Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunset Jets

It was a nice night, so I decided to head over to the airport to take a few pictures.  There were a few clouds in the sky but the sun was shining pretty bright.
 As I found a spot to park, I caught this 767 as it took off and started to head off to San Francisco.
 A CRJ taking off for Montreal.
 And this 737 was coming back from San Francisco.  As I type this post, it is heading back there.  I guess it wants the rice or chocolate.
 And this MD88 was coming in from Minneapolis.  Currently this plane is on its way to Baltimore.
 A Delta 757 taking off for Orlando.
 Delta 1405 cleared for takeoff on runway 21R.  Contact the Tower at 128.15.
 And this Airbus 319 is heading to Boston.
 Delta 1225 with service to Tampa.  This MD-90 is equipped with 7 emergency exits.  Two at the front of the plane.  Four over the wing and one to the rear.  Relax and enjoy the flight.
 Another Airbus 320, but this one is headed for the city of Brotherly Love.
 Skywest proceed across the runway to your gate.
 An Embrear 175.
 Another Embrear, but this one belongs to US Airways.
 This 757 was arriving from Fort Lauderdale.  After some time on the ground, it turned around and headed to Connecticut.
 The 757 as it taxis.  I really love the looks of these planes.
 An Airbus 330 on its way to Amsterdam.
 Delta Flight 19 with service to Fort Lauderdale.  This is a 737-900.  You can tell because it has the winglets on the bottom of the wing too.  I believe this helps even more with fuel efficiency.
 And this 757 was arriving from Seattle.  As I type this post, it is on its way back.
 An Airbus A319 heading to Miami.  Presumably to meet Crockett and Tubbs.
 I don't remember what plane this was.
 This Airbus 319 is headed to Reagan International in Washington DC.
 After a slow start, this was my evening.
 A Spirit A319 coming in for a landing.
 A Hawker 800 that arrived from Miami.
 Another Mad Dog Aircraft.
 And it's descendent, the Boeing 717.
 The Spirit plane waiting patiently.
 For some reason, I associate this plane with Detroit.
And something resembling the Norm Greenbaum song.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Waiting for the Germans

I decided to head over to the airport again.  I was hoping to catch one or both of the 747's coming in from Asia and the Lufthansa flight coming in from Stuttgart.  I got a pretty late start this morning, so I wasn't sure if I would make it.
 First up is the Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore.  A pretty nasty storm had just passed, so the runway was a little soaked.  There were also some delays for the weather.  That also meant that the planes had to alter their patterns a bit.
 The daily Virgin Atlantic flight from London coming in on the other runway.  One of these days, I'll have to figure out a good spot for planes coming in on this runway.
 This was Delta 99 heavy as it lands from Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris.  It is an Airbus 330-300.  As I type this post, this plane is on its way back to Paris.
 I believe this is the flight from Narita Airport in Japan coming in.
 A frontal shot of a United Embrear 175.
 I kind of liked the way the light was reflecting off the runway.
 A Canadair Regional Jet as it takes off.
 As it passes by.
 I was about ready to go until I saw this 757 taxing for takeoff. 
 This particular one was on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  As I type this post, it is heading back to DTW.
 An MD-80 taking off for somewhere.
 And the Boeing 717.
And we end this post with an Airbus 319.

One Last Shot

And I leave you with one last shot of the Grand Haven channel entrance.
I'll have to admit, this was a pretty nice spot.  Will have to use it again when the opportunity presents itself.

Escanaba Park - Grand Haven

In 1857, revetment work began in Grand Haven to maintain a channel.  These were placed to narrow and improve the channel  and also halt the erosion at the west end of the River.  This created a part in the river that was unusable to ships and was in turn used as a place to put the dredgings from the River.

Commander John Kelly who was commander of the 10th Coast Guard District thought that this area would be good spot for Coast Guard vessels.  In 1932, the Cutter Escanaba would arrive, allowing the Commander to realize one of his dreams.  However, the basin was not fully converted until after his death.  Part of it was used as a park and named Kelly Memorial Park in his honor.
 The US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba was an A-Class Cutter that was built by Defoe Shipbuilding in Bay City, Michigan in 1932.  She was named after the River and City in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   She was stationed in Grand Haven from her commissioning until the outbreak of World War II.

Like many of the Coast Guard cutters on the Great Lakes, her duties were icebreaking and search and rescue.  The people of Grand Haven became proud of what they considered to be their ship.

In 1941, she was transferred to Boston and she become an escort and search and rescue ship during the war.  In June of 1942, while she was escorting a convoy from Cape Cod to Halifax, she made contact with two U-boats but there was no confirmation that she sank them.  After those attacks, she rescued the crew of the SS Cherokee.  Later that month, she would be credited with the sinking of two submarines.

In February of 1943, she participated in the rescue of the USAT Dorchester.  This marked the first time that survival suits were used.   In total, she would rescue 133 survivors.  This action would earn her skipper the Legion of Merit.

On June 10, 1943, the other ships of the convoy she was escorting saw a sheet of flame shoot up from her.  There was also a pillar of smoke.  She went down so quickly, that no distress signal was sent.  Two ships were sent to rescue her crew but could only find two men alive (Boatswain's Mate Baldwin and Seaman 1st Class O'Malley) and one body (Lt. Prause).  The other 12 officers and 90 men were lost.  It is believe the two men survived because the cold water froze their clothing to the debris so they didn't sink.

The exact cause of the explosion could not be determined at the time and it was believed to have been sunk by a U-boat.  However, no U-boat took credit for her sinking.  It is also believe that she was sank by an errant mine.

The people of Grand Haven were devastated by the loss of their cutter.  As a result, they raised $1,000,000 in war bonds towards the construction of a replacement cutter to bear her name.  That cutter was commissioned in 1946.  She was originally named Ostego but that was changed to Escanaba in honor of the first cutter.  She participated in a few rescues and was scrapped in 1974.  There is a new Escanaba that serves out of Boston.
 The mast in the picture was recovered from the Escanaba that was sank in World War II.  Every year, there is a service for the crew.  In 1949, the park was renamed to Escanaba park.  Because of the reverence of the city for the Coast Guard, it was designated as Coast Guard City USA.
 The park is pretty nice.  There is this buoy.
 And it has the other cutters that have called Grand Haven home.  The Coast Guard station is still there but it doesn't typically serve as a base for the larger cutters.  During the summer, Grand Haven has the Coast Guard festival though.
 Looking up at the mast.
 A picture of the ship on the memorial.
 A plaque dedicated to the Coast Guard.
 A plaque dedicated to the enlisted men of the Coast Guard.
One more shot of the mast.  I think it's pretty cool that they were able to recover something so visible.