Saturday, August 29, 2015

Upcoming Air Show Pictures

I went to the Willow Run Air Show today and I had a blast.  I've got a ton of pictures to sort through and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to arrange them for my blog post.
They had a pretty impressive line up of aircraft today.  For me, it's kind of a toss up of which caught my attention the most.  Given that I've never seen a flying one before, I guess the nod will go to the B-29 Superfortress.  Especially when you consider it is an aircraft with a longer wingspan than the original Wright Brothers Flight.  So for now, enjoy this picture of "Fifi" approaching.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just Watching the Planes Go By

After hearing various planes from the air show flying over the office today and not really being able to see them, I decided that I needed to go planewatching.  I was hoping that it wasn't going to be like last night where I didn't see anything.
 As I was leaving the office, I saw that there was a plane circling around.  That usually means there is someone doing touch and go landings.
 One of the planes doing it was this Cessna.  However, I think this one landed right after I got there.
 That Cessna was soon followed by this Cessna but I think he only did a couple passes as well.
 It made for a nice picture though.
 Soon they were joined by this Piper Arrow.
 I kind of like the looks of these planes.
 And that was followed fairly closely by this plane.
 Although what caught my eye was this Aeronca Champion.  The Champion first flew in 1944 and entered production in 1945.    This initial production run only lasted until 1950.  As the light aviation market picked up again, production of this aircraft started again in 2007.  It is powered by a 65 horsepower Continental engine.  This gives the plane a maximum speed of 95 miles per hour.  With a stall speed of 38 miles per hour, it can handle low speeds pretty well.
 Another shot of the Cessna.
 I think this is a pretty neat looking aircraft.
 I kind of like the pattern on the tail.
 One of the Pipers approaching again.
 The straight out shot.
 As I was taking pictures of the other planes, I saw this Texan flying by.  This would be one of the aircraft from the Air Show.
 Back to the Champion.
 One more shot of the Champion.
 I got a surprise as I saw the Texan start to make a turn for the runway.  I was not expecting this.
 For a second, I thought that maybe he was just making a flyby, but he actually landed his aircraft.
I think this aircraft is a Dassault Falcon.  Dassault is a French Aircraft Company which is more famous for the Mirage series of fighter jets.  I don't know alot about his particular breed of business jet though.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Brief Stop at Willow Run

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show is this weekend and I was hearing planes flying over the office as they were heading there.  As a result, I thought I might have a chance to go to Willow Run and see some of the planes.
 The normal spot where I'd try to look in on the airfield was blocked off, so I couldn't even get pictures of the B-52 and Privateer.  I had to settle for pictures of the F-101 Voodoo.  Not that it's a bad plane or anything like that.
 In fact, it's a little better because I can walk around and get different angles.  But it's not the same as getting some early shots of the Blue Angels.
 It was a little overcast and that made for an interesting backdrop.
 Still, I'd rather have pictures of the B-29 or whatever but I guess I'll have to wait.
 Nearby is the RF-84 Thunderstreak.  This is the reconnaissance version of the fighter.  You can see the panels for the cameras.
Again, not the Blue Angels but I wanted to watch some planes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

And We End With the H. Lee White

I ended the day with the next ship.
 The next ship was the H. Lee White.  It was starting to get dark and I was hoping that the light would hold out.
 As I was starting to take pictures, the clouds broke and gave me a little bit of the golden light.
 Sadly, that light didn't last too long.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 The light broke again but I didn't catch it in time.
 I decided to head down to the little park to catch her for one last time.
And I'm glad I did.

The Blue Water Bridge Under the Clouds

As I was taking pictures of the ships, I took a look at the Blue Water Bridge and I liked the way the clouds looked with it.
As the day was ending for me, it was starting to rain.  At any rate, it made for a really neat picture.

The Gregory J. Busch Makes an Appearance

It seems like when people talk about the oldest vessels on the Lakes, they forget about the tugboats.  There are a couple of tugs on the lakes that were built in the late 1800's and are still functional.  There are a few built in the early 1900's.
The Gregory J. Busch was built in 1919 as the Humaconna in Superior, Wisconsin.  In 1977, she was given her current name.

Next Up...the Elbeborg

I thought I would be introducing a new ship to the blog but it turns out that I caught her in Duluth last year.  However, it seems that I didn't properly introduce her then.
 The Elbeborg is one of several ships owned by Wagenborg out of the Netherlands.
 The Elbeborg was built in 2011 and resembles many of the other Wagenborg ships.
 She is 474 feet long and 52 feet wide which means she is well below the maximums for the Welland Canal.  She can carry 12,000 tons of cargo.
I'm not sure where she is off to though.