Columbus – September 2018 – Flying Into Town

On my return from New York I was on a very empty airplane, and happened to have the SLR camera with me. Once we can out of the clouds on the approach to Columbus I was able to get some photos.

About 50 miles east of the airport is Zanesville, Ohio. While very tough to see they have a famous ‘Y’ Bridge. This bridge has a Y intersection in the middle of it (and the river).

2018 09 27 3 Zanesville OH.jpg

 

 

Buckeye Lake – The surrounding countryside would normally be as green as the trees but since it is late September the corn and soybeans have all turned brown, hence the interesting contrast.

As a city kid I always thought that meant they were dead, it really means it is time to pick them.

2018 09 27 5 Buckeye Lake OH.jpg

 

 

Note the 5 large white buildings. A few of them are Amazon fulfillment centers along I-70.

2018 09 27 8 Columbus.jpg

 

 

When you see the airport you are headed towards at this altitude you know you aren’t quite ready to land – which was good this day.

2018 09 27 10 Columbus.jpg

 

 

Northwest Columbus and Ohio State University.

2018 09 27 12 Columbus.jpg

 

 

A bit closer view of Ohio State, along with the Ohio 315 Freeway winding it’s way along the west side of campus.

2018 09 27 17 Columbus.jpg

 

 

A hard right turn gave us a great view of the old suburb of Grandview Heights.

2018 09 27 18 Columbus.jpg

 

 

Looking east back towards the airport (upper right) and downtown Columbus. Of note is the different of the main thoroughfares from the early days and now. Broad Street goes the entire distance top to bottom on the right side of the photo in essentially a straight line.

I-679 on the left side winds its way basically parallel to Broad Street, only with numerous curves since they were going through already developed neighborhoods (destroying many in it’s path).

2018 09 27 19 Columbus.jpg

 

 

Downtown Columbus. After a week in New York City it looks very sparse.

2018 09 27 24 Columbus.jpg

 

 

Continue the hard right turn we looked straight down on the Lane Avenue Bridge and a portion of Ohio Stadium.

2018 09 27 27 Columbus.jpg

 

 

The final view is of Ohio Stadium. There was something about the double windows of the airplane and the SLR wanting to focus that makes this photo almost look ‘fake’.

A few minutes later and we were on the ground.

2018 09 27 28 Columbus.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayton – September 2018 – World War I Centennial Anniversary

With 1918 being the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the USAF Museum in Dayton held a commemoration in the form of a period correct air show.

While this air show occurs annually, the 100th anniversary brought special meaning to it.

 

2018 09 22 17 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Many of the participants dressed in period clothing.

2018 09 22 19 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Most of the aircraft present were in flying condition, although some are recreations and not original, 100 year old planes.

2018 09 22 31 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Wright Patterson Air Force Base is huge, and could easily support the air show on a distant runway of the base.

2018 09 22 96 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

As with other events, the re-enactors added to the scene.

2018 09 22 145 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Women were an essential part of the war effort as well, as represented by this Red Cross worker.

2018 09 22 147 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Not really sure why so many of the men had on kilts though.

2018 09 22 149 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

A field hospital doctor with period medical pieces.

2018 09 22 156 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

There was constant flights occurring – these are actual model aircraft flying while the full size ones took a break.

2018 09 22 99 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

While they had nice paved runways, the period aircraft used the grass areas between the pavement for their movements.

2018 09 22 161 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Ready to go…

2018 09 22 163 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

The Air Force base buildings also added to the atmosphere.

2018 09 22 166 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Usually the skies over Dayton are filled with screaming jets, but on this day the sounds were very different with the piston engines taking flight.

2018 09 22 167 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

The building in the background house some of the museum’s 350+ aircraft.

2018 09 22 191 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

While there were no female pilots in World War I, this pilot was flying today.

2018 09 22 192 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

More of the aircraft ready to go.

2018 09 22 196 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

In addition, a number of aircraft were parked as static displays. The wooden propellers have a classic look to them.

2018 09 22 207 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

No ground crew needed, just pick up the tail of your plane and move it onto the runway.

2018 09 22 210 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

A number of the re-enactors were dressed as Germans.

2018 09 22 228 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

The leader of the Remote Control plane show was looking snazzy.

2018 09 22 248 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

More kilts?

2018 09 22 252 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Time to fly…

2018 09 22 270 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

The models were very accurate in their representation.

2018 09 22 48 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

The Remote Control plane collection was quite large.

2018 09 22 81 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

In addition there were period automobiles. During the break from the full size aircraft, the automobiles took to the runways for a spin.

2018 09 22 295 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Sometimes being chased by the model aircraft.

2018 09 22 299 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

A period ambulance.

2018 09 22 309 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

As with all things at the USAF Museum, the entire event was free to the public.

2018 09 22 316 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

Time to stop and move on to the next event.

