Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ann Arbor at Night

Was wandering around Ann Arbor one night, so I decided to do some night shots. Unfortunately, I didn't have my tripod, so I had to use the higher ISO settings on my camera. I still think the pictures turned out.

This was a tree branch taken with a flash. For some reason it reminds me of the Depeche Mode "Violator" album cover.

This is a window at Middle Earth gift shot. Take a look at the bigger picture, there's some pretty neat stuff going on here.

Another part of the display.

Nickels Arcade.

A bar across the street from the Michigan Book and Supply. I was trying to go for the "Nighthawks" look. Instead I got something different, but I like it.

The Michigan Theater.

Another store display. I liked the reflections on the store window and consequently the jars.

A record store.

A clothing store.

A restaurant on Main Street. I like this shot, especially the colors of the awning.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ann Arbor - Some Flowers

I was going to take some pictures of flowers around Ann Arbor but the weather wasn't terribly cooperative. I did manage to get some pictures.

This is a tree outside of the Michigan Union.

This is looking at the Michigan Union through the trees.

Some close up pictures.

It was nice to get some close up pictures of the flowers.

Michigan Union

It is now spring in Ann Arbor and I saw that the flowers are starting to bloom. So I decided to get some pictures of that. The first place I went to was the Michigan Union.

The Michigan Union was built in 1904. It is used as a student union. It has many restaurants and recreation areas. It is on the north side of the corner at State Street and South University.

This is a shot from the side.

Looking at the front of the building.

A picture from the other side.

One of the statues above the entrance.

The other statue.

Looking up at the center of the building.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

And more Selfridge Pictures...

This is the last of my pictures from Selfridge. I was surprised at just how many planes they had here. It seems to be a pretty good sample of the aircraft that were used there.

This is the P-3 Orion. This was based at Selfridge. It was used mostly for sub hunting but could be modified for a number of other missions. It was another aircraft that they had opened so that you could look inside. It also had a Chief that used to fly on it and he was able to answer questions about the aircraft.

This is the cockpit of the P-3.

This is the F4U Corsair which saw quite a bit of use in the Pacific during World War II.

This is the US-2 Tracker which was a carrier based aircraft that was used to hunt subs.

This is the Nike-Hercules which was another type of missile used for Air Defense.

This is an A-4 Skyhawk which was used by the Navy and Marines. It had the nickname of Heineman's Hot Rod after it's designer.

This is an A-26 Invader which first saw service in World War II and lasted through the Vietnam War.

I was amazed at how good of condition the aircraft were in considering that they were outside and in Michigan. Michigan's weather can be pretty rough.

Selfridge - Continued

More Pictures....

This is a Nike-Ajax Missile which was used for air defense. This was based at Selfridge and used to defend Detroit from attack.

This is the F-14 Tomcat which is one of my favorite aircraft (if not my most favorite). I was surprised to see this one here since it is a Navy fighter. This particular one was used for maintenance training.

Front view of the F-14.

Classic view of the F-14.

This is the O-2 Skymaster. It has a pusher properller on the back.

This is the F-86 Sabre used in the Korean War.

This is the P-80 Shooting Star developed at the end of World War II and used through the beginning of the Korean War.

This the F-84 Thunderstreak.

This is the AH-1 Cobra which is an attack chopper.

This is the F-100 Super Sabre.

Selfridge Air Park

Selfridge Air National Guard Base is near Mt Clemens and is about 20 or so miles north of Detroit. Selfridge was founded in 1917, making it one of the older air bases in the country. For a long time it was the home of the 1st Pursuit Squadron (which was the oldest combat group in the Air Force). During World War II, it was the home of the Tuskegee Airmen. It is also called the "Home of the Generals" because so many generals passed through there on the their way to higher ranks.

It also has the Air Park, which is why I visited it.

This is a front shot of the C-130. One of the nice things about planes displayed outside is that there is plenty of light. Although that's not necessarily good for the planes.

Another shot of the C-130.

They had the plane open so that you could walk in. This is a picture of the cockpit.

This is a view of the Corsair from the cockpit of the C-130.

This is a replica of the SPAD, one of the earliest planes used by the Americans.

This is an A-7 Corsair. The plane saw service with the Air Force, Navy and Marines.

This is an F-16 Falcon. There used to be an F-16 squadron here but they closed it down. It was kind of cool watching them in flight.

This is an RB-57.

This is the C-131 used for transport and passengers.

This is an HH-52 Seaguard used by the Coast Guard. One of the cool things about Selfridge is that every armed service is represented there.

This is an UH-1 Huey.

This is a TF-102 Delta Dagger. The odd looking cockpit is because this is a training aircraft and two pilots sit side by side.

This is an F-106 Delta Dart.

This is an F-4 Phantom. This plane was used by the Air Force, Navy and Marines.