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Planes of Fame 2014 – A Quick Look Back

USAF Heritage Flight.....Raptor, Mustang, Thunderbolt & Lightning
USAF Heritage Flight…..Raptor, Mustang, Thunderbolt & Lightning

With it only being a few weeks away until I report from the Planes of Fame Air Show 2016 from Chino Airport, California, I thought it would be nice to revisit and have a quick look at the last P.O.F air show I attended, the 2014 show.

Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Grumman F7F Tigercat....very rare!
Grumman F7F Tigercat….very rare!
Sabre, MIG & T-33
Sabre, MIG & T-33

This was my first air show I had ever attended in the US and boy did it amaze me!

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero
Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero
North American B-25 Mitchell
North American B-25 Mitchell
A trio of Mustangs
A trio of Mustangs
1 of 2 glorious B-17's
1 of 2 glorious B-17’s
1 of 2 glorious B-17's
1 of 2 glorious B-17’s

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the warbird scene in my home country of Australia, but the sheer size and the amazing variety of aircraft at this show was absolutely mind blowing.

The only surviving Northrop N9MB Flying Wing
The only surviving Northrop N9MB Flying Wing
Aichi D3A "Val" dive bomber
Aichi D3A “Val” dive bomber
Goonie Bird!
Goonie Bird!
1950 Pilatus P2-06
1950 Pilatus P2-06
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Bell P-63 Kingcobra

Theses pictures are just a teaser of what is to be seen at an air show like this in the United States.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Spitfire FR Mk. XIV
Spitfire FR Mk. XIV
The mighty P-51D Mustang
The mighty P-51D Mustang
Focke-Wulf Fw190A-9
Focke-Wulf Fw190A-9

Of course there is always room for a Raptor to show off….even at a warbird air show!

F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor

With some Pitts & Learjet aerobatics as well, there was something for everyone.

Sean Tucker cuts the ribbon!
Sean Tucker cuts the ribbon!
Clay Lacy in his 1966 Learjet.
Clay Lacy in his 1966 Learjet.
What's better than 1 Sabre? 3 Sabres.....flying formation aerobatics!
What’s better than 1 Sabre? 3 Sabres…..flying formation aerobatics!
North American SNJ-5 Texan
North American SNJ-5 Texan
Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

As always at P.O.F the aircraft get airborne in groups a fly for around 30 minutes at a time.

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Grumman TBF Avenger
Grumman TBF Avenger

Keep checking back for the full report from the 2016 Planes of Fame Air Show.

USAF Heritage Flight
USAF Heritage Flight
F-86 Sabre
F-86 Sabre

 

4 comments

  1. Great sharp shots which could be improved by selecting one stop slower shutter speed. Many of the propeller-driven aircraft are shown with almost stationery propellers and this looks silly. I used a gyro stabliser at Wanaka several years ago and this steadied the IS lens by 3 stops for crystal sharp images with nice circular prop blur.

    1. Thanks for your reply Peter. I do agree the prop shots can be improved! Might I add though this was my first real airshow, very novice with an DSLR (from memory I was barely out of “auto” setting), and my understanding of these things has improved greatly in the last 2 years since this show! Please come back a visit when my photos from the 2016 shows are published!

      1. Wow, Peter, you are doing tremendously well. Using “Auto” may be why your shots are so sharp. A slower shutter speed will demand a very steady hand and smooth panning. It looks like you are using a fairly long lens, too. Think about a Manfrotto tripod and Jobu Jnr gimbal head. The Jobu will only work with a lens with a rotatable collar mount al la Canon’s long-range zooms and primes. I daresay other makers’ lenses have similar mounts. I’ll send you the URL and also the exact address of some of my airshow shots in a following reply.

      2. Hi Peter, The reply system wont accept pastes. B&H in New York sell the Jobu. If you have time to sort through my planeimages site you will find lots of airshow and air-to air photos.

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