2018 09 22 66 Dayton World War I Commemoration.jpg

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati – August 2018 – 1940s Day at Lunken Airport

Lunken Airport is located in a valley on the east side of Cincinnati where the Miami River flows into the Ohio River. Because it is in a valley that has a tendency to flood it is known as ‘Sunken Lunken’.

In the early days of aviation it was the airport for Cincinnati, but in the late 1940s they moved to a much larger site across the river in Northern Kentucky.

 

2018 08 11 1 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Lunken still is a very busy airport, serving corporate jets and other smaller private planes, while maintaining it’s classic art deco look.

2018 08 11 11 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

On this day the Cincinnati Museum group was hosting ‘1940s Day at Lunken’. Among the events was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ photo shoot.

2018 08 11 46 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Amazingly a couple of elderly women were on hand actually were ‘Rosies’ during the 1940s.

2018 08 11 43 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

People were encouraged to dress the era, and many did.

2018 08 11 47 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

The festival hosting a number of vintage airplanes and cars, and those that came in costume fit in perfect with the equipment.

2018 08 11 50 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Either she is a spy or one of the museum workers.

2018 08 11 55 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

A Carmen Miranda look, minus the fruit.

2018 08 11 60 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

We saw a couple of ladies dressed in their ‘League of Their Own’ uniforms – a great touch.

2018 08 11 62 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

There was entertainment all day. The ‘Queen City Sisters’ acapella group were great singers, with style in their presentation.

2018 08 11 67 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

The umbrella served two functions this day – shade in the hot sun, then protection from the rain when a hard shower came through.

2018 08 11 73 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

She made a great entrance from the sidecar.

2018 08 11 75 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

As noted previously there were some vintage planes and cars, and this fire truck.

2018 08 11 79 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

They were very selective in the cars presented, all fitting the environment, if not exactly period perfect.

2018 08 11 85 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Some Model A’s.

2018 08 11 86 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Airplanes and a stylish dress and hat – how cool.

2018 08 11 105 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

A vintage Navy plane was on hand.

2018 08 11 118 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

I can see this being 1935 in Cincinnati.

2018 08 11 126 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Molly Wellmann is a local tavern owner, and historian. She entertained the crowd with the history of alcohol production in Cincinnati (which is extensive).

2018 08 11 134 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

Meanwhile the contestants for the costume contest gathered.

2018 08 11 138 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

I suggested to these three they visit Twinsburg next year, they would be a hit there too.

2018 08 11 145 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

These ladies were also from the museum.

2018 08 11 146 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

The styles were great – without the people who came this would’ve been a mediocre event with a couple of planes and cars. With them it was fantastic.

2018 08 11 149 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

A vintage couple with a vintage hangar in the background.

2018 08 11 152 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

One observation I have made over the last couple of years that if you ask someone to take their photo and you have your phone or a point and click camera you don’t get much response, but if you have a SLR you get enthusiasm.

2018 08 11 156 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

While the dancing was occurring in another tent, this costume contestant decided to combine them.

2018 08 11 168 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

The pilots are ready for boarding.

2018 08 11 169 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

If this is the 1940s I need to time travel – what a great day.

2018 08 11 174 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

And they danced the day away….

2018 08 11 181 Cincinnati Lunken Airport 1940s Day.jpg

 

 

 

 

Warren, Ohio – August 2018 – Wings and Wheels

Sloas Airfield in Warren, Ohio is a nice 3,000 foot long grass landing strip that sees occasional use, except for 1 day a year – this day.

This was the day for Wings and Wheels. As we entered we immediately passed by a fantastic Porsche.

2018 08 05 103 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Hurried by the Cobra.

2018 08 05 106 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Skipped the Ferrari…

2018 08 05 107 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

Even blew by the Superbird, because on this day cars were anything but the Superbirds.

2018 08 05 237 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The ‘Wings’ part of the show were the stars.

2018 08 05 126 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Taking off and landing throughout the day.

2018 08 05 111 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

With biplanes.

2018 08 05 120 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

We were literally standing next to the runway for the takeoffs.

2018 08 05 122 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The classic cars lining the far side of the runway.

2018 08 05 123 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The pilots were showing off their skills.

2018 08 05 127 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Many completing low passes down the length of the runway.

2018 08 05 132 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Before gaining altitude and heading out.

2018 08 05 135 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The weather was perfect, a few big puffy clouds.

2018 08 05 140 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The ‘crew’ were the volunteers.

2018 08 05 137 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Old school leather helmets were in order.

2018 08 05 144 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

 

 

Biplanes have a majestic look to them.

2018 08 05 148 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Another one heads skyward.

2018 08 05 152 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

I would estimate there were about 50 airplanes when we arrived, many parked with their owners hanging out or checking out the rest of the planes and the cars.

2018 08 05 155 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The noses of the various plans are very distinctive.

2018 08 05 161 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

As well as the tails.

2018 08 05 167 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

 

An immaculate Piper Cub.

2018 08 05 164 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Even a couple of ultra lights.

2018 08 05 169 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

 

We spent most of our time in the planes, as we see custom cars all the time.

