2020 in retrospect, and current plans

Callsign “PACK91” departs KMHT on 2020-09-17: Boeing KC-46A (17-46034, c/n 34114) of 157th Air Refueling Wing, NH ANG, temporarily stationed in Manchester

Last year ended up being very slow as far as aviation photography goes. I took practically no photographs (approx. 1,500 compared to about 10,000 on a “normal” year). The highlights ended up being the re-opening of the Aviation Museum of NH (with a fly-by and visit of a DC-3) and the runway work at Pease (which forced the KC-46s to be parked at KMHT for a while). I also managed to work on a book about Dauphin helicopters, that should be read soon (I hope). But, unlike four years ago, I did not catch all that many aircraft carrying presidential candidates.

Douglas DC-3A (N61981, c/n 2216) makes a low pass over KMHT on 2020-08-15
Boeing VC-25A (82-8000, c/n 23824, call sign “Air Force 1”) lands at KMHT on 2020-10-25

The hiatus from active photography has made me consider the future direction of So Many Aircraft. Print (and digital) publications are still interesting, but possibly in a smaller format. And by this I don’t mean page size, but rather small monographs on perhaps narrower subjects (that is, fewer pages, but also faster to prepare). My friend Mike is getting ready to bring back to the US a de Havilland Tiger Moth that has been worked on in the UK for the past few years. So probably you will see lots of material about Tiger Moths…

I think I will start orienting So Many Aircraft more towards scale modeling. That was the original idea anyway, several years ago: material that would help scale modelers. So I will publish scale plans I have been preparing all along, and post “build reports” about model projects. Stay tuned.

1/72nd scale model of a Fokker D.XXI of the Finnish Air Force

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