series aircraft.Read more "Boeing Centennial 7-Series Lineup"
The Boeing 7-series Lineup was not the only attraction for aviation photographers at Boeing Field on July 15th: Numerous local aircraft performed flybys for Boeing’s centennial celebration, and as usual, BFI provided plenty of interesting traffic in its own right.Read more "Boeing Centennial Celebration/KBFI July 15, 2016"
I recently had two opportunities to shoot aircraft on the ramp at Tacoma Narrows Airport; first were a few visitors for the Tacoma Freedom Fair / Wings and Wheels Air Shows: And second, a night shoot with Greg Colyer’s T-33, “Ace Maker II”Read more "Tacoma Narrows Night Shoots"
June brought the opportunity to catch several aircraft that had been fairly high on my “wish list,” including several C-130s, CV-22s, an E-6B, and a C-32 To see more photos from McChord, visit my Flickr Album.Read more "McChord AFB, June 2016"
June 25, 2016, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island opened its gates to the public for its annual open house; 2016’s festivities were hosted by Patrol Squadron (VP-) 46 “Grey Knights,” and included static displays, open cockpits, a Search and Rescue demo, and flybys by the EA-18G Fleet Replenishment Squadron, vAQ-129.Read more "2016 NAS Whidbey Island Open House"
June 3, 2016 marked the final flight for one of the 142nd Fighter Wing, 123rd Fighter Squadron’s F-15 pilots. I was invited along to help document the occasion by “chasing” the aircraft down the runway in a Robinson R44 helicopter.Read more "F-15 Fini Flight"
Every season brings new interesting traffic to Boeing Field, and the Spring of 2016 was no different. From military detachments to new test flights and unique visitors, there always seems to be something worth catching at BFI. April’s highlights included: a few USAF and USN visitors, an airport tour, a trio of Marine F/A-18Ds, and […]Read more "KBFI April / May 2016"
As one of the busiest non-towered airports in Washington, Thun Field in Puyallup (ICAO code KPLU) regularly sees a variety of aircraft types. Most common are Cessnas from the local flight schools, but also Pipers, Bonanzas, and homebuilts. Rarer, though familiar to the pattern, are bigger twin-engine aircraft like Cessna 340s, Beech Barons, and the […]Read more "The Rise and Fall of Tanker 85"
On May 6, 2016, after 26 years of flying the AV-8B Harrier II, Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 made its final scheduled flight as a Harrier squadron.Read more "VMA-211’s Last Harrier Detachment"
The final aviation – related stop on my trip to Arizona was the 2016 Luke AFB Air Show and Open House. Held every two years, the show has always been a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.Read more "Arizona Aviation: Luke AFB Air Show"