2018 08 05 171 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Another one heads out – we were happy we were there fairly early as by noon many had departed.

2018 08 05 176 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

And he takes off for home.

2018 08 05 178 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

While one returns.

2018 08 05 185 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

The symmetry of a small plane.

2018 08 05 190 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

This photo illustrates how close you were allowed.

2018 08 05 192 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Planes everywhere you looked.

2018 08 05 196 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

An excellent paint job for this biplane.

2018 08 05 199 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Future pilots perhaps?

2018 08 05 201 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Even the Porsche pales in comparison to this.

2018 08 05 202 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Inside the hangar is a museum with numerous models.

2018 08 05 207 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Most of the models were custom built.

2018 08 05 212 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Models everywhere.

2018 08 05 213 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

All of the models had amazing detail to them.

2018 08 05 215 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

We headed back out into the heat to check out a few more airplanes. This one is a 7/8 scale Italian WW1 air force plane.

2018 08 05 220 Warren OH Wings and Wheels

 

 

The owner of this is an American Airplanes pilot. It must be strange going from 737s to a 2 seater.

2018 08 05 221 Warren OH Wings and Wheels.jpg

 

 

Finally it was time to fly on out (ok – drive). What a great event.

2018 08 05 227 Warren OH Wings and Wheels

 

 

 

Hagerstown, Indiana – July 2018 – Wilbur Wright Fly In

The small eastern Indiana town of Hagerstown is the home of an annual small airplane ‘fly-in’. Home to one of the longest, nicest grass runways in America, it is the perfect stopping off point for the planes headed to the large show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

2018 07 17 269 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

As we arrived and parked we passed by a number of vendor booths including this one manned by Bob, an elderly man who makes whirligig airplanes out of soda cans.

He is very skilled, and his touch includes having a picture on a can, if available to be the pilot.

2018 07 17 218 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

When I was there he was making one out of Pepsi cans featuring Ray Charles – it was cool enough it now is proudly hanging in my garage!

2018 07 17 216 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

But it was time to move on to the main display area. All of the planes were accessible to all who attended.

2018 07 17 229 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

Many had open cockpits.

2018 07 17 241 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

The pilots were on hand to answer questions about their planes.

2018 07 17 277 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

All were magnificently restored.

2018 07 17 303 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

It attracted photographers young and old.

2018 07 17 310 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

The grass runway resembled a fairway on a golf course – bordered by the Indiana cornfields.

2018 07 17 311 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

A sleek nose cone for the propeller.

2018 07 17 319 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

They came in a variety of shapes and sizes.

2018 07 17 327 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

The two bi-plane rides stayed busy throughout the afternoon.

2018 07 17 339 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

With many excited and happy customers.

2018 07 17 350 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

The weather was perfect, just a few puffy clouds far above where anyone was flying.

2018 07 17 356 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

Some had creative designs.

2018 07 17 376 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

While others looked like racing airplanes.

2018 07 17 392 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

But eventually it was time to fly out of there. If you are an airplane fan, and can’t make it to Oshkosh, this is a good alternative much closer to home.

2018 07 17 409 Hagerstown IN Fly In.jpg

 

 

 

 

Great Falls, Montana – September 2017 – Unusual Sights in Montana

A road trip to Montana has provided some unique photo ops, starting with the Great Falls Airport’s Model Airplane collection. It turns out a Great Falls resident was an avid collector of die cast model airplanes, accumulating what is thought of as the largest collection in the world. When he passed away the family provided them to the airport for display.

2017 09 01 11 Great Falls MT Airport.jpg

 

 

One of two display cases stuffed with the model planes.

2017 09 01 24 Great Falls MT Airport.jpg

 

 

Just outside the terminal are a number of retired Air Force jets displayed on stands.

2017 09 01 37 Great Falls MT Airport.jpg

 

 

Easily the highlight, and worth a trip to Great Falls is the Sip n Dip Lounge, a 1960s style Tiki Lounge with Mermaids and Piano Pat, an 85 year old piano player.

2017 09 01 44 Great Falls MT Sip n Dip.jpg

 

 

2017 09 01 51 Great Falls MT Sip n Dip.jpg

 

 

North of town we came across the Espresso Teepee, on the Blackfeet Reservation.

2017 09 02 7.jpg

 

 

 

Hamilton, OH – August 2017 – Remote Control Airplane ‘Flying Circus’

The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.

There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.

2017 08 06 3 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.

2017 08 06 20 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.

2017 08 06 31 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.

2017 08 06 36 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.

2017 08 06 39 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.

2017 08 06 42 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.

2017 08 06 51 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

The coordinator had a great hat.

2017 08 06 56 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.

2017 08 06 66 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.

2017 08 06 84 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.

2017 08 06 96 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

Some model jets made an appearance.

2017 08 06 109 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

Another close landing.

2017 08 06 124 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg

 

 

In the end it was a great show.

2017 08 06 151 Hamilton OH RC Plane Flying Circus.jpg