Collings Aircraft Visit New England

"Witchcraft" fly-by at KMHT on 2016-09-20
“Witchcraft” fly-by at KMHT on 2016-09-20

Collings Foundation‘s “Wings of Freedom Tour” recently passed through a number of New England airports. The aircraft (B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51) are always worth seeing. This time, their TP-51C “Betty Jane” had been replaced by the recently restored TF-51D “Toulouse Nuts”.

I saw the aircraft several times, at Beverly, MA (KBVY) on 2016-09-18, at Manchester, NH (KMHT) on 2016-09-20 and -21, and at Worcester, MA (KORH) on 2016-09-24. The Worcester stop featured additional aircraft; I was able to photograph their Corsair and Skyraider.

I also received the honor of being the Collings Foundation’s first “fan photographer of the week”. There will be a separate blog post about this.

TF-51D Mustang "Toulouse Nuts" being parked at KMHT on 2016-09-21
TF-51D Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” being parked at KMHT on 2016-09-21

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Bowman Field Fly-in

Resplendent Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC6005, c/n 534) from 1928.
Resplendent Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC6005, c/n 534) from 1928.

The 30th annual Bowman Field Fly-in was held on August 27th and 28th. I visited the event on the first day. Bowman Field (B10) is a small grass strip in Central Maine in the town of Livermore Falls.

There were dozens of interesting aircraft visiting, from a 1928 Travel Air (see photo) through 1940s Aeroncas and Cubs to more modern variety. I am definitely visiting this event again next year.

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Wiscasset Fly-in

CAF's P-51D Mustang (NL10601, 44-73843)
CAF’s P-51D Mustang (NL10601, 44-73843)

Yesterday I visited Wiscasset Municipal Airport (KIWI, in Wiscasset, ME) where the Maine Aeronautics Association had organized a fly-in. The “star” of the event was Commemorative Air Force’s “Red Tail” squadron‘s touring exhibit “Rise Above” (about the Tuskegee airmen), complete with their P-51D Mustang. However, there were a number of interesting aircraft on display. The entire event had a pleasant, laid-back feeling that I felt was appropriate for summertime Maine. Continue reading

World War II Weekend

On Friday I was able to stop at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum‘s “World War II Weekend” event at the Reading Regional Airport in Pennsylvania. This is a huge 3-day event that comprises of an airshow, re-enactments, talks by visiting veterans and other experts, etc. For the past several years I have had conflicting engagements that have prevented me from going to this event, and I had one this time too, but at least I was able to stop in Reading for a couple of hours when “passing through”.

Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando (N78774, c/n 22597, 44-78774, "The Tinker Belle") arriving
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando (N78774, c/n 22597, 44-78774, “The Tinker Belle”) arriving

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Scale Model Research: AS365 Dauphin

For some time now I have been planning to build a scale model of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopter, in 1/72nd scale (since all my models are in that scale). Given that I regularly spend time in Central Pennsylvania, I thought perhaps I could make the model to represent one of the Dauphins operated by the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, specifically their Life Lion Critical Care Transport unit. They operate three Dauphins.

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Dauphin ready for another mission

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Spotting an Antonov An-124

Skirting a storm on approach.

Last Saturday @kbosspotter alerted me that an An-124 was due at KPSM (Portsmouth, NH) later that day (thank you for that!). My youngest daughter and I drove there and were able to witness this huge aircraft arrive.

The specific aircraft in question is an An-124-100 Ruslan (UR-82029, c/n 19530502630) operated by Antonov Airlines, a subsidiary of the Antonov Design Bureau. It flew to NH from France, and later in the afternoon continued on to NC.

Here are some pictures.

Certainly an impressive sight when it approaches.
Certainly an impressive sight when it approaches.

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Getting to know Icelandair

Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISL, c/n 25295, "Öræfajökull") at KEF on 2016-04-21
Boeing 757-223 (TF-ISL, c/n 25295, “Öræfajökull”) at KEF on 2016-04-21

Despite having flown between US and Finland for a few decades now, up until last week I had never done that on Icelandair. Now I wonder why, since I discovered that the BOS-KEF-HEL route is certainly the most convenient way to get from New England to Finland. Draw a great circle route from Boston to Helsinki and it pretty much goes over Iceland.

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More Election Season Spotting

Donald Trump's Boeing 757-200 (N757AF, c/n 25155) at KMHT on 2015-11-04.
Donald Trump’s Boeing 757-200 (N757AF, c/n 25155) at KMHT on 2015-11-04.

Last April I reported about the beginning of the Presidential Election season, given that this is an exciting time for an airplane spotter here in NH, our state being very early in the primary calendar and always getting disproportionate attention from the presidential hopefuls. Now that the NH primary is well behind us it is time to see what kind of aircraft were spotted here.

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Election Season Begins

Air Force One at KMHT during one of President Obama’s campaign visits in 2012

Several presidential hopefuls have already announced that they will be (attempting to) get to the White House in the 2016 election. Here in New Hampshire we – thanks to the primary election calendar – get disproportional attention from the candidates, including visits to our state. For an airplane spotter, this is exciting. Last time around, we had several visits to KMHT by Air Force One (the picture here was taken on 2012-10-18).

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