Caught the Air Force Thunderbirds on Saturday with Bill and Carla and nephews too numerous to count (ok, there were three).
I quickly gave up on pictures of planes without smoke. The AF can grab them out of the air, but unless you are a plane freak, like say Bryan, only so much of that is entertaining. I was more curious about who bought a MIG and restored it for airshows – they flew a mock battle with an F-16. The F-16 won.
Carla and I speculated on the cost of the entire operation. I put it down to recruiting budget, especially the good-looking young women in fatigues handing out plastice toy planes to all the kids (and me, mine is orange). The Air Force cadets did the parachute jumping exhibition. Oracle and Geico had barn-stormer planes for pure PR value, figuring at least some hundreds of thousands in the audience each day. But some of the other craft must be labors of love.
Shooting with the 70-200 Vr + the 1.4 Kenko teleconverter
4288 x 2848 pixels gives lots of room to crop!
Bill gave me the heads up to look for this shot. I was tracking the one on the left, because my sightline was obscurred on the right. Not that I had a better than 50/50 chance of guessing which one would be in front.
I believe those are the pilot’s hands. Incredible training. A great day to be doing aerial work. Thanks Bill and Carla for letting me tag